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Friday, June 22, 2018

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Cyber Watch Partnership Helps Nab Knock-Knock Burglary Suspect NR18170JL

Los Angeles Police Department's Cyber Watch Partnership Helps Nab Knock-Knock Burglary Suspect

San Pedro: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area Detectives announce the arrest of 19-year-old Richard Rashad Golden for burglary.

On January 29, 2018 a burglary occurred near the 3400 Block of Anchovy Avenue in San Pedro. The suspect would knock on the door of a residence multiple times. If the resident was home, he would ask to speak with a randomly named person who did not live at the location. The resident would tell the suspect the named person did not live there and the suspect would leave. If the resident did not answer the door, the suspect would then enter the residence and take the resident's property. The suspect was committing these crimes with the assistance of another person who would drive around the area or park and wait until the suspect committed the burglary. The suspect would then get in the vehicle with the stolen property and flee the location. These crimes primarily occurred in the daytime.

An observant neighbor and CyberWatch community member spotted an unusual vehicle (silver mini-van) parked in their neighborhood near where the burglary occurred. The neighbor photographed the vehicle and reported it to the police (see attached). The photo was circulated on social media.

An extensive investigation revealed that the suspect had committed the same exact crime at another residence near the 1300 Block of 26th Street. Last week, Harbor Area officers and detectives arrested the suspect in both cases. The District Attorney filed two counts of first degree burglary against Golden.

The Investigating Officer, Tom Baran, Harbor Area Detectives, was quoted as saying, "Once again, the social media/ CyberWatch efforts paid off. We were able to put together evidence, find the suspect, make the arrest and file the case. If not for the efforts of the community, cases like this would never be solved. I want to thank everyone involved in this effort. Because of them, this arrest was made possible."


Community Photo of Suspect Vehicle from Day of Burglary

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Harbor Detectives, at (310) 726-7900. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may visit www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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