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Thursday, January 13, 2011

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Attempted Burglary at Wal-Mart in Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Mall NR11022

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Southwest Area detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects caught on surveillance video hiding inside of a Wal-Mart store during non-business hours at the Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Mall.

On January 10, 2011 at approximately 4:15 p.m., the suspects entered the store dressed as Wal-Mart employees.  The suspects hid in the fourth floor stairwell and elevator room until they were confronted by Wal-Mart employees the next morning at around 3:25 a.m., at which time they ran from the location without removing any property.  They had apparently used a master key to enter the elevator room.

On September 5, 2010, at approximately 2:55 a.m., a similar burglary occurred at the location.  Suspects dressed as Wal-Mart employees entered the same location and hid on the roof.  At approximately 2:55 a.m., they used a master key to enter the sash room and a substantial amount of money was taken from the location.  The suspects from that burglary are still at large.

The first suspect is described as Black man about 20-26 years of age with Corn-Rows. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds.  He was wearing a blue shirt, khaki pants and gray gloves.  He also has a tattoo on his right forearm.  The second suspect is described as a Black man with black hair about 20-25 years of age.  He is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds.  He was wearing a blue shirt, khaki pants and brown gloves.
                                                    
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Southwest Area Burglary Detective Blanca Pasos at 213-485-6795. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 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.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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