The Los Angeles Police Department is looking for a pair of suspects believed to be breaking into Boyle Heights homes and stealing valuables. The “hot prowl” burglaries happened between Jan. 19 and April 9 in the early morning between 2:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. In one case the suspect touched a resident’s leg as she slept.

Police are encouraging people to keep their doors and windows locked. The home invaders are believed to have entered the home through an unlocked opening. LAPD is also advising residents to maintain outdoor lighting and to install surveillance cameras.

The suspects are described as male, possibly Hispanic, in their early 20s. LAPD released a composite drawing of one of them believed to weigh between 150 to 200 pounds and be somewhere between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, wearing a black cap with a white rectangular shape in front. The other suspect is believed to be somewhere between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing between 140 and 150 pounds.

The police department is asking for the public’s help in finding and identifying the suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Campos at (323) 224-0111 or Detective García at (323) 342-8996  during business hours. During off hours the public can call the Hollenbeck watch commander at (323) 342-4101.

The LAPD writes in their statement that they do not investigate or report a witness’ immigration status to other agencies and do not want witnesses to fear deportation for coming forward with information.

Kyle Garcia

Kyle García is a former web editor with Boyle Heights Beat.

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