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March 30, 2023

Two suspected of Safeway pharmacy theft

The San Benito County District Attorney’s Office charged two suspects in a Safeway pharmacy theft.

Melique K. Carter and Annalisia F. Kapisi were charged on suspicion of grand theft and receiving/selling stolen property, both felonies, for the incident July 5 in Hollister. They are scheduled for a preliminary setting, where a judge will schedule a preliminary examination, on July 31 at the San Benito County Courthouse.

If convicted of grand theft alone, the suspects could face up to three years in prison.

According to a statement from the Hollister Police Department:

On the night of July 5, Hollister police received a report that a theft had just occurred at Safeway, 591 Tres Pinos Road. The reporting party provided a description of the two suspects, a vehicle description and the last direction of travel.  While responding to the call, Officer Masso located a vehicle matching the given description leaving the area occupied by two individuals matching the description of the suspects.

Officer Masso made a traffic stop on the vehicle on Hillcrest Road and contacted 2 suspects, Melique Carter (19) and Annalisia Kapisi (18) from Vallejo, California. Officer Masso found several boxes of over-the-counter medications and other items in the vehicle.  Information obtained during the investigation suggests that the two may have traveled from city to city to commit similar thefts.

The recovered stolen property was not only from the theft at the Hollister store.  Subsequent investigation revealed items were stolen from the store in Prunedale, CA and a store in Half Moon Bay, CA.  The total amount of stolen pharmaceuticals recovered was in excess of $3,300.00.  Both Carter and Kapisi are on probation from San Mateo County for prior convictions.

Carter and Kapisi were both arrested without incident and booked on the charges of grand theft and conspiracy to commit a crime.

The Hollister Police Department would like to thank the business employee who called to report the crime in progress and providing accurate and timely information.  Our partnership with the community is an essential element regarding crime prevention, the capture of suspects and making Hollister a safer place to live.

Anyone having information on this case is asked to call Officer Masso at the Hollister Police Department at 636-4330.  Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME.  Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.