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Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Reseda: Detectives have released several selfie pictures taken and uploaded on a Kindle that was stolen February 9, 2016, the day before Ash Wednesday, from an unlocked car in the parking lot of a Jack-in-the-Box in the 16800 block of Vanowen Street.

"The Ash Wednesday part is important, because you can see the woman in the picture has ashes on her forehead which tells us the pictures were taken the day after the theft," explained Det. Mark Pearce of the West Valley Detective Division. "At the moment, we just want to identify the two persons in the pictures, and encourage them to contact us and return the Kindle."

The theft occurred around 3:45 PM, but the photos were uploaded a few days later, probably when the Kindle linked to the internet. Detectives have tracked the Kindle to several locations in the San Fernando Valley since the original crime.

Many electronic devices have tracking applications to help police and owners locate devices when stolen or lost. In this case, the owner began tracking his stolen Kindle, as well as a smartphone, which was also taken. When the pictures were taken, they automatically uploaded to the cloud, which alerted the owner.

"This theft is unfortunately all too common," Det. Pearce added. "It was a crime of opportunity with items left on a front seat, inside an unlocked car, with the driver yards away, and gone only a few minutes."

Last year, thefts from unlocked cars amounted to over 500 crimes, or about 12 percent of crime in the West Valley. If all drivers locked their cars and removed items from plain view, we could see crime drop potentially 10 percent.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Mark Pearce, West Valley Detectives at 323-846-6572 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.). During non-business hours, weekends and holidays, contact LAPD RACR Division's 24-hour, toll-free number at 877-LAPD-247 (877-527-3247). If you would like to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. To send a text, text the word TIPLA, space, and then your message to CRIMES (274637). For web tips, log onto www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips."


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