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RADIO SHACK CELL THIEF

DETAILS: On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:50 p.m., the pictured suspect entered the RADIO SHACK, at 1790 Carson and asked if they had T-MOBILE phones. When told they only carried BOOST MOBILE and SPRINT, the suspect asked the price difference between the iPhone 5S and 5C then requested to see a pink 5C and a blue 5C. The employee brought both phones to the counter, leaving only one on the counter due to his suspicions of the suspect. While looking at the pink phone, the suspect asked to also see the blue phone, then grabbed both of them and ran toward the front door stating, "Thanks, bye". Click here for full bulletin.


 

 


CAT BURGLAR

DETAILS: On Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 5:18 a.m., the victim was asleep in the upstairs of her residence in the 16900 block of Ainsworth when she was awakened by a loud banging noise coming from the first floor. When she approached the downstairs rear glass door, she observed the suspect in the composite at left attempting to gain entry to the residence. The interior lights were off and the suspect was unable to see the victim. The victim knocked on the door several times, scaring off the suspect who then fled the location. Click here for full bulletin.


 

 

 


 

RESTROOM CREEPER

DETAILS: On Monday, February 24, 2014 at 8:45p.m., the victim entered the restroom stall at RITE AID, 3860 Sepulveda and approximately 15 seconds later, heard the restroom door open and close and then heard footsteps. When she leaned down to look under the stall, she observed the above-pictured suspect get down onto all fours and try to look under the stall. The victim and suspect made eye contact before the suspect got up and ran out of the restroom. The suspect then ran out of the store to the vehicle described below. The victim had noticed the suspect standing near the restroom area as she entered, she had said "hello" to him as she passed him. Click here for full bulletin.


 

       

DISTRACTION BURGLARY

DETAILS: ****UPDATE**** On March 17,  2014, TPD put out a Bulletin regarding a Distraction Burglary that occurred on Zakon Rd.  On March 18, 2014 the Victim in this case was driving in the city of Manhattan Beach and observed the suspect vehicle and what appeared to be the subjects involved.  The Victim called the police and the vehicle was stopped. Torrance Officers responded and it was determined that the vehicle and the occupants were in fact the suspects involved.  During a search of the vehicle the clothing with the "Utah" patch was located as well as other property that linked the suspects to other burglaries.  Click here for In-custody Bulletin

ORIGINAL POST: On Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:05p.m., the victim arrived home in the 5100 block of Zakon Rd and soon after heard a knock at his front door. He opened the door and Suspect-1 inquired if the home belonged to a specific family. When told it did not, Suspect-1 apologized and walked away. The victim went out to his backyard, observed Suspect-2 on his cell phone and asked if he could help him. Suspect-2 asked if the victim had seen his son's ball and if he had spoken with the lady at the front door. Suspect-2 continued to ramble about random things and began making his way around the corner of the residence, fleeing the backyard through a side gate......Click here for full bulletin.


       

 

GYPSY DISTRACTION BURGLARIES

DETAILS: On Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3:00p.m., Torrance Police patrol officers observed the below-listed suspect vehicle with its engine running and its rear hatch open in the 4000 Blk of 176th Street. Further investigation revealed the victim's side gate was open and the above-pictured suspects were working in concert to distract the elderly female victim in her backyard, posing as SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON utility workers to provide fictitious services, enter the victim's residence and take pocketable valuables. When officers attempted  to make contact, the suspects fled on foot and were ultimately taken into custody with the victim's jewelry. Officers located the suspects' two-way radios, yellow hard hat, large screwdriver and clipboard from surrounding locations where suspects had discarded them......Click here for full bulletin.

