|Los Feliz Neighborhood Council
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Monthly Board Meeting
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It's important if you are the victim of theft, or any other crime (or attempted crime), report it to the police. Our area senior lead officers believe that only about half the thefts in our area are actually reported. Since police resources are allocated on the basis of need, shown by reported crime statistics, every unreported crime gives the bad guys more chances to do it again since the needed police resources will be elsewhere.
FHRAlert September 26, 2015
Past Selected FHRAlerts
Past Selected FHRAlerts
JANUARY 27, 2013 - SUSPICIOUS DOOR-TO-DOOR ACTIVITY
We have received two reports of suspicious persons in the area of Franklin and Radio Walk:
"There is an old burgundy colored van with the passenger side rear window taped with duct tape in the hill top area. It was near Radio and Franklin late last night. A white, young male, got out and was trying to open our locked gate. Said to a neighbor that he was looking for "somebody friendly, are you friendly?" He then went down the street NW, and loudly kicked at a neighbors door. Later the van circled the area honking its horn. (Possibly to pickup the person that got out of it.) Police were called, but the van was gone. Today the 27th, the van is back cruising the neighborhood."
Another Franklin Ave resident sent a photo and this message
JANUARY 2013 - RUSSELL AVE. HOMICIDE
According to the LAPD the shooting of John Lee, a 33 years old Las Vegas resident, at 9:15pm on Sunday 12/30/12 near Russell and Talmadge was unrelated to anything going in the neighborhood. It was probably a 'meet' and a drug deal gone bad. The narcotics detectives believe that it was probably a 'transportation issue'. The victim was described as well connected in Las Vegas. The location was probably chosen because it was near Sunset and there aren't many streetlights in the area.
MAIL THEFT UPDATE
A Franklin Hills resident provided additional information on several suspects that were observed in the area. The suspects appeared to be removing mail as they went from house to house. They are described as a female Asian driver wearing a lot of make up and appeared to have a heavy build. The passenger was a male Asian, thin build, early 20`s. The vehicle being used was a possible Nissan Maxima, grey or silver in color. A partial plate was observed, 3RJ-----unk. The police were alerted to the incident that day, checked the area but were unable to locate the suspects. Please share this information and keep an eye out for the activity.
DECEMBER 2012 -- HOLIDAY SAFETY AT HOME AND SAFE SHOPPING TIPS FROM THE LAPD
As the Holidays are rapidly approaching, now is the time to plan ahead to keep you and your family safe! Here a a few tips to remember:
-Be extra cautious! Lock your doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes
-When leaving home for an extended period of time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail
-Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer
-Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied
-Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home
-When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doorways and passageways are clear inside your home
-Make sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves
- If you use lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
-Drive defensively and remember, traffic is heavier during the holidays. Look out for drunk drivers!
A Security Camera in the 2300 Block of Lyric Caught a Package Thief in the Act
MAY 24,2012 - SEXUAL ASSAULT - LAPD SEEKING WITNESSES. The LAPD is looking for anyone who may have been in the area of Sunset Blvd. and Benton Way around 6am on the Morning of Friday, April 20, 2012. If you were, click here to look at an LAPD Community Alert Notification that shows the suspect and the victim. If you haver any info call LAPD Northest Sex Crimes Detectives at 323-344-5742.
MAY 17, 2012 - 3 CAR BREAK-INS -This morning the FHRA has received reports of two car break-ins between 10pm Wednesday night and 6am this morning, Thursday, May 17, 2012. A resident in the 3800 block of Franklin e-mailed: "My new Prius was broken into overnight, with the window smashed. My Ipod located in the console was taken. Nothing else."Farther up the hill in the 2100 block of Mayview Dr. another Prius had its window smashed and console broken into, but the loot from that job was just a few CDs. Both victims have reported the break-ins to LAPD. The LAPD also reported that a third vehicle, a BMW, was broken into overnight in our area.
"We just found out that our neighbors up the hill at Ronda Vista Drive and Ronda Vista Place had their Prius broken into some time last night. The driver side window was smashed and items were taken from inside the car. The suspect(s) involved also went through the glove box. It's very unfortunate but it does occasionally happen on our hill as many of you know.
