Downtown Los Angeles header image
Los Angeles Police Department BadgeLos Angeles Police Department Memorial BadgeLos Angeles Police Department Badge


News Release

Friday, June 15, 2018

Media Relations

Purse Snatching Bandit Targeting Local Restaurants NR18165rh

Venice: The Los Angeles Police Department and Pacific Detectives Theft Section, is investigating a string of purse thefts at local restaurants and are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect.

The string of thefts began around May 24, 2018 in the area of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Venice Boulevard. In two incidents, a male white suspect with brown hair, beard and thin build stealing two purses from restaurant/bar patrons in the affected area.

**On May 25, 2018, around 10:15 p.m., a male white suspect with brown hair, beard and thin build stole a bar patrons purse from a chair before running out of the restaurant.

**On May 28, 2018, around 8:15 p.m., the same suspect entered the same location and loitered behind the victim for around one minute before grabbing the purse from a nearby stool and fleeing from the location.

Pacific detectives are hoping the community will recognize the suspect from the videos. Anyone with information to these crimes are urged to contact Pacific Area Theft, Detective E. Obrecht at (310) 482-6356, or Detective L. Glorioso at (310) 482-6355. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, 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 LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.