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String of burglaries reported in Palms area

Burglars have been entering apartments through first-floor bathroom windows in the Palms area, Los Angeles police said.
April 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
There has been a significant increase in burglaries in the Palms area, according to Los Angeles police.

Burglars have been entering apartments through first-floor bathroom windows.

One of the burglars was caught on surveillance video. On Saturday, police warned apartment residents to close and lock their windows.

The burglaries have occurred in the area between Venice and Palms boulevards and Overland and Hughes avenues between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Heather Miller of Palms says she was at work when her landlord called her shortly before lunch, saying her door was left wide open. She rushed home to find her apartment had been ransacked.

"I went into my bedroom and saw stuff tossed on the bed and the drawers all pulled out, the sock drawers and everything. They rummaged through the drawers and the safe was gone, so that was hard," said Miller.

Police said the thieves are looking primarily for open or unlocked windows.

Residents were asked to close and lock all windows and to be on the lookout for small or slender suspects who may use trash cans or bins to gain entry.

Police encouraged residents to immediately report any suspicious activity.

CNS contributed to this report.


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