MALIBU—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have arrested a suspect in connection to a string of burglaries in unincorporated Malibu. Sheriff McDonnell held a press conference on October 10 to discuss the arrest of 42 year-old Anthony Rauda.
Rauda is believed to be responsible for several similar burglaries that transpired throughout the region in the past two years. During each of the burglaries, food items were stolen between the times of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Burglaries transpired on the following days and times:
-October 9, 2018 at 27000 block of Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas
-October 4, 2018 at 700 block of Malibu Canyon Road, Unincorporated Malibu (Las Virgenes Municipal Water District).
-September 30, 2018 at 26800 block of Mulholland Highway, Unincorporated area of Calabasas
-September 24, 2018 at 700 block of Malibu Canyon Road, Unincorporated Calabasas
-July 27, 2018 Agoura Hills-Calabasas Community Center on Malibu Hills Road in Calabasas
-March 8, 2017 at 26800 block of Mulholland Highway, Unincorporated area of Calabasas
-October 28, 2016, a building was broken into a few miles north of Malibu Creek State Park at De Anza Public Park, City of Calabasas
-October 10, 2016 at 26800 block of Dorothy Drive, Unincorporated area of Calabasas
At 10 a.m. on October 10, Major Crimes Personnel, Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station personnel, members of the LASD Aero Bureau, and members of the Malibu Search and Rescue team deployed resources in the Malibu Canyon area to conduct a detailed search for the suspect and evidence related to the crimes.
After several hours, investigators observed fresh boot prints in the ground leading up to a steep ravine approximately a mile from North of Mulholland highway and West of Las Virgenes Road. With the help of air support, detectives followed the boot prints approximately 50 yards and heard movement amongst the brush, followed by observing a male adult, wearing black clothing, walking quickly, who resembled the suspect in the burglaries.
Air support confirmed the individual’s location, and learned Rauda was armed with a rifle. Investigators contained the suspect in a heavy brush area and ordered him to drop the rifle and surrender. After a several tense moments of communicating with Rauda, he surrendered and was taken into custody without incident at 3:20 p.m. Rauda burglarized an area close to the crime scene where Tristan Beaudette 35, was fatally shot while camping with his two daughters in June 2018.
Authorities have not confirmed with Rauda was involved in shooting Beaudette. A $30,000 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in Beaudette’s murder. According to reports, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the city of Malibu and Beaudette’s employer, Allergan added to the award. According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the shooting was reported at 4:44 a.m. on the 1900 block of Las Vrigenes Road, where he sustained one gunshot wound to his upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The rifle was recovered and the suspect was transported to Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station where he was booked for an active no bail felony parole violation warrant. Anyone with information regarding the death of Tristan Beaudette is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Tips can be submitted anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.