CRIME: Juvenile Activity Meeting: Motor Vehicle Victims Sought


Palisades Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin.

In addition to the Crime Report for this area (below), Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin sent out a notice for an upcoming Zoom meeting at 6 p.m. on March 20 to discuss juvenile behavior in town.

LAPD is also seeking victims who may have suffered from vehicle break-ins.



Espin wrote: “We still are continuing to monitor juvenile behavior in the neighborhood. We are trying our best to be as much of a presence as we can with the resources LAPD has available. Email your questions to Espin at

The zoom link is:   Meeting ID: 208 796 9708


Espin wrote on March 14: “I wanted everyone to be aware that we are currently looking for additional victims for vehicle break-ins that have occurred along the coast in the Palisades. These suspects have already been arrested for previous auto related crimes. We would like anyone who might have been victimized to contact Detective Hernandez at 39277@LAPD.ONLINE if you have been a victim of a vehicle related crime along the beach in the Palisades.

The flyer explains that the crew targets vehicles at beach parking lots and locates the hidden key/ fob. The suspects use key fob amplifiers to open victims’ vehicles and remove victim’s property. The suspects use

These men have been arrested as part of a car thief crew.

sophisticated methods to unlock and access victims’ phones. Suspects use victims’ information to make purchases at luxury stores and send money to additional suspects through money transfer service applications.

Detectives are looking for any previous cases that may NOT have been previously reported. All suspects have been identified and multiple suspects have been arrested. During this investigation, LAPD Detectives discovered evidence there are more victims than previously reported and are requesting any information on additional victims, including outside the City of Los Angeles. We ask that you come forward if you are a victim. Contact Detective Hernandez or call (323) 369-3156.


February 26 to 27, 3 p.m. to 8:15 a.m., in the 600 block of El Medio Avenue. The suspect made entry into a residence that was under renovation, took two toilets valued at $800 and fled.

March 1, 5:20 p.m., in the 1100 block of Maroney Lane. The suspect smashed glass in a rear door, entered the residence, took property and drove away in a black SUV. Prints were requested.

March 3, 3:35 to 3:50 a.m., in 16000 block of Marquez Avenue. The suspects broke into a pharmacy and removed property. A witness (security guard) arrived at the pharmacy after hearing an audible alarm. One of the suspects retrieved a possible handgun from an awaiting vehicle and pointed in the direction of the witness. The witness reversed his vehicle and observed as the suspects entered into a grey SUV and fled eastbound. There is CCTV available.

March 6, 7:30 a.m., in the 600 block of Frontera Drive. The suspect smashed a rear glass door, making entry into the residence. The suspect ransacked the residence and fled with jewelry valued at $60,000. There were no prints (gloves were worn) and there is CCTV available.


March 3 to 4, 8:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. in the 17000 block of Sunset Boulevard. A suspect removed the catalytic converter from the vehicle and fled the location.

March 4, 8:25 p.m., in the 600 block of N. Las Casas Avenue. The suspect removed license plates from a victim’s vehicle and replaced them with a pair of stolen license plates. LAPD recovered the stolen plates and booked them into evidence.

March 9, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Los Liones Drive and Sunset Boulevard. A suspect entered the secure vehicle and removed victim’s property and fled location.


March 4, 6:30 to 7 a.m., in the 100 block of West Channel Road. The victim left keys in a running vehicle to go inside his/her residence. When they returned the vehicle was missing. The vehicle was recovered the next day by the victim a block from the residence.


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One Response to CRIME: Juvenile Activity Meeting: Motor Vehicle Victims Sought

  1. Sharon Piehl says:

    When are we going to have more police in this area. One guy cant do it all. We need help. How do we go about getting more help in the Palisades?

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