Los Angeles: Detectives have released the attached photographs of suspects arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department who are actively involved in Knock-Knock style burglaries. These individuals have also been charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for committing burglaries in the San Fernando Valley.
Knock-Knock Burglars are organized and target affluent single-family residences located in the communities throughout the west side of the San Fernando Valley. The members of these knock-knock criminal groups are usually comprised of criminal street gang members who claim territory in the South Los Angeles area. They select homes based on the likelihood of having money, jewelry, and/or firearms within the residence. They are known to knock on the front door to determine if the residence is unoccupied. Once they determine the residence is unoccupied, they gain entry through a rear door, side door or second floor balcony door and have been known to disable the alarm. The residences are often ransacked as they search for money, jewelry, and firearms. They have even been known to remove unbolted safes from the residence. We estimate, the Knock-Knock Burglars are usually in and out of the home within five minutes.
Daquinn Davon Epps Daejohn Cleonn Clark John Stuart White
On February 13, 2017, a resident of Chatsworth used their live video system to observe a person breaking into their single-family residence. They immediately notified the police and officers from Devonshire Area responded. The officers arrested Epps, Clark and White. After their arrest, one of arrestees informed the officers, he will be out of jail in a couple of days and he would return to the same area to commit burglaries. The same arrestee further explained he would not spend more than six months in jail for this type of crime.
"We are grateful that no one was hurt during this burglary and are appreciative to the resident for immediately calling the police," stated Lieutenant Tim Torsney, Commanding Officer of Devonshire Detectives. These are the types of clues and citizen calls we are looking for to cease this type of criminal activity.
In LAPD's West Valley Area, we had over 1,000 burglaries during 2016. It is believed that approximately 250 of these burglaries were committed by organized Knock-Knock Burglars. "We need community members to call the police when they observe suspicious activity in their neighborhoods," stated Captain Rafael Ramirez, Commanding Officer of West Valley Area. "We have dedicated every available resource to identify, track and arrest this type of criminal behavior occurring in the San Fernando Valley," added Captain Ramirez.
The following tips will help prepare residents to protect themselves and their property from Knock-Knock Burglars:
•Use video cameras around and inside your residence with motion sensors covering entry points.
•Install a doorbell with video and audio capability.
•Share video which captures suspicious behavior with your neighbors on social media.
•Ensure your "safe" is securely fastened to your residence to prevent its removal.
•Keep valuable items in a bank safety deposit box.
•Install an audible alarm system with the speaker out of site and reach, i.e., your attic area.
•Use laminated glass for rear and side doors, as it is more difficult to remove.
•Ensure the property surrounding your residence is properly lit.
The LAPD is collaborating with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Major Crimes Bureau, Burglary-Robbery Task Force to reduce the number of burglaries in the San Fernando Valley and throughout both of our jurisdictions.
Anyone with information related to this type of criminal activity is urged to call Detective Armando Monarrez, West Valley Burglary Unit, at (818) 374-7730. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.
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