Harley said the duo are also being investigated in connection with Red Bull thefts that on occurred on July 3 and July 5 at the Ralphs in La Crescenta, as well thefts in neighboring cities.
“Absolutely our investigation thus far leads us to believe they’re responsible for these other three thefts in the area in July,” said Harley.
Harley said that his department is also investigating any possible connection with the suspect arrested last Thursday, August 11th, in South Pasadena, Eric Petrossian.
“They all could be part of the same crew,” said Harley.
Petrossian, 21, of Burbank was arrested after a Glendale Police officer was able to recognize him from a previous incident after viewing security camera footage of Petrossian shoplifting from a Ralphs and Pavilions, according to Det. Richard Lee of the South Pasadena Police Department.
Lee said that these shoplifting incidents have been occuring across the city.
“These Red Bull thefts are surprisingly becoming a huge thing, not just in the San Gabriel Valley, but you’re talking about in the Westside as well, and for some strange reason they’re just in demand,” said Lee.
Harley said that with black market demand, the stolen Red Bull could be being sold to mom and pop stores, at flea markets or to bars.
Lee said that police suspected Petrossian as well was stealing the energy drink with the intent to resell it, but that it was a hard path to follow.
“Who they’re selling them to, we don’t know,” said Lee. “We haven’t found out and unfortunately they’re not products with a serial number that you can trace.”