Luis Alberto Cortez, 22, of Signal Hill, was convicted of criminal trespassing in connection with stolen property found by police at The Workshop, a Bixby Knolls bike shop at 4250 Atlantic Ave., last month, according to court records obtained by the Signal Tribune.
Cortez, who was originally charged under the last name Orozco, was arrested along with Jesus Emmanuel Rojas, 28, of Long Beach on May 5 after police recovered more than $20,000 worth of stolen property.
Cortez was served an arrest warrant and originally charged with one count of receiving stolen property and another count of trespassing and refusing to leave, according to court records.
Police officials confirmed that Rojas was charged with burglary, adding that detectives were investigating whether the incident was related to other commercial burglaries reported in the area. Court records for Rojas could not be immediately obtained.
In a May 8 court hearing, Cortez pleaded not guilty to receiving stolen property, and the charge was eventually dismissed.
Cortez, however, pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing, which is a misdemeanor, of which he was convicted. He was ordered to serve 24 days in county jail and three years probation. The court also ordered Cortez to stay away from the bike shop.
Long Beach police spokesperson Cynthia Arrona said via email that one of the two suspects in the case is a friend of the owner of the business. Shawn Moore, who owns the bike shop and Long Beach Clothing Company, did not return phone calls by the Signal Tribune seeking comment.