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Thieves boost expensive Red Bull drinks, cost stores thousands of dollars

February 14, 2011 |  7:16 am

Redbull Police are trying to track down thieves who steal cases of the popular and expensive Red Bull drink -- and then resell them for hefty profits.

For the retail chains, the thefts can add up. Smart & Final representatives told Glendale police that a spike of Red Bull thefts in the last few months had cost the business more than $10,000, said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

During an undercover Glendale police operation, detectives followed Jelbert Davoode, 29, and Jozef Allahyarian, 43, as they visited four small convenience stores in Glendale and Burbank to sell stolen cases of Red Bull at a discounted rate, police said. Davoode allegedly stole the 24-pack cases — which can go for up to $50 — from big-chain supermarkets, including Ralphs, Jon’s Marketplace and Smart & Final, Lorenz said.

The pair were arrested on suspicion of theft-related crimes.

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--Veronica Rocha, Times Community News.

Photo: Associated Press