Downtown Los Angeles header image
Los Angeles Police Department Badge


News Release

Friday, February 13, 2009

Media Relations

Burglar Sought in Van Nuys

Los Angeles: West Valley Area burglary detectives are asking the public’s help in identifying a burglar who was caught on surveillance camera.

Detectives believe the suspect is responsible for breaking into two apartments in the same complex within two weeks; January 23rd, and February 3rd.  The apartment complex is located on Sherman Way near Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys. 

The suspect was recorded by a surveillance camera each day the burglary occurred.  He is seen in the photos using his cell phone while he awaits the front gate to be open by unsuspecting tenants.  Upon entering the complex, the suspect would break into individual apartments and removed jewelry, cash, and other valuables.

The suspect was described as a Black male in his 20s.  He stands 5’ 6” to 5’ 10” tall and weighs 160 to 180 pounds.

The suspect’s photographs are available through Media Relations Section.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detectives Amy Lillenberg, West Valley Burglary Unit, at 818-374-7730.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text “CRIMES” with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web Tips.  When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  All calls and contacts are anonymous.