An elderly man living living in the 2200 block of Marathon Street on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake was returning home last Thursday afternoon, Dec. 16, when he was met at the front door by a man who said he was there to fix the plumbing. The man allowed the visitor to go into the kitchen and left the front door open. But the visitor was no plumber. He fled the scene within 20 minutes. In that time, police believe a second suspect entered the home. The criminals made off with an estimated $10,000 in cash and jewelry from a bedroom, according to Senior Lead Officer Mario Mota with the Rampart Division. Such “distraction burglaries,” during which criminals divert the attention of the victim, often target the elderly.
Mota said the victim was described as a 35-to-40 year-old male Latino about 5′-8″ to 5’10″ tall and weighing 180 lbs.