Wednesday saw a man arrested on suspicion of participating in a robbery that took place at several East Los Angeles Nike stores. “grab and go”Authorities report retail thefts
More than $150,000 worth of merchandise was taken from the Nike store, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department News release.
Julian Gutierrez was a suspect in the robbery of Nike and other retail thefts that took place between February-April this year.
Investigators believe that the man was part of a larger criminal syndicate. “crew”victim of theft and employs juveniles to assist with the thefts the Sheriff’s Department said.
Officials said that at least one boy was taken into custody in connection to the Nike store robbery. Another suspect is being sought in other cases.
When detectives arrested Gutierrez in Inglewood, they found several thousand dollars’ worth of new clothing in his vehicle with the tags and security devices still attached, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
“Suspect Gutierrez admitted to several recent ‘Grab and Go’ thefts in the Southern California region, including thefts from Ross Dress for Less Stores in Huntington Park and Downtown Los Angeles,”Officials stated.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how many thefts this crew could be responsible.
Gutierrez, who was under court-ordered monitoring for ankle problems resulting from a 2021 robbery case, was not in custody at the time of his arrest.
On Wednesday, Gutierrez was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and robbery. He was being held on $55,000 bail.