Seven people, most of them grocery store employees, have been arrested in a major shoplifting bust in the North Lake Tahoe area last week.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office says, back on the night of July 13, they got a call about several people reportedly loading up two vehicles with groceries allegedly stolen from the Tahoe Vista Safeway store.

Deputies got to the scene and were able to pull over the vehicles nearby.

A search of the vehicles soon uncovered nearly $2,500 worth of shoplifted groceries, the sheriff’s office says.

As it turns out, six of the suspects were employees at the Safeway store. Surveillance video captured the suspects loading up several carts of groceries in the store, deputies say.

All seven suspects – identified as 21-year-old Stefan Valcu, 19-year-old Radu Bucur, 20-year-old Patrick Bucurean, 20-year-old Daniel Copil, 23-year-old Sorin Uveghes, 21-year-old Flaviu Negru, and 20-year-old Christian Bodea – are now facing charges of felony burglary and conspiracy.

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