Studio City News
Police Seek Capture of "Hot Prowl" Burglars
By Damian Kelly
Jun 5, 2012 - 10:06:32 PM

STUDIO CITY—Detectives are seeking the public’s help in obtaining information that will lead to the capture of two burglars who burglarized a family’s home in the early morning hours of May 21 while they slept.

According to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department, detectives arrived at the residence in the 12100 block of Laurel Terrace after receiving a call of a “hot-prowl” burglary at approximately 4am.  Two suspects had entered the home and obtained a kitchen knife as they moved about the residence.  While the suspects were in the process of removing items from one of the children’s bedrooms, the child woke up and noticed the suspects taking property.  Not long after, the suspects entered the master bedroom in the home and turned on a light which woke another family member.  This caused the suspects to quickly flee the scene in a white vehicle that was waiting in the home’s driveway.

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The burglars broke into the home in the middle of the night. Photo courtesy of Facebook
LAPD detectives investigating the burglary determined a credit card had been stolen from the family’s home and used at a convenience store located in the West Valley area which contains the cities of Encino, Tarzana, Lake Balboa, Northridge and Reseda.  A surveillance video from the store depicted the two burglary suspects that were seen inside the residence by the victims.  The video also revealed an unidentified female that accompanied the two male suspects.

Police describe the burglary suspects as two male blacks.  The first suspect is 6 feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds.  The second burglar is described as standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds.  Finally, the female black accomplice is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall weighing 130 to 150 pounds. 

Anyone with information regarding the suspects in this case is urged to contact North Hollywood Burglary Detective Torres at (818) 623-4081 or (818) 623-4045.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "WebTips" and follow the prompts.

The surveillance video depicting the burglary suspects and their female accomplice is available to view online at http://lapdblog.typepad.com/lapd_blog/2012/06/hot-prowl-burglary-suspects-sought.html



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