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.