FEBRUARY 8, 2012 VEHICLE BURGLARY UPDATE -The Franklin Hills Residents Association has received some good news and wise advice from the LAPD about the rash of thefts from motor vehicles.
After our initial FHRAlert last Sunday we received more reports of similar crimes:
And a Talmadge Avenue resident reported:
February 4, 2012 -VEHICLE BURGLARIES
VIOLENT TRASH SCAVENGER 2/26/2011
PURSE SNATCHINGS - 12/28/10 - Reported by Senior Lead Officer Lenny Davis:
There have been a series of purse snatches in the East Hollywood area over the past week. The susps are targeting females as they enter their vehicles or homes. Bodily force has been used on several of them. The susps are described as two Male Hispanics wearing hoodies.
Please be aware of your surroundings as you leave and return to your vehicles or homes. One way to prevent purse snatching is not to carry a purse, or to carry it in a way that makes it inaccessible, such as wearing it under your coat. Keeping your purse close to your body and your arm over it makes it a little bit harder for someone to grab the purse. If you see any suspicious activity, please contact the police immediately.
If you have any information please contact Northeast Robbery Detectives at (213) 485-2570 or Watch Commander at (213) 485-2563.
VEHICLE BREAK-INS / BICYCLE THEFTS / ST. GEORGE BURGLARY - 7/20/2010
"During the Week of July 11th to July 17th, there was a surge of vehicle break-ins and bicycle thefts. Most of the bikes taken were from under car apartment garages that had locks on them.
"Items taken within this period are cameras, lens, bikes, electronic devices, computers, garage door openers, laptops, television, cellphone and currency. Please be reminded not to leave valuables in plain sight and lock your vehicles.
"Locations were SOME of these theft incidents occurred: 1900/2000 blk of Rodney Drive, 3900/4300 blk of Los Feliz Blvd, 2000 blk of Hillhurst, Finley and Catalina, 4600 blk of Clarissa, 1300 and 2600 blk of Glendale blvd."
On July 13th, 2010, a burglary occurred on the 2900 block of St. George St., during the hours of 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Suspects open unsecured front window, entered and removed property. A witness observed the suspects in the complex but did not call the police department. Suspects were described as 2 male Hispanics, about 506-508 tall, 150 pounds, in their 20's, wearing hoodies.
"As a reminder, please secure your homes even if your leaving for a short time. Make sure alarms and surveillance equipment are in working condition. Please share crime trend information with your neighbors and lookout for one another. If you see suspicious activity call the police department immediately!!! "
BICYCLE THEFTS - 3/10/2010
ANTI THEFT CLUB $11 3/5/2010
A resident near Franklin & Hollyvista e-mailed FHRA: "Once again, our lights are out on Hollyvista and I suspect it may be because of another theft. On Tuesday Feb 9 I noticed a white "cherry picker" truck at the corner of Franklin and Hollyvista." A quick check with the Bureau of Street Lighting this morning could find no record of such a service call by their personnel.
Bureau of Street Lighting, Assistant Division Manager, Jeffrey Ziliotto warned, "thieves have been observed in regular vehicles: a red truck, a red van, and a green truck, in different parts of the City and in other cities. One of the vehicles even had a City seal. The Bureau's vehicles are either yellow (typical City issued vehicle) or white (rental vehicle), with or without the City seal. We urge the citizen to call the authorities for anything that appears to be suspicious, even if it is our crew. Our employees each carry their City issued identification."
HOME INVASION ROBBERY 2/3/2010
GRAFFITI February 2010
CAR BREAKINS January 2010
2009 CRIME STATS
The official stats are just part of the story. In a meeting with community groups Northeast Senior Lead officers estimated that as much as half of crimes such as auto break-ins go un-reported. And while that might make the figures look good, it hampers officers in the battle against crime which increasingly relies on accurate statistics of where crime is occurring to allocate resources for prevention and enforcement. Even if the police response to your call doesn't lead to immediate results the information over time may help prevent future crimes in the area.
