Thursday, February 25, 2016

Receiving Stolen Property Arrests Aided by Victim Ahead of Time and Social Media

Incident:  Receiving Stolen Property Arrests Aided by Identification of Items and Social Media

Date/Time of Release:  February 25, 2016/12:30 P.M.

On Monday, February 21, 2016, officers of the Arcadia Police Department conducted a traffic stop and arrested four people after finding numerous items of what was believed to be stolen property in their car. The items included a number of purses, jewelry, laptops, phones, iPads, and more. Finding a name engraved on one item, officers confirmed some of the items had been stolen in a Rancho Palos Verdes residential burglary the day prior.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed felony charges of Receiving Stolen Property on two adults and one juvenile female. The two female adults are Daijah D. Ellsworth, age 19, and Rickeira T. Pearson, age 20, both of Los Angeles. The fourth arrestee, an adult male, was released from custody after charges were declined.

Residential burglaries know no boundary and while many go unsolved, it is important to take steps to assist in the recovery of property should you become victimized. Always record serial numbers in order to provide them to law enforcement, mark items with identifying information when possible, and take advantage of social platforms to actively engage in crime prevention and information sharing. The victim’s in this case did just that and it helped in reuniting them with their stolen goods. 

The Rancho Palos Verdes victim participates in the “Nextdoor” neighborhood social platform and told officers about a post he saw from a fellow neighbor on the day of his home being burglarized. The post described a suspicious vehicle and occupants in the area. This vehicle description closely matched that of the vehicle driven by our arrestees. This information played a role in our investigation. is one of the social platforms used by the Arcadia Police Department to actively engage with our community and promote crime prevention. 

Arcadia Detectives continue to work with other law enforcement agencies to identify additional victims and crimes in this case. Over half of the property was able to be returned to the Rancho Palos Verdes victim.

This case remains under investigation by the Arcadia Police Department Detective Bureau. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at (626)574-5150. You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, (800)222-TIPS (8477).

Robert T. Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Roy Nakamura #430, Lieutenant
Detective Bureau Commander

Case # 16-1046

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