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Three suspects arrested for alleged organized retail theft in Santa Monica

Three suspects were arrested for allegedly stealing more than $23,000 worth of merchandise in Santa Monica on Friday.

The robbery was initially reported on March 23 around 4 a.m. at the Ulta Beauty, located in the 1200 block of Wilshire Boulevard, according to a statement from Santa Monica Police.

Police say six suspects, all wearing face masks, used sledgehammers to destroy several glass display cases in the store that contained luxury perfume. After taking the merchandise, they fled the scene in two dark-colored cars.

“Based on evidence collected during the warrant, detectives believe the individuals who burglarized the Santa Monica Ulta store are part of a larger organized shoplifting crime ring, which may have gang ties,” police said.

Detectives executed a search warrant with personnel from the Los Angeles Police Department Organized Retail Crime Taskforce in the 1200 block of 90th Place in Los Angeles, where they arrested the three suspects.

They have been identified as two men – Jamari Caleed Mouton, 24, and Taveon Mekhai ray – and 21-year-old woman Christine Eelayia Walker. They were arrested on suspicion of burglary and released on citations, according to the Los Angeles County bail schedule.

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Detectives are still trying to track down the three additional suspects involved in the March burglary.

Anyone with further details is urged to contact investigators at (310) 395-9951.

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