Tarzana: The Los Angeles Police
Department’s West Valley Area detectives are seeking the public’s
help in identifying a burglary crew whose images were caught on
On October 3, 2017, around 10:45 a.m., a burglary occurred in the
19200 block of Linnet Street in Tarzana. Two suspects entered the
residence, ransacked the bedrooms and fled the location with the
One of the suspects
was captured on camera leaving the residence. The suspects then
entered a silver or gold SUV that was driven by a third
The first suspect is described as a male Hispanic, stands 5 feet 9
inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.
The second suspect is described as a male wearing a mask. There is
no description on the third suspect who drove the getaway
Burglary crews like this one are organized and target affluent,
single-family residences located within the San Fernando Valley.
“The members of these criminal groups are usually comprised of
career burglars,” says Detective William Dunn of the West Valley
Burglary Task Force. “They select homes based on the likelihood of
having money, jewelry, and/or firearms within the residence. “They
are known to ‘scout’ an area before a crime to identify unoccupied
residences. Once they determine that a residence is unoccupied,
they gain entry through a rear or side door. They have been known
to disable an alarm. These residences are often ransacked as they
search for money, jewelry and firearms.
The following tips will help prepare residents to protect
themselves and their property from Burglars:
• Use video cameras around the exterior of your residence.
• Cameras with motion sensors should cover entry points from
• Install a doorbell with video and audio capability.
• Share video on social media which captures suspicious behavior
with your neighbors.
• Ensure and safe is securely fastened to your floor to prevent its
• Keep valuable items in a bank safety deposit box.
• Install an audible alarm system with the speaker out of site and
reach, i.e., your attic area.
• Use laminated glass for rear and side doors, as it is more
difficult to remove.
• Ensure the property surrounding your residence is properly
Anyone with information related to this criminal activity is urged
to call Detective Armando Monarrez, West Valley Burglary
Coordinator, at (818) 374-7768, or Detective William Dunn, (818)
374-7769, the case detective. 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
www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.