Fraudulent Return Attempts Result In Commercial Burglary Charge


Loss prevention officers at Target recognized an attempted shoplifter for previous attempts at fraudulent returns. On December 9 at 12:00 p.m., Gustavo Guerrero, a 28-year-old Los Angeles resident, was stopped at the 1800 Empire Avenue. Target store, attempting to leave with almost $300 worth of infant and child clothing. One of the store’s loss prevention officers recognized Mr. Guerrero, because he was wearing the same shirt, from a previous surveillance video a few days earlier, in which he attempted to fraudulently return a flat screen television.

On December 4, Mr. Guerrero went to the television section of the store, opened a box containing a 41″ flat screen and attempted to return it to customer service. When customer service refused to take the return without a receipt, Mr. Guerrero walked out of the store with the television, worth about $400.

On December 6, Mr. Guerrero followed the same approach, opening a box containing an $800 flat screen television and attempting to return it to customer service. Again, when customer service wouldn’t take the return, Mr. Guerrero walked out of the store with the 55″ flat screen.

Mr. Guerrero was arrested by Burbank Police for commercial burglary for a total loss of $1470. During the booking process, Mr. Guerrero was discovered to be in possession of a fraudulent identification card, so he was also arrested on that charge. His bail is set at $20,000 and he is due in court on December 11.


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