An employee at Tropical Imports at 1134 E. Colorado St. said Argueta entered the store and stole two pieces of live coral, one valued at $40 and the other at $100, Lorenz said. Authorities added that video surveillance footage showed Argueta leaving the store without paying for the coral.
The employee reported that Argueta also stole a blue tang — a tropical fish valued at $100 — back in March, the Glendale News-Press reported.
Glendale detectives later discovered that Argueta was identified as a suspect in a similar type of burglary at Scales 'n' Tails at 1701 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, Lorenz said.
A store employee there told authorities that about a month ago, the suspect came into the store and was seen standing suspiciously near one of the fish tanks, Lorenz said.
As Argueta quickly fled the store, the employee noticed a blue tang, also valued at $100, was missing and the employee was able to get the suspect's license plate number, Lorenz said.
The employee also told detectives that Argueta also stole a $100 platinum clown fish and $40 Percula fish from the business last October.
The marine animals were not recovered.