Commercial Crimes Division Arrests Cargo Theft Suspects NR24157kt/ne

May 22, 2024

Los Angeles: On May 21, 2024, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Commercial Crimes Division’s Cargo Theft Unit (CTU) arrested Brian Sam; a 55-year-old resident of Upland, and Nicholas Minasyan; a 22-year-old resident of Santa Clarita. The suspects were in possession of a stolen shipment of copper sheets, valued at $175,000. Both suspects were booked at LAPD’s Men’s Detention Center for 496(A) PC-Receiving Stolen Property.

Charges are pending against the two suspects by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

The Los Angeles Police Department will continue to diligently investigate and arrest perpetrators of these types of crimes.

The investigation is currently ongoing, and anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Commercial Crimes Division at (213) 486-5920 between 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. During non-business hours or weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone 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.