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Sherman Oaks smash and grab burglar strikes more stores

March 5, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The Sherman Oaks neighborhood is on alert as police try to track down a thief targeting stores along Ventura Boulevard.

In the latest incident, a smash and grab burglar used a brick to break the glass door of a T.J. Maxx around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The burglar rushed in and out in a matter of seconds with several women's purses.

The second latest smash and grab burglary was reported at an AT&T store about half a mile away from the clothing store. Surveillance video captured the burglar breaking the business' glass door before stealing several phones.

In all, seven crimes of this type have been committed along Ventura Boulevard between Woodman Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard over the past two weeks.

Police believe the same thief is responsible for the burglaries partly due to the fact that the suspect has used the same method to break in to the businesses.

Anyone with information regarding the burglaries was urged to contact LAPD at (877) 527-3247.