Past Crime Reports
ATTEMPTED KIDNAP OF KING MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT
Responding to reports of mail theft from homes in the area LAPD Senior Lead officer Al Polenhonki sent along these helpful tips of activity to watch out for, remember and report to the Police:
"The suspects that engage in this kind of activity may be following the carriers around as they make their deliveries. During the holidays, we had several reports of thefts involving Fedex deliveries. Several suspects were apprehended and booked.
Please be a good witness and call 911 if you happen to see any of the delivery trucks being followed. The suspects will be easy to spot when they stop to pick up the packages right after the driver leaves. Most drivers can't see the activity because of the large trucks and limited visibility.
A suspect / vehicle description, license plate and direction of travel would be very helpful."
And of course having a locking mailbox, or mail slot through a door or wall is a way to help safeguard your incoming mail.
Watchful Residents = ArrestsOn September 30, 2008, a resident in the 2100 block of Lyric Ave. noticed a prowler in the back yard and called 911. The radio report was received in the patrol car of the LAPD Senior Lead Officers (SLO) assigned to the Franklin Hills area. Officers Al Polehonki and Lenny Davis (who replaced recently retired, SLO Sam Salazar) just happened to be patrolling the area along Lyric near Hyperion. The reporting resident, still on the cellphone waved to them as they passed. Then they heard the radio give the description of a shirtless, heavily tattooed, male Hispanic, 5'10" 200lbs, and they spotted him heading down the hill. When he saw the police car, he began to run and was arrested after a short chase ending along Griffith Park Blvd. between Lyric and Scotland. This obviously wasn't his first police encounter. Officer Polehonki reported the suspect's rap sheet is 50 pages long with arrests for drugs and burglaries. Until this arrest he was a "parolee at large" meaning he had failed to report to authorities as required.
A great example of what can be done with timely teamwork between observant neighbors and patrolling police. Without putting yourself in danger, the advice from the SLOs is to make yourself a good witness. Make a mental note of the suspects' physical description, license plate/vehicle description, etc. so that the info you report has a higher chance of leading to an arrest and making our neighborhood a safer place.
Another Increase in Property Crime
LAPD Senior Lead Officer Gina Chovan reports there is a high rate of property crimes in the Franklin Hills and Los Feliz areas. There were 8 burglaries in the week from 8/11/08-8/18/08. The crimes have occurred between 6am and 6pm. Five of the eight involved cutting through screens on open windows at the rear of homes. The suspects are described only as two black males seen in a maroon sedan. When you leave home please remember to close and lock all doors and windows.
Another series of crimes occurred over the weekend of August 9th, where 6 businesses along Vermont and Hillhurst were vandalized with broken windows and two reported property stolen in the nighttime hours.
Officer Chovan suggests that high quality surveillance cameras can be a real help in catching this kind of criminal. If you have them turn them on, or at least have good lighting to make it harder for the evil doers to go unnoticed.
Why Your Car Should Be
At the FHRA annual Meeting in June 2008 LAPD Senior Lead Officer Al Polehonki noted that recent arrests had greatly reduced the number of car break-ins in the general area. But it continued to be a prevalent problem. At 3am on July 15, 2008, LAPD arrested another suspect who reportedly admitted to at least three car breakins. Office Polehonki reports that "GPS is the big item right now" and suggests everyone make a note of the serial numbers of all valuable items so if you do have to make a police report of a crime, when police find your stuff in pawn shops etc. they can make a case and you can get your gear back. Photographing valuable items such a jewelry is also very helpful. He also pointed to a very interesting video on YouTube that shows a very methodical overnight burglar checking out cars for their contents in nearby Silver Lake. Click here to watch the video Although several in this theft ring were arrested, there are plenty more still hunting, so it's important to remember not to leave things of value in the car and if possible hide it in your garage.
Police Explorer Scouts, under the supervision of Officer Polhonki, recently distributed flyers (seen here on Lyric Ave.) in the Franklin Hills with tips on reducing your chances of being a car break-in/theft victim.
The FHRA received nearly a dozen car break-in reports in June 2008.
