Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department report that they arrested two car burglars, Shant Balyan, 24, as well as David Asoyan, 27, for stealing from several cars in Van Nuys and Sylmar.
According to ABC 7 News, police served two search warrants on the two men and discovered they had taken thousands of items. The LAPD stated that all items recovered from the search warrant were “either stolen or purchased using stolen credit cards” and included everything “from laptops to cellphones, shoes to purses and even rubber bands. For the two suspects, nothing was off limits from handicap placards to an American Red Cross emergency prep bags.”
Apparently, the suspects have been breaking into vehicles in the area, taking items from inside, and hoarding those items in their homes for several years. Officers also believe the two targeted tourists due to the number of suitcases and golf clubs they found.
Due to all the items Balyan and Asoyan took, the two are now facing charges of identity theft, possessing stolen property, and drug possession, as officers found drugs while conducting the search warrant as well.
Under California Penal Code 496, a person can be charged for selling, receiving, concealing, or withholding property that they know has been stolen. California Penal Code Section 530.5 covers identity theft. It is important to note that even the fraudulent possession of another person's personal identifying information is considered a crime. Drug Possession, a crime under California Health and Safety Code 11350, is usually a misdemeanor, but under certain circumstances can be prosecuted as a felony. Needless to say, all three crimes can result in life altering consequences.
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