Why Buy a Laptop When You Can Steal One from a Car in WeHo? (Just Kidding!)

Looking for a laptop or maybe an iPad?  Why go to the Apple Store and spend all that money when you can steal one from the front seat of a car parked in West Hollywood? (Well, yes, there is the possibility of an arrest.) The Part 1 (serious) crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station spanning Sept. 16 through 22 again shows smash and grab thefts of valuable objects left in full view on the front and back seats of cars, including a purse with $2,000 in cash.

As noted previously, these thefts are limited to West Hollywood and the thieves are expected to be part of gangs in Northern California who come to affluent areas of Los Angeles to make some quick and easy income. The West Hollywood Sheriff’s

Station has warned drivers not to leave anything of value in a parked car, even if it’s in the trunk.

What follows is the list of Part 1 (serious) crimes reported to the Sheriff’s Station between Sept. 16 and 22.  A more complete list of all crimes can be found on Crimemapping.com A list of those arrested in West Hollywood can be found here.

Sept. 16

Aggravated Assault – Other Weapon (Suspect Arrested). 1200 block La Brea Avenue at 9:25 p.m. A man swung a metal cane at a security guard after being asked to leave the store for causing a disturbance. The suspect arrested by responding deputies. #06193

Residential Burglary. 700 block West Knoll Drive between 6 and 9:15 p.m. An unknown suspect removed cash from the victim’s hotel room safe. No sign of forced entry. #06204

Vehicle Burglary. 8500 block Santa Monica Boulevard between 10:50 and 11:48 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a laptop computer, camera, and two hard drives from the front seat. #06174

Vehicle Burglary. 8400 block Sunset Boulevard between 10:55 and 11:44 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a purse containing $2,000 in cash, earplugs, watch, and car key from the back seat. #06195

Vehicle Burglary. 8900 block Santa Monica Boulevard between 11 p.m. and 12:45 a.m.

An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a bag containing two purses and a suit from the back seat. #06196

Sept. 17

Other Burglary (Suspects Arrested). 8500 block West Knoll Drive at 1:55 a.m. Two men forced the lobby door open and removed packages from the mailroom. Both suspects then went to the sub parking garage of the building and checked for unlocked vehicles. The suspects were arrested by responding deputies. #06208

Strong Arm Robbery. Santa Monica Boulevard / Palm Avenue at 1:30 a.m. A woman was walking westbound on the sidewalk of Santa Monica Boulevard when a man approached her and pulled her purse from her hand. The suspect ran from the scene and fled the area in a vehicle that was parked nearby. #06214

Vehicle Burglary. 9100 block Sunset Boulevard between 6 and 7:20 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a purse containing $100 cash and earrings from the back seat. #06213

Vehicle Burglary. 8500 block Santa Monica Boulevard between 9:28 and 11 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing books, notebooks, and a water bottle from the front floorboard. #06217

Vehicle Burglary. 900 block North Orange Grove Avenue between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

An unknown suspect removed a ring and Rolex watch from the glove compartment, two floor mats from the interior, and a first aid kit from the trunk. No sign of forced entry. #06228

Sept. 18

Vehicle Burglary. 9000 block Santa Monica Boulevard between 12:40 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing two laptop computers, wireless mouse, Apple pen, and two chargers from the front floorboard. #06234

Sept. 19

Grand Theft. 8800 block Santa Monica Boulevard between 1 and 2:21 a.m.. An unknown suspect removed two cell phones and a debit card from the victim’s backpack while inside the club. #06265

Grand Theft. 8800 block Santa Monica Boulevard between midnight and 2:21 a.m.. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s back pocket while inside the club. #06267

Grand Theft. 8800 block Santa Monica Boulevard between midnight and 2:21 a.m. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone and debit card from the victim’s back pocket while inside the club. #06268

Residential Burglary. 500 block North Orlando Avenue at 4:19 a.m. An unknown suspect forced the front door open to gain access and removed a bear skin rug from the living room. The suspect also damaged the refrigerator when it was pulled away from the wall. #06241

Sept. 20

Residential Burglary1200 block North Crescent Heights at 5:22 a.m. A man forced the front door open and removed a wallet containing credit cards and keys from the living room. The suspect ran from the residence after being confronted by the homeowner. #06269.

Sept. 21

Grand Theft. 8200 block Santa Monica Boulevard at 7:30 p.m. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone that was left momentarily unattended on a table in the patio area of the business. #06301

Grand Theft. 8800 block Melrose Avenue at 3:27 p.m. A man removed a silver necklace from a display case and left the store without payment. #06341

Other Burglary. 8300 block Sunset Boulevard between 2 and 8:30 p.m. An unknown suspect removed a desktop computer and iPad from the counter area. No sign of forced entry. #06312

Residential Burglary. 1200 block Genesee Avenue between 1:01 and 9 p.m.. An unknown suspect used a dog door to gain entry and removed a laptop computer, two IPads, watch, backpack, and Nintendo controller from the bedroom. #06307

Strong Arm Robbery (Attempt). La Brea Avenue / Lexington Avenue at 10 p.m. A woman was walking northbound on the sidewalk of La Brea Avenue when a man pushed her against a wall and demanded her property. The suspect ran from the area after a group of people appeared nearby. No loss. #06302

Vehicle Burglary. 900 block Hilldale Avenue between Sept. 21 and 23. An unknown suspect used a rock to smash the rear passenger’s side window and removed an IPod from the glove box. #06336

Sept. 22

Nothing significant to report.