Citizen Crime Reports
In late July 2007 we received reports of home burglaries in the Franklin Hills and Silver Lake where neighbors have spotted a Black Mercedes sedan with tinted windows and 3 male occupants. Additional reports indicate others have seen such a car loitering in the area recently perhaps its occupants planning their next caper.
Also in late July 2007 we received the report below written by a resident on Vermont north of Los Feliz
"While my husband and I were at work two guys showed up at around 2 p.m. at our house. They were wearing white construction hard hats. They were driving an off white large pick up truck - possibly a Ford or Toyota truck." (The men were described as being in their late 40's one an African-American with a pock marked face, the other a white man had a short beard.)
"They told my housekeeper they had an appointment and needed to inspect the house and did not give a company name. She asked for their business card but they refused but still wanted to inspect the house. She said that the owner was not available and to come back in 15 minutes. They didn't come back.
"Our neighbors' housekeeper had the same experience on the same day except she let them into the house where they went about checking doors and general security. The owners were not there and when they found out they were quite upset.
'Obviously these people were not who they said they were and could be a danger to the neighborhood. We did not get a chance to photograph them but we are going to keep a camera at the front door in case they return. If anyone could get one - that would be helpful."
WARNING: Restaurant Bandits Strike Hollywood Blvd.
Restaurant and bar owners, recently there has been a rash of restaurant and bar robbery take downs. The method used by suspects are, they come in two or three at a time. They prefer restaurants with alleys to the rear. They appear at closing time when employees are closing businesses and there are few customers in the restaurant.
Suspects enter OPENED back doors. They come in armed, very calm ordering employees and customers to the kitchen. One suspect is a lookout and the other suspect(s) orders everyone to remove jewelry, money, property and place on the table. Sometimes suspects go through victims personal pockets. All suspects are wear ski masks. Once suspects remove property they leave in a vehicle.
Approximately 15 robberies have taken place since March 2006 to August 2006. And 49 restaurants in total, in the past two years. The most recent occurred on the 4600 block of Hollywood Blvd. Suspects prefer restaurants/bars that are local (attempting to avoid sophisticated surveillance equipment). No definite suspect information at this time.
BEWARE OF LOTTERY SCAMS!In the lottery scam the suspect(s) approach a victim walking alone or sitting on a bus bench. Then engage in a short conversation stating they have a winning lottery ticket, but cannot cash it in because of their immigration status.
They offer the victim a large share of the winnings if they will cash the ticket. To “prove” the ticket is valuable the suspect calls a phony number for the lottery so the victim can confirm the ticket is a winner. But the phone number is really just a confederate of the suspect reading off the numbers on the suspect’s ticket.
The suspect then asks the victim (often elderly) to go to their bank and withdraw amounts ranging from $3,000 - $5,000 to prove their good faith. At times the victims are willing to give up their life savings for the promise of a huge return. Police know of the scam working nine times in the last three months in our area. Of course, when the victims try to cash the “winning ticket” they find it and they are both losers.
Citizen Call Catches Halloween Tagger
Halloween evening, about 9:30 PM, an alert community member observed a tagger spray painting on numerous garages in the alley that parallels St. George St. just off Rowena. A radio call was generated and the tagger was followed as he continued to tag along Rowena heading toward Ivanhoe Elementary School. Officers responded and captured the 15 year old male subject whose hands were covered with paint. The officers photographed 16 locations that had been tagged. He admitted to each one.
He was cited and will soon be working off his community service hours with Officer Colenzo painting out graffiti. This subject appears to have been working the Marshall High School area for quite some time. He is now retired. Our continued thanks to community members that share in our frustration with this type of criminal activity and go the extra step by making that call.
Just thought Id let everyone know about this one,
SLO Al Polehonki
MORE TAGGERS TO WATCH FOR:
In the last week of October 2005 residents in the Franklin Hills reported twice spotting a group of up to four 16-20 year old male Latino taggers. On the second spotting they gave LAPD a car description: "an old, black VW beetle, license number 2VAZ115." LAPD had received other reports of a similar vehicle spotted near tagging activity, now they have the license.
