WOODLAND HILLS—Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department have released photos and videos of three men who tunneled through the Royal Massage Spa in Woodland Hills to burglarize the adjoining business, Hidden Vape, taking cash and smoking accessories, causing over $30,000 in property damage to both businesses.
“There’s no modesty on the part of these burglars, who looked right into the cameras,” explained Captain Paul Weber, Commanding Officer of the Topanga Detective Division. “Their intent was clear, and I would suspect this was not their first burglary. We’re asking anyone who recognizes them to give us a call.”
According to the LAPD Blog, the break-in occurred on April 26 at around 1:30 a.m., when the trio pried open the spa’s rear door and broke through shared walls to access Hidden Vape, which is located on the 22700 block of Ventura Boulevard.
“This burglary makes the point that one business is only as secure as its adjoining business,” said Det. Deborah Myers, the lead investigator. “The owners did the right thing by installing quality video.”
The burglars have been described as African-American men, in their 20s. All three have similar style moustaches and goatees, and they appeared to be medium height and weight. Media outlets can record the video off a monitor at Topanga Community Police Station.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Det. Anita Stieglitz, Topanga Detective Division, at (818) 756-5844. 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 LA 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 LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.