Police apprehend Echo Park burglary suspect

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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.


  1. Yay! I hope that’s the right [email protected]

  2. love it when the bad guys get taken down.
    let’s hope they nail the accomplice, too.
    Great work!

  3. Who wrote this story ? why would anybody write,[ the suspected Burglar broke into a home ] i may be wrong, but I would write it as [ The Thief Broke into a home ] . I believe he or she is no longer a [ Suspect ] once it has been Established that the [ Burglar ] Was witnessed by the property owner in her Home

    • And the court determines that after due process, so it’s “suspect” until they’re officially declared guilty by a court of law.

  4. Well, there is a ‘presumption of innocence.’

  5. Really, guys like you seem to be the type to be the first to toss a stone, or gather up a rope. Listen, even convicted people on Death Row have been found to be innocent.

    So relax, Wyatt Earp, he’ll get his due in court. Then you can crow all you want.

  6. maybe he was drunk and thought it was the homies house. so he was gonna mess with him and take some stuff to see if the vato would notice. he musta been pretty surprised after being down for two years that none of the neighborhood locals could afford to live in their neighborhood anymore…ejole.

  7. Is only going to get worse thanks to AB109 and Prop 47. Thank you all who voted for it.

  8. jack–
    Here is what prop 47 changed…

    The measure requires misdemeanor sentencing instead of felony for the following crimes:[1][2]
    Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950
    Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950
    Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $950
    Forgery, where the value of forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950
    Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950
    Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950
    Personal use of most illegal drugs

    I don’t think it helps you if you’re 1. breaking and entering (which is separate from shop lifting) and 2. If you steal anything of real value. Even just an iPhone could be valued at $800+

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