Friday, October 21, 2016

Video shows suspect in Echo Park & Silver Lake mail thefts

Police today released a surveillance video of a man they said has stolen mail from several apartment buildings in Echo Park and Silver Lake by using a postal key to gain access to the buildings.

The suspect, 27-year-old Gregory Jimmy Karkour, has stolen mail at various locations since January, according to an LAPD press release.  Most of the locations are in the southern section of Echo Park but one is in Silver Lake:

  • January 11, 2016, at 10:30 p.m., in the 1300 block of Angelina Street
  • January 15, 2016, at 10:30 p.m., in the 1300 block of Court Street
  • January 18, 2016, at 9:40 a.m., in the 1300 block of Court Street
  • January 24, 2016, at 2:25 a.m., in the 1800 block of W. Temple Street
  • January 28, 2016, at 4:20 a.m., in the 300 block of Reno Street
  • February 3, 2016, at 6:30 a.m., in the 100 block of Witmer Street
  • February 11, 2016, at 5:51 a.m., in the 100 block of Witmer Street
  • April 17, 2016, at 11:50 p.m., in the 700 block of Maltman Avenue

Police said Karkour was seen leaving several of the locations in a light blue, two-door 2006 Honda Accord. Karkour, described as Latino with brown hair and brown eyes, was last seen wearing a black “Under Armour” hooded shirt, black jeans and black tennis shoes. He has close cropped hair.

The thefts are the most recent in which suspects have used stolen or counterfeited keys  used by mail carriers to gain access to centralized mail boxes and apartment buildings.

Anyone with information is urged to contact LAPD Rampart Burglary Detective Section at 213-484-3490. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).


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  1. You want to know mail theft is so prevalent in our city? It’s because the geniuses at the Postal Service decided to have ONE master key for every shared community mailbox in the entire city. That’s right, they purposely decided on a plan with a SINGLE point of failure, and it failed spectacularly.

    Whether it was a careless or corrupt postal worker who let this key into the black market years ago, the more hair-pulling fact is that the Postmaster and his office have done absolutely nothing about the master key and are even to this day installing brand new mailboxes that utilize the stolen/copied key.

    I’m assuming they’ve weighed the cost of implementing a more secure system versus the cost of reimbursing stolen mail, and judged in favor of the latter. But even money can’t replace some stolen items like my film negatives that were taken a few months back (and this after I’d requested signature confirmation that never happened).

  2. I have a better one for you:

    Thieves broke into our condo complex garage and used a crowbar on the cluster mailbox, destroying it. They got in to the building, not with a PO key, but by hot wiring the call box.

    It took us about 2 weeks to get a new cluster mailbox installed ($1500 for 8 units!). But since the USPS owns the access locks (the one that uses that single master key, which the commenter above references), the mail box is not useable until they install that lock.

    That was four months ago. Complained all the way up the chain of command and even to our congressmember. Still waiting, so everyone in our building has to go to the Griffith Station in Atwater to pick up their mail (and they won’t give it to one of us to distribute to the rest because you have to show ID).

    I go a couple of times a week. Pathetic — no wonder they are going under.

    • Larry SAME EXACT THING is happening to us right now!

      Someone broke our 4 unit box, the lock was missing completely. I asked the post office to come replace it and filled out multiple requests and NOTHING. Now they are saying we need to get a new box all together because the lock that would be there needs to be with a newer box (ours is from the 80s).

      I am at my wits end! I have to bike over there every few days and this is getting insane! It has also been 4 months.

      Time to start protesting or something! SHEESH!

    • If that was happening I would immediately get a PO Box. Would that solve problem?

      • Mail still must be picked up from P.O. Box, even though it would be easier to obtain without standing in line. Also, aren’t there charges for a box? If the USPS is responsible for the delay I don’t think a customer should have to pay for a box.

        We had the same problems with our boxes being broken into at Rancho Los Feliz apartments when I lived there a few years ago. We also had the delay in getting problem remedied. I tried talking by phone to the . supervisor at that same post office in Atwater Village and couldn’t get anyone moving. Finally I went to the post office and stood my ground until the person in charge came out into lobby and talked with me. (I am elderly and ill and it was hard to get myself there.) it was helpful that a couple of my neighbors were in line for their mail and also spoke up.

        I wonder if using the MyLA311 App would help get action…there are options for “Other” problems? Or calling the 311 number?

  3. Well this is great. I tried to report the mail theft at our building at 3933 Marathon Street in Silver Lake/East Hollywood and no cops would file a report. USPS was no help either! I believe this person has hit way more buildings then they are reporting.

