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Pacific Palisades News

Home Burglary Suspects Caught On Video
Posted by Daniel Antolin on Sep 21, 2011 - 12:56:14 PM

Video of three burglary suspects. Photo courtesy of LAPD.
PACIFIC PALISADES—On Wednesday, September 21, LAPD West Los Angeles burglary detectives asked for the public's help in identifying three suspects who were caught on tape breaking into and burglarizing a home in Pacific Palisades.

On Tuesday, September 13, the home's "sophisticated" security system recorded the suspects entering through the front door after one of them forced it open with his shoulder, a news release prepared by Detective Greg Davis states. Though police and crime report data say that the suspects arrived at the home at 9:05 p.m., the video shows them arriving at 8:03 p.m. They allegedly walked off with items of jewelry, the value of which has yet to be determined by police.

The person who could tell police the exact value of the jewelry is currently out of the country, Davis told Canyon News.

Pacific Palisades Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore told Canyon News that the home burglary incident took place on the 700 block of Amalfi Drive, and that a construction site on the 400 block of the same street was burglarized on the same date between 4:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. Drills, saws and nail guns were taken.

Moore said that although it is not common for the same burglars to target both jewelry and construction equipment, it is not unheard of for a group of such individuals to hit a number of locations on the same block at the same time.

Davis states these suspects are believed to be tied to multiple crimes that have recently been reported along the nearby Sunset Boulevard corridor. Recent crimes reported in this specific area include a robbery on September 13 at 4:30 p.m. that took place on the 15200 block of Antioch Street and a theft on the same date at 10:15 a.m. that occurred on the 15400 block of West Sunset Boulevard.

The three suspects are believed to be tied to a series of home burglaries that have occurred in this area since February, Davis said. And police are trying to figure out whether they are connected to other crews hitting homes in the San Fernando Valley, he said.

Based on the video, police were able to determine that the three suspects are 20-25-year-old black males, two of which have black hair. The third suspect was wearing a green and yellow Oakland As hat at the time, so his hair color is unknown.

Suspect one is 6 feet tall, weighs 235 pounds and was wearing a white shirt and black pants. Suspect two, who was wearing the aforementioned hat, stands at 5 feet, 9 inches, weighs 185 pounds and was wearing a blue shirt and blue shorts. A third suspect of the same height and weight was wearing a blue polo shirt with white stripes, blue shorts, in addition to a white and green Miami Dolphins hat. He and suspect one wore white gloves. Suspect two was wearing black gloves.

At the start of the video, suspect one and three walk toward the side of the house at about 8 p.m. while suspect two checks the front door. He then walks off camera. At 8:21 p.m., suspect one returns to this same door and rams his left shoulder into it three times until it finally opens. Together, the suspects walk into the home at 8:22 p.m. and walk out about one minute later. The entire incident lasted 20 minutes.

Police did not find out about the incident until the next day when an employee at the home came to work, discovered that there was a break-in and reviewed the security system's surveillance tapes, Moore said. This employee alerted the authorities.

Anyone with any information to relate regarding this ongoing investigation is asked to contact Davis at 310-444-1568.

Home owners are advised not wait for their property to be burglarized before activating their security systems, Davis said.


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