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News Release

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Media Relations

Topanga Detectives Investigate Two Theft Suspects NR10037rh

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Topanga Area Detectives is asking for the public’s help in identifying two theft suspects regarding two separate crimes involving the same department store.

On December 8, 2009, at around 4:30 p.m., a theft occurred in the 19700 block of Vanowen Street.  Two suspects entered the department store.  Once inside, the suspects filled a shopping cart with the merchandise and left the department store without paying for the items.  

About a month later, on January 16, 2010, at around 7:10 p.m., the same suspects returned to the same department store and filled a shopping cart with merchandise.  Once again both suspects left the store without paying for the items.

The first suspect is described as a male, Hispanic, bald, 5’9” tall, weighing 210 pounds.  In December he was seen in with a goatee, wearing a black shirt and black pants.  In January he was seen with a mustache and wearing a “Dodger” blue thermal with white lettering “LA” on the upper left portion of the shirt.

The second suspect is described as a male, 5’6” tall, weighing 170 pounds.  He was last seeing wearing a multi-colored dark cap, black shirt and black pants.

Photographs of the suspects are available through Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.

Anyone with information is urged to call Topanga burglary detectives at 818-756-5850.  During non-business hours, call 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may contact Crimestoppers by texting the number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.