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Large number of Burglary/ Theft from Motor Vehicles

Van Nuys Area: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Area are seeking the public's assistance in identifying Burglary and Theft from Motor Vehicle suspect(s).

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, Van Nuys Area experienced over a dozen Burglary and Theft from Motor Vehicles mostly during the hours of darkness. The crimes were spread out throughout Van Nuys, but mostly in the 13700 to 14900 block of Ventura Boulevard. Most the vehicles were either parked on the streets or in parking lots. The suspect or suspects smashed the vehicles' windows targeting items left in plain view. The property taken were mostly electronics, such as laptops and tablets. Also taken were backpacks and purses.

The Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Division would like to remind the community that taking preventive steps can reduce your chances of becoming a crime victim. The Department is advising the public of our campaign to Hide it, Lock it, Keep it. The Department encourages you that before exiting your vehicle you must take a minute and make sure that you have removed all valuables from your vehicle or lock them up in the glove compartment or the trunk of the vehicle. We are reminding everyone the importance of taking a little time to reduce the chance of being a victim of a burglary or theft from motor vehicle.

There is often an increase in burglaries and thefts from vehicles during this time of the year due to the holiday season. This type of crimes are Crimes of Opportunity. To curb this activity, we must take the time to secure our valuables. Please share this information with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. If you see or hear suspicious activity call the police.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has information regarding these crimes is asked to contact LAPD Van Nuys Auto Detectives at (818) 374-0040. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Critical Missing Grandmother and Grandson

Update

On November 21, 2017 @ 8: 50 PM both Grandmother and Grandson have been located and have returned home.


Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Area is asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to locating Critical Missing Persons.

On November 21, 2017, around 5:00 PM, Rishi Gupta (Son) requested assistance by the LAPD in locating his missing mother and son.

The missing person was last seen in the area of 4700 block of Tyrone Avenue in Van Nuys. Missing person suffers from dementia and is in the company of her grandson, who suffers from autism.

Missing Person was last seen driving a 2008 Honda CRV Black, License 7UAZ970.

Missing Person 1: Prida Gupta, Female, Asian, 5'5, 135 lbs. Thin Build, Light Complexion, 74Years of Age, Unknown clothing.

Missing Person 2: Dylan Gupta, Male, Asian, 3', 40 lbs. Thin Build, Light Complexion. 4 Years. Last seen wearing Long Sleeve Striped Grey/Blue shirt.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Van Nuys Area, Los Angeles Police Department, at (818) 374-9500. 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 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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Officer-Involved-Shooting in Van Nuys Division

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in a Van Nuys Division neighborhood.

On November 15, 2017, around 4:00 p.m., uniformed officers from the Van Nuys Area Gang Enforcement Detail were near the intersection of Sherman Way and Kester Avenue, when they observed a vehicle with plates that were reported lost or stolen. The vehicle was occupied by a male driver, later identified as Oscar Anaya, and two female passengers. When officers began following the vehicle, Anaya attempted to elude the officers and a vehicle pursuit ensued.

During the pursuit, Anaya fired shots at the police vehicle. The pursuit ended when Anaya crashed his vehicle into a light pole on the southeast corner of Sherman Way and Kester Avenue. Anaya immediately exited his vehicle and began to fire at the officers, resulting in an Officer –Involved Shooting (OIS).

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported Anaya to a local hospital, where he failed to respond to emergency life saving measures and was pronounced dead.

The two female occupants were detained and later arrested for unrelated narcotic offenses and outstanding warrants.

No officers were injured during this incident and two loaded handguns, attributed to Anaya were, recovered at scene.

LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officers(s) was reasonable.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:

• During business hours at (213) 486-5230;

• During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);

• Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting “LAPD” and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or

• Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.

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Shooting Causes Driver to Drive Into Structure

 

Update
On November 18, 2017, around 4:45 p.m., Alexis Saldana died at a local hospital from his injuries.

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting that has critically injured a 19-year-old.

On November 17, 2017 around 10:50 p.m., Mission Area patrol officers responded to a call of a "shooting just occurred", on Van Nuys Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found 19-year-old Alexis Saldana suffering from a gunshot wound.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to render medical aid and transported Mr. Saldana to a local hospital.

The investigation revealed that a car to car shooting occurred. After the shooting, Mr. Saldana's vehicle drove into a structure. The suspect(s) drove away in a black SUV, there is no suspect description.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives, at (818) 374-1934. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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LAPD Changes Hours of Front Desk Services in Four Police Stations

 

Los Angeles: In an effort to improve response times, and attend to the needs of our most important customers, the people of Los Angeles, the LAPD will be adjusting the hours of front desk services for several Area Police Stations. Starting December 1, 2017, Devonshire, West Valley, Southeast, and Southwest Police Stations will provide front desk services to the public from 7 a.m., to 11 p.m, while all other LAPD Police Station's front desks will currently remain open to the public 24 hours a day. These new business hours will allow the areas to put more officers on the street available for routine calls for service and emergency response.

The changes in front desk services will not affect normal operations at the above Police Stations. Officers assigned to every Division will continue to handle calls for service 24 hours a day within these communities and LAPD officers will be staffed on premises 24/7. Red Call Boxes have been installed in front of these stations for the public's use in the event of an emergency during the hours the front desk services are not operational; the phones link directly to 911. Signs indicating the hours the front desk services are operational have also been affixed to these four stations

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