Authorities Serve Search Warrant at Downtown L.A. Facility, Recover $300,000 Worth of Stolen Meat

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Authorities recovered more than 1,531 cases of stolen high-end meat after serving a search warrant at a cold-storage facility in downtown Los Angeles, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department announced Monday.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's investigator photographs cases of stolen meat that were found at a cold-storage facility in downtown Los Angeles. (Credit: L.A. County Sheriff's Department)
A Los Angeles County sheriff's investigator photographs cases of stolen meat that were found at a cold-storage facility in downtown Los Angeles. (Credit: L.A. County Sheriff's Department)

Investigators from the sheriff's Carson station made the discovery while conducting two searches, including one at 7 a.m. Thursday in the 2000 block of Imperial Steet (map), according to a news release. The address of the second location was not disclosed.

It was unclear if any arrests were made in the case.

The search warrant was part of an investigation that began Dec. 2, when the Lamb Cooperative Inc. reported that a shipment of beef steak, leg of lamb, rack of lamb and other high-quality cuts had been stolen, the release said.

"We work long and hard to find the best meat from New Zealand, Australia and Uruguay, so you can put the best meal on the table, whether you're a home chef or cooking in a 5-star restaurant," the company said on its website.

The wholesale value of the recovered meat was about $300,000, the Sheriff's Department said, adding that more than 90 percent of the merchandise that had been stolen was found.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact sheriff's Detective Jason Parolini by phone at 310-847-8371 or via email at JMParoli@lasd.org.

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