Several burglars that have targeted Echo Park in recent weeks have been responsible for about 16 crimes , primarily by taking advantage of unlocked doors and windows. Most of the burglaries (see list below) have taken place south of the 101 Freeway, but one has taken place on Park Avenue near Echo Park Lake, said Burglary Detective Mario Mota with the Rampart Division.
“I don’t think they are working together,” Mota said of the suspects. “Probably just bad timing for us on different suspects working the area.”
One of the suspects who remains at large was captured on a surveillance video in front of Temple Street home that was broken into in late May. He remains at large.
“The suspect(s) operate at all hours of the day and night,” Mota said. “The suspect(s) simply enter via unlocked and unsecured windows and have also been prying open doors and windows.”
In addition to keeping windows and doors locked when possible, Mota asks that residents call police to report suspicious activity or him directly with any information. Mota can be reached at (213) 484-3034 or (213) 484-3490.
*Correction: A previous version of this post said a burglary took place in the 1900 block of Park Drive. That’s wrong. The burglary took place in the 1900 block of Park Avenue.