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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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Burglary Suspects Sought; Series of Distraction Burglaries in the San Fernando Valley NR13452rh

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department West Valley Burglary detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of two female suspects who committed a series of distraction burglaries in which elderly women are being targeted.

On September 24, 2013, around 1:30 p.m., two suspects entered a beauty salon in the 6600 block of Reseda Boulevard, one suspect distracted the employees and customers, while the other suspect took the victim’s purse.

On September 29, 2013, around 7:45 a.m., in the 5300 block of Zelzah Avenue two suspects committed the same crime, but this time one of the suspects entered the victim’s residence and took her purse. The victim, who was home at the time, gave chase, but was unsuccessful in catching the suspect.  Some of the victims have told police the suspects possibly work for a cleaning company.

After two of the crimes were committed the suspects used or attempted to use, the victims’ credit cards.  They were successful at one store located in the 14900 block of Raymer Street and were caught on video buying cleaning supplies.

The first suspect is described as a female Hispanic, between the ages of 45-50 years-old.  She stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds with brown hair.

The second suspect is described as a female Hispanic, 40-years-old.  She stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs between 150-160 pounds with brown hair.

The suspects are seen on leaving the parking lot in a large, dark colored SUV; possibly a Chevy Suburban.

Anybody with any information on the identities of the two suspects should call Detective Tracey Angeles, at West Valley Station (818) 374-7768 or Detective Scott Crowe, West Valley Station (818) 374-7760.  After hours, anyone with information can call the front desk at West Valley Station at (818) 374-7611.  During non- business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.