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Brand-new Mercedes stolen in Las Vegas, found in Glendale

December 6, 2011 |  1:58 pm

Four people are expected to appear in a Glendale courtroom Wednesday in connection with stealing a new Mercedes-Benz from Las Vegas, police said.

Police stopped the white 2011 Mercedes at 12:48 a.m. Monday on Adams Street and Lomita Avenue after they received information that it was stolen from Nevada, according to Glendale Police Department reports.

The Mercedes occupants — Sarkis Mkhsyan, 24, of Van Nuys; Chelsea Countryman, 24, of Minneapolis; and Gor Atabekyan, 24, of Van Nuys — claimed it belonged to a friend staying at the Glen Capri Inn and Suites on Colorado Street.

The men said they didn’t know the car was stolen, according to police reports. But Countryman told police that Kenia Garcia, 20, of Glendale, who was staying the motel, stole the Mercedes, according to the Glendale News-Press.

When police went to the motel to look for Garcia, police said they noticed she reserved the room under the name Sheena Kuniyoshi. Garcia later told police she used the bogus name because she is a dancer.

Police arrested Garcia on suspicion of vehicle theft, as were Mkhsyan, Atabekyan and Countryman.


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