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Friday, October 6, 2017

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Tarzana: The Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Area detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying a burglary crew whose images were caught on video.

On October 3, 2017, around 10:45 a.m., a burglary occurred in the 19200 block of Linnet Street in Tarzana. Two suspects entered the residence, ransacked the bedrooms and fled the location with the victim's property.

One of the suspects was captured on camera leaving the residence. The suspects then entered a silver or gold SUV that was driven by a third suspect.

The first suspect is described as a male Hispanic, stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.

The second suspect is described as a male wearing a mask. There is no description on the third suspect who drove the getaway vehicle.

Burglary crews like this one are organized and target affluent, single-family residences located within the San Fernando Valley. "The members of these criminal groups are usually comprised of career burglars," says Detective William Dunn of the West Valley Burglary Task Force. "They select homes based on the likelihood of having money, jewelry, and/or firearms within the residence. "They are known to 'scout' an area before a crime to identify unoccupied residences. Once they determine that a residence is unoccupied, they gain entry through a rear or side door. They have been known to disable an alarm. These residences are often ransacked as they search for money, jewelry and firearms.

The following tips will help prepare residents to protect themselves and their property from Burglars:
• Use video cameras around the exterior of your residence.
• Cameras with motion sensors should cover entry points from inside.
• Install a doorbell with video and audio capability.
• Share video on social media which captures suspicious behavior with your neighbors.
• Ensure and safe is securely fastened to your floor to prevent its removal.
• Keep valuable items in a bank safety deposit box.
• Install an audible alarm system with the speaker out of site and reach, i.e., your attic area.
• Use laminated glass for rear and side doors, as it is more difficult to remove.
• Ensure the property surrounding your residence is properly lit.

Anyone with information related to this criminal activity is urged to call Detective Armando Monarrez, West Valley Burglary Coordinator, at (818) 374-7768, or Detective William Dunn, (818) 374-7769, the case detective. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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