Wednesday, October 29, 2008

LAPD Community Alert

COMMUNITY ALERT
NOTIFICATION

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF West L.A. Area

 

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES
DISTRACTING ELDERLY VICTIMS

There has been a small increase in residential burglaries in the city of Los Angeles, including the Pacific Palisades, Westwood, and West L.A., where organized groups of thieves target vulnerable elderly citizens and use trickery or a distraction to gain access to the residence and remove property.


The suspects, a diverse group of males and females, ages 17 to 50, have been variously described as Caucasian, Eastern European, Hispanic, Filipino and "Gypsy." The suspects are usually very courteous and convincing. Sometimes, they have children with them. Once the victim(s) is distracted, a secondary team of burglars enters the residence and steals valuables.

Some common methods of trickery used have been:

Posing as Department of Water & Power employees who need to inspect the backyard.

Posing as construction workers at a neighboring house and needs to enter the backyard to inspect the wall.

Asking to go into the backyard to get their lost cat.

Posing as telephone company employees who need to inspect the telephone pole.

In September and October 2008, some areas where these incidents occurred were near:
Pacific Palisades' Sunset Blvd & Chautauqua Blvd
Westwood's Santa Monica Blvd & Prosser Ave
Westwood's Santa Monica Blvd & Westwood Blvd.

West L.A.'s Missouri Ave & Butler Ave
Bel Air's Bellagio RD & Casiano Rd

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