LAPD ask public to help identify thief who stole over 12,000 Apple iPods valued over $2.6 million

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Commercial Crimes Division is investigating a multi-million dollar heist. Detectives need the public’s help in identifying and locating one of the suspects who was caught on the surveillance camera stealing iPods.

On Wednesday, June 1, 2005, the suspect entered a freight forwarding business located in the 11000 block of La Cienega Boulevard in Pacific Area. The suspect used fraudulent means to take delivery of over 12,000 iPod MP3 players. The value of the stolen cargo exceeds $2.6 million. Detectives from the Cargo Hijack Unit are working on several leads in the case.

High quality surveillance photograph of one of the suspects can be e-mailed by contacting Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives Zavala, Nee or Jaime at 213-847-3786. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

Image of the suspect from surveillance camera here.


  1. You gotta tuck those into the boxes, or this is what’s gonna happen, people.

    Let’s hope the law enforcement {system} catches these guys ASAP.

  2. I don’t actually have an iPod yet, but do iPods have the serial numbers imprinted on them. if so, do you think apple would set up a page on their site to enter in the serial number to make sure it’s not from the batch of stolen players?

  3. Someone email them for the “High-quality” picture and post it online. Right now it actually does look like something from a video game.

    Oh, and don’t tick off Mike Tyson…
    He’ll bite your ear off.

  4. Hey at least it’s just crime. It’s kinda bad-ass. It’s not as low as appearing on Love Boat.

    How much longer before every street corner in L.A. has a van selling iPods in the wee hours?

  5. Yes they do have serial numbers.
    That’s not a bad idea.
    They could upgrade you to a 60 gb photo (or even flat out give you an iMac or something) if you gave info leading to the arrest.

  6. >LAPD calls for public’s help identifying thief of over 12,000 Apple iPods valued over $2.6 million>

    Who writes these headlines? Oh, I know a Cal. graduate. Thief–my eye. SB. theft. Come on you learned people…NOT.

    MW written. as in badly.

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