Police Seek Victims Who May Have Bought Stolen Cosmetics
The Los Angeles Police Department investigators are asking for help in locating people who may have unwittingly purchased beauty products that were stolen in Utah and sold on eBay and at shops in the Los Angeles area.
In mid-March, LAPD Commercial Crimes Division detectives were notified by representatives with the cosmetics company, Sephora, that a container load valued at $4 million was stolen in Utah in February. The load was bound for Washington, but the company’s loss prevention detail traced the stolen products to Los Angeles. Several possible locations where the products were being stored were identified, and surveillance evidence was gathered. On March 24, detectives observed material being loaded into a delivery truck from a large warehouse in South Gate. Fearing evidence may be lost, detectives went into the open warehouse and saw what appeared to be the stolen product. After obtaining consent from representatives of the business, detectives searched the area and confirmed t was the stolen cosmetics.
Further investigation revealed four additional locations containing stolen product from the company in downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Huntington Park and the City of Commerce. Approximately $2 million of the stolen product was recovered, but officials are now attempting to locate the remainder of the goods, which they hope will lead them to the thieves. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
Sephora is offering a reward for the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the crime. Anyone who may have purchased the products is asked to contact Det. Zavala at (213)847-3787.