LAPD Northeast Division Front Desk 213-485-2563
Officer Colenzo - LAPD PACE unit 213-847-0511
AUGUST RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES...
The LAPD is asking for the public’s help in stopping a recent rash of residential burglaries in the Los Feliz and Franklin Hills areas.
Senior Lead Officer Gina Chovan reports there have been a dozen burglaries in just the last two weeks, committed during daytime hours…between 7am and 5pm. Additional police reports indicate that in some cases the thieves shut off electric power and ransacked the homes.
The current description of the suspects is “two black males between the ages of 14 and 20.” They have been seen in a “green late model Toyota,” but the police don’t have a license plate number. That’s why Northeast detectives are seeking your help. If you have seen, or do see, such a vehicle and occupants you are asked to call the LAPD’s Northeast Division 213-485-2563 with a license number and any other information such as location and more descriptive details of the car’s occupants. As always, do not approach any possible suspects, or put yourself in any dangerous situation.
POSTED 8/23/05 6:50PM
TWO TYPES OF ROBBERY TARGETING ELDERLY:
1) Elderly Distraction Burglaries have been increasing lately. Senior Lead Officer Al Polehoni reports on February 22,2005, “a 90 year old female was approached at her residence by a female white in her mid 30`s that claimed to be looking for her lost cat. While the victim was distracted, a male in his mid to late 30`s entered her residence and began to ransack the bedroom. When the victim realized what was happening, she confronted the male suspect and a struggle ensued. The victim sustained a cut on her arm but was able to flee and obtain help at a neighbors residence. " Decoys also pretend to be utility workers or other service personnel.
“Witnesses describe the suspects’ vehicle as a white full size GMC pick up truck with an unknown California license plate. It also appears that the suspects may have actually prowled around the victims property before making contact with her. Although this crime occurred in another part of our division, the suspects / vehicle may be seen again. Should anyone see a similar vehicle and suspects loitering and or / prowling around please call 911. Anyone with license plate information on full size GMC pick up trucks that are white in color can contact:Take a look at the flyer the LAPD put out last fall with 3 suspects pictures and more details.
Det. Martha Ramos at (213)847-4270, Det. Escontrias at (213)485-2524 or
SLO Al Polehonki at (213)793-0763.”
2) Senior women leaving banks and supermarkets (Albertsons most recently) have been the target of a robbery suspect described as a 6' tall, 300lb black man who follows victims on their way home and picks a secluded spot to attack. Crimes have occurred at midday. Suspect has been seen on Commonwealth Ave.
AUTO THEFT AND THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLES:
LAPD's Northeast Division also has some help on making your whole vehicle harder to steal. They have theft deterring clubs available to the public. For details click here for the LAPD flyer.
$50,000 REWARD FOR THE HYPERION BRIDGE RAPIST:
The suspect is still eluding capture after several attacks, many on area students heading to school. Councilmember Tom LaBonge through the GGPNC has financed a surveillance camera on the Hyperion Avenue Bridge to help in the hunt. For the suspect's sketch and more details click here.
FRANKLIN HILLS HOME BREAK-INS
An FHRA member reports there were homes broken into the week of July 19, 2004, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday in the area around DeLongpre and Mayview. All the break-ins were during daylight hours and the suspect is described by one of the victims as being: “about 20, Latino, with a mustache and possibly a long ponytail. He wears a hooded sweatshirt in the warm PM, and is very bold. He will probably continue to hit our neighborhood until he's caught.”
It is also reported that he has stolen items such as CD’s a calculator, water from a refrigerator, but has passed up more valuable items in plain view. He has broken in by forcing open gates, breaking windows etc. The crimes have been reported to the LAPD.
If you actually see a potential crime in progress call 911.
If you have less urgent info call the LAPD’s Northeast station at 213-485-2563,
or our Senior Lead Officer, Al Polehonki at 213-793-0763
Keep your eyes and ears open and your gates, windows and doors securely closed and locked and we’ll all be safer. If you'd like to form or join a Neighborhood Watch group email: FHRA@FranklinHills.org