Senior Lead Officer Update - Your LAPD Community Police Officer

From the Desk of Senior Lead Officer Art Gallegos - Basic Car 7A1 - Published January 27, 2014

The following crime trends are from 1/19/14 through 1/25/14 which included a total of 7 reported crimes.

Burgalry from Motor Vehicle:

On 1/22/14 at approximately 10:55 am a BFMV occurred at 314 N. Vista St. The victim parked his vehicle in the alley way with tools unsecure in rear of truck. Unknown suspect drove behind victim, removed property-tools and fled from the location. No suspect description.

On 1/23/14 at approximately 12:45 pm a BFMV occurred at Vista St & Melrose Ave. An unknown suspect used a hard tool to smash drivers side rear window of victims vehicle. Suspect entered the vehicle and took her property-purse, wallet, credit cards, checks and fled. No suspect description.

Reminder: Don't Be a Victim of An Auto -Related Property Crime! LOCK IT- A reminder to always lock your vehicle. HIDE IT- If you must leave valuables in the vehicle, hide them from plain sight. KEEP IT- A positive reminder that personal responsibility can safeguard your valuables from theft.

The Top Items Stolen from Vehicles: GPS Devices, Cell Phones/ Chargers, Money, Stereos/ Radios, Documents, Mail and Check books.


On 1/24/14 at approximately 12:00 pm a robbery occurred at 459 N. Edinburgh Ave. Suspect entered the victim residence through rear unlocked french doors. The suspect ransacked the residence then removed property-computer, money, electronics and fled. No suspect description


On 1/21/14 at approximately 10:00 pm a commercial burglary occurred at 7709 Melrose Ave- Nail City. Suspects used unknown method to gain access into business and removed property- laptop computer, money, equipment and fled. No suspect description.

On 1/22/14 at approximately 3:00 pm a residential burglary occurred at 800 N. Harper Ave. Suspects entered victims garage attached to residence by bodily force. While suspect was inside victims vehicle, the victim approached. Suspect fled with property. The suspect was described as a male, white, brown hair, blue eyes, 6'00. 150 pounds, 20 years of age.

Grand Theft Auto:

There was (1) cars reported stolen during this period.

On 1/21/2014 at approximately 9:00 am, a green 2009 Toyota RAV4 was stolen from Martel & Willoughby.

Grand Theft Person:

On 1/24/14 at approximately 1:00 am, the victim was at 755 N. La Cienega Blvd sitting with her purse beside her left thigh when an unknown suspect took her property and fled. No suspect description given.


Beware in the last couple of weeks, there has been an increase in burglaries of residences under construction. Suspects are taking tools from the construction sites. A great deterent is using motion lights, surveillance cameras and secure equipment and the location.

Art Gallegos

Senior lead Officer


Basic Car 7A1


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