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Police Search for Burglary Suspects

By Lookout Staff

November 7 – Police are asking Santa Monica residents to take extra precautions, as a faltering economy could be spurring“distraction-style burglaries.”

The most recent incident took place in the north side of the city Wednesday, when two suspects entered a home near 17th Street and California and make off with a computer and electronic equipment.

The Hispanic couple may have staked out area homes posing asa maid service, according to sources.

“We want to tell people not to open their doors and let strangers in,” said Sgt. Renaldi Thurston, the Police department spokesman.

Thurston said residents should immediately contact police if they are visited by a cable company employee whose service has not been requested.

The two suspects in Wednesday’s incident are described as Hispanics in their thirties wearing dark shirts and blue jeans.

The male suspect is 6 foot 3 inches and weighs 240 pounds. He has short, straight dark hair and a goatee.

The female suspect is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall with a medium build and dark, shoulder-length hair.

Wednesday’s incident too place one month after police arrested three suspects who
Burglarized a residence in Ocean Park in the presence of the victim.

The suspects made up a story and asked the victim to allow them inside her home to wash their hands, Thurston said. Once inside, one suspect distracted the victim, while another suspect stole the victim’s wallet from her purse.

Anyone with additional information about Wednesday’s incident should call Santa Monica Police Department Detectives at 310.458.8451, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or the Watch Commander at 310.458.8427 anytime.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the WeTip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).





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