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News Release

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Media Relations

Jewelry Store Robber Caught on Video


Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Area Robbery Section is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect responsible for robbing the Belgravia Collection Jewelry Store, located in the Beverly Center at 8500 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles.

On June 13, 2003, at about 7:40 p.m., a male Black entered the jewelry store posing as a customer. He requested to try on several items of jewelry, including a watch and a diamond and gold bracelet. Once he had possession of the two items, he pushed the sales person to the floor and ran out of the store. The total loss was $4,450.00.

Surveillance videotape caught the suspect’s image and is available to the Media at the Media Relations Office located at 150 North Los Angeles Street, room 626. The suspect identified himself as "Martell"" or "Mardell" Johnson. He is described as a male Black, 5-9/ 5-11" tall, 170-180 lbs., 17-22 years old, light complected and thin mustache.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilshire Robbery Unit at 213- 473-0446. During off-hours and on weekends, please call the Wilshire Division Watch Commander at 213- 485- 4022 or the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Adriana N. Sanchez, Media Relations Section, 213 485-3586.