Los Angeles: A coordinated effort between concerned community members, LAPD Wilshire Area patrol officers and detectives led to the rapid arrest of an armed burglar, Wilshire detectives announced yesterday.
On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at around 11:30 a.m., Wilshire officers received a radio call of a possible burglary suspect in the 1200 block of Sierra Bonita Avenue. Residents noticed a gold Jaguar cruising the neighborhood and two suspects suspiciously knocking on doors in an apparent attempt to find homes to burglarize. Though the suspects fled before the witnesses were able to call 911, the sharp-eyed citizens wrote down the vehicle’s license plate number before they drove away.
After determining the suspects broke into homes just moments after the homeowners left, officers and detectives swarmed the area in an effort to locate additional witnesses. A quick discussion at the scene enabled them to connect the car to a series of burglaries plaguing the division in recent weeks. They then contacted the Operations West Bureau’s Burglary Task Force, a specialized unit that targets residential burglars with gang ties, and the task force quickly deployed to the area.
Within hours, police located the vehicle in Southwest Division and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, 27-year-old Rayshawn Joseph Foote of Los Angeles, was carrying a stolen loaded pistol and had burglary tools in the car. Foote is considered an individual known to be connected with narcotics sales and is under the supervision of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Police searched Foote’s residence and recovered $2,300 in cash and additional evidence linking him to various burglaries.
"This was a great collaboration between everyone," said Detective III Frances McBride, burglary coordinator for Wilshire Division. “We couldn't have done it without the help of our alert community members.”
Foote was arrested and booked for burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Detectives believe he is working with a larger crew of burglars who are responsible for numerous break-ins in the Fairfax District and West Los Angeles. They are asking community members to remain alert and for anyone with additional information regarding the crimes to call 213-473-0557.
During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). 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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