Los Angeles Police Department Mission Detectives have identified Miguel Luna, 25, as the man
kicked in the front door of a home on Sharp Avenue in Arleta around
noon on November 13, 2012. Police have released his photo, which was
retrieved from an IPad left in Luna’s car at the crime scene, in the
hopes that someone will alert police to Luna’s whereabouts.
“It’s often said in forensics that we always leave a little bit of
ourselves behind anywhere we’ve been,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, Commanding
Officer of Mission Detective Division. “But this guy must have set some
record on the variety and amount of evidence he left.”
Luna chose this house despite the several signs posted, warning the
premise is under camera surveillance. He kicked in the door of the home
near high noon, leaving his footprint below the door knob. He began
ransacking a bedroom, not realizing the owner was asleep in another
room. When the owner confronted the burglar, Luna begged him not to
call police then walked to his car, parked in the resident’s driveway.
Luna couldn’t start the car, so we walked back into the home and begged
the owner again not to call police, and claimed that he was a friend of
the owner’s daughter.
owner finally chased him out of the home, picked up a hoe from the
yard, and hit Luna over the head. The owner’s wife called police while
Luna lay unconscious for a short time, but he revived and walked away,
leaving his car in the driveway, full of electronic items, probably
stolen from other homes.
Detectives were in the neighborhood and arrived quickly, but Luna was
able to duck away. “It was a treasure trove of evidence,” Lt. Vernon
explained about the 1989 Honda. Detectives found several IPads and one
with Luna’s pictures on it. They also found a traffic citation from the
day before with Luna’s name on it.
“This crime scene was really a study in how to get caught,” Lt. Vernon
explained. Every manner of evidence was present: video surveillance,
blood DNA from the hoe, pictures on the IPad, footprint on the door, a
traffic citation with signature, a car, finger prints, and eyewitness
“This burglary is typical of drug addicts who are willing to do just
about anything to get that next fix,” Lt. Vernon said. “Imagine how
many crimes just one crook like this can do in a day; that’s why it’s so
important they serve as much of their jail sentences as possible.”
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective William
Cooper, Mission Burglary Unit, at 818-838-9866. 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.