Police say a Glendale man used his position as a security guard at the Macy’s in Eagle Rock to steal pricey perfumes and jewelry, using a specially altered jacket to conceal the stolen goods, officials said Monday.
Ruben Reynoso, 33, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stealing the merchandise at the Macy’s on the 2800 block of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock.
Calls to Reynoso and Macy’s store representatives were not returned Tuesday.
Police discovered the stolen merchandise when they stopped Reynoso on Colorado Boulevard at the Glendale (2) Freeway underpass for not wearing a seat belt, according to Glendale Police Department reports.
Reynoso consented to a search of his vehicle after he tried reaching for a metal bar, according to police reports.
During the vehicle search, officers reported finding a flannel jacket with an altered interior lining, according to reports. When they lifted the jacket, a set of small keys and a perfume box fell out.
Reynoso allegedly told police the keys were used to access display cases for watches and jewelry.
A Glendale police officer stuck his hand inside a slit of the jacket’s lining and found six unopened boxes each of Channel Bleu and Gucci Guilty and five unopened boxes of D&G.
Officers later searched Reynoso’s home in Glendale, where they discovered three other unopened perfume boxes and seven Macy’s jewelry boxes — most of which were empty except for one that contained three earrings, according to police reports.
The store’s district director said the boxes belonged to the store and Reynoso didn’t have permission to take the merchandise home, according to the arrest report.
Reynoso was arrested on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property. He was released from police custody after posting a $20,000 bond.