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News Release

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Media Relations

San Pedro Area Hit Hard by Window Smash Bandits NR11397kr

Los Angeles: Business communities in the San Pedro area have been experiencing a high incidence of window smashes over the past month and a half, and one arrest has been made.

Beginning July 14, 2011, at about 5 p.m., British European Auto, located at 1525 South Pacific Avenue, became the first victim in a rash of window smashes targeting businesses along busy roadways in the San Pedro area. All of the crimes occurred between 7 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. Most of the damage is believed to have been caused by BB pellets, but at least in one incident, a brick was used as well as other unidentified hard objects. The businesses that have become victims, some multiple times, of this spat of vandalism’s include:

* Cruz Furniture July 15, 2011
1221 Pacific Avenue
* Office Building July 22, 2011
624 South Grand Avenue
* 99 Cent Store July 30, 2011
938 South Gaffey Street
*Scrubs & Lids August 6, 2011
529 9th Street
*99 Cent Store August 8, 2011
938 South Gaffey Street
*Pacific Home Furniture August 13, 2011
1002 South Pacific Avenue
*American Furniture August 13, 2011
1141 South Pacific Avenue
*San Pedro Barber Shop August 13, 2011
1501 South Gaffey Street
*Black Diamond Tattoo August 13, 2011
403 West 6th Street
*American Furniture August 14, 2011
1141 South Pacific Avenue
*99 Cent Store August 14, 2011
938 South Gaffey Street
*Harbor Medical August 19, 2011
381 West 7th Street
*99 Cent Store August 19, 2011
938 South Gaffey Street
*Pacific Home Furniture August 20, 2011
1002 South Pacific Avenue
*Action Property Mgmt August 20, 2011
225 West 5th Street
*British European Auto August 20, 2011
1525 South Pacific Boulevard

Detectives did recover surveillance video in which they identified a four-door, dark colored compact vehicle, possibly a Toyota, that may be connected to the crimes.

On August 24, 2011, at about 2:15 p.m., Detectives arrested 24-year-old Jason Bonilla in connection with the vandalism of the San Pedro Barber Shop.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in solving these crimes and have released Bonilla’s photograph so that any potential witnesses’ may come forward.