MV man arrested for an embezzlement scheme at Target, Canyon Springs, his former employer


RIVERSIDE, CA – Earlier this month, Riverside Police Detectives with the EAST Neighborhood Policing Center (NPC) were notified by asset protection of an embezzlement scheme at the Target store, located in the 2700 block of Canyon Springs Parkway in Riverside. In partnership with Target asset protection, detectives began an investigation that later resulted in the arrests of a store employee and accomplice.

Elias Hernandez,23-years-old of Moreno Valley, worked at this Target and is alleged to have assisted a female suspect who stole approximately $100,000 worth of merchandise over the past 5 months. The store employee would allow this female suspect to “price check” items well below their actual value, but would also give the female gift cards to use toward her fraudulent purchases. One example included where a $15 package of diapers was rung up for only $2 to $3 dollars. On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, Elias Hernandez was arrested at the store and later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for embezzlement and grand theft.

Detectives continued their investigation and were able to identify the female suspect shortly thereafter. On Thursday, June 13, 2019, they served a search warrant at the residence of Mandeep Chamdal, 34-years-old, in the 2200 block of Jornada Drive within the city of Perris. While searching the house, detectives located and recovered approximately $100,000 worth of stolen property from Target. It is believed the suspect would sell the stolen merchandise at local swap meets, particularly one in Wildomar. Mandeep Chamdal was arrested and later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for grand theft.

The Riverside Police Department participates in the Inland Empire Organized Retail Crime Association (IEORCA), an organization whose goal is to bring retailers and law enforcement together to share information that will allow for the comparison of crime trends, creation of strategies, and to combat organized retail theft.

“We are committed to the reduction of retail theft in our business community, and to do so, it is vital to maintain strong partnerships with our retail stores,” stated Lieutenant Brian Dodson, area commander for the EAST NPC. “This case is a great example of that partnership. Once the scheme was uncovered, detectives and Target worked together to quickly identify the primary suspect and recover a significant amount of their stolen merchandise.”

This investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Jeff Derouin at (951) 826-5722 or Those wishing to remain anonymous can email or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “SUBMIT A TIP” feature while referencing report number 190016236.

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