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Four arrested in burglary of Santa Monica Apple store

May 17, 2012 | 10:57 am

Map shows approximate location of incident in black.

Four people have been arrested in connection with a break-in last week at an Apple store on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, police said Thursday.

When police arrived at the scene of the robbery at 4:15 a.m. May 9, they found one of the store's glass entrance doors broken and a sledgehammer lying on the ground.

Inside, laptop computers and iPhones had been stolen, their security cords hanging from their display cases. Losses at the store was estimated at about $31,000.

Police reviewed surveillance video showing four suspects -- two males and two females in their 20s --  smashing the door and stealing items. Three fled north on the Promenade and the fourth ran south.

While searching the area, officers discovered a bag containing several Apple computers and phones hidden behind a wall at 233 Wilshire Blvd. Officers also observed a tan-colored Chevrolet Impala driving north on 3rd Street with two women in the front and two men in the back.

The women's clothing matched that worn by the women seen on the video and evidence in the car tied the suspects to the burglary, police said.

All four suspects -- three adults and one juvenile -- were charged with a variety of offenses, including suspicion of grand theft, burglary, conspiracy and providing false information to police.

The adults were identified as Markeishia Harris, 19, who is homeless in Los Angeles; Orenthal Sanders, 19, of Los Angeles; Aaron Sanders 18, of Los Angeles; and a 17-year-old of Los Angeles, who was not identified because she is a juvenile.


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Photo: Map shows approximate location of incident in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times / Mapping L.A.