Santa Monica Nike Store Employee, 22, Arrested for Embezzlement: Police Alert: Don’t Do It!

A 22-year-old Los Angeles man who worked at a Nike store in Santa Monica was arrested and charged with embezzlement on Wednesday, October 28, after he admitted giving an accomplice more than 40 pairs of shoes for free to a friend during a period of six years. month period.

At 3:38 p.m., officers from the Santa Monica Police Department were called to the Nike store, located in the Santa Monica Place mall, after the department received a call from store management advising them that an employee had been suspected of embezzlement.

Officers were advised en route that the employee was in the custody of loss prevention officers at the store.

When officers arrived, officers spoke with Loss Prevention Officers who told them they had evidence to suggest the suspect had, over a period of six months, carried away thousands of dollars worth of goods as part of a scheme involving an accomplice.

Loss prevention officers said the accomplice entered the store, selected one or more pairs of Nike shoes and went to the counter where the suspect only charged for a small item of much lesser value.

Loss prevention officers presented officers with such an example of the scheme which had been captured on CCTV.

This video evidence showed the accomplice handing the suspect two pairs of Nike shoes, but the suspect only charged for one pair of socks.

The accomplice left the store with the shoes once the “deal” was completed.

Loss prevention officers told officers they had information relating to the identity of the accomplice but were unable to provide it at this time.

Officers interviewed the LA man and he admitted giving the accomplice more than 40 pairs of shoes in the past six months.

Officers arrested the suspect and he was charged with embezzlement with bail set at $20,000.

Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police reporting series called “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorials into some police activity in Santa Monica. Not all Mirror police incident coverage is described in this way. More serious crimes and police-related activity are regularly reported unedited on the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.

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