Los Angeles: Burglary Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division are announcing the arrest of one burglary suspect and are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a second burglary suspect who evaded police officers.
The suspect in custody is Donte Caldwell, 27 years of age, a resident of Los Angeles. Suspect No. 2 is described as a male who was wearing dark clothing. No vehicle was seen or associated with the suspects.
On February 17, 2020, at about 6:00 p.m., Caldwell and the 2nd suspect were seen by officers fleeing the location of a burglary in the 15500 block of Moorpark Street, Sherman Oaks. A foot chase ensued, but officers lost sight of the two men. Caldwell then forcibly entered an occupied residence in the 4800 block of Orion Avenue where he used the resident's cell phone to call a conspirator. The resident was able to alert police and Caldwell was subsequently arrested.
In 2012, Caldwell was sentenced to six (6) years in prison for a series of burglaries including burglaries in Encino, Northridge and Monrovia. After he was released, he was arrested again for a series of burglaries in 2015 and sentenced in 2016 to eighteen (18) years in State Prison. That second case included burglaries committed in Pacific Palisades and Ventura County. In both instances, it is believed that Caldwell was working with other burglars as a member of various "Knock-Knock" burglary crews that are associated with the Crips street gang.
Caldwell was given an early release in August of 2019. Investigators are conducting follow-up investigations to determine if Caldwell has been an active burglar since his release.
Please see link below to view 2016 Los Angeles District Attorney's Press Release identifying Caldwell as a member of a four-person "Knock-Knock" burglary crew
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Dunn, West Valley Burglary Unit, at (818) 374-7769. 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 LA 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 LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.