LAPD posted security video on YouTube of three young men
breaking into a house in the Playa Del Rey/Westchester area on February
8. We did the story on February 10; not because the police needed our
help and asked us to but because the residents hoped greater publicity would
bring an end to a rash of burglaries in the area.
There have been 45 burglaries
since last August in this area according to LAPD crime maps, and yet, residents
tell us, they're frustrated with how little progress there seems to be on
catching the bad guys. We've been told there have been identifiable
fingerprints, license plates from suspicious cars roaming the neighborhood and
security video and yet not much in the way of arrests.
We talked to one man who's house was burglarized last August. It happened
in the day time, while he was at work and his family was gone. They
ransacked the bedrooms, stole a laptop, and a couple of cameras, but mostly
what they stole was his family's sense of security.
He says, the neighbors are working together to keep on eye on each others
houses. There's also amped up security systems.
We tried to talk to LAPD's Pacific Division, with no luck. But residents are
feeling like this rash of burglaries is low priority for the police.
After all, no one's been hurt. Damage to the homes is minimal since
many of the burglaries occurred without a forced break in.
Still, 45 burglaries? Residents want to know, how long does it take to
run fingerprints or a license plate. How many of these burglaries have to
occur for the police to finally make them a priority.
Meantime, take a moment to really look at the security
video. It's pretty clear and perhaps you can help LAPD get these
guys. In this incident, there were three young men. Cameras capture
one of them cutting the power lines and being surprised when sparks fly.
They make it inside the house and ransack a bedroom and apparently in another
room, one of the burglars finds a gun.
These guys may be responsible for this burglary, maybe not
all 45. But residents would feel a whole lot better if there was some
progress in the 45 investigations and an arrest for at least one.