Los Angeles: The Los Angeles
Police Department’s Topanga Area Detectives, Theft Section are
seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and apprehending a
suspect who has committed grand thefts in the San Fernando
On May 16, 2017, around 12:25 p.m., the suspect entered a Boost
Mobile cellular phone business located in the 19700 block of
Vanowen Street, in the City of Winnetka. The suspect asked the
salesperson to see new iPhones. When the salesperson refused to
show the suspect the phones and directed him to their display
models, the suspect accused the salesperson of being racist.
Fearing being labeled a racist, the salesperson presented the new
iPhones to the suspect. Once the phones were in his reach, the
suspect grabbed the phones and fled the business.
Later that day, around 2:50 p.m., the suspect went to another
cellular phone business in the City of Oxnard. The suspect used the
same tactic and stole an additional iPhone and Samsung Galaxy
The suspect is described as a male black, 22-28 years old, stands 5
feet 11 inches tall, weighs 150-170 pounds, and has short black
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact
Topanga Area Detective Abbinanti at 818-756-5848. During
non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to
1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain
anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at
1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to
www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit
www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the
“Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.
Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile
application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as
their local program.