North Hollywood: In July 2021, LAPD North Hollywood sworn personnel identified arrestee Robert Saavedra as being involved since November 2020, in a series of early morning burglaries, vehicle thefts, and car break-ins.
The incidents occurred primarily in underground apartment parking garages throughout the San Fernando Valley. Despite exhaustive efforts in locating and apprehending Saavedra, he was not located.
On October 20, 2021, North Hollywood uniformed patrol officers obtained a Lo-Jack activation and located a stolen vehicle in which Saavedra and another suspect were inside and subsequently apprehended both without incident.
The investigation revealed Saavedra would either force entry into the apartment buildings or the building garages by forcing open the building/garage doors or wait until the garage gate had opened.
Upon entering the garages, Saavedra would pull on car door handles of parked vehicles. If the vehicle was unlocked, he would enter the vehicles and search for any spare keys or anything of value.
If a key was located, he would then drive away with the victim’s vehicle. If no keys were found, Saavedra would remove anything of value from the vehicle. On occasions, Saavedra was depicted on surveillance videos working with other individuals.
Saavedra had been linked to at least 34 cases which is currently under review for filing consideration by the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Van Nuys Office.
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing the following counts for felony filing consideration that have been connected to Saavedra:
1 count Felony Hit & Run
2 counts of Felony Evading
8 counts of BFMV
7 counts of GTA
16 counts of Residential Burglary (Apartment Complexes – Underground parking lots)
If anyone has information regarding this investigation, please call LAPD North Hollywood Burglary detectives at (818) 754-8446 . During weekends and off-hours calls should be directed to the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). For anonymous calls please call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org, or tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.