STUDIO CITY—The Los Angeles Police Department released surveillance footage from a two-month string of “smash and grab” burglaries last week and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the two pictured suspects.
The rash of burglaries has plagued a Studio City retail hub along Ventura Boulevard—totaling eight break-ins in the past two months.
The footage released by burglary detectives from the LAPD’s North Hollywood Division shows that in each incident, the thieves gained entrance by smashing storefronts and windows, then, headed directly towards the cash register.
“During the months of August and September of 2016, there has been an increase in commercial burglaries along Ventura Boulevard in Studio City,” states the LAPD Blog.
Law enforcement officials are strongly advising business owners to take measures to protect themselves, which include:
- Installing audible alarm systems that cover glass breakage
- Illuminating the the interior and exterior of the store during the night
- Leaving cash registers empty and open
- Installing a video surveillance system that covers both the interior and exterior of the store
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has an officer patrolling the retail strip on a bike; while the officer’s primary job is traffic control—he will also serve as an extra set of eyes for authorities.
Anyone with information regarding this crime or additional crimes involving the suspects are urged to call North Hollywood Burglary Detectives at (818) 623-4081. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.