Sunday, October 23, 2016

Burglars get busy in Echo Park and Silver Lake

A map of some of the locations where burglaries were reported/Rampart Division

Residents of Angeleno Heights and the southern sections of Echo Park and Silver Lake are being advised to make sure their windows and doors are locked and to take extra precautions in the wake of a “sharp increase” in residential break-ins.

Between Sept. 15 and Oct. 16, a total of 14 burglaries were reported in the area between Sunset Boulevard and Temple Street patrolled by the Rampart Division, according to a department press release. In some cases, all the burglars did to enter a home was to remove a window screen, making off with small electronic items and money. In two of the Angeleno Heights burglaries, the victims were  asleep during evening break-ins. Meanwhile, in Silver Lake, at least three of the burglaries involved a garage and the other five were residences.

The burglaries have continued despite the Sept. 30 arrest of a career criminal who is believed responsible for at least four of the crimes. It appears that the different burglars are at work in Silver Lake and in the Echo Park area.

Anyone with information about any of these crimes or who can help identify any suspects associated with these crimes are asked to call Rampart Burglary Detectives at (213) 484-3490.

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  1. What do the colors mean?

    • They indicate the time period the burglaries took place, according to Rampart Division burglary detective Mario Mota.

      Red = Midnight – 5:59 am
      Yellow = 6 am – 11:59 am
      Green = Noon – 5:59 pm
      Blue= 6 pm – 11:59 pm

  2. Is 14 burglaries in a month a lot? How many is usual? Obviously we’d like that get that number down in any case, but does this mean that things are currently 5 times as dangerous as usual, or twice as dangerous as usual, or just 10% more dangerous than usual?

  3. Monkeyhouse Toys on Rowena was burglarized this morning. Burglar(s) broke in through the front door.

  4. They just hit my mother’s house, around Normandie & Oakwood. Completely ransacked the house and the only thing they took was priceless (to me) jewelry. No computers, silver, art. Street thieves looking for cash & Jewelry. She has two barking dogs, bars on every window and metal security doors. These thieves have balls. Please keep an eye out for a six prong light pink ruby ring (gold). Pearls, gold, sapphires.

  5. @jennifer- it would be a good idea to contact local pawn shops to assure thieves can’t do anything with your stuff in terms of getting cash. That would also provide another way to try to nab the thieves if they’re greedy enough to pawn/sell the items. Hopefully your mom insured the jewels and can somewhat recover the loss. Not fun to deal with theft/loss of valuables. I’ve been there before…

  6. I blame GTA V.

  7. The use of snap traps is allowable to prevent property loss, but since relocation of said predators is not permitted, in accordance with existing statutes and regulations all captured must be euthanized immediately.

  8. Has anyone noticed that, since the passing of the injunction, tagging has skyrocketed again? Maybe the two are related? (Although I don’t think the local gangs are necessarily those responsible for these burglaries.)

  9. All south of sunset? Interesting.

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