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Police Investigation Nabs Three Theft Suspects

Three men have been arrested for allegedly robbing the same Burbank camera store twice, police said Wednesday.

According to the Burbank Police Department, two suspects entered the store in the 700 block of Mariposa Street about 11:15 a.m. on June 3 and selected several cameras worth over $13,000.

One of the suspects allegedly acted as a distraction while negotiating with a store clerk. Moments later, the second suspect fled the business with the cameras, according to Sgt. Stephen Turner. Both individuals escaped the store, and a nearby vehicle picked them up and sped away, police said.

The following day, around 11:20 a.m., two suspects entered the same store and selected three cameras valued at over $7,000 before leaving the business without purchasing the merchandise.

“An employee near the entrance to the store attempted to stop them; however, they shoved him out of the way and ran with the stolen property,” Turner said in a statement.

Detectives investigated with the help of surveillance footage and identified the suspects in the thefts as three Los Angeles men, ages 22, 26, and 32, police said.

The 26-year-old suspect was arrested June 6 by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies on outstanding warrants in Walnut.

The youngest suspect was arrested in Hawthorne after Burbank police officers conducted a traffic stop around 4 p.m. on June 27, in which a loaded handgun allegedly was recovered from the vehicle.

The last suspect was taken into custody around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in Los Angeles after he exited a vehicle at a drive-thru restaurant and ran from the area into a nearby neighborhood, where he hid inside a trash can, police said.

Several warrants were executed at various locations where the stolen cameras were recovered and returned to the business, Turner said.

Among the charges issued to the suspects by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office were robbery, grand theft and felon in possession of a firearm.

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