Suspect in Siegel’s Jewelry burglary caught at LAX trying to flee country


PASO ROBLES — Officers from the Santa Cruz Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department assisted the Paso Robles Police Department in arresting 28-year-old Roman Petre in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 24.

Petre was currently out on bail for another jewelry store burglary in Northern California and was arrested at the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) while trying to flee the country to his native Romania.

Petre was arrested on a $1 million warrant stemming from his part in the Siegel’s Jewelry store burglary from March in Paso Robles.

Petre, along with five females entered Siegel’s Jewelry on March 20. While the store clerk was distracted, several pieces of jewelry were taken by the group. This same group is believed to be responsible for several similar burglaries throughout California.

Arrest warrants have also been signed for Loredana Velcu and Ancuta Poenaru for their part in the burglary.

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts, or the identity of the two additional suspects, is encouraged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at 805-237-6464.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers' 24-hour hotline at 805-549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).

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