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Biscuit Company Burglar Caught

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at 11:16AM
Biscuit Company Burglars Courtesy LAPD

Stills from a surveillance camera show the man and woman who on March 31 entered three units at the Biscuit Company Lofts.

The couple caught on tape sneaking into the Biscuit Company Lofts and attempting to enter unlocked units on March 31 weren't on the loose for long. Tommie Scott, 50, was arrested by Sheriff's deputies on April 2 near Central and Gage in South L.A.

Scott was detained after deputies received a lead that he possessed stolen Chinese coins, which were found in his pocket. Deputies also found a cell phone that turned out to have been stolen from the back office of a Downtown restaurant on March 31.

An LAPD detective who called the deputies about the phone robbery was able to connect Scott to the attempted robberies at the Biscuit Company Lofts through the description of his vehicle, a copper-colored Avalanche.

“We got more than we ever expected on this case, thanks to the work of Deputies [Sean] Shaw and [Mark] King,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, who heads up the detective division for Downtown. “We will clear the attempted burglary at the lofts and the theft from the restaurant, and maybe a few more.”

Scott was on parole for burglary when he was arrested, and was rebooked with no bail. The woman seen with Scott in the surveillance tape was identified, but is unlikely to be charged.

As it turns out, Scott wasn't really even looking to break into lofts.

“Scott was more of an office creeper than a cat burglar,” Lt. Vernon added. “He’d walk into open businesses and steal whatever he could get his hands on. If fact, he mistook the Biscuit Company Lofts for business suites. So my initial warning to the public holds true: lock your doors at home and lock up your stuff at work.”

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