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December 13, 2013

Lakers Security Guard Arrested For Stealing Championship Rings, $20k In Gift Cards

by Jared

I guess when you are a security guard for the L.A. Lakers, seeing championships won is the norm.   Or in this guys case, I guess the guy went YOLO because he figured that the Lakers have so many rings, they probably won’t miss two or three.

Larry Altman of TheDaily Breeze is reporting that a security guard who patrolled after hours in the Los Angeles Lakers headquarters in El Segundo was charged Thursday with stealing two NBA championship rings and $20,000 in gift cards that were to be handed out at holiday events.

A security guard who patrolled after hours in the Los Angeles Lakers headquarters in El Segundo was charged Thursday with stealing two NBA championship rings and $20,000 in gift cards that were to be handed out at holiday events.

Eddie J. Monterroso, 23, of Inglewood allegedly spent $15,000 worth of the gift cards, buying televisions and iPads, El Segundo police Lt. Jaime Bermudez said.

Police arrested Monterroso on Tuesday as he left work at the Toyota Sports Center on Nash Street near Mariposa Avenue. Police recovered the rings and other property at his Inglewood home.

Lakers officials reported the theft on Dec. 5. Besides the gift cards for Target, Macy’s and other stores, someone made off with NBA championship rings from 2009 and 2010. Bermudez described the rings as extras that did not belong to any particular players or Lakers employees.

Monterroso, who worked for an undisclosed security company hired by the Lakers, patrolled the offices after business hours, Bermudez said.

Altman also reports that Lt. Bermudez would not release details of the investigation or case against Monterroso, so it is not yet clear exactly what is alleged to have occurred.

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