53 Vehicle Burglaries in 21 Days — A Challenge to WeHo’s Claim That It’s a Safe Place to Visit

West Hollywood is the “safest place to live, work, and visit”? That’s the new version of an oft-used slogan that used to call out “play” rather than “visit.” However, WeHo might not be so safe if a visitor leaves things in his or her car.

There are 53 reports of vehicle burglaries in a recently released list of Part 1 (serious) crimes reported to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station from Oct. 21 to Nov. 10.

In two of those incidents, Sheriff’s deputies arrested men who were identified as having come from Oakland. Sheriff’s Captain Edward Ramirez, at a recent town hall meeting, called out gangs from northern California as a major source of car burglaries in West Hollywood and other affluent cities on the west side of Los Angeles County. Ramirez noted that visitors from out of town might not be aware of the risk of leaving valuables in their cars, a risk that has been widely reported to the residents of West Hollywood

A complete list of Part 1 (serious) crimes reported to the Sheriff’s Station is listed below. A more complete list of all crimes can be found on Crimemapping.comA list of those arrested in West Hollywood can be found here.

Oct. 21

Aggravated Assault – Knife (Suspect Arrested). 8400 block Sunset Blvd at 4:20 p.m. A man tried to cut the victim with a razor while walking on the sidewalk. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies. #06950

Aggravated Assault – Other Weapon. 900 block Fairfax Avenue. Between midnight and 12:0 a.m. A woman was walking in the hallway towards the exit when another woman hit her on the back of her head with an unknown hard object. A bystander stepped in and stopped the assault. #07006.

Grand Theft. 8700 block Beverly Blvd between 3 and 4:05 p.m.. An unknown suspect removed a laptop computer that was left unattended on a countertop. #06948

Grand Theft. 8500 block Sunset Blvd between 7:45 and 8:05 p.m. An unknown suspect removed a camera and camera lens that were left momentarily unattended on the rooftop of the building. #06956

Vehicle Burglary. 8500 block Sunset Blvd between 12:15 and 1:15 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing a laptop computer, sunglasses, watch, and electronics chargers from the rear floorboard. #06938

Vehicle Burglary. 900 block Palm Avenue between midnight and 1:30 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a laptop computer, passport, and $250 cash from the interior. #06949

Vehicle Burglary. Almont Drive / Santa Monica Blvd between 8 and 10:30 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing two laptop computers and an iPad from the rear storage area. #06960

Vehicle Burglary. 9000 block Melrose Avenue between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and pushed the rear seat down to gain access to the trunk and removed a briefcase containing a laptop computer. #06962

Oct. 22

Grand Theft. 8700 block Beverly Blvd between 2:50 and 3:05 p.m. An unknown suspect removed a shopping bag containing four new purses and cosmetics from the ground behind the victim’s chair. #06977

Strong Arm Robbery (Suspect Arrested). 8300 block Santa Monica Blvd at 12:30 p.m. A woman removed several food items from the deli area and attempted to leave the store without payment. When approached by store security, the suspect kicked and punched the victim. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies. #06975

Armed Robbery. 1000 block North San Vicente Blvd at 9:02 p.m. A man arranged to meet the suspect at a hotel after meeting on a dating website. During the meeting, the suspect pulled a knife and demanded the victim’s property and he complied. #06988

Vehicle Burglary. 1200 block Formosa Avenue between 8 and 8:50 a.m. An unknown suspect used a knife to pry open the front driver’s side door and removed a wallet, battery charger, and two pairs of sunglasses from the center console. #06970

Vehicle Burglary. 9000 block Melrose Avenue between 8:30 and 10:45 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and pushed the rear seat down but did not take anything. #06989

Vehicle Burglary. 500 North Robertson Blvd between 9:45 and 11:50 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a suitcase containing a watch, headphones, cufflinks, two pens, and a leather bag from the rear floorboard. #06995

Vehicle Burglary. 1300 block North Hayworth Avenue between 6:30 p.m. and 7:10 a.m. An unknown suspect ransacked the interior and removed keys, registration, and a medical prescription pad. No sign of forced entry. #07008

Oct. 23

Aggravated Assault – Knife (Suspects Arrested) Santa Monica Blvd / Sweetzer Avenue at 12:20 p.m. A man threw an open pocket knife at another man during a road rage incident. Both suspects were arrested. #07002

Grand Theft. 1200 block Harper Avenue between Oct. 18 and Oct. 23. An unknown suspect removed the catalytic converter from a 2005 Toyota Prius that was parked on the street. #07058

Vehicle Burglary (Suspects Arrested). 7900 block Fountain Avenue between 7:20 and 8:10 p.m. Two men smashed the rear windshield and removed a bag containing clothing items from the trunk. Responding deputies arrested both suspects and two female accomplices after a traffic stop. The stolen property was recovered. Property found in the vehicle linked the suspects to three other vehicle burglaries. The suspects are from Oakland, Calif. #07012

