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Suspect Charged in Santa Monica Jewelry Store Theft
By Lookout Staff
February 8, 2018 -- Charges were filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Wednesday against a suspect in a jewelry store theft on Montana Avenue last month, police said.
Lexis Monee Willis, a 23 year-old female from Long Beach, was charged with grand theft and felony theft from an elder in the January 5 robbery at L’Oliphant Jewelry Store, 1621 Montana Avenue, said Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the Police Department spokesman.
The stolen jewelry was valued at more than $12,000.00, he said.
"A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store posturing as a customer," Rodriguez said. "The suspect selected merchandise, two diamond jewelry pieces, from the display cases.
"At some point, the suspect ran out of the store with the merchandise."
The suspect was seen running towards the alley, where she entered the passenger side of a newer model grey 4-door Chrysler, Rodriguez said.
A salesperson gave chase and followed the suspect to the alley," he said. "The salesperson stood in front of the vehicle to prevent the vehicle from fleeing.
"The vehicle accelerated forward causing the salesperson to move out of the way and avoid being struck."
The vehicle -- driven by a suspect described as a black male in his 30’s -- fled east on Montana Avenue, Rodriguez said.
Police were able to identify Wilis as the suspect that entered the store and stole the merchandise.
Willis was arrested in Gardena by the Gardena Police Department after SMPD detectives entered a “Want” in the system for her arrest.
She remains in custody with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office on a bail of $145,000.00, Rodriguez said.
Anyone with information related to the incident should contact Detective Cooper at (310) 458-8478; Sergeant Skogh at (310) 458-8992, or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.
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