SHERMAN OAKS—A couple of thieves snuck into a Sherman Oaks open house last week and made off with nearly $150,000 worth of jewelry, watches and electronics.
The family, whose home is on the market for $1.6 million were the victims of the coordinated robbery which occurred on Sunday, August 28, when two men infiltrated their home during an open house, according to police. The theft was caught on surveillance camera.
The duo allegedly scouted the house and when the real estate agent was distracted by a conversation with a couple in the kitchen, the two suspects walked right through an open gate in the front and slipped into the house.
The footage showed one of the suspects race upstairs and head directly towards the master bedroom – where he steals the homeowners expensive watch collection and an iPad. His accomplice stayed downstairs and headed towards the home office—just feet from where the realtor and couple are conversing; moments later, footage shows him sling the homeowner’s camera around his neck and head for the door.
“These guys seem like they were professionals. They walked right in, they didn’t pay attention to anybody… It just seemed like they do this all the time,” the homeowner told NBC4—who was the first to break the news. “You feel violated.” The surveillance footage can be seen at their website: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Sherman-Oaks-Homeowner-Says-Thieves-Stole-Jewelry-Electronics-During-Open-House-391694841.html
Real estate agents suggest homeowners either remove or lock up valuables before hosting an open house.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the incident. Anyone who has information on the incident or recognizes the suspects in the surveillance video are asked to call police at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.