Vehicle Burglary (Suspects Arrested). 7300 block Santa Monica Blvd between 9:20 and 9:55 p.m. Two men smashed the front passenger’s side window and the rear driver’s side window and removed a bag containing a Jiu-Jitsu Gi from the back seat and a backpack containing a laptop computer and credit cards from the back seat. The suspects were arrested while committing another incident, refer #07012. #07013

Vehicle Burglary. 1000 block La Brea Avenue between 8:45 and 9:30 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear windshield and the rear passenger’s side window and removed two backpacks containing two cameras and three camera lenses from the back seat and rear floorboard. #07015

Vehicle Burglary. 8400 block Sunset Blvd between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear driver’s side window and removed a box of electronic cigarettes from the trunk and a laptop case containing a handgun from the rear floorboard. #07021

Oct. 24

Other Burglary. 7600 block Hampton Avenue between 6 and 8:30 p.m. An unknown suspect pried a storage unit open and removed tools. #07041

Vehicle Burglary. 7600 block Lexington Avenue at 10:30 p.m.

An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed an iPod, Sony Walkman, and Kern music player from the back seat. #07045

Oct. 25

Armed Robbery. 8900 block Santa Monica Blvd at 12:31 a.m. The victim went to the suspects’ vehicle to use a lighter and was told to get into the vehicle. A man inside the vehicle pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his property and he complied. #07046

Armed Robbery. 8800 block Santa Monica Blvd at 4 a.m. A man got into a vehicle that he believed was his Uber. The victim was driven to a nearby alley. The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his property and he complied. #07048

Vehicle Burglary. 800 block Westbourne Drive between 7 and 8 a.m. An unknown suspect cut the convertible top to gain access and removed a laptop computer from the trunk. #07066

Vehicle Burglary. 800 block Westbourne Drive between 8:30 p.m. and 2:23 p.m. the next day. An unknown suspect cut the convertible top to gain access and removed a pair of sunglasses from the center console. #07067

Oct. 26

Aggravated Assault – Gun. 100 block La Cienega Blvd at 11:03 p.m. A man pointed a handgun at the victim and threatened her during a dispute inside the business. #07080

Armed Robbery. 7700 block Santa Monica Blvd at 2:50 a.m. A man was walking eastbound on the sidewalk of Santa Monica Blvd when three men approached him from behind and hit him on his head with a hard metal object. A struggle ensued, and the victim’s property was taken from his pockets. The suspects fled the area on foot. #07063

Vehicle Burglary. 7200 block Santa Monica Blvd between 5:30 and 8:20 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear windshield and removed and ransacked the interior but did not take anything. #07072

Vehicle Burglary. 7200 block Santa Monica Blvd between 5:30 and 8:20 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing four camera lenses from the trunk. #07073

Vehicle Burglary. 1000 block North La Brea Avenue between 8:30 and 10:18 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing a wallet and $1,500 cash from the front seat. #07076

Vehicle Burglary. Santa Monica Blvd / Spaulding Avenue between 7 and 10:30 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a leather bag containing a laptop computer from the backseat. #07078

Vehicle Burglary. Westbourne Drive / Melrose Avenue between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear windshield and removed two pairs of shoes from the trunk. #07099

Oct. 27

Vehicle Burglary. 9000 block Melrose Avenue between 12:30 and 3:30 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front and rear passenger side windows and removed two fanny packs from the front floorboard. One of the fanny packs contained an Apple watch. #07087

Vehicle Burglary. 1100 block Poinsettia Drive between 9 p.m. and 12:20 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear windshield and removed a camera from the rear storage area. #07102

Vehicle Burglary. 600 block Almont Drive between 11:16 p.m. and 2 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear trunk window and removed a backpack containing a book, shoes, and clothing from the trunk. #07105

Vehicle Burglary. 7500 block Fountain Avenue between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. An unknown suspect removed a laptop computer and three bottles of wine from the trunk. No sign of forced entry. #07112

Oct. 28

Other Burglary. 7100 block Santa Monica Blvd between Oct. 28 and Oct. 31. An unknown suspect cut the lock to a storage unit located in the sub parking garage of the apartment complex and removed clothing and shoes. #07211

Vehicle Burglary. 8400 block Santa Monica Blvd at 11:15 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing a passport, $350 cash, and miscellaneous toiletries from the back seat. #07114

Vehicle Burglary. 8500 block Melrose Avenue between 6:45 and 7:44 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear quarter panel window and removed a leather bag containing three pairs of shoes from the trunk. #07122

Vehicle Burglary. 1100 block Harper Avenue between 8:15 and 10:04 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed five dresses from the trunk. #07125

