A woman who lives in the 1500 block of Silverwood Terrace lost everything from a social security card and credit cards to her grandmother’s jewelry when her home was ransacked in the middle of the afternoon about two weeks ago. The burglars, who entered through an unlocked window, did not leave much behind. But, last Friday, the Silver Lake resident returned home to find her house had once again been broken into. This time the burglars had broken a window and pried open a side door with a crowbar. “They weren’t able to steal that much this time around because they completely wiped me out 2 weeks ago,” said the woman.
Her belongings have not been recovered. But she said police have been able to get a description of the suspects and their vehicle after viewing a video tape from a gas station where the suspects tried to use her stolen credit card. The woman writes:
“The suspects were 2 Hispanic females and 2 Hispanic males and they drive an old WHITE CHEVY ASTRO VAN with mismatched tires and various dent marks … I know that home burglaries have been the trend these past couple months around the Silver Lake / Echo Park area. So I would like to warn my fellow neighbors that these thugs are ruthless, and they don’t have any problem hitting the same place twice!!”
Click on the link below for more details from the burglary victim.
“Their tactic is to ring / knock on the door first to see if anyone answers, and when it seems clear, they BREAK IN. I would know this because this past Monday on Memorial Day, a random Hispanic female knocked on my door to ask if a person named “Mark” was there when there has never been anyone by that name living here. I would describe her to be about 5’5, thin, curly brown hair, mid 20’s, with distinctive acne scars all over her face. I thought this was suspicious because I live in the guest house where to a normal passer by-er, it would look like a storage room; but she came directly down to my area.”