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Lakers’ security guard arrested for allegedly stealing two championship rings

Dec 13, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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The Lakers and Los Angeles Kings share a practice facility in El Segundo — basically near LAX — and a security guard at that facility has been arrested for allegedly stealing two NBA championship rings plus $20,000 in gift cards.

The Daily Breeze newspaper, which covers this part of L.A., has the details.

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.

So, not exactly a criminal mastermind here. Why not take one of the Larry O’Brien trophies the Lakers keep at the facility and take it home, too? Who is going to notice?

Monterroso worked for a private security company hired to patrol the building after business hours. The gift cards were ones the Lakers planned to give out at upcoming holiday charity events.

The rings were “extras” that did not belong to a specific player or member of the organization, according to the team. They were rings from the Lakers two most recent titles.

  1. bougin89 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    He’s not very good at his profession.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      security or stealing?

      • bougin89 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Both.

  2. mrlaloosh - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    “Extra” championship rings. Let him keep it. The gift cards were probably for him also. Come on Man!

  3. dwreck21 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Inglewood always up to no good…

  4. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks having “extra” championship rings kind of devalues the others? I mean, they’re supposed to be rare rewards for work, and it sounds like “we’ll take 2 more just incase we want to give them out as stocking stuffers for investors.”

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      They might have been for display at the team’s facility.

      • mogogo1 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        That’s what I was wondering, too. They would have had to of been on display, otherwise they’d have been locked up where even a security guard wouldn’t have access. And lots of people think that gift cards are like stealing cash… not so. When you buy them in quantity, you get the numbers provided to you. Very easy to look them up online and see where they are being used. We had an employee take a few grand worth and we had her busted using them on security footage before she’d spent more than a couple hundred dollars worth.

  5. money2long - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    back when i used to dorm, my school had cleaning people who came in during the long vacations to clean up around the entire school. well, during winter break, these guys had a feast day in the dorm. they took dvd players, gaming systems, computer software/products. guys came back from home to the dorm and were shocked! no one was on school grounds for those 2-3 weeks off. and the people who live in the dorm to look after the students couldn’t provide an explanation. luckily, one of the people who lived with us in the dorm, had a tracking device on one of his things, i can’t remember what it was, but they tracked it and discovered it was in possession of the cleaning people. they recovered all stolen items and guys who had stuff taken were to make a list of stuff they had missing. i think guys added a few other things they never had but hey, do the crime, pay for it, maybe a lil extra than you bargained for. in the end, there was a happy ending. the cleaning company reimbursed everyone and they were never called again. moral of the story, you really can’t always trust the people you let into your home. the lakers have seen that with this 23 year old guy. he was young, probably felt a rush doing it. he maybe didn’t know any better, but he should have.

    • mogogo1 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      I know of a corporate security company that sends people in under cover as the cleaning crew to prove to clients that they’re not nearly as secure as they think. Cleaning people are basically invisible. People let them go anywhere without question, will get up and leave their offices to be cleaned with all sorts of sensitive things sitting out, etc.

    • eatitfanboy - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      When I was in college I knew a guy that was a campus security guard. During winter break, he used to go in all the dorm rooms and take everyone’s booze. No one could say anything because you weren’t allowed to have booze in your room. Dude had some great parties in January.

  6. kinglorious - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    no wonder he never became a real cop.

  7. matthew moran - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Maybe Kobe put him up to it… At this point it’s the only way Kobe will get anymore championship rings.

  8. muhangis - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Looks like Bozo the Clown here, and an idiot in all kinds of ways:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=eddie+j.+monterroso&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=QBatUvGyO4XpoASGpoCgBw&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1600&bih=754

  9. 22yearsagotoday - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Had a guy steal some booze out of my dorm room. He admitted it once I had his throat in my hand. He was lucky I didn’t rearrange his face.

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