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Suspect arrested in string of Red Bull thefts

August 13, 2011 |  2:05 pm


South Pasadena police have arrested a suspected Red Bull bandit who may be connected to thefts of the energy drink around the region.

On Thursday police arrested Eric Petrossian, 21, of Burbank, in connection with two South Pasadena incidents. The arrest came after a Glendale police officer viewed security camera footage of Petrossian at two supermarkets and said he believed Petrossian was connected to a previous incident, according to Det. Richard Lee of the South Pasadena Police Department.

Red Bull thefts also have occurred in La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta of late, with $1,200 worth of the drink stolen from a Ralphs supermarket in the 500 block of Foothill Boulevard on July 16. A total of $280 worth of Red Bull was stolen from the Ralphs in the 2600 block of Foothill Boulevard in incidents on July 3 and July 5.

“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,” Lee told the Pasadena Sun. “For some strange reason, they’re just in demand.”


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