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Cable TV repair man impersonator considered armed and dangerous

Leonardo Vasquez is wanted on six counts of burglary and one count of possession of a machine gun and is considered armed and dangerous.
July 10, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police are seeking a burglary suspect who poses as a cable-TV repair man. A second man, an accomplice, was arrested in June.

Leonardo Vasquez, 29, a former cable company worker, was fired due to reports of thefts from customers, according to the LAPD. He is suspected of posing as a cable installer, gaining access to residences with owners' permission, and stealing valuables.

Armando Guerrero, his suspected accomplice, was arrested on June 13 when he returned to a residence to retrieve tools he left after allegedly burglarizing the place. The victim had contacted police after noticing jewelry missing, and police apprehended Guerrero, who was booked for two counts of burglary.

Vasquez visited at least one residence on the 700 block of East 85th Street where the resident recognized him from previous cable service calls. Vasquez allegedly removed valuables from the residence during his visit on May 28.

Vasquez continued his criminal activity alone, according to the LAPD, then included Guerrero, who was also a cable company employee fired for suspicion of burglary.

The burglaries took place in Los Angeles and South Los Angeles, according to the LAPD.

Vasquez is described as a Hispanic man standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of a Playboy bunny on his right hand and a tattoo of lips on the left side of his neck, among others on his arm and torso, and one on the side of his head.

Vasquez is wanted on six counts of burglary and one count of possession of a machine gun, and is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees Vasquez is urged to also call 911.

Anyone with information on this incident or may have been a victim at the hands of these suspects is urged to call LAPD Burglary Detective L. Hoffman at (213) 485-4177 or (877) LAPD-24-7. 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.


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