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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Office Creeper Burglar Caught on Video NR15132lp

September 22, 2015

***UPDATE***

Information received from the public allowed the LAPD's Topanga Area detectives to identify 36-year-old Artur Sogomonyan as the suspect in the video. Sogomonyan was already in jail for an unrelated charge. Sogomonyan is currently being held on $180,000 bail stemming from this charge as well as previous charges.
Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Area is asking for the public's help in identifying a burglary suspect, who was on surveillance video, stealing from a business in the San Fernando Valley area.

Between August 31, 2015, and September 8, 2015, four separate businesses were targeted by the suspect. The suspect has been entering office buildings and removing victims' wallets and purses while they were away from their work stations. When confronted, he casually asks questions about the business and then says he is in the wrong office.

One of the businesses was able to capture the suspect on surveillance video as he stole from an employee. In the footage, the suspect is clearly visible. He is described as a male, possibly of Armenian descent, with gray hair on the side of his head and bald on the top, he is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs between 180-190 pounds. He has a tattoo with cursive hand writing on his right forearm and a tattoo on his upper right arm. He has been seen wearing dark polo-type shirts and blue or black jeans. He carries a black canvas laptop bag to hide the stolen wallets and purses.

Anyone with information regarding these investigations is asked to call the Topanga Area Theft Detectives at (818) 756-5871. 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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipster 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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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