Burglars Caught On Camera

TOPANGA—The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has released video footage of several burglary suspects canvasing homes in the Topanga region. The suspects were caught on surveillance footage after ringing the doorbell at a home on February 13, 2017 at the 22000 block of Avenue San Luis. The doorbell was equipped with surveillance equipment, and the incident transpired at 2 p.m.

The suspects forced their way inside the home by entering through a back-patio entrance. They looted the entire home before making their escape. Canyon News spoke with Officer Chris No from the LAPD Media Relations Office. He confirmed that the suspects managed to successfully steal valuables. “They did take items from the residence,” said Officer No.

When asked whether the stolen items were packages sitting outside or items from inside the house, Officer No indicated that it was the latter.

“There were property items that were taken from the residence,” Officer No added.

In addition to the February 13 burglary, the LAPD has reason to believe that the suspects are responsible for two other burglaries: one that occurred on June 12, 2017 and another that transpired on August 13, 2017.

During the June 2017 incident, the suspects entered a residence near the 4900 block of Winnetka Avenue through the back patio, where they reportedly ransacked the master bedroom and stole property.

During the August 2017 burglary, the suspects tested the doorbell to see if anyone was home before entering the home through the side gate and back yard. They damaged the back door frame before they plundered the home.

The first suspect is described as a Caucasian male, with gray hair, standing between 5 feet and 7 inches and 6 feet tall, at around 160-190 pounds. The second suspect is described as a male.

The LAPD is asking for the public’s help to locate the suspects involved in these incidents. Contact Commercial Crimes Division-Burglary Special Section, Detective Soriano at (213) 486-6940. During non-business hours and/or weekends, direct your calls 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 can 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.