A string of home burglaries has hit the area just west of Silver Lake.
Mario Mota, a burglary specialist in LAPD's Rampart Division, said in an email to Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch Wednesday that 10 such crimes were reported there between Aug. 26 and Sept. 1.
The crimes occurred in an zone approximately bounded by Hoover Street, Normandie Avenue, Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard.
The one closest to Silver Lake happened at 980 N. Hoover Street on Aug. 31. Two Yamaha saxophones were taken, along with two laptops.
The perpetrators have been entering residences through open windows, removing laptops, phones, musical instruments, jewelry and X-Box players.
According to an advisory from the LAPD, 8 of the 10 incidents involved entry through an open window.
Residents are advised to keep windows locked and report any suspicious activity.
Reports on 6 of the possible burglaries were provided by Rampart and are posted below.
They are worth a careful read.
560 Blk of N. Normandie Ave -- Purse Taken Through Open Window
On Aug. 28 at 11:15 p.m., the victim last observed her handbag on the kitchen counter before going to bed. The bag was near a window. The following morning, the victim observed the window open and the purse gone. Investigation revealed that the suspect opened the unsecured window, reached in and took purse.
600 blk of N. Alexandria Ave -- XBox on the Lam
On Aug. 27 at 10 p.m., the victim last observed her XBox system in the living room. The following morning, 6:45 a.m., the victim's roommate noticed that the living room’s northeast window was removed and bent. It was next to the window. The actual window was open on top and the curtain was partially outside the sill. Later in the day, the XBox was discovered missing. Investigation revealed that the suspect removed the window screen, forced open the window, entered the living room at night and removed the XBox.
900 Blk of N. Hoover St -- Laptops, Saxophones Taken
On Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m, the victim secured his front door, both locks and left to work. The victim believes one of his windows was closed but unlocked. On same date at 2 p.m., the victim returned home and noticed that the front deadbolt was open. Upon entering the house, the victim discovered several of his items missing. Investigation revealed that the suspects opened the unsecured front window to the residence and entered. Taken were: IMac 21", HP laptop, 2 Yamaha saxophones.
600 blk of N. Mariposa Ave -- Possible Suspect Seen
On Sept. 1 at 4 p.m., the victim left his sober living residence but failed to secure the front door. At 10:10 p.m., the victim returned home and observed the house ransacked. Upon seeing the ransacking, the victim walked around the property and came across a man with brown hair in his 20s, approximately, 5'10” tall, weight about 190 pounds. He saw a man wearing a Lakers jersey, dark baggy pants and a black or brown hat with a silver logo. The victim confronted the man who was carrying two bags. The suspect admitted to breaking into the house and dropped the bags and fled. Inside the bags, items belonging to victims--including jewelry were recovered.
550 block of N. Kenmore Ave -- Cell Phones Taken Through Window
On Aug. 31, the victim was home asleep. The night before, the victim had placed her two cellular phones on the window sill and left them charging. The window was left partially open. At 5 a.m., the victim was woken up by the phone charger hitting her head. The victim then heard someone running away. Investigation revealed that the suspect opened the already partially open window, reached in, unplugged the phones and ran off with the property.
400 blk of N. Kenmore Ave -- More Cellphones Taken
Aug. 31 at 10:30 p.m., the victim was at home and went to sleep. Prior to going to sleep, she secured her doors and closed her windows. Some of the windows, including the front window were closed but left unlocked. The following morning, the victim’s landlord noticed the side gate open, and the victims house side door wide open. The landlord woke the victim up and they inspected the residence. Upon inspection, the front window screen was discovered removed and resting on the bushes, and the window was wide open. Investigation revealed that the suspect removed the front window screen, pushed open the window and entered. The suspect went through various items inside the victim’s house including drinking juice from the refrigerator. The suspect left via the side door and down the driveway.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story said the break-ins occurred in Rampart east of Silver Lake. We regret the error.