Sheriff’s Detectives Identify Two Arrested for WeHo Vehicle Burglaries, One with Gang Ties

Joseph McWoodson

Detectives have identified one of two people arrested Thursday night for vehicle burglaries as being associated with a Bay area gang and they have property worth thousands of dollars that appears to belong to victims in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

Joseph McWoodson, 32, was booked on burglary charges and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. In an announcement of the arrests, the Sheriff’s Department said that McWoodson is an associate of a Bay area gang and was arrested on Aug. 3 by Beverly Hills police officers after burglarizing a vehicle and leading the officers into a vehicle pursuit. The other suspect arrested is Desiree Hernandez, 29, who also was booked on burglary charges and is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

After the arrests, Sheriff’s detectives were able to identify a hotel that the two suspects were staying at and recovered over 50 pieces of stolen property with an estimated value of $15,000 to $20,000.The majority of the items are electronics, laptops and high end purses. At this time detectives have identified some of the property as belonging to victims from the West

Desiree Hernandez

Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills areas.

The arrests validate the Sheriff’s Station’s belief that the surge in vehicle burglaries in recent month can mostly be attributed to gang members from outside West Hollywood. Over the past several months West Hollywood Station has had a significant rise in auto burglaries, specifically in the areas of Melrose Avenue and Doheny Drive.  In November officers arrested two burglars from the Oakland area.

A recent report from the Sheriff’s Station and the city’s Public Safety Department states that there were 220 vehicle burglaries reported in the first six months of year, roughly equal to the 227 reported in the same period last year. But by comparison, there were only 124 reported in the first six months of 2016 and 109 reported in the first six months of 2015.

Detectives are attempting to identify additional victims or witnesses of auto burglaries so that they can return the property they found to its owner. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Gaudino at (310) 358-4026 or email him at jggaudin@lasd.org.


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Cy Husain
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OK if you are offended by the FACTS I presented about mass media bias in the coverage of crime in relation to race, please keep in mind that I went where the evidence leads me as opposed to those seeking to deny it in their desire to present “talking points” that represent things the way that they would “like” them to be! In examining the research and information from credible peer reviewed journals in the field we find as far back as the early 1990s scholars have analyzed how some television news stations have disproportionately portrayed Black males as notorious… Read more »

Nate
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Nate

I’m offended by Cys post. Can the moderator please take it down? I find it discriminatory and lacking any substance.

Cy Husain
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So basically what we have here are arrests by the “beverly hells” Police Department of two individuals for being Black and Latina? Notice their pictures prominently displayed with their racial designations mentioned as supporting evidence of their “gang” association, if any of them sported a last name like “Husain” would we expect an announcement by the Department of Homeland inSecurity (the pork barrel project to give bigoted security guard caliber white males powerful well paying GOVERNMENT jobs) that they are tied to terrorists? I’m surprised that right-wing internet trolls haven’t tried to link the arrested Latina to Hillary Clinton yet!… Read more »

Abe
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Abe

There racial background was never mentioned. They were arrested because they committed crimes! They were caught with all the evidence.

Cy Husain
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YES in all fairness their racial background was NOT mentioned and the mistake was entirely my own! Bad mistake in this particular instance when I’m busy responding to multiple articles at a time (most on other source than WEHOville) but, I do take issue of society’s systemic problem of racism in the representation of non-whites with their role in crime.

WehoFan
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WehoFan

Cy- No one is talking about race but you.

Cy Husain
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WehoFan- Going back to W.E.B. Dubois we find that’s a serious part of the problem!

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Awesome Weho
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Awesome Weho

I’ll say what everyone else is thinking, too: This is NOT about race! Racial backgrounds are not mentioned anywhere in this report. “…their pictures prominently displayed with their racial designations” made me laugh. They’re mug shots! What would you prefer? Cat photos? They were flat out caught breaking into two parked cars on Melrose Ave. The cops found a whole cache of stolen property. If they were white, they would have found the same thing. If they were unicorns, they would have found the same thing. BECAUSE THEY STOLE THEM. Further car break-ins may have been prevented with these arrests.… Read more »

wehobea
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wehobea

You can type the word “arrested” into the “search wehoville” box near the top right of this webpage and press your Enter key, then see many mugshots and photos of white people who have been arrested by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department and other bodies of law enforcement and reported on WEHOville. The only way for you to deny this is to say all the people arrested were not white because they were criminals. If that is what you believe, you should say that. It might be true that not all of them are “guys” and not all of them… Read more »

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blueeyedboy

Wehobea, I applaud you for taking the time to write this (and written very well, I must add), and many thanks to WeHoVille for publishing it. You both have done us a great service.