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Arrests Made at Illegal Cannabis Dispensary

 

Reseda: Members of LAPD's West Valley Narcotics Enforcement Detail served a search warrant this morning at an illegal cannabis dispensary in the 18400 block of Vanowen Street in Reseda.

Detectives began monitoring the location after receiving numerous community complaints and noticing an increase in crime in the surrounding neighborhoods. "This location was run in a very clandestine manner and not as a lawful business. It did not embrace the close-knit community values of Reseda" said Captain Natalie Cortez, Commanding Officer of LAPD's West Valley Division.
Although the laws regarding the use, possession, and sale of cannabis changed this year, the investigation revealed that the dispensary was still operating outside the law and did not take any steps to become a legal business.

The search warrant was served at approximately 10:00 a.m., without incident. Three people were arrested in connection with the warrant. Over 100 pounds of cannabis was seized, as well as U.S. currency.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call West Valley Detectives, at (818) 374-7730. 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 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 onlinetip. 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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Kidnapping Suspect Identified NR18104ti

 

 

May 9, 2018   NR18104dm

UPDATE

On May 9, 2018, around 2:00 p.m., investigators were in the area of Oxnard Street and Noble Avenue in Van Nuys, when they observed suspect Maria Elizabeth De La Torre. She was wanted for Kidnapping and Grand Theft Auto. She was taken into custody and booked at Van Nuys Jail.

 

 

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 Maria Elizabeth De La Torre, who is wanted for Kidnap and Grand Theft Auto.

On April 3, 2018, around 10:10 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department police officers responded a radio call in the area of Gault Street and Peach. They met with the mother of an 11-month-old child who had been in her vehicle; which was left unattended with the keys inside. The vehicle and child were taken by the suspect while the mother had momentarily stepped away. Officers obtained the vehicle license plate, 4SDK433, and entered it into the DMV system as a stolen vehicle. An extensive search was started for the child and vehicle.

Around 12:15 p.m., officers from Van Nuys Division and West Valley Division responded to the 15900 block of Enadia Way. A citizen had reported an unoccupied vehicle with a child inside. The vehicle was the one stolen from Gault St and the child was the 11-month-old.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported the child to a local hospital for evaluation. Ultimately, the child was reunited with his mother.

After an exhaustive canvassing of the neighborhood along with the public's help, Van Nuys detectives have identified Maria Elizabeth De La Torre as our suspect. She is a female Hispanic, black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet tall, and weighs 130 pounds. She was last wearing blue jeans and a pink shirt. The suspect is known to frequent the area of Sepulveda Blvd and Sherman Way.



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 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 onlinetip. 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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Who is the Shaggy Bandit? NR18103ti

 

West Hills. Los Angeles detectives have released video of a man who committed an armed robbery at a Game Stop store, taking over $1000 in cash and video games, March 25, 2018, just after 5 p.m. He could also be related to a post office robbery where a reward has been offered.

"The video shows his premeditation," explained Det. Fernando Avila, robbery investigator at the Topanga Police Station. "First, he backs his silver KIA compact car into a parking space near the store. He sports a trimmed moustache and beard, hence the nickname, Shaggy, with glasses and a cap."

The robber spent 13 minutes in the Game Stop, first collecting merchandise, then approaching the checkout counter. "With another clerk and a customer with a child wandering the story, the robber pulls a revolver from his waistband," Det. Avila added. "The scared clerk cooperated and no one else in the store was the wiser, nor injured."

The suspect appeared to be White or Middle Eastern, tall, with a slender build. He resembles a suspect who recently robbed a post office in the West Valley area. The Postal Inspector has issued a $50,000 reward on the arrest and conviction of that suspect. "If he is the same man, that's a real incentive," Det. Avila added.

The value of the video games and accessories exceeded the cash the robber got from the register. Detectives surmise the merchandise might be for personal use or re-sold online. Some videogame stores re-buy new and used games, which puts such businesses in the position of buying back their own stolen merchandise.