 


 


GYPSY DISTRACTION BURGLARIES

DETAILS: On Thursday, February 20, 2014, the above-pictured suspects were observed by TPD detectives committing three attempted and one completed distraction residential burglaries in the City of Carson. The suspects were placed under arrest in the City of Fullerton later that day.  Arrestee WEST was also linked to several other South Bay burglaries.  Suspects distract elderly victims by engaging them in conversation regarding services such as tree trimming being performed at neighboring residences and lure victims into their backyards.  Additionally, suspects will inquire about early model vehicles being for sale (present in driveway or fictitious) as a means of luring victims out of their residences. While one suspect distracts the elderly victim, another enters the residence and removes pocketable valuables. Suspects employ walkie-talkies or cell phones to notify crime partner(s) it is clear to enter victim residences without detection. If suspects were unable to locate an open door or window, they forced entry to the victim residence with the use of a pry tool. Numerous jewelry items and watches were recovered.....Click here for full bulletin

 


 


 

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

DETAILS: On Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10:30a.m., the victim heard an unknown subject knocking loudly on his front door and ringing the doorbell in the 4200 block of Sepulveda Blvd. The victim looked out the window and observed an unknown male standing in front of the door with his back to the door. Approximately one minute later, the victim heard a side gate open then observed the suspect kneeling on the ground outside of the living room glass double doors in his rear yard, holding what appeared to be a screwdriver in his hand and attempting to pry open the rear door. As the victim approached the door, the suspect looked at him, quickly stood up and began to run through the rear yard out of sight....Click here for full bulletin

 


 


SHOPLIFTING

DETAILS: Suspects entered Bath and Body Works at 3525 Carson St. (Del Amo Mall) separately. Suspect 2 and Suspect 3 distracted employees while Suspect 1 concealed items in her purse. When workers attempted to confront the suspects they ran out the doors with property and out of sight...........Click here for full bulletin

 

 

 


RADIO SHACK THIEF

DETAILS: On Wednesday, January 14, 2014, at 3:30p.m. the above-pictured suspect entered the RADIO SHACK at 1790 Carson, selected a home theater speaker and walked out of the store without paying..........Click here for full bulletin

 

 


 


MARSHALLS SHOPLIFT / ROBBERY

DETAILS: On Monday, January 20, 2014 between 5:07p.m.and 5:32p.m. the pictured suspects entered the MARSHALLS at 3525 Carson and concealed store merchandise in a reusable MARSHALLS' bags. When Suspect 1 attempted to exit the location and set off the alarm, she asked an employee if she'd like to check her purse, then aggressively pushed her to the floor, at which time all four suspects fled the business with property.........Click here for full bulletin

 

 

 


ATM TRANSACTION THIEF

DETAILS: On Thursday, January, 14, 2014, at 2:38p.m., the victim was at the ATM at BANK OF AMERICA, 1255 Sartori Ave, when she noticed a female standing close to her on her left side at the adjacent ATM. As the victim finished her transaction, she stepped away from the ATM for a quick second to put personal items away in her wallet and purse and when she turned back, the female had stepped in front of that ATM and was conducting a transaction........Click here for full bulletin

 

 


 


ROBBERY ARREST OF INTEREST

DETAILS: On Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at approximately 5:05 p.m., the above-pictured suspects were arrested for probable cause robbery and conspiracy after a traffic stop. A search of their vehicle yielded several black plastic flex cuffs already looped and prepped in a handcuff position, black/gold STEELERS gloves, black nylon gloves, two black beanie caps, blue latex gloves and a concealed and loaded handgun. It is believed the suspects were going to commit a robbery.......Click here for full bulletin

 

 

 


STREET ROBBERY

DETAILS: On Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:55p.m., the victim was walking to her vehicle at DCH TOYOTA, 2909 PCH, when a suspect approached her from behind, grabbed her purse and forcibly pulled it from her arm. As the suspect pulled the purse from the victim's arm, both of them fell to the ground and as the suspect stood, he pointed a handgun at the victim. The victim's stolen credit cards were used within an hour of the robbery......Click here for full bulletin

 

 

 


TV THIEF

DETAILS: On Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 12:52p.m., the above-pictured suspect entered the RITE AID at 2240 Sepulveda, selected two televisions and walked out without paying......Click here for full bulletin

 

 

 


PARCEL THEFT SUSPECT

DETAILS: On Friday, December 20, 2013, the above-pictured suspect was captured on video riding her bicycle eastbound on 169th Street before riding up to the victim's driveway in the 2000 block of 169th Street, getting off her bicycle and approaching the front door where she took a parcel that had been delivered by USPS. The suspect then got back on her bicycle and fled southbound on Illinois Court and out of sight.....Click here for full bulletin

 

 

 


WEST HIGH BIKE THEFT

DETAILS: On Monday, November 4, 2013 between 12:24 and 12:46 p.m., the pictured suspect cut the chain that secured the gate of the WEST HIGH SCHOOL parking lot, cut the lock securing the victim's property and took same from the bicycle rack located in the east parking lot at 20401 Victor St......click here for full bulletin.

