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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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Elder Distraction Theft in Studio City NR17100rh

Studio City: Los Angeles Police Department and North Hollywood Division Robbery Detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of two suspects involved in a theft in Studio City.

On March 31, 2017, around 1:30 p.m., an elderly female victim was grocery shopping at a local store in the 12800 block of Ventura Boulevard, when she was approached by a male suspect who distracted her by asking her a question about a food product. While distracted, the suspect removed the victim's wallet from her purse. A second suspect acted as a lookout. The suspects then used the victim's credit cards at several locations.

First suspect is described as a male Black, black hair, stands 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, 45 years of age, and well dressed in a dark business suit.

Second suspect is described as a male Black with a mustache, grey thinning hair, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, 60 years of age, and wearing a white polo shirt with stripes and blue jeans.

The suspects were driving an unknown make/model white SUV

First Suspect................................ Second Suspect

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact Detective Hammer or Detective Mahoney, North Hollywood Area Robbery Detectives at 818-754-8424. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to ww.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also 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 the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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