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Thieves steal $40,000 worth of computers, cash, and handbags at Orsini apartments

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 12:14PM
GHP Management

The Orsini apartment complex in DTLA has had four burglaries in the past week.

The massive Orsini apartment complex located on Figueroa in DTLA had four burglaries in the last week, said LAPD Capt. Horace Frank. All of the incidents occurred in units where residents had left their windows open when they left the building. Many told police they did so because of the summer heat.

Three of the burglaries occurred sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. In total, three laptops were stolen along with high-end handbags, $1,800 in cash and approximately $16,500 worth of miscellaneous items.

One additional burglary occurred on Monday, in which the victim claims to have had approximately $20,000 worth of items stolen.

Police have two suspects they're investigating in connection to the crimes. The complex boasts gated parking for residents and a 24-hour doorman, so police believe the burglaries were an "inside job."

This isn't the first time the Orsini has had a rash of break-ins. In 2008, Curbed LA reported that police took two suspects into custody in connection with a string of nine burglaries at the Downtown complex. Frank said that burglaries and car break-ins were an ongoing issue at the Orsini, but in recent months the building seemed to have gotten crime under control -- until last week.

"They're really trying to address this issue," said Frank, explaining that the Orsini had recently contracted a new security detail and were also organizing meetings between residents and the LAPD to help educate people about taking basic precautionary steps.

"If those windows weren't left open you wouldn't have had three burglaries," said Frank. "It's that simple."

According to Frank, the apartment complex is 98 percent full. The Orsini's online listings show apartments ranging in cost from $1,759 for a one bedroom, 691-square-foot space to $2,920 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1,210-square-foot unit.

Calls to the Orsini were not returned in time for publication

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