 

 

 


RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

DETAILS: On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, between 6:06pm and 6:22pm , the above-pictured suspects forcibly entered the victim's residence in the 18700 block of Florwood by breaking a window and reaching in to unlock the door. The suspects ransacked the residence and removed property. The loss was jewelry and laptops........click here for full bulletin.

 

 

 


KEEGAN'S ASSAULT

DETAILS: The above-pictured subjects whose identities are being sought and who are being asked to contact the Torrance Police Department, are believed to have been present when an assault on a male and female, resulting in injuries took place on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 12:15 a.m. in the KEEGAN'S parking lot at 1434 Marcelina. The victims had been attending a Halloween party and costume contest inside the location when patrons began to get rowdy, drinks began to be thrown and the victims decided to leave.......click here for full bulletin.

 

 

 


AUTO BURGLARIES

DETAILS:  ****UPDATE**** On October 29th, 2013, after the release of this bulletin this suspect was arrested by LASD Carson.  For In Custody Bulletin click here.

Oringinal: Since July 24, 2013, there have been 11 related auto burglaries wherein the suspect smashes the windows of SUVs parked at locations on Crenshaw where women are likely to leave their purses in their vehicles while exercising on weekdays (a.m. and p.m.). The suspect(s) targets vehicles parked on the second level of the parking structure at 24-HR FITNESS, 2685 Pacific Coast Hwy and the northwest parking lot at WILSON PARK, 2200 Crenshaw and takes the victims' purses. The pictured suspect has been captured on video using victims' credit cards......click here for full bulletin.


 

 


CHILD ANNOYING SUSPECT

DETAILS: On Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:00 am, the 16-year-old female victim was standing on the northwest corner of Artesia and Crenshaw on her way to school at NORTH HIGH. As she proceeded to cross the intersection and walk southbound on Crenshaw, the suspect vehicle drove up next to her on Artesia and stopped before the driver ordered, "Get in my car!" In fear, the victim continued to walk southbound Crenshaw and once she walked past the suspect seated in the suspect vehicle, he made a U-turn on Crenshaw and headed northbound on Crenshaw back toward her......click here for full bulletin.

 


 


TREE TRIMMER DISTRACTION BURGLARY

DETAILS: On Monday, September 16, 2013 at 2:30 p.m., Suspect-1 came to the 82-year-old victim's front door in the 800 blk of Beech and asked if she needed the bushes in her backyard trimmed. When the victim declined, Suspect-1 told the victim a family member was interested in buying an RV and asked if he could see hers that was parked in the front driveway. After completing the RV tour, Suspect-1 left in the suspect vehicle westbound Maricopa. Approximately one hour later, the victim entered the master bedroom and noticed her jewelry box contents had been dumped out on her bed and jewelry had been taken by Suspect-2 while Suspect-1 had been distracting the victim with the RV tour.....click here for full bulletin.


 

 


FALSE IMPRISONMENT

DETAILS: On Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., the 71-year-old victim was exiting the ALBERTSONS at 21035 Hawthorne, through the north entrance doors, when she was approached by the suspect pictured at left. The suspect greeted the victim before assisting her in taking groceries to her vehicle, then told the victim to give her ten dollars for gas money. After the victim gave the suspect a ten-dollar bill, the suspect entered the victim's vehicle uninvited and instructed the victim to take her to the WALMART at 22015 Hawthorne. The victim drove the suspect to the WALMART parking lot and parked at which time, the suspect removed a twenty-dollar bill from the victim's purse, stating she needed it to fix a broken down car. The suspect threatened to "rough up" the victim if she did not comply, then exited the victim's vehicle and left in an unknown direction....click here for full bulletin.

