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News Release

Friday, December 13, 2019

Media Relations

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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in apprehending organized retail crime suspects who have been targeting cosmetic retail stores in the Los Angeles area.

From June of 2019 to October 2019, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The suspect(s) entered the businesses with empty back packs or shopping bags and concealed high dollar fragrances in their empty bags. The suspects would then leave the store without paying for the merchandise.

Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section are investigating and attempting to identify suspects responsible for a series of organized retail grand thefts occurring at cosmetics retail stores located in the Beverly Center Mall, The Grove and Century City. This organized group is also believed to be responsible for targeting other cosmetic stores in Glendale, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Pasadena and Santa Monica.

Burglary Special Section (BSS) has identified two outstanding suspects involved in the above incidents. The suspects were responsible for thousands of dollars in property loss. In total, there were 11 crimes committed in the city of Los Angeles. The District Attorney's Office filed multiple counts on suspects James Stephen Henry and Brian Keith Upton. Also arrest warrants were issued for the two suspects.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section Detective Prieto at 213- 486-6940. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA 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 LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.



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