    • Also, why are they reporting this guy as Latino or Hispanic…his last name is clearly neither. Because he is tan and has a shaved head?? Idiots!

      • Charles M Shorty

        Looks hispanic to me. How do you know he wasn’t born to a latino father and mother then mom got remarried ? Or just one latino parent would make him latino looking. No, lets just take any opportunity to call someone a racist and idiots. Shame on you!

        • Yes, ALL brown skinned men with shaved heads are Hispanic. And ALL Hispanic men commit crimes. You got me. Whatever the LAPD says is true is most definitely true. They are nothing but fine upstanding citizens free of corrupt motives and most certainly never racially profile suspects. Police are our trusted friends and defenders of justice.

          • Charles M Shorty

            When the police say “described as” it means they are recounting what has been reported to them…by other people… not the police…dummy.

      • I’m guessing that he’s of Syrian origin.

        • Great guess! Who else wants to guess? The internet us FUN!

        • The last name sounds Armenian, which wouldn’t be a huge stretch considering there’s a sizeable Armeniam population on this side of town.

          He does not look Hispanic. He has more Eastern European / Middle Eastern features. Even if he was half Latino, he doesn’t look it.

  4. Karkour is a surname of Middle Eastern descent not of Spanish origin. Stupid racist cops.

    • As C. Shorty said: When the police say “described as” it means they are recounting what has been reported to them…by other people. Do you get it now?

  5. I realize these thefts were from apartment mailboxes, but due to thefts on our street, near corner of Kent and Alvarado, we have installed a mailbox that allows access to postal carrier without a key but mail is removed from locked door at back of box. This is for a single-family home. Be happy to post information if anyone would like it…available from Amazon and other sources.

    Few years ago when living near Atwater in large apartment complex we were suddenly told that we would have to get our mail from post office…no good reason given and mailroom was locked up. Turned out that someone had key to the entire bank of boxes and just swung the main door open and stole whatever they chose. Apparently the management and USPS didn’t want this information to be known.

  6. BTW, Thank you to Eastsider for publishing this story. I hope someone recognizes this jerk and will let LAPD know where they can be found.

    • This is pathetic! I find it maddening to just read about – can’t imagine what it’s like for people who’ve had to deal with this for years on end.

      Why doesn’t the LAPD or USPS show any interest in these thefts? It would be nice to hear from the LAPD officers who do post here from time to time.

      USPS should be (1) notifying people about the problem, (2) taking preventive measures, like rekeying locks, and (3) pursuing the criminals involved.

  7. This is the same guy that’s been stealing from the residents over on Duane Street. He has two other accomplices and they all share a few other cars.

    2015 white mustang with a black convertible top. Minnesota license plate 919RUD

    2015 Mustang Silver hardtop, dealer plates.

    2015 Subaru Forester, black rims, dealer plates.

  8. Our postal carrier told us months ago — after we complained about lack of mail delivery — that “keys all over here (stretched arms wide, seemingly encompassing all of echo park) were stolen.” PO never alerted us, WTF.

  9. In that case, I actually like that our mail is delivered late, yesterday was at 9 PM, so we are at home…

  10. Living at 3020 Rowena in Silver Lake across from 7-11 our mailbox has been broken into a dozens times in the past year they open 36 mailboxes take what they want then it is a mess. We have contacted Post office in atwater that services our area. They told us there is noting they can do exact words “it would take someone with a Bat to stop this person” they all use the same master key in the city. We really need to let everyone know through the media that this is the way the federal post office is protecting our property in Los Angeles it is impossible to stop them like it was explained to me.

  11. I’ll tell ya what worked for a group of us in Echo Park. Get a security system which can take video, get a shot of them stealing mail, take that image and turn it into a flyer and post it all over the neighborhood. Its a pain but seriously, the USPS is no help whatsoever. Good Luck.

    • Charles M Shorty

      I saw those flyers and thought they were not only hilarious but effective. A picture of the dude with stolen mail in hand with the title “scumbag mail thief”.

      Folks, there will never be enough police on the planet to prevent this kind of behavior. The BEST deterrent, a solution as old as time – a healthy dose of SHAME. Get some cameras – so cheap these days- a get to shaming!

  12. I called LAPD to report that our building had also been burglarized (and is not on the official list) and that I believe there are far more locations than what they are reporting. The officer over the phone told me very non-nonchalantly “I’m sure there are”. I then mentioned that we may have additional surveillance video of the suspect, which they had zero interest in following up on. Didn’t ask my name, phone number, address, nothing.