 

 


BIKE THEFTS

DETAILS: Since June 11, 2013, there have been 28 bike thefts predominately from apartment buildings in the area south of Del Amo and east of Anza to the city limits (as mapped below left). There was one in May before the current spike commenced with five in June, eight in July, six in August and so far nine through September 22, 2013. Non-secured and secured (locks cut) bikes have been taken...click here for full bulletin.

 

 

 


BIKE THEFT

DETAILS: On Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 11:08 p.m., the suspect entered an apartment parking garage in the 3600 block of Newton, cut the lock securing the victim's property and took same from the victim's parking stall.  The loss was a black (matte) NIRVE RED STAR beach cruiser, "RED STAR" sticker on the front, valued at $400.00....click here for full bulletin.

 

 

 


EYEGLASS FRAME THIEFS

DETAILS: On Monday, August 05, 2013/ 1:09 p.m., two suspects entered SOUTH BAY OPTOMETRY, 3537 Torrance and while Suspect 2 talked to the employee, Suspect 1 concealed an eyeglass frame in his jacket and walked out of the store without paying, Loss: Black frames, either CARRERA or PENGUIN brand, valued at $175....click here for full bulletin.

 

 

 


EYEGLASS FRAME THIEF

DETAILS: On Monday, August 26, 2013 between 4:50 and 5:30 p.m., the suspect in the image at left entered the INCREDIBLE EYE CARE optical store at 2551 Pacific Coast Hwy, took two "NIKE" eyeglass frames valued at $628 and exited without paying.....Click here for full bulletin.

 

 

 


SALON ROBBERIES

DETAILS: On Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:50 a.m., the below-described suspect entered LUCIA'S HAIR DESIGN, 20200 Anza, approached the owner and demanded money while exposing a handgun handle sticking out of his pocket. The suspect told the victim he did not want to kill her and that she needed to open the cash register. The suspect then removed the cash inside the register, opened a drawer underneath the register and went through a purse in an attempt to locate more cash. ....Click here for full bulletin.

 

 

 


LASD CARJACKING AND KIDNAPPING SUSPECT

DETAILS: On Friday, July 19, 2013, at 5:15PM, at Alondra Park, the Victims were seated in their vehicle, 2002 Cadillac Escalade, at Alondra Park when they were approached by the Suspect, who assaulted and forcefully took the keys from the driver. The Suspect then drove away from the scene with 2 other Victims still seated in the vehicle. ....Click here for full bulletin.

 

 

 


STAPLES TABLET THIEVES

DETAILS: On Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., two males entered the STAPLES store at 22025 Hawthorne and began looking at laptop and tablet computers. At approximately 6:42 p.m., one of the suspects defeated the security mechanism, removed the targeted SAMSUNG tablet, concealed it in his pants and exited the store. Click here for full bulletin.

 

 

 


COMMERCIAL BURGLARY

DETAILS: On Tuesday, May 14, 2013 between 3:45 and 4:15 a.m., the suspect, used the metal pole to smash the window on the north side of Building-C at SCROC, 2300 Crenshaw, entered the building, pried open the cash slots on four vending machines and took U.S. currency.......Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


AUTO BURGLARY SPREE

DETAILS: On Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 3:22 a.m., the above-pictured suspect entered the CHEVRON GAS STATION at 3962 Artesia and completed two purchases using a debit card stolen from the victim's unlocked vehicle parked in his driveway in the 17500 block of Glenburn. During the same time frame, there were three additional thefts from unlocked vehicles in very close proximity to each other: 17500 block of Yukon, 3700 block of 177th St and 3700 block of 176th St. The suspect took from the victims' vehicles: wallets, sunglasses, chargers, headsets, GPSs, CDs and a purse.....Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


SHOPLIFT

DETAILS: On Saturday, May 18, 2013, between 2:15 and 2:45 p.m., the female suspect entered a retail location (Return Engagement)  and concealed several items of clothing in order to leave the store without paying for the merchandise. ..... Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


