LAPD: Armenian theft ring going after cargo containers

By Land Line staff | 12/4/2012

An organized group of thieves has stolen millions of dollars in expensive cargo in the Los Angeles area in 2012, and police are asking for the public’s help to stop what they call the “major theft ring.”
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, six suspects have been arrested for attempting to take cargo containers attached to semi-trucks in the region – famous for importing nearly 40 percent of American retail goods at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Detectives believe the individuals are part of a major theft ring.
The suspects include San Fernando Valley residents Toros Tufenjian, 40; Movses Dermishyan, 23; Akop Amalyan, 26; Artak Harutyunyan, 40; Ara Hayrapetian, 39; and Miguel “Angel” Moreno, 38.

On Nov. 27, patrol officers in Chatsworth, CA arrested four men as they tried to take cargo from a parked truck and trailer.

In July, Amalyan, Harutyunyan and Hayrapetian were arrested in Vernon, CA, for attempted cargo theft, according to a Los Angeles Daily News article.
Moreno and Tufenjian were reportedly found with a load of $300,000 worth of pharmaceuticals.

“It was determined that the suspects belong to an Armenian organized theft ring,” an LAPD news release said.

“I’ve been working this stuff for 20 years and I haven’t seen it this bad,” Los Angeles Detective Marc Zavala told the Daily News. “I’m only hoping that the people realize there are people that drive these trucks. This is literally killing them financially and we, as citizens, are suffering because prices go up.”
“We are requesting the assistance of all community members in the apprehension of these criminals,” police said in the news release.
Anyone with information regarding cargo theft crimes is asked to call Detectives Zavala or Woods at 818-832-7510 or 818-832-7508 during business hours. After hours, all calls can be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Crime Stoppers can be texted at 247637 using the letters “LAPD” to begin the text.

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