Organized Theft Ring Targets Retail Stores

STUDIO CITY/BEVERLY HILLS—Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department have released footage of multiple grand theft suspects targeting high-end makeup establishments in the Los Angeles area. Targeted areas include businesses in the Beverly Center Mall and another company in Studio City.

Property loss have been estimated in the thousands of dollars. The suspects in the footage are seen entering businesses with empty purses or shopping bags and reported leaving the store with expensive fragrances in the same bags without paying for the merchandise. Some employees have attempted to stop the culprits, but were overpowered by the criminals in the process.

Investigations started in January 2019 by the LAPD’s Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section. Detectives are seeking the public’s help in apprehending the organized retail grand theft ring.

The four suspects are described as African-Americans, with black hair and brown eyes. Two of the suspects have been identified as three women and one man. The male suspect has been described as approximately 25 to 30 years old and is 6-feet and 4 inches tall and weighs around 230 pounds. Two of the African-American women have been identified as 5 feet and 4 inches tall and 5 feet and 5 inches tall at 130 and 175 pounds respectively. A final female suspect is approximately 18 to 20 years old, weighs 125 pounds and stands at 5 feet and 3 inches tall.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Prieto at (213) 486-6940. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247 (877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

The suspects have also targeted stores in the city of Marina Del Rey, Tustin and Glendale.