Commercial Crimes Division Recovers $579,000 Worth of Bitcoin Mining Computers Following Arrest NR24188kt

July 2, 2024

Los Angeles: On Thursday, June 27, 2024, Los Angeles Police Department detectives from Commercial Crimes Division’s Cargo Theft Unit (CTU) arrested 27-year-old Bryan Thola of Canyon Country, who was in possession of stolen bitcoin mining computers. The computers; recovered from the suspect’s cargo van and from a public storage unit, are valued at $579,000. Thola was booked at LAPD’s Van Nuys Jail for 496(A) PC-Receiving Stolen Property.

Currently, the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Commercial Crimes Division at 213-486-5920 between 6:00 AM and 4:00 PM. 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.