BY LUCY GUANUNA
SILVER LAKE — Numerous vehicle owners woke up to find their cars ransacked following a string of car burglaries Tuesday night in and around Silver Lake. In fact, when one woman went to the LAPD Northeast Division station to report her break-in on Silver Ridge Avenue, she saw a neighbor at the next counter reporting that his vehicle had also been broken into.
There were burglaries of at least 6 vehicles on the streets of Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz, said Dt. Hector Salas with LAPD’s Northeast Division, which patrols an area stretching from Eagle Rock and Highland Park to Silver Lake and Los Feliz. He does not believe the break-ins are related.
Salas said at least 30 car break-ins happen in a week. Lt. Ryan Schatz added that car break-ins are “the worst problem we have in the Northeast are right now.”
In the case of the woman on Silver Ridge, the back window panel of her car was smashed in and shirts and pants were taken from a suitcase. Her neighbor lost a suit and iPad, she said.
The burglaries are being investigated at this time.
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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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