FBI raids Los Altos lice-removal business

LoveBugs raid
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A FBI representative, in green, reenters LoveBugs following a raid at the Los Altos business Wednesday morning.

FBI agents descended upon the Rancho Shopping Center in Los Altos Wednesday morning (Dec. 5) to execute a search warrant at a lice-removal salon.

Agents arrived at LoveBugs, located at 1148 Riverside Drive, at approximately 8 a.m., according to employees and members of FIT, a gym with large windows facing the salon. Agents remained at the salon until at least 11 a.m.

“Eight agents went in there with their guns drawn,” said Thom Downing, the gym’s owner. “It looked like guys were looking in the ceiling. They immediately started taking out boxes. It looked like something business related. They were clearing it out – all the computers. It looked like they were taking everything out of there.”

FBI officials confirmed the raid Thursday, but could not provide details about the case.

“The FBI served a federal search warrant at the Los Altos business,” FBI spokeswoman Cameron Rogers Polan wrote in an email to the Town Crier. “The affidavit supporting the warrant has been sealed by a court, and I am therefore prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the ongoing investigation. No arrests were made.”

The FBI notified the Los Altos Police Department of the activity before it occurred, but the agency did not request assistance, according to police Captain Scott McCrossin.

Reached by phone Wednesday, LoveBugs owner Mailana Mavromatis dismissed the incident.

“This was a mistake,” Mavromatis said. “It was nothing. They have to do what they have to do, but it has nothing to do with us.”

Lovebugs opened in November 2011.

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