GLENDALE (CNS) – On the day Southland law enforcement officials announced a regional effort to crack down on flash-mob-style smash-and-grab robberies, Glendale police today arrested a 23-year-old man suspected of taking part in such a heist at the Americana at Brand Mall last week.
Ivan Isaac Ramirez of Los Angeles was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly participating in the Aug. 8 robbery at the Yves Saint Laurent store at the mall, police said. He was booked on suspicion of organized retail theft, burglary, grand theft and conspiracy.
Police also identified a second suspect who is being sought, 21-year-old Los Angeles resident Brianna Jimenez, and released a photo in hopes of generating tips leading to her arrest.
Police said Jimenez was allegedly spotted on surveillance video participating in the daytime burglary involving at least 30 suspects ransacking the Yves Saint Laurent store, with the mob pilfering about $400,000 in merchandise.
The flash-mob burglary remains under investigation.
“I assure all members of the Glendale community and the broader Los Angeles region that these brazen smash-and-grab robberies and burglaries will not be tolerated. This marks the first arrest related to this crime and there are more arrests to come,” Glendale police Chief Manny Cid said in a statement.
Caruso, the owner of Americana at Brand, is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators responsible for the robbery.
The company — owned by former Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso — issued a statement Thursday in response to the arrest, saying, “Our heartfelt thanks go out to the Glendale Police Department for their swift and decisive actions leading to the first arrest for the theft at Saint Laurent.
“The relentless efforts of the GPD showcase their professionalism and
dedication to upholding the safety and integrity of our community.”
Anyone with information regarding the flash-mob burglary was urged to contact the GPD at 818-548-4911. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
On Monday morning, representatives of various Southland law enforcement agencies, including Glendale police, held a news conference with Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass to announce a task force dedicated to investigating large-scale smash-and-grab robberies.
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