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LAPD Warning Residents to Be Alert for Daytime Burglars

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, April 01, 2010, at 11:10AM
Biscuit Company Burglars Courtesy LAPD

Stills from a surveillance camera show the man and woman who on Wednesday entered three units at the Biscuit Company Lofts.

After a trio of close calls in the Arts District, LAPD is warning residents to be alert for daytime burglary attempts.

A man and a woman yesterday snuck into the Biscuit Company Lofts as a resident was leaving and entered three different lofts, each of which ended up having someone at home. The two left the building without taking anything, but are now wanted by the police.

“This couple’s actions are consistent with day-time burglars,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, head of Central Division detectives. “Burglars often strike at homes and apartments when they expect people to be at work. They generally want to avoid any personal contact.”

“This close call is a reminder for all residents to follow security protocols, like verifying someone’s right to access before granting them entry,” Vernon said. “The most expensive, high-tech system can be dumbed down simply by someone holding a door open for a stranger. That puts your whole building at risk.”

Such incidents are not limited to the Arts District. blogdowntown yesterday received an email from a resident in the Historic Core who last week had a laptop stolen from her Spring street loft.

Vernon advises residents to keep their doors locked even while home, and to check the peep hole before opening the door when someone knocks.


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