    Absolutely useless!!

    In the digital age, why does USPS still use a master key for something as important as people’s personal mail?? That is archaic and ridiculous. Customers are forced to pay for a separate secure mailbox elsewhere with a private company (which thankfully I do).

    Anything to do with USPS is completely inept. They don’t give one fuck about protecting people’s property or identity (since this is the main way identity theft is perpetrated). Ditto LAPD.

    They have this guy’s face AND name and they can’t find him?? Seriously?? Meanwhile, he just keeps hitting the same damn areas because he knows he can.

    • Charles M Shorty

      WHaaat? You mean the police you call racist idiots didn’t help you? Shocking!!!

      • Yes, idiot, because of course I called them racist to their faces…duh…..who the hell would do that? No, I simply called trying to give them information which they had no interest in following up on.

        • Charles M Shorty

          …pretty high-strung for a “marathoner”… maybe you should be a cyclist- those guys are super high-strung dicks like you. I’m sure you’d fit in better. Oh wait. I’ll bet you are a cyclist…

          • Hey Charles, you’re the reason why internet comments suck so bad. Take care!

          • Charles M Shorty

            I’m happy to take credit for such a massive undertaking, bogbog! Wow the comments on the internet “suck so bad” all because of little ol’ me.

  13. The guy’s got a Facebook page. He even takes the time to review local restaurants: https://www.facebook.com/300thblk/activity/10206294707149587

    • Well, turns out he and I have a mutual friend. I sent this link to my friend in the hopes that they maybe do the right thing and contact LAPD.

      His mom is listed as his Facebook friend. Someone should send this page to her and see if she wants to help harbor a felon.

      • Echo Park, Please take this opportunity to notify law enforcement yourself, anonymously if necessary. LAPD has apparently not responded to several people who tried to report additional thefts so maybe reporting to FBI is not far-fetched.

      • Anyone with information is urged to contact LAPD Rampart Burglary Detective Section at 213-484-3490. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by sending a text to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to http://www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”

    • EPgirl: Who is the guy who has the FB page, the robber? I can’t access to find out. Thanks

  14. Is it normal in other cities for the police to be as uninterested in fighting crime as the LAPD seems to be? I’ve lived in Los Angeles my whole adult life so I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that again and again on The Eastsider, on other local blogs, and in conversations with friends people tell about how they contacted the LAPD to report a crime and were met with total indifference and inaction.

    • Charles M Shorty

      They are not interested in petty issues. You’ll have to go to Mayberry and talk to Sheriff Andy Taylor if you want policing of stolen mail.

      • hey stupid, theft of mail is a federal offense, not a “petty issue”. i don’t understand why it hasn’t occurred to anyone to contact the fbi. lapd can’t be bothered with criminal matters. if you ever had to call them you would know.

        • I have tried and I agree, reluctantly. I’m native So Californian, mainly living in Los Angeles County areas. I’ve always been supportive of police but have finally lost my faith in LAPD.

          Re calling FBI, that’s a darn good idea. Obstructing delivery of mail, by local USPS officials, is against the law, and that’s what is happening when four months, or even a couple of weeks, go by without these issues being fixed.

        • Charles M Shorty

          If the police didn’t consider it petty, they would have caught this guy by now. Now who is stupid?

      • You’ve had your opportunity to use the Andy of Mayberry line. Now go find another subject on which to sound ignorant.

      • Some neighbor you are. Mail theft is a serious federal offense and can be punished with significant jail time. Peopl aren’t complaining that their LL Bean catalog is missing. This guy is stealing paychecks/freelance checks, gifts sent by family, things bought online, ATM cards and PIN numbers etc etc. Last time I checked, if someone stole these things off a person, by fraud or some other non-mail related manner, they’d be prosecuted for theft/identity theft/shoplifting or a similar crime. Sorry reality doesn’t jive with your need to stir the pot.

  15. Call me crazy, but shouldn’t it be a little easier to find him since they have his name, the make and model of his car, *and* a video of his appearance?

  16. I had two packages stolen from my lobby on the edge of Los Feliz on Hollywood Blvd — two large boxes waiting for pickup that was alllll personal items (I was moving). I filed a police report; nothing. The cameras in my building apparently have never worked!

    I want to follow up with the detective now, thanks for releasing this man’s name!

    Horribly invasive, and 2/3 of my belongs are gone.

  17. Eastsider…sure would like any followup on this story and the guy. Thanks for keeping our end of town up on what’s going on in our neighborhoods.

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