Vehicle Burglary. Harper Avenue / Santa Monica Blvd between 9 and 10 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear windshield and removed a backpack containing keys from the trunk. #07126

Vehicle Burglary. 7900 block Santa Monica Blvd between 8 and 10:45 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing a tablet computer, Apple pencil, cell phone, headphones, and jacket from the rear floorboard. #07127

Vehicle Burglary. 800 block Huntley Drive between 8:30 and 11:20 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed an empty backpack from the back seat. #07128

Vehicle Burglary. Melrose Avenue / Doheny Drive between 8 and 11:30 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing a laptop computer, wallet, keys, and textbooks from the rear floorboard. The backpack was recovered a short time later but the contents were missing. #07129

Vehicle Burglary. 600 block La Peer Drive between 10:20 and 11:30 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing a passport from the front seat. #07130

Vehicle Burglary. 1000 block Sierra Bonita Avenue at 11:30 p.m. A man smashed the rear passenger’s side window of one vehicle and the rear quarter panel of another vehicle but was scared away when a resident yelled at him to leave. #07131

Vehicle Burglary. 1000 block Gardner Street between 10:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side quarter window and removed a box containing an impact drill from the trunk. #07138

Oct. 29

Nothing significant to report.

Oct. 30

Other Burglary (Suspect Arrested). 600 block Robertson Blvd at 2:50 a.m. A man used force on the front door to gain entry and ransacked the interior. The suspect was found hiding in a closet by responding deputies and arrested. #07163

Vehicle Burglary. 800 block North Kings Road at 4 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window to gain entry but did not take anything. #07193

Oct. 31

Grand Theft. Santa Monica Blvd between 9:15 and 10 p.m.

An unknown suspect removed a wallet from the victim’s backpack while she was walking in the crowd of the Halloween Carnival. #07202

Residential Burglary. 8600 block West Knoll Drive between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. An unknown suspect forced the front door open and removed a laptop computer and two wristwatches from the bedroom. #07216

Residential Burglary. 1200 block Vista Street between 7:30 p.m. and noon the next day. An unknown suspect used an unlocked rear window to gain access and removed a laptop computer from the kitchen. #07271

Nov. 1

Strong Arm Robbery. At 3:45 a.m. a man had an argument with two other men while sharing a Lyft ride. The argument escalated after the vehicle stopped and the suspects punched the victim several times. While fighting, the suspects pulled a shoulder bag from the victim’s possession and fled the area on foot. #07203

Nov. 2

Aggravated Assault – Hands, Fist, Feet. 8800 block Santa Monica Blvd at 2:37 a.m. A man punched a security guard in the face after being denied entry into the club. #07228

Strong Arm Robbery (Suspect Arrested). 7100 block Santa Monica Blvd at 1:36 p.m. A man removed four bottles of alcohol from a display area and left the store without payment. When approached by store security, the suspect began to struggle in an attempt to escape. The suspect was detained and arrested by responding deputies. #07234

Vehicle Burglary. 8800 block Melrose Avenue between 12:30 and 1:49 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a leather bag containing documents and $20 cash from the back seat. #07229

Vehicle Burglary. 7800 block Santa Monica Blvd between 5:40 and 6 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed an empty Rolex watch box from the trunk. #07237

Vehicle Burglary. Almont Drive / Melrose Avenue between 5:30 and 7 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a shopping bag containing clothing from the back seat. #07238

Vehicle Burglary. 9100 block Phyllis Avenue between 7:30 and 11:45 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed two pairs of sunglasses and one pair of shoes from the back seat. #07240

Vehicle Burglary. 8400 block Melrose Avenue between 10:57 and 11: 57 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed an empty backpack from the back seat. The back pack was found on the ground near the vehicle. #80014

Vehicle Burglary. 9100 block Sunset Blvd between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a duffle bag containing a laptop computer, digital pen, and sandals from the interior. #80015

Nov. 3

Grand Theft. 8800 block Santa Monica Blvd at 2 a.m. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s back pocket while on the dance floor. #07248

Grand Theft. 7100 block Santa Monica Blvd at 11:08 a.m. A man removed a purse containing $2,000 cash and two gift cards from the store counter after it was left momentarily unattended by the victim. #07251

Grand Theft. 8800 block Santa Monica Blvd at 1:20 p.m. A man reached into the victim’s front pants pocket and removed her cell phone while she was waiting in line to enter the club. #07252

Strong Arm Robbery. Melrose Avenue / Robertson Blvd at 3:30 a.m. A man was walking southbound on the sidewalk of Robertson Blvd when the suspect approached him from behind and pulled him into a nearby alley. The suspect demanded the man’s property and he complied. The suspect fled the area on foot. #80018

Vehicle Burglary. 1300 block Sweetzer Avenue between midnight and 9 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed abackpack containing a laptop computer, two cameras, two lenses, and film from the backseat. #07250

Nov. 4

Nothing significant to report.

