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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Area detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying two burglary suspects whose images were caught on camera.

On September 13, 2017, around 2:35 p.m., a suspect posing as an electrician and wearing an id card knocked on the residence of an elderly victim located in the 6100 block of Bonner Street in North Hollywood. The suspect lured the victim into her backyard, under the guise of inspecting electrical lines, while a second suspect entered her unlocked residence. The second suspect was able to remove property from the residence.

On September 14, 2017, around 1:30 p.m., a suspect posing as a water maintenance worker knocked on the residence of an elderly victim located at the 5600 block of Corteen Place in North Hollywood. The suspect lured the victim into his kitchen while a second suspect entered the unlocked residence and removed property.

First suspect is described as a male, 50 years of age, stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs around 160-180 pounds.

Second suspect is described as a male, 20-25 years of age, stands about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs around 160 pounds.

The suspects are believed to be driving a newer model, white 4-door, Nissan Sentra.

Below are preventative insights one should consider:
  • Don't allow strangers into your home, especially if you didn't schedule or request any type of service (i.e., utilities, tree trimming, home inspectors, etc.).
  • Always ask for an ID or any associated paperwork - get them to pass these through the letterbox as at this point you should still have your door closed.
  • If a crime occurs to you or others, be a good witness. Observe as much detail as possible of the suspect without intervening. Your life is more valuable than property.
  • Report the crime as soon as possible by calling 911. Delayed reporting can significantly reduce the possibility of apprehending the suspect.
Anyone with information is urged to contact North Hollywood Burglary Detective Stone or Detective Lopez at 818-754-8377. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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