Residents on Alert as Burglar Pillages Hollywood Hills

By Dina Abou Salem

Jan 22, 2014 3:31pm

A suspect believed to have been responsible for a string of burglaries  in Hollywood Hills, Calif., during the last eight weeks has been caught on surveillance video, police said.

“Detectives believe this suspect may be responsible for other residential burglaries in the Hollywood Hills area and are seeking the public’s help in identifying him,” the LAPD said in a statement

LAPD released on Monday a video showing the suspect knocking on the door of a La Cuesta Drive residence, in what detectives believed was an attempt to confirm whether anyone was home.

The January 15 video showed the suspect walking to the side of the house at around 2 p.m., jumping the fence and walking to the rear sliding glass door.

Officials said that the suspect used a hard object to break the glass door, and then entered the residence.

“The suspect gathered numerous electronic devices, including an Apple laptop, and five cellular telephones. The suspect then fled the location in an unknown direction,” said the LAPD in a statement.

Officials described the suspect as a Hispanic male with a shaved head, approximately 30 years of age, 5′-6″ to 5′-10″ tall, weighing 200-210 pounds.

The suspect wore a white T-shirt, black and white striped Adidas sweatpants, and white training shoes.

Police told ABC News affiliate KABCTV-Los Angeles there have been about a dozen burglaries in the Hollywood Hills over the last eight weeks.

“So we’re asking residents to be vigilant, be on the lookout, establish neighborhood watches,” LAPD Lt. Marc Reina told KABCTV-Los Angeles.

Police advised residents not to leave computers and other electronics in plain sight when they leave, and urged residents to get home alarms or security cameras.

“We are very concerned considering this suspect went to this home in the middle of the day, knocked on the door. When nobody was home, he went around back and broke through the sliding glass door and went right in,” he said.

Rick Taldykin, a neighborhood resident, told ABC News that his home was burglarized in September 2012 by a person who fits the same description as the suspect. Taldykin provided ABC News with the video surveillance which shows a suspect opening the door to his home, stealing camera gear, computers, and watches and then getting into is white Jeep and before taking off.

Detective Steven Ramirez of LAPD detectives told ABCNews.com that “it looks like there’s a match in the suspects in the two videos but we are working on confirming it.”

Officials are asking residents with information related to the burglaries or the suspect to call authorities at (877) LAPD-24-7.

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