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Torrance Courthouse Theft / Robbery Case Results

The Torrance Courthouse handles misdemeanor theft / robbery offenses in three courtrooms (P, 2 and 5) in general. Judge George Bird is in Department P and hears matters arising in Torrance and Lomita. Judge Rene Gilbertson is in Department 2 and hears matters arising in Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes and Manhattan Beach. Judge Amy Carter is in Department 5 and hears matters arising in Redondo Beach and Gardena.  The misdemeanor cases start in Department 3 with Judge David Reinert before being transferred to P, 2 and 5.

Felony theft / robbery cases can be heard in many more courtrooms, but usually start in Department 4 with Judge Thomas Sokolov, proceed to Department 8 with Judge Nicole Bershon and then are assigned to one of several courtrooms.

Which department hears a particular misdemeanor case is determined by where the arrest took place. Each department has one or more prosecutors assigned to it.

Over time, prosecutors are transferred to other courtrooms.

Prosecutors also change in their approach to theft /robbery cases, some more than others.

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Consequently, in presenting the case summaries below, we caution the reader not to expect a similar result because no case can have completely and exactly the same facts and the prosecutors do change.

However, the Theft/Robbery Results below do help the reader understand how past cases have resolved and what is possible.

Please see our theft / robbery results, by city, by clicking on the cities listed below to read a detailed description of each case:

Gardena Theft / Robbery Case Results
  1. Gardena, Felony Robberies Using Craig's List, Multiple Defendants

  2. Gardena , Client One of Three Defendants Charges with Tampering with a Vehicle (Vehicle Code § 10852), Case Reduced to Infraction for Disturbing the Peace (Penal Code § 415(2))

  3. Client Shoplifts $28.02 in Vegetables, Fruit and Coffee from Albertson’s in Gardena; Misdemeanor Complaint for Violating Penal Code § 484(a) Filed in Torrance Courthouse; Case Resolved with Dismissal After Client Performs 40 Hours of Community Service and Pays $220 in Court Costs

  4. Shoplifting, Gardena Target, $673 in Goods, Infraction
Lomita Theft / Robbery Case Results
  1. Lomita, Client Steals Computers from Police Post at Night, Case Filed in Torrance, Felony Penal Code § 459 Charges Reduced to Misdemeanor

  2. Lomita, Client Shoplifts $189 in Items from Vons, Diversion
Manhattan Beach Theft / Robbery Case Results
  1. Manhattan Beach, Felony Grand Theft by Employee from His Employer – No File

  2. Manhattan Beach, P.C. 484(a) Shoplifting from Fry's, Misdemeanor Charge Reduced To P.C. 490.1 Infraction

  3. Manhattan Beach, Client Allegedly Shoplifts $2,249 of Product, Charged with Grand Theft and Commercial Burglary, Case Resolved for Three Years Summary Probation and Community Service, No Fines

  4. Manhattan Beach Shoplifting of Over $1,750 from Macy’s, Case Resolved for Three Years Summary Probation, $150 Fine, Plus Penalties and Assessments, No Jail and Ten Days of Community Service

  5. Manhattan Beach Shoplifting from Sephora, Judicial Diversion

  6. Manhattan Beach, Third Strike Residential Burglary, 7 Years
  7. Manhattan Beach, Embezzlement of $1,114, Resolved for 490.1
Palos Verdes Theft / Robbery Case Results
  1. Rancho Palos Verdes, Theft of Case of Beer from Market, Case Dismissed

  2. Rolling Hills Estates, 22 Year-Old Client Caught Shoplifting Make-Up at Peninsula Center, Charged with Violating Penal Code § 484(a), Case Resolved for Infraction Violation of Penal Code § 490.1 and $302 Fine

  3. Embezzlement from Rolling Hills Estates Business, No Jail
Redondo Beach Theft / Robbery Case Results
  1. Redondo Beach, Second Time Shoplifting, Macy’s, No Jail

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  2. Redondo Beach, Shoplifting with Magnet, Judicial Diversion
  3. Shoplifting, Torrance, Client Age 18, Judicial Diversion
  4. Redondo Beach Shoplifting, Macy’s, Judicial Diversion
  5. Shoplifting at Redondo Beach Kohl’s, Two Years’ Probation
Torrance Theft / Robbery Case Results
  1. Torrance, Grand Theft of Sears by Employee, Dismissed

  2. Torrance, Our Client Allegedly Takes Item from Kohl’s, Our Motion for Civil Compromise Granted, Case Dismissed

  3. Torrance, Delayed Entry of Judgment and Then Dismissal

  4. Torrance, Misdemeanor Shoplifting Reduced to Infraction

  5. Torrance, Client Caught Shoplifting $264 in Jewelry from JC Penney, Case Dismissed After Client Performs 10 Days of Community Service and Pays $419 Booking Fee to City of Torrance

  6. Torrance, 67 Year-Old Client Arrested While Walking Out of Macy’s without Paying for Two Purses, Case Dismissed on Motion for Civil Compromise

  7. Torrance, Client Allegedly Shoplifts $356 in Items from Macy’s, Case Dismissed on Motion for Civil Compromise

  8. Torrance, Grand Theft of $241,000 from Employer, Client Has Two Prior Theft Convictions, Case Resolved for Two Years Joint Suspended, 25-Days Caltrans, Formal Probation, $6,000 in Restitution

  9. Client Caught Stealing Traffic Light Fixture, Charged with Attempted Petty Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools (P.C. § 466) and Tampering with a Traffic Control Device (VC § 21464(a)); Case Resolved for Diversion and Dismissal

  10. Client, an LA County Sheriff’s Department Employee, Arrested for Defrauding an Innkeeper by Attempting to Use Another Person’s ATM Card for a Meal at El Torito; Evades Arrest, Charged with Five Counts, Case Resolved for One Misdemeanor Count, No Jail

  11. Torrance Superior Court, Client Arrested for Violating California Penal Code § 496 (“Receipt of Stolen Property”), Greg Speaks with Handling Detective, No Case Filed

  12. Client Shoplifted About $195 Worth of Merchandise from Walmart in Torrance; Greg Hill Files Motion for Diversion under AB 2124; Judge Grants Motion; Case Dismissed After One Year

  13. Torrance, Client Shoplifts About $350 in Merchandise from JCPenney in Del Amo Mall; Greg Hill Files Motion for Imposition of Diversion Under AB2124; Judge Grants Motion; Case Dismissed After One Year

  14. Shoplifting, Torrance Walmart, Two Client Ages 18 and 19, $156 in items Taken; Diversion Granted by Judge

  15. Torrance, Shoplifting at JCPenney, Diversion & Dismissal

  16. Torrance, Client Breaks into 16 Cars, Steals Various Items

  17. Torrance Shoplifting, JCPenney, Judicial Diversion

  18. Del Amo Mall Shoplifting, Judicial Diversion, Two Clients

  19. Torrance Shoplifting and Conspiracy, Walmart, DA Diversion
  20. Torrance, Tampering with a Vehicle & Probation Violations
  21. Shoplifting at Sephora, Torrance Court, Formal Diversion

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