Two men were arrested on Wednesday, May 14, after Burbank police responded to Costco at 1051 W. Victory Boulevard. Loss prevention officers called police to assist with two suspected shoplifters.
Police, following descriptions of the suspects, stopped one man as he exited the store, Jonathan Phan. Phan gave a false name to officers and told them his name was An Pham, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.
Officers discovered a Leatherman tool in the Phan’s front pocket. They also found parts from a Dyson vacuum cleaner and headphones in his pockets, said Ryburn.
Phan was allegedly seen by loss prevention officers cutting open packages and putting items in his pockets.
Officers located the second suspect, based on witness descriptions, sitting in a vehicle in the Costco parking lot. The vehicle, a four-door gray Kia, was registered to An Pham.
The second suspect, Christian Benitez, age 22 from Pasadena, was detained by police after officers saw drug paraphernalia in plain view in the car, added Ryburn.
Officers recovered pliers and gloves and possible stolen items from the vehicle.
Phan, age 32 from Fullerton, was arrested for burglary and for falsely impersonating another person. His bail was set at $50,000.
Benitez was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property and his bail was set at $20,000.