A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant could face charges of grand theft and child endangerment in connection to the shoplifting of $790 in clothing from a store in Thousand Oaks, authorities said Tuesday.
Sgt. Steven Mark Flamm, 42, was booked into Ventura County Jail Monday after he turned himself in at the Thousand Oaks police station, said Detective Eric Buschow, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
Flamm, of Simi Valley, came to the police station voluntarily after Ventura County sheriff’s investigators contacted him and explained he was a suspect in the theft of two jackets worth a total of $790 from the Nordstrom store at The Oaks, Buschow said.
Flamm was initially stopped by Nordstrom’s loss prevention officers outside the store after the alleged theft, which occurred on the afternoon of May 1.
A Ventura County sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene at 346 W. Hillcrest Drive, and decided, along with store officials, to release Flamm pending further investigation, Buschow said. Authorities determined they had probable cause to arrest Flamm after reviewing surveillance video and the circumstances of the incident, he said.
Flamm was booked into jail on suspicion of felony grand theft and misdemeanor child endangerment, Buschow said. The child endangerment charge relates to Flamm’s alleged use of his young daughter as a participant in the crime, he said.
The girl is younger than 10 years old, Buschow said. He declined to discuss the specifics of the girl’s alleged involvement in the theft.
Flamm was released from custody Monday on $10,000 bail, Buschow said. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on May 18.
He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Flamm has been relieved of his law enforcement powers and placed on paid leave from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, said department spokesman Steve Whitmore.
If the Ventura County District Attorney charges Flamm with a felony, he will be placed on unpaid leave, Whitmore said.
Emphasizing that Flamm is presumed innocent until proven guilty, Whitmore said the allegations are disturbing.
Flamm will remain on leave until the criminal proceedings are concluded, Whitmore said. If he is found guilty, he could be fired.
A member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department since 1988, Flamm recently worked in the department’s training bureau, Whitmore said.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeants can earn between $75,000 and $98,000 a year, plus overtime, according to documents posted on the county’s Web site.
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A longtime Los Angeles County employee was charged today with allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of gasoline from the county with the intent to sell some of the fuel, district attorney officials said.
Soto, an 18-year veteran of the county Department of Public Works, was spotted by a security guard filling up his minivan and gasoline cans at one of the yards, prosecutors said.Authorities believe Soto, who did maintenance-related work for the county, used a colleague’s account number to take the gas between July 2 and Sept. 3 of this year, as gas prices reached record highs.
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Vincent Cantu, 44, of Whittier was arrested Friday following a robbery at Banco Popular in La Habra
FBI officials said they are investigating Cantu further because the “Polite Bandit” also robbed other branches of the same bank, including the Banco Popular in La Mirada in May and August 2006, and the Banco Popular in Hacienda Heights in November 2006.
“There’s some similarities in the M.O. and the fact that he was robbing a Banco Popular,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
Witnesses came up with the name “Polite Bandit” because they said the robber apologized to bank tellers, thanked them and said he was only trying to feed his children.
La Habra police spokeswoman Cindy Knapp said Friday’s robbery suspect “was polite and he did have a gun.”
Cantu, an eight-year veteran of the Pasadena Police Department, retired in 1996, department spokeswoman Janet Pope Givens said.
He was taken into custody Friday after police spotted him driving away from the bank, Knapp said. It’s not clear whether cash was recovered from Cantu’s car, Knapp said. No one was injured during the robbery and arrest.
Cantu was arrested on suspicion of robbery and released from an Orange County jail Saturday after posting bond, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
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The man, according to agents was identified as an area attorney and had been sending sexual messages and content to the “child” via the internet.
Now prosecutors say David Cohn, an attorney was arrested Tuesday at his home in Woodland Hills.
Cohn is accused of sending sexually explicit Internet messages over the last year to the posing agent.
District attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons says investigators searched Cohn’s home in August of last year and found child porn.
The 50-year-old lawyer was charged last week with one misdemeanor and four felony counts.He was booked and released after posting $190,000 bail.
LOS ANGELES CA. Nov. 1 2007 Los Angeles police have arrested a school security guard in connection with the alleged sexual assault of an 11-year-old female student at Gompers Middle School.The alleged assault occured on the morning of October 26, say the police. According to investigators, at approximately 10:30, a security guard identified as Donald Johnson (aka D.J.) saw two female students on their way to class and stopped them.
He allegedly told one of the girls to return to class and told the other he was taking her to the attendance office in another building. Investigators say that when he got the girl outside, the 42-year-old Johnson put his hand over her mouth and then began reaching under her clothing. He told her he would kill her if she told anyone about the molestation, say authorities.
Johnson, who has worked at the school as a guard for four years following a stint as a janitor there, was arrested on October 29 and booked him on a charge of kidnap for the purpose of sexual assault. Detective Oscar Gamino said given the nature of the crime, he suspects there could be other victims.
“We are asking that they come forward and report it,” Gamino said.Johnson’s bail was set at $1 million.
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