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LA Sheriff's sergeant faces new theft charges

June 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's sergeant has been arrested for felony burglary for allegedly stealing video games valued at about $900 from a Sears store.Sgt. Steven Flamm, 44, of Simi Valley was arrested Monday as he left a court hearing on other unrelated charges of grand theft and child endangerment.

Two Ventury County Sheriff's deputies stopped Flamm as he left the courtroom and handcuffed him to be booked into the county jail.

Flamm's bail has been set at $50,000.

Ventura County sheriff's spokesman Capt. Ross Bonfiglio said Flamm was arrested after a 3-week investigation.

Bonfiglio said Flamm was caught on store surveillance video June 3 stealing several video games from a Sears store in Thousand Oaks.

Flamm also faces a trial date of July 7 for the grand theft and child endangerment charges.

The charges stem from an incident May 1, 2009, when Flamm was accused of taking two jackets worth $790 from the Nordstrom store at the Oaks Mall.

The child endangerment charge involves Flamm's young daughter. Flamm is accused of using his daughter in the theft. Detectives have declined to say how the child was involved.