ECHO PARK — An 18-year-old male who may have been involved in numerous residential burglaries across Echo Park was apprehended earlier this month after a woman returning to her residence saw the suspect inside her home.
Senior Lead Officer Gina Chovan with the Northeast Division said the suspect from South Central Los Angeles was working with an accomplice who has not been arrested, but police have noticed a sharp drop in neighborhood burglaries since the Feb. 11 arrest. “We hope that the arrest did deter” the other suspect, said Chovan. “They were doing a real good sweep” of Echo Park homes.
The suspected burglar had broken into a home in the 1300 block of Laveta Terrace at about 7 p.m. when a woman returning to the residence saw him and called 911 while she remained outside, Chovan said. As officers descended on the scene, the suspect ran from the home and dropped the victim’s property along the way before he was caught.
The case remains under investigation as police figure out how many homes the suspect has broken into, Chovan said. Shortly before the arrest, LAPD released a list of 15 Echo Park burglaries north of Sunset Boulevard. The stolen items ranged from jewelry and iPhones to flat-screen TVs, she said.
Despite the arrest, Chovan cautioned Echo Park residents to continue to close and lock windows and doors. She noted that at least two new neighborhood watches had been formed since the burglaries began.