CRIME Report for December 17 to 30

Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin wrote “I’m hoping that our crime spike is tapering off. LAPD Detectives have been working double time trying to work all the recent burglary cases throughout the West LA area.”

The detectives held a Zoom townhall meeting with residents. They said that one South American gang had been stopped and that 12 arrests had been made. click here.

Detectives will now need help from the District Attorney to make sure the criminals are prosecuted.

That led one resident to send an email to CTN about the upcoming March 5 primary election. The incumbent, George Gascon, who many feel has not prosecuted criminals, and has already faced one recall attempt, will face 11 challengers. The top two candidates, as long as one doesn’t get 50 percent of the vote, will move to the runoff in November. This will be an important race.

Reminder, the police can only arrest criminals, then it is up to the DA to prosecute them to get them off the streets.



December 21 to 22, 8:10 p.m. to 7:50 a.m. in the 17800 block of Lecco Lane. A suspect used a tool to break up the boarded-up door. The suspect removed credit cards and checks. Prints were requested. This was the house in Castellammare where fire broke out. It took 47 firefighters 50 minutes to put out the fire, reported at 9:54 a.m. on December 21, in the house that was unoccupied at the time.

December 15, 3:15 p.m. in the 700 block of Amalfi Drive. The suspect smashed a window in the rear second floor balcony. The house sitter returned home and heard the glass break in the upstairs bedroom. Upon entering that room, the sitter observed the broken window and footprints on the carpet. The suspects appear to have fled when they hear the house sitter. No property was taken.

December 25 to January 2, 1 p.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the 16000 block of Charmel Lane. The suspect entered the home through unknown means, ransacked the residence and fled with property.

December 27 to 28, 9:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., in the 16700 block of Bollinger Drive. The suspect gained entry into victim’s garage, removed six bicycles, valued at $60,000 and fled.



December 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m., in the 1700 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The suspect used a key fob to enter the vehicle, removed property and fled.

December 17, 3 to 4:42 p.m., in the 15600 block of Sunset Boulevard.  Suspect entered secured vehicle and removed property.

December 17 to 18, 9:45 p.m. to 11 a.m., in the 200 block of Channel Road. A suspect opened an unlocked rear door and took victim’s property and fled the location.

December 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the 17700 block of Pacific Coast Highway. Property was removed from an unsecured vehicle.

December 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the 17300 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The suspect retrieved a key to the vehicle, which was left outside of the vehicle. The suspect used it to enter the vehicle and remove property.

December 30, 5 to 8:25 a.m., in the 16100 block of Sunset Boulevard. The suspect smashed a window, took property and fled.


December 20, 2:30 p.m., in the 600 block of Alma Real drive. The vehicle was taken from the street.


December 28, 1:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of Swarthmore Avenue. A suspect entered a store and removed property without paying for the merchandise.

December 18, 2:11 p.m., in the 1000 block of Swarthmore. A suspect entered the store and removed property without paying for merchandise.

Espin’s contact information: (310) 444-0737 and


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