ALHAMBRA (CBSLA.com) — A Sherman Oaks man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing from an Alhambra resident while posing as a mover, according to the Alhambra Police Department.
On Monday, the victim, who only wanted to be known as “Frank” reported that some of his and his wife’s valuables, including his vintage Rolex watch and her wedding ring, were missing after moving from one part of Alhambra to another on Nov. 17.READ MORE: Evening Commute Could Be Difficult With Dodgers, Lakers Playing At Home
“We kind of just thought may be we misplaced it,” Frank said, adding that he suspected one of the movers was responsible.
So Frank checked Craigslist to see if he could find the stolen items. “I went through and sure enough, I find an ad for it. It’s a pretty rare watch. So I knew right away that it was mine,” he said.
The next day, detectives went undercover and met with the seller, Stanislav Kirsanov, in Sherman Oaks.
They not only found Frank’s Rolex with distinct scratches on it, they found other high-end jewelry and moving contracts in the suspect’s car, police said.READ MORE: West Valley Animal Shelter Dogs In Quarantine After Outbreak Of Canine Influenza
Detectives said the 30-year-old suspect may have stolen from others while working for the following moving companies: U.S. Moving, Mr. Low Prices, Affordable Movers Co. and Best In The West Moving and Storage.
Police said Kirsanov had previously used different names and may be known by various aliases.
Frank has this advice for people who are about to move: “Don’t feel like you can’t look over them. You can’t watch them. I wish I would’ve asked them all for their ID and taken a picture of it or just looked in on them a little bit more and not been so trusting.”
If you had hired any of those moving companies mentioned above and have had belongings stolen, or if you have hired Kirsanov as a mover, contact the Alhambra Police Department at (626) 570-5157.MORE NEWS: LA City Council Votes Unanimously To Crack Down On Street Racing Promotion
Bring a picture if you can. Police will check to see if they have it in their property room.