A Reseda man accused of stealing movie posters -- a half-million dollars’ worth of them, taken from bus stops and sold online -- pleaded no contest yesterday, prosecutors announced.
Christian Eric Stevens, 36, admitted to one count of grand theft, resulting in his immediate sentencing of 25 days in jail plus another month of picking up trash by the highway, according to the L.A. County DA’s Office.
Prosecutors say Stevens took as many as 3,000 posters, with a total value of up to $500,000, from bus stops between June 3, 2011, and March 27, 2012. He was arrested last month and had faced up to five years in prison before his Tuesday plea deal in a Van Nuys courtroom.
Nearly half of the posters were sold online, but LAPD investigators recovered 1,770 of them valued at $265,500, according to the DA’s office.
An “arduous investigation” by West Side sheriff’s detectives has led to the recovery of two truckloads of personal items stolen from residences, commerical properties and storage units around the region. But it may be just as arduous getting all those items back to their rightful owners.
According to investigators from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, authorities looking into a string of residential and commercial burglaries received a tip leading them to a parolee named Richard Traber. They followed up, and on May 15 entered his Woodland Hills home to find much of the stolen property they were looking for.
In fact, Traber’s home, where he had been living for only two months, was stuffed full of electronics, antiques, paintings, hair products -- “so many different things,” Sheriff’s Det. Ginni Alvarez told KPCC.