* Correction: Garcetti, in a comment to this post, said he was misquoted. Garcetti said “it definitely wasn’t” Tweaker Tom who stole the wallet. I double checked my tape recording of the meeting and found that was the case. The Eastsider regrets the error and wonders who really stole that wallet.
It turns out that not even councilman and Echo Park resident Eric Garcetti has been immune from the surge in neighborhood vehicle burglaries that police have blamed on a suspected meth addict nicknamed Tweaker Tom. That probably explains all the police cars that residents reported seeing in front of Garcetti’s home a few nights before Christmas.
“I had a wallet stolen from my car,” Garcetti said tonight while discussing crime statistics at a neighborhood meeting. “I think it was Tweaker Tom *. We actually saw three people with flash lights going down the street.”
It’s not certain whether Tweaker Tom was part of that group. But perhaps we need to a new criminal nickname. How about the Tweaker Trio?