Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Area has been experiencing an increase in bicycle thefts in recent weeks. On August 11, 2015, around 5:30 a.m., three suspects entered a locked storage room in the subterranean garage at the condominiums at the 7300 Block of Vista Del Mar in Playa Del Rey. The suspects used an unknown tool to pry the storage unit open, and entered while on bikes. The suspects fled without taking any property. On August 12, 2015, the same three suspects returned two times to the storage room. The second time, at 5:00 in the morning, one of the suspects used what appeared to be bolt cutters to cut the chain from a bike, and remove the bike from the bike rack. The suspects proceeded to cut two more bike chains and took a total of three bikes before fleeing the condominium garage.
The condominium has video footage of the incident. In the footage, the suspects are visible. They are described as two White Males, approximately 20-30 years old, and a White female, 20-25 years of age. There has been an increase in bike thefts in the Pacific Area in recent weeks. In an effort to prevent additional thefts, we would also like to remind citizens to lock their bikes at all times with a hefty chain or a U-lock, with the keyhole facing down. Lock the bike only to sturdy objects that can’t be cut down or altered to remove the lock, and use security skewers and other devices to secure your bike accessories. The bottom line is, always have a visual on your bike, and only lock it up for short periods of time.
Anyone with information on bike thefts or these suspects, please contact Pacific burglary Detective Robyn Salazar at (310) 482-6363 or (310) 482-6313. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts. Tipsters may remain anonymous.