BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate the suspects responsible for two smash and grab burglaries that transpired on Rodeo Drive on Tuesday, May 29. The incidents occurred at Yves Saint Laurent and Zadig & Voltaire at 3:52 a.m.
The BHPD indicated in a press release to Canyon News that Beverly Hills Police received a report of a Commercial Burglary in progress in the 400-block of N. Rodeo Drive. Surveillance video depicted four vehicles, driving in succession, stop alongside the curb, followed by multiple suspects quickly exiting the vehicles.
Within 90 seconds, the suspects first attempted to gain access to the storefront at 469 N. Rodeo Drive by smashing the window, but were unsuccessful. The suspects successfully gained access to the storefront at 465 N. Rodeo Drive by smashing a window. The suspects are seen removing several items of merchandise from that location and loading the merchandise into the cars. The suspects fled the location traveling southbound on Rodeo Drive.
One of the suspect vehicles was located in the area of N. Santa Monica and Westwood Boulevards. An enforcement stop was attempted; but the suspects refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.
The pursuit was called off in the area of Cloverdale Avenue and Rodeo Road in the city of Los Angeles, when the driver abruptly stopped, and all the passengers (4-6 males) exited the car and fled on foot. None of the suspects were apprehended. The suspect vehicle was recovered by police. Several items of stolen merchandise were recovered after they were discarded from the suspect vehicle during the pursuit.
Canyon News spoke to Lt. Elisabeth Albanese of the BHPD about the incident via email. She indicated there were no reports of any injuries during the incident (no victims or bystanders were involved).
“The items stolen were clothing and accessories. We are waiting for a complete inventory and do not have a dollar amount. At both stores the glass door/window were shattered,” said Lt. Albanese. She indicated that investigators are working on descriptions for the suspects involved.
The four suspect cars are believed to be: a gray/silver BMW sedan 2-door, a black Hyundai 4-door (in police custody), a gray/silver BMW X5 SUV, and a black Honda 4-door Civic. All four vehicles had paper plates attached.
Anyone with information about this crime, the identity of the suspects or suspect vehicles are encouraged to call the Beverly Hills Police Department at (310) 285-2158.