Defendant accused of repeatedly stealing from Valley Sephora, Ulta cosmetic stores

Oct 23, 2023, 3:00 PM

Stock photo of a cosmetics store. Yosvany Maza Portilla has been indicted on 20 counts of organized...

Yosvany Maza Portilla has been indicted on 20 counts of organized retail theft for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of products from Phoenix area Sephora and Ulta stores. (Pixabay Photo)

(Pixabay Photo)

PHOENIX – A defendant faces a slew of felony charges for allegedly stealing more than $11,000 worth of products from Valley cosmetics shops over an 15-month period, authorities said.

Yosvany Maza Portilla, 34, was indicted Aug. 23 on 19 counts of organized retail theft plus a 20th count of the same charge on Oct. 13. Each charge is a class 4 felony.

The first indictment covers alleged thefts that occurred between May 19, 2022, and Aug. 15, 2023. The second indictment covers an incident from Aug. 27, after the first batch of charges was handed down.

Each count alleges that Portilla stole items from a Sephora or Ulta store with the intent to sell them.

“These thefts occurred on many different dates with different retailers and involved merchandise valued at more than $11,500,” Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said in a press release.

“I applaud the leaders at Ulta and Sephora for calling the police and supporting this prosecution.”

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Defendant accused of repeatedly stealing from Valley Sephora, Ulta cosmetic stores