Police warn Silver Lake residents to watch out after a “hot prowl” burglary

NeighborhoodWatchLogo.JPGA Silver Lake woman in the 900 block of Manzanita Street confronted a man inside her home Monday morning after he pried open a back door to enter the residence a few blocks south of Sunset Junction, police said. Nothing was taken but the suspect – described as a thin, white male “skater” or “rocker” – might be responsible for other nearby burglaries and vehicle break-ins, said Dect. Mario Mota with the Rampart Division. The cases in which residents are at home during a break-in are sometimes called a “hot prowl” burglary, Mota said.

“Rarely do we actually have a suspect seen in these type of crimes, so when one is spotted, it’s very important to get the word out,” Mota said in an email. “Although the north side [of the Rampart Division] has been quiet YTD with burglaries, once a suspect is operating an area, they burglarize 1-2 homes daily.”

Mota provided these details about the Manzanita Street burglary, which took place shortly before noon:

“The victim was home and heard noises coming from her rear door. As the victim approached the rear door that leads to the laundry room, she confronted a male White suspect inside her residence. The suspect appeared to be startled and asked “Is Joseph here?” The vict asked the suspect who he was and he quickly left via the rear door. Investigation revealed that the suspect pried open the rear door and entered. The victim described the suspect as thin and a “skater” or “rocker” type wearing long Dickie shorts and possible skater type “Vans” shoes. The suspect may also have had tattoo’s on his neck.

Suspect: male White 5’7″, 120/130 pounds and 25/30 years old. The suspect was wearing a dark t-shirt and long shorts.”

Burglaries have dropped in the area after police arrested a suspect at the end of last year in the 3400 block of Winslow Drive south of Sunset Boulevard, Mota said. So far this year, five burglaries have been reported in Silver Lake and Echo Park between Sunset Boulevard and the Hollywood Freeway, he said.

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