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News Release

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Los Angeles:  Detectives are asking the public’s help in finding Otis Anthony Deaver, 57, who has been tied to a spree of office burglaries over the last two months.  Detectives released video and still photos of Deaver, who often dresses in a security guard’s jacket as a disguise to blend in and wander around unchallenged in downtown business buildings.

“Deaver is a career burglar who likes to steal laptops right off of desks,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division.  “We’ve tied him to two thefts since August, and detectives at Rampart Division have tied him to several more thefts.”

Deaver is Black, over 6 feet tall, with a thin build.  He walks with a distinct limp.  He was last seen October 3 inside a downtown bank with his head and face shaved.

“These office creepers are a bit creepy when one considers they are sneaking around in your workplace as you work,” Lt. Vernon explained.  “No one should have to feel unsafe at work nor have to hide one’s computer to take a break.”

Deaver has family in Whittier, California, but detectives believe he is staying in the downtown area.

A video of Deaver entering 1900 Wilshire Boulevard in a security jacket can be seen below.

Anyone with additional information on this crime is urged to call Detective Pat Roman, Central Burglary Unit, at 213-972-1230.  Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Online tips may be placed at, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.