LAPD SubHeaders 30
newsroom breadcrumb arrow 2011 archives breadcrumb arrow june 2011
 
NEWS ARCHIVES
 
HOME
 
CRIME MAPPING
 
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION
 
E-POLICING
 
JOIN THE TEAM
 
LAPD BLOG
 
LAPD EQUIPMENT
 
LAPD SPORTS
 
LAPD TV
 
NEWSROOM
 
OUR COMMUNITIES
 
POLICE COMMISSION
 
REPORT A CRIME
 
SOLVE A CRIME
 
SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL POLICING
 
SUPPORT LAPD
 
TRAFFIC
 
INSIDE THE LAPD
 
GET INFORMED
 
Alarm School
 
Contact Us
 
Crime Mapping and COMPSTAT
 
Crime Prevention
 
Domestic Violence
 
FAQs
 
For Your Family
 
Gang Injunctions
 
I Want to Know
 
LAPD General Fund Contracts
 
LAPD Adult Missing Persons Unit
 
Most Wanted
 
Read the Beat Magazine
 
Social Media
 
Sworn and Civilian Report
 
Trademark
 
Year in Review
 
Youth Programs
FILE A
COMMENDATION
OR COMPLAINT

translation logo: globe with lapd badge
 

Disclaimer:
The LAPDonline.org® website has made reasonable efforts to provide an accurate translation. However, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text is the English version of the LAPDonline.org® website. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated version of the website, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.

 

News Release
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Media Relations
   
   
Beware Mothers, Stroller Bandits on the Prowl NR11259pv

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles detectives released photos and video of two women acting in concert to steal wallets from baby strollers as unsuspecting mothers shop in the Los Angeles downtown area.

“Surveillance video from a swap meet at 530 S. Los Angeles shows how the thieves, two middle-aged Hispanic women, first size up their victim, which in this case was a mother with her 23-month-old toddler inside a stroller. Her husband is seen standing nearby,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division.  “The thieves’ actions are tells to their intent.”

Then, working together, they begin to distract the mother until the woman with longer hair, in white, can sidle up to the stroller and grab the wallet.  This, as her accomplice in the tan shirt stands to block the mother from seeing the wallet being taken.

“We’ve identified a trend in these kind of thefts over the last several months and we want shoppers to be more aware,” said Lt. Vernon.  “While the crime may seem minor, it’s scary because the victim’s child is so close and vulnerable.”  Detectives suspect the two women live locally and encourage anyone who recognizes them to call police immediately.

All shoppers, especially mothers with strollers, should be leery about anyone who approaches them or attempts to engage them in crowded swap meets, stores, or outdoor bazaars.  Female shoppers should keep wallets and valuables in purses, zippered shut, and preferably over their shoulder.  Never leave valuables or purchases on top of strollers.

Victims have reported about six thefts from strollers by women in the downtown area over the last six weeks.  The two suspects depicted in the video may be responsible for other thefts, but detectives believe there are more than one set of thieve committing these type of thefts.

“Imagine a thief reaching into a stroller to take a purse, and the strap becomes tangled with the child as the thief tries to run away,” Lt. Vernon explained.  “Forewarned is forearmed.”

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Det. Mike Mazzacano at 213-972-1231.  Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.




     
 Follow @LAPDHQ  LAPD on Facebook
 Follow @lapolicefdtn
 
contact us  /  terms & conditions  /  los angeles police foundation
 
+ Powered By Radar Blue | © 2014 City of Los Angeles
 
Los Angeles Police Foundation Los Angeles Police Foundation