The license plates on the silver KIA have been removed. "Despite his disguise, we think someone who knows this robber will be able to put his general appearance and the car together to come up with a name.


Anyone with information in this case is urged to call Det. Fernando Avila, Topanga Detective Division, at (818) 756-3520. 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.

Det. Avila is available for interviews at Topanga Police Station until 4 p.m. Video is available at the police station by shooting off the screen.

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Organized Burglary Crew Arrested NR18101ti

 

Van Nuys: On March 28, 2018, around 8:05 p.m., detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's, Major Crimes Bureau, Burglary-Robbery Task Force (BRTF), observed two suspects commit a residential burglary in Van Nuys. BRTF investigators believed these suspects were likely related to numerous recent San Fernando Valley area residential "Organized Burglary Crew" type burglaries. The detectives observed the suspects, who were in a white 2003 Audi A4 Sedan, slowly driving through neighborhoods. Detectives observed the Audi parked along the curb near the 7400 block of McLennan Avenue. After several minutes, detectives watched both suspects emerge from the front door of a single-family residence. One of the suspects was carrying a safe and the other was carrying a pillow case back to the Audi.

As this transpired, BRTF detectives coordinated with uniformed police officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Area who were nearby to assist. As the suspects fled the neighborhood, BRTF detectives confirmed the home had in fact been burglarized, evident by a smashed bedroom window and the home being ransacked.

Los Angeles Police Department's uniformed officers responded and initiated a high-risk traffic stop of the Audi. A vehicle pursuit ensued leading officers from the San Fernando Valley to the parking structure of a hospital near La Cienega Boulevard and the 10 Freeway. A short time later, Trent Harris was arrested on the hospital grounds and David Brown was arrested walking away from the hospital property. Both were arrested without incident and approximately $3,000 worth of stolen property (cash and jewelry), including a safe which contained a loaded firearm was recovered from within the Audi.

The arrestees were transported and booked at Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Jail.

Arrestee Trent Harris, 27 years-old of Los Angeles CA, Booking No. 5269534, was booked on charges of Residential Burglary (459 PC) and Felony Police Evading (2800.2 VC). He is being held in custody with a $85,000 bail.

Arrestee David Brown, 28 years-old of Rialto CA, Booking No. 5269545, was booked on charges of Residential Burglary (459 PC) and Felony Police Evading (2800.2 VC). He is being held in custody with a $50,100 bail.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Department BRTF detectives are handling the criminal filing and ongoing investigation of this organized burglary crew. With assistance from Los Angeles Police Department West Valley detectives, Sheriff detectives will determine if these arrestees committed any other burglaries in the San Fernando Valley.

The investigation and arrest of this residential burglary crew is an example of the ongoing cooperation and collaboration between the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and Los Angeles Police Department as each agency is committed to impacting the Southern California wide residential burglary epidemic. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Major Crimes Bureau's Burglary-Robbery Task Force works closely and consistently with Los Angeles Police Department West Valley Detective Division to identify, investigate and arrest organized burglary crew members.

Anyone with information related to this criminal activity is urged to call Detective William Dunn, West Valley Burglary Table, at (818) 374-7730. 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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Hit and Run Traffic Collision Leaves Pedestrian Dead

 

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run traffic collision that killed a pedestrian.

On February 23, 2018, around 11:15 p.m., a driver struck a pedestrian near the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Central Avenue. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid to the pedestrian, as required by law, and fled south on Central Boulevard. The vehicle involved is an 18-wheel commercial truck, consisting of a dark colored tractor unit, and a white detachable semi-trailer. The tractor unit displays a logo with the words "Chago" trucking on the right-side door, and possibly the left side door as well. There is no suspect information.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the pedestrian dead at scene. The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Victor Leonard Hernandez-Perez, a resident of Los Angeles.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.



Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Officer E. Zelaya, Central Traffic Division, at (213) 833-3713, or (424) 363-5227. During non-businesshours or on weekends, calls should be directed to the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-846-8486, as well as 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.
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