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News Release

Friday, July 21, 2006

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More than Just Stolen Property

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police detectives made a surprise discovery during a search warrant yesterday in South Los Angeles.

On July 20, 2006, detectives served a search warrant at a single-family residence in the 800 block of East 112th Street. The location was known as the neighborhood "candy store." According to Detective Mike Hansen, "the location was more than just a candy store. It was a neighborhood department store with stolen and illegal property inside of it."

When investigators walked into the backyard, they saw a small department store type setup with isles of tools, fake designer clothing, televisions, stereos, video games and other electronic equipment. In addition, a shelved snack bar stocked with candy and chips had liquor and 50 small plastic bags of marijuana displayed for sale.

Although the investigation is still on going, police have arrested one man for sales of marijuana.

Over 200 stolen items were recovered, including 25 televisions and over 170 stereos. Detectives will review prior burglary reports on file, in hopes of finding victims and returning their property.

Anyone with information is asked to call Southeast Detectives Fournier and McArthur at 213-972-7843. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).