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Friday, September 17, 2010

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Wilshire Detectives Investigating a Series of Car Break-Ins

UPDATE
September 23, 2010

New suspect and incident photos related to the vehicle thefts below have been added to this press release on subsequent pages.

Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Area detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify and apprehend several suspects who have recently been breaking into vehicles in the Mid-City/Wilshire vicinity.

Since July of this year and continuing through September, quite a few vehicles have been broken into or stolen, mostly in the Miracle Mile area of the city, by a variety of suspects whom detectives believe are probably operating independently.  The suspects used an assortment of methods to break into the cars they targeted, including picking door locks and smashing windows, with some incidents captured on surveillance video.  In some instances, the suspects even returned to the same location to commit additional thefts where they had broken into cars previously.

Suspects described below on dates shown were all captured by video cameras breaking into vehicles.







July 12, 2010

Male Hispanic  - brown hair - about 5 feet 9 inches tall - 170-180 pounds - 20 to 25 years old

Male Hispanic – brown hair – about 5 feet 9 inches tall – 170 pounds – 20 to 25 years
old

Female Hispanic – black hair and brown eyes – 125 pounds – 18 to 25 years old

July 26, 2010
Male Black – brown hair – about 5 feet 9 inches tall – 170 pounds – 40 to 50 years old

August 18, 2010
Male White (possibly Armenian) – black hair and brown eyes – about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall – 160 to 180 pounds – 34 to 40 years old

August 19, 2010
Male Black – black hair and brown eyes - about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall – 150 to 170 pounds – 30 to 37 years old

September 5, 2010
Male Black – black hair and brown eyes - about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall – 170 pounds – 30 to 40 years old

Anyone with information about these crimes or suspects is urged to call LAPD Wilshire Area auto detectives at 213-922-8205. After-hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

Those who wish to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Information can also be submitted by going to www.LAPDOnline.org, clicking on "webtips" and following the prompts.