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A 25-year-old man who police said has a lengthy criminal record was arrested on Oct. 22 and charged with multiple thefts at Nordstrom department stores at The Grove, the Westfield Century City and Topanga shopping malls.
The suspect, Nickolas Mallory, is facing 11 felony charges including two counts of robbery, three counts of burglary and one count of organized retail theft, as well as two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition and one count of possession of an assault rifle. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force and the LAPD’s Wilshire Division served a search and arrest warrant at the victim’s residence in South Los Angeles on Oct. 22 and recovered merchandise allegedly stolen from the Nordstrom stores, as well as more than $2,000 in cash and two handguns with extended magazines. One of the handguns had been converted into a fully-automatic firearm police described as a “machine gun pistol.”
Lt. Mark Ro, of the Wilshire Division, said the suspect is tied to four incidents at the Nordstrom at The Grove. Two were classified as burglaries and two as robberies because he shoved employees during those incidents. The crimes at The Grove occurred on June 3, June 23 and June 26, and on Sept. 16, he added. The suspect stole clothing and shoes, and the total losses incurred during those thefts totaled approximately $6,300.
Mallory is accused of similar crimes at the other Nordstrom stores in Century City and the San Fernando Valley, and at stores in Palm Desert in Riverside County. Authorities believe he is responsible for stealing more than $100,000 in merchandise. Police identified the suspects using video.
Although guns were found during the search of Mallory’s residence, no weapons were used during the crimes, according to police. Mallory is being held on $2.2 million bail in the Men’s Central Jail. He is expected to appear in court next on Nov. 6.
Anyone with information, videos or photographs of the incidents is urged to email [email protected]. During weekends and off-hours, call the LAPD’s hotline at (877)LAPD247.
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