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Thursday, October 5, 2017

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Serial Commercial Burglary Suspect Arrested NR17288ml

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Patrol and Burglary detectives arrested Vincent Joseph Campbell for a series of commercial burglaries in the Van Nuys and North Hollywood Areas.

Beginning in September 2017, Van Nuys Area noticed an upward spike in commercial burglaries taking place in the early morning hours. The suspect, later identified as Vincent Campbell, was seen on numerous surveillance videos smashing the front window or prying the rear door to businesses located in various strip malls.

Campbell would cut power to the strip mall, attack surveillance cameras by removing them or smashed them on the ground, pulled alarm pads from the walls then ransacked the businesses causing extensive damage. Campbell took cash registers, computers, cash, jewelry and tools.

Detectives issued Crime Alerts and attended roll call providing information and photographs to patrol officers.

On Saturday September 30, 2017 around 5:00 a.m., Van Nuys Patrol units responded to an alarm call at the 13300 block of Victory Boulevard. The owner provided information to the responding officers that he could see a suspect inside his business attempting to take his cash register.

Upon arrival, officers recognized the suspect (Campbell) from the Crime Alerts.

Campbell refused commands to exit the business, and a perimeter was established. By this time, Campbell had punched through the drywall of the business next door and secreted himself in the crawlspace between the ceiling and roof with a stolen handgun.

Metropolitan K-9 units responded and ultimately took Campbell into custody without incident.

Detectives recovered evidence from a vehicle connecting Campbell to Van Nuys burglaries. A search warrant later that day resulted in the recovery of additional evidence connecting Campbell to numerous burglaries.

Campbell has prior arrests for Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, Weapons and Narcotics. Although Campbell's spree was committed in only a two-week time span, Campbell has been linked to over twenty commercial burglaries in that time.

The dollar amount of damage caused by Campbell is extensive. Detectives filed twenty-two counts of commercial burglary and one count, ex-con with a gun.

Detectives have provided Vincent Campbell's of photo in case there may be additional victims of other unreported incidents and are asking for the public's assistance in locating them.

Vincent Campbell inside business

Vincent Campbell Booking Photo

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Van Nuys Area Detectives at (818) 374-9500. 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 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 L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.