CRIME: Increase in Burglaries and Vehicle Crimes

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Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin said that there has been an increase in Part-1 crimes. “We have seen a 14% increase (10 more than last year YTD) in burglaries and 4% increase in vehicle crimes,” he said.

Residential burglaries are happening throughout the day and early evening hours. “The burglars are figuring out ways to climb or scale to the second story balcony’s and breaking the windows to get into the house,” Espin said. “In some cases, the burglary suspects are accessing the property from the side or rear yard from the brush or hillsides.”

Espin said to be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles parked on your street. “There is no need to call the police, but document by writing down or if you have a security camera facing the street, see if you are able to capture a picture or video of the suspected vehicle,” Espin said, noting that might be helpful to detectives that are following up on crimes.

BURGLARY:

December 4, 5:20 to 5:55 p.m., in the 600 block of Alma Real Drive. The suspect smashed the rear door, made entry and fled with personal property that included money, jewelry and designer purses valued at $200,000. DNA swabs were taken.

December 5, 12:20 to 2 p.m., in the 16000 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The suspect entered the residence, took jewelry, cash and a firearm worth about $13,000 and fled. Prints were requested.

December 6, 4:30 to 6:10, in the 1200 block of Rimmer Avenue. The suspect broke a rear glass door, ransacked the residence, took property, which included jewelry and designer persons valued at $20,000. Prints were requested.

December 7, 12:15 p.m., in the 11100 block of Chautauqua Boulevard. The suspect used a tool to smash the rear door. Two suspects entered and ransacked the residence, took property valued at about $2,400 and fled location. There was video footage, prints were requested, and the suspect’s cell phone was booked.

December 9, 7:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Sycamore Road. (Hot Prowl Arrest) The suspect, a transient, used an unknown means to break the door and enter the residence. The suspect vandalized property and locked themselves in a restroom. The suspect was arrested by responding officers. About $20,000 was done in damage.

BURGLARY THEFT FROM VEHICLE:

December 4, 10:10 to 11:10 a.m., in the 17000 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The victim parked, locked and secured vehicle in the beach parking lot. The suspect entered the vehicle and took property. Later the suspect tried to use the victim’s credit cards.

December 5, 4:30 p.m., in the 17000 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The suspect entered the secured vehicle and removed property and fled.

December 8, 10 a.m. to noon. In the 500 block of Los Liones Drive. The Suspect entered the secured vehicle by unknown means removed victim’s property and fled location.

December 8, 3 to 4 p.m., in the 800 block of Alma Real. The suspect opened the unlocked vehicle, took property and fled the location.

December 9, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. At Pacific Coast Highway and Temescal Canyon Road. The suspect entered a secured vehicle and removed the victim’s property and fled location.

December 9, 2 to 4 p.m., in the 17000 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The suspect entered a secured vehicle, removed property and fled.

December 9, 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the 17700 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The victim locked and secured vehicle prior to going surfing. The victim hid the kid on the vehicle. The suspect used the key, entered the vehicle and took property.

THEFT:

December 4, 10:10 to 11:10 a.m. in the 17300 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The suspect took an umbrella from the location and fled.

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