The case of a stolen Echo Park brief case

The LAPD’s online crime map is on the fritz (read more below), foiling The Eastsider’s new weekly Eastside Crime Watch. So, instead, the Eastsider shares details of a crime reported by a recent visitor to Elysian Park on Tuesday:

“This afternoon, around 2:30pm, my husband parked his truck at the access gate at Elysian Park: where Morton Place meets Academy Road. While walking, he noticed a red car parked there with a woman in the driver seat. Within minutes … he heard a window smash, and ran back up the hill in time to see a young Hispanic (likely in his 20’s) male running from the truck with my husband’s brief case in his hand. The thief jumped into the red car, while the female driver sped off.

Ironically, (and amazingly!) while filing a report at Northeast Police Station, (around 4:00pm) my husband received a call on his cell phone from the police at USC Medical Center in [Boyle Heights], stating that his brief case was recovered by an innocent bystander who witnessed a young Hispanic male breaking into a car in one of the parking lots there. As the witness chased the thief away, the thief threw the briefcase in an effort to distract the witness from continuing the chase. Seems as though folks ought to be aware.”

And now about the LAPD crime Map …. The system has not been updated with new crime reports since April 26 and it’s not certain when it will be repaired, said department spokesman Richard French this morning. “They are working with our service provider to see if they can fix that,” he said.

Photo from kalebdfd via Flickr

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