Organized Retail Crime Task Force Arrests Flash Robbery Suspect NR24038dc

February 1, 2024

Los Angeles: The Organized Retail Crime Task Force (ORCTF) was created to combat the flash-robberies impacting various businesses around the region. The task force is a partnership consisting of detectives from the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Burbank, Torrance, and Glendale Police Departments.

On January 31, 2024, the ORCTF served a search and arrest warrant in Lancaster, California. The warrant service was in connection to a suspect, identified by Glendale Police Department detectives, who was involved in the Topanga Nordstrom flash-robbery that occurred on August 12, 2023. During the search of the location, an unregistered handgun, an extended magazine, ammunition, and approximately $4,500 of US currency was recovered.

The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Travelle Hamblet of Lancaster, California. He was arrested and booked at Van Nuys Jail for 211 PC – Robbery, Booking No. 6751803.

Anyone with information is asked to call ORCTF Lieutenant Michael McComas, 818-374-9420, or email 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 (1-800-222-8477) or go directly to Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.