Nov. 5

Strong Arm Robbery. Santa Monica Blvd / Palm Avenue between 10:45 and 11:15 p.m. A man was walking westbound on the sidewalk of Santa Monica Blvd when the suspect approached him from behind and pulled his fanny pack from his shoulder. The suspect ran to a nearby vehicle and fled the area. The victim waited two days to report the incident. #07375

Vehicle Burglary. 600 block Almont Drive between 7 p.m. and midnight. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing a laptop computer, $400 cash, and a passport from the back seat. The suspect also removed a Louis Vuitton bag containing a laptop computer from the back seat. #07350

Nov. 6

Aggravated Assault – Knife. 1300 block Laurel Avenue at 1:23 a.m. A man walked out to his car and was suddenly attacked by another man. The suspect pulled a knife from his pocket and pushed the victim to the ground. The suspect mumbled an incoherent statement and then ran away. #07351

Armed Robbery (Suspects Arrested). 1200 block La Brea Avenue at 1:19 a.m. Two men and two women removed store items and attempted to leave without payment. When stopped by store security, a struggle ensued with one of the women. A man pulled a handgun from his pocket and pointed it at the security guard so the woman could escape. Three of the four suspects were arrested by responding deputies. #07352

Vehicle Burglary. 8500 block Melrose Avenue (Attempt) between 9:40 and 10:25 p.m. An unknown suspect used a window punch to crack the front and rear passenger’s side windows but did not gain access. #07371

Nov. 7

Strong Arm Robbery (Attempt). 7800 block Santa Monica Blvd at 4:05 p.m. A woman was walking westbound on the sidewalk of Santa Monica Blvd when the suspect approached her and attempted to pull her keys from her hand. A short struggle ensued but the victim was able to retain possession of her keys. The suspect yelled profanities and incoherent statements at the victim and then walked eastbound on Santa Monica Blvd and out of view. #07391

Vehicle Burglary. 8500 block Melrose Avenue between 9:30 and 10:10 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a bag containing a belt, three pairs of shoes, and a men’s jacket from the back seat. All of the items were brand new and had been purchased shortly before the incident occurred. #07395

Vehicle Burglary. Almont Drive / Melrose Avenue between 10 and 11:20 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a leather briefcase containing a laptop computer and sunglasses from the rear floorboard. #07399

Vehicle Burglary. 600 block North Croft Avenue between 6:45 and 10:20 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a laptop computer from the front seat. #07397

Vehicle Burglary. Sunset Blvd / Harper Avenue (Attempt) between 10:30 and 11:55 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window to gain access but did not take anything. #07400

Nov. 8

Aggravated Assault – Knife (Suspect Arrested). Holloway Drive / Santa Monica Blvd at 7:20 p.m. A woman was standing on the sidewalk with her dog when a man rode past her on his skateboard. The sound of the skateboard caused the victim’s dog to bark and lunge at the suspect, but the dog was on a leash and was restrained by the victim. The suspect became upset and pulled a knife from his pocket and threatened the woman. A witness saw the suspect pointing a knife at the woman, and he intervened. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies. #07420

Vehicle Burglary. Romaine Street / Fairfax Avenue between 7 p.m. and 11:35 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side quarter window and pushed the back seat down but did not take anything. #07423

Vehicle Burglary. 9100 block West Sunset Blvd between 6:30 and 11:30 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a briefcase containing a tablet computer, paperwork, cell phone, and checks from the rear floorboard. #07428

Nov. 9

Strong Arm Robbery (Suspect Arrested). Santa Monica Blvd / Larrabee Street at 2:15 a.m. A man was walking eastbound on the sidewalk of Santa Monica Blvd when two men approached him from behind and pulled his cell phone and wallet from his back pocket. The suspects fled the area on foot. One of the suspects was arrested by responding deputies. #07427.

Vehicle Burglary. Santa Monica Blvd / Stanley Avenue between 1:30 and 1:55 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear driver’s side window and removed a briefcase containing documents and headphones from the back seat. #07402

Vehicle Burglary (Suspect Arrested). 8400 block Melrose Avenue at 12:19 a.m. A man was seen looking into parked vehicles by deputies on patrol. Deputies found a glove, flashlight, and window punch on the ground near the suspect, and he admitted the items belonged to him. The suspect also admitted to breaking into three vehicles earlier in the evening in an unknown area of Los Angeles. The stolen property from those burglaries was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was arrested and is from Oakland, Calif. #07426

Vehicle Burglary. Santa Monica Blvd / La Peer Drive between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window to gain access but did not remove anything. #07446

Nov. 10

Nothing significant to report.


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