BY LUCY GUANUNA
MONTEREY HILLS — Police are asking for the public’s help to identify two suspects who stole $6,000 from a 92-year-old woman after following her home from a South Pasadena grocery store.
LAPD Hollenbeck Division officers responded to a report of grand theft that took place in the 4000 block of Via Marisol in Monterey Hills on July 3. The victim explained how a man followed her through the supermarket in the 1700 block of Garfield Avenue and out into the parking lot after she finished shopping. The LAPD, in a press release, then describes how the rest of the incident unfolded:
“While the victim was loading her groceries into her car, the male suspect got into his vehicle, where a female passenger was sitting waiting for him. The suspects positioned their vehicle directly behind the victim’s vehicle. When the victim pulled out of the parking lot, the suspects followed her. While the victim was driving on Huntington Drive, the female suspect signaled the victim to pull her vehicle to the curb. When the victim pulled over, the male suspect got out of his vehicle and told the victim that she had hit his vehicle at the grocery store parking lot. The victim told him there were no signs of damage to either of the vehicles but she became concerned and did not want to argue with the suspect. The victim was in fear and decided to offer to pay the suspect with a check. The suspect refused a check and demanded cash. The victim then offered to go to her home and pay him with cash. The suspects followed the victim home where she paid them some cash. The male suspect gave the victim a handwritten receipt while the female suspect then created a distraction by asking for a glass of water. While the victim was in the kitchen with the female suspect, the male suspect went into the victim’s bedroom and took approximately $6,000. Both suspects then left the home.”
The first suspect is described as a Latino with black hair and brown eyes weighing around 190 pounds. Surveillance footage shows he was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and black work boots. The second suspect is described as a Latina with black hair and was seen wearing a flowery dress.
The suspects were seen in a 2015-2016 white Mazda-CX3.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call LAPD’s Hollenbeck Burglary Detective Di Rosario or Officer Wilson at (323) 224-0108
Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
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