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Fatal Hit and Run

Burglar Smashes Window to Steal Purses

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Area Burglary detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect caught on video taking handbags from the high end boutique, Parabellum.

On September 13, 2015, around 2:40 a.m., the suspect is seen looking inside the boutique located in the 8200 block of Melrose Avenue. He then uses a sledge hammer to smash the display window. Using an industrial size dry cleaning bag, the suspect goes around the store stuffing it with purses and other merchandise. A total of 15 bags were taken, each valued to be around $2,500.

The suspect is described as a male Black, 40 to 50 years of age, standing 6 feet, three inches tall and weighs 260 pounds. He is seen wearing a white towel or rag on his head, black shirt, blue jeans, white shoes and gloves.

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Anyone with information regarding these investigations is asked to call Wilshire Burglary Detective S. French at 213-922-8205. 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). Tipster 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


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