Police are looking for possible connections between a series of residential burglaries in Silver Lake and the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park, where this afternoon a woman confronted three juveniles who had broken into her home. The woman grabbed one of the three male juveniles, but he got away and ran off with some stolen property, said LAPD Senior Lead Officer Bobby Hill. He would not provide a street location for the burglary, which was reported at about 3 PM, saying only that it was east of Echo Park Avenue and north of Sunset Boulevard. So far this month six homes have been burglarized in Elysian Heights and the northern edge of Echo Park.
News of today’s most recent burglary was presented during a meeting in Silver Lake (pictured at top) where residents – including Councilman Tom LaBonge – have been hit with a series of break-ins that police believe to have been committed by juveniles. The suspects in today’s Echo Park burglary “might also be involved in the Silver Lake ones,” Capt. William Murphy of the Northeast Division told the audience.
A total of 15 burglaries were reported in Silver Lake between May 11 and April 11, with most of them taking place in single-family homes during the afternoon, according to the LAPD map . Murphy said the burglars have stolen smaller items – such as laptop computers and jewelry – that can be easily sold. He said officers are reminding residents to keep garage doors closed and other doors and windows locked whenever possible.
Backpackers and burglars have Elysian Heights worried. The Eastsider