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News Release

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Media Relations

Knock-Knock Burglary Arrest NR18052ti

Encino: Detectives have released the photographs of suspects arrested on February 12, 2018, by the Los Angeles Police Department. These suspects were involved in a Knock-Knock style burglary in the San Fernando Valley.

Knock-Knock Burglars are organized and target affluent single-family residences located within the San Fernando Valley. The members of these Knock-Knock criminal groups are usually comprised of criminal street gang members. They select homes based on the likelihood of having money, jewelry, and/or firearms within the residence. They are known to knock on the front door to determine if the residence is unoccupied. Once they determine the residence is unoccupied, they gain entry through a rear door, side door or second floor balcony and have been known to disable the alarm. The residences are often ransacked as they search for money, jewelry, and firearms. They have even been known to remove unbolted safes from the residence. We estimate that the Knock-Knock Burglars are usually in and out of a home within five minutes.

On February 12, 2018, suspect Paul Botha knocked on the door of a single-family home in the Encino area. When no one answered, Botha attempted to open the front door. The homeowners could monitor Botha's activity through a video doorbell application and promptly notified police. The homeowners further observed Suspect Derrick Bradley join Botha and go to the backyard where they removed a screen from the rear sliding glass door and opened the second-floor balcony sliding door. Uniformed Officers and plainclothes officers assigned to the San Fernando Valley Knock-Knock Burglary Task Force responded to the home and arrested both Botha and Bradley for conspiracy to commit burglary as they attempted to leave in their silver BMW sedan.

"The San Fernando Valley Knock-Knock Task Force continues to track and arrests criminal street gang members committing burglaries in the Valley," stated Lieutenant Lou Vince, Assistant Commanding Officer of West Valley Detectives. "Gang members committing burglaries should know by now that we will catch them." added Lieutenant Vince.

"We have experienced 25 less burglaries year-to-date in West Valley Area," stated Detective II Joe Kim, assigned to West Valley Burglary. "We are getting help from homeowners who 'harden the target' by adding real-time video surveillance and calling the police immediately upon observing suspicious activity," added Detective Kim.

The following tips will help prepare residents to protect themselves and their property from Knock-Knock Burglars:
• Use video cameras around and inside your residence with motion sensors covering entry points.
• Install a doorbell with video and audio capability.
• Share video which captures suspicious behavior with your neighbors on social media.
• Ensure your "safe" is securely fastened to your residence to prevent its removal.
• Keep valuable items in a bank safety deposit box.
• Install an audible alarm system with the speaker out of site and reach, i.e., your attic area.
• Use laminated glass for rear and side doors, as it is more difficult to break and remove.
• Ensure the property surrounding your residence is properly lit.

The LAPD is also collaborating with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Major Crimes Bureau, Burglary-Robbery Task Force to reduce the number of burglaries in the San Fernando Valley and throughout both of our jurisdictions.

Anyone with information related to this criminal activity is urged to call Detective Joe Kim, West Valley Burglary Table, at (818-374-7730. 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 Tipsters can also visit, 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