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Suspect in String of Vehicle Burglaries Arrested

Rampart Division officers make the arrest early New Year's Day.

Los Angeles Police Department officers at the Rampart Division have arrested a 38-year-old man they believe is responsible for a string of vehicle break ins nearby and, possibly, other parts of the city.

Rampart officers cornered Frank Chibarro, a two-time parolee, early the morning of Jan. 1 after he was spotted in the garage at the Medici apartments at 725 Bixel Street, according to Joe Losorelli, head of Rampart's detective division.

Chibarro was taken into custody after a resident of the building saw him and alerted police, who had a cruiser in the area.

They chased Chibarro, a North Hollywood resident, and, with the help of a K-9 unit, made the arrest.

According to Losorelli, Chibarro had used spray paint to paint over the lens of the surveillance camera in the building.

It is a method that has been used in other recent Burglaries from Motor Vehicles (BFMV) near North Hollywood, said Losorelli.

Losorelli said about 150 items were found in Chibarro's car, including garage door openers, credit cards and jewelry.

Chibarro has already been linked to at least three crimes in Rampart, Losorelli said.

Burglaries from vehicles have risen dramatically in the Rampart division since about mid-October, said Losorelli.

Losorelli as well as Rampart commanders will be presenting the items found in Chibarro's late vintage Mercedes Thursday at a press conference at 11 a.m.

Toluca Lake Observer January 03, 2013 at 05:12 PM
This looks suspiciously like an LAPD news release. If not, it clearly represents the LAPD version. Nothing wrong with the PD doing releases, but it points up the continuing problem with North Hollywood Patch since Craig went on to other things. If a news story does not originate at CNS or in a news release (or in another medium first,) it almost never now makes it into Patch. Since Craig left this site has become casual journalism--no the place to find out about events in our own back yard. Craig, please look into this.
Joanna January 03, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I agree that things aren't the same since Craig left. There doesn't seem to be the same level of dedication, almost a lack of care or basic knowledge of NoHo.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 09:37 PM
@Arin works very hard and he works very closely with Craig who is now a supervising editor. I wrote this report mainly for my Rampart audience, where it is a very important news. Arin was kind enough to share it on his site too since it turns out now that some of the thefts were indeed in North Hollywood. I'll take the lumps for it. Thanks, Anthea Raymond
Bruce Mitchell January 04, 2013 at 12:42 AM
No lumps, Anthea, you're doing a fine job. I, for one, appreciate the crime and traffic reporting because I want to know what's going on in the neighborhood and throughout the area — and want to know what's bein done about it. Never mind the criticism.. Some folks just don't like change... any change. Keep up the good work.
Alex White January 04, 2013 at 02:47 AM
It ain't working.
Joanna January 04, 2013 at 04:16 PM
It isn't about not liking change. I miss the in depth reporting and the flair that Craig provided. I know not everything can live up to the fantastic reporting on the demise of the Sears/Macy's/Victory/Laurel mall area, but there has to be more out there than a notice of store closings and whatnot.
Arin Mikailian (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Hi, Joanna: You're entitled to your opinion, but I just thought I'd share some links to stories that are not business openings/closings. In fact, you commented on one of them. Lankershim Bike Lanes Could Arrive by Mid-2013 http://patch.com/A-z68D Out With the Vice Unit: Prostitution Sting on Lankershim http://patch.com/A-yyXw Metro Readying to Grant Contract for NoHo Depot Revamp http://patch.com/A-0ccy English Social Club Mayflower Struggles With Declining Membership http://patch.com/A-yWtR VIDEO: Harry Berman Ceramic Arts Store Turns 40 http://patch.com/A-yRNJ 2 Months Left for Cahuenga/Magnolia Roadwork http://patch.com/A-yydv Man Shot in Calf by Suspected Gang Members, Police Say http://patch.com/A-yfGR Have a great day.
Craig Clough (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Well I certainly appreciate the kind words about my work, but I think Arin is doing an exceptional job. North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch is one of the largest Patch sites we have in Los Angeles County and in my opinion, the absolute toughest to cover. Other small Patch sites struggle to find relevant news each day, while at NoHo, we have to pick and choose what to cover because this is about as diverse and complex as any community in America could be. I'm sure there any many of our regular readers who appreciate Arin's style and editorial focus.

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