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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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Arrest Made in Celebrity and High-End Home Burglaries and the Recovery of Over 2,000 Items

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Area burglary detectives have arrested 32-year-old Benjamin Eitan Ackerman in connection with a series of celebrity and high-end home burglaries.

On July, 22, 2018, detectives became aware of a residential burglary of a multi-million-dollar home that was listed for sale, where numerous high value items, including, jewelry, artwork, wine, clothing, and handbags had been stolen.

Detectives received a lead on a person of interest, Benjamin Eitan Ackerman. He posed as a realtor and later as a home buyer several weeks prior to the burglary. The suspect has signed the open house ledger in several cases prior to the homes being burglarized using a variation of his name. The suspect has also been known to claim that he works for an investment firm, which was confirmed as false.

On September 20, 2018, detectives served a search warrant at Benjamin Eitan Ackerman's residence and storage unit, which resulted in the arrest of Benjamin Eitan Ackerman and the recovery of over 2,000 items.

Benjamin Eitan Ackerman was in possession of stolen property that has been confirmed and identified by 13 different victims. Detectives believe Benjamin Eitan Ackerman has been engaged in criminal activity for the past several years. The suspect mainly targets high value homes and celebrity homes, however, one of the victims turned out to be a family friend.

After the long process of inventorying the large amount of items, detectives are now seeking the assistance of the community to identify any additional victims whose stolen property we may now be in possession of.

Please visit www.hollywoodburglary.smugmug.com, to check if we recovered your stolen property.

Detectives would like to speak with anyone that has purchased any items including, but not limited to artwork, jewelry, handbags, clothing, shoes, etc., from Benjamin Eitan Ackerman or done business with him, in the Southern California area as well as anywhere in the United States, as detectives have discovered evidence that the suspect travels to places like New York.

Detectives are still in the process of identifying all Benjamin Eitan Ackerman's co-conspirators.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Hollywood Area detectives at (213) 972-2928. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.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 LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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