STREET ROBBERY

DETAILS: On Saturday, June 15, 2013 between 5:35 and 5:48 p.m., the victim was inside Vons, 24325 Crenshaw purchasing food at the deli counter when she observed the above-pictured suspect following her. After paying and receiving $20 cash back from the transaction, the victim exited the location and noticed the suspect was still following her. The suspect then walked in front of the victim, blocked her path - the bill of his hat covered most of his face and he had one hand in his pocket, simulating a weapon - and stated, "Give me the twenty-dollar bill you just pulled off of your card." Out of fear, the victim retrieved the twenty-dollar bill and handed it to the suspect who turned and ran west through the lot toward Sam's CLUB, 2601 Skypark..... Click Here for full flyer.

 

 


RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

DETAILS: On Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 9:30 a.m., the victim was home asleep when he heard the doorbell ring several times and then loud knocks at his front door in the 16700 block of Ainsworth. After initially ignoring the doorbell and knocks, the victim got up, discovered there was nobody at the front door and returned to his bedroom. The victim then heard a noise in the hallway and observed the suspect, inside the residence..... Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


LIQUOR BOOSTERS

DETAILS: On Wednesday, March, 20 2013 at 8:10 p.m., the above-pictured suspects entered the "ALBERTSONS" at 21035 Hawthorne Blvd. and took bottles of "CROWN ROYAL", "J WALKER" and "BUCHANANS SCOTCH" from a previously broken cabinet, placing the bottles in a cart and pushing same out the front door.... Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


INDESCENT EXPOSURE

DETAILS: *****SUSPECT IN CUSTODY*****This bulletin was sent out on May 2nd 2013.  On September 5th 2013, the suspect was taken into custody. Click here for In-Custody bulletin.

*** Original Posting**** On Tuesday April 30, 2013 at 3:24 p.m., the two victims were walking home from BERT LYNN MIDDLE SCHOOL when they observed the suspect seated in the driver's seat of the suspect vehicle with the front passenger window rolled down as he chuckled at them. The suspect was holding his exposed penis with both hands and laughing. Click Here for original bulletin.

 

 


PIGEON DROP TURNED ROBBERY

DETAILS:   On Saturday March 30, 2013 at 9:30 a.m., the 64-year-old victim was working at a residence in the 21100 block of Ladeene doing exterior construction when he was approached by S1 who stated he had been dropped off by a taxi from Beverly Hills, had recently inherited a large sum of money and needed help donating the money to a charity.....  Click Here for full flyer

 

 

 


CELL PHONE THIEF

DETAILS: On Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 2:16 p.m., the 17-year-old victim entered the KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN at 16502 Crenshaw, placed her order and was filling her cup at the soda machine when the above-pictured suspect who had been seated at a booth, grabbed her cell phone from her left rear pocket and fled out of the location.... Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


AUTO BURGLARY - SUSPECT VEHICLE

DETAILS: On Wednesday March 27, 2013/7:04 p.m., the above-pictured suspect vehicle parked next to the victim's '07 Cadillac Escalade in the "ALBERTSONS" lot at 21035 Hawthorne Blvd, punched the driver's side door lock for entry, took property and fled westbound through the lot, then eastbound through the parking lot toward Hawthorne Blvd and out of sight; the loss was a 3rd row seat made of a custom black leather that does not match any of "GENERAL MOTOR'S" stock upholstery and a purse..... Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


RECOVERED VEHICLE PARTS

DETAILS: The below-pictured suspect is responsible for the dumping of vehicle parts removed from a '98 Lexus GS4, 4Dr stolen out of LAPD-Topanga Division on March 16, 2013. The parts (seen at right) were left in and around the dumpsters on the south side of MAUI CHICKEN, 2100 Redondo Beach Blvd on Friday, March 29, 2013/12:15 p.m.... Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


AUTO BURGLARY

DETAILS: On Wednesday, August 15, 2012/1:27 a.m., the above-pictured suspects entered the attached carport to the rear of the apartment complex in the 300 block of Calle Miramar, entered the victim's unsecured '08 Honda Accord, searched the interior and the trunk and took the victim's sunglasses. The male suspect is also captured on video checking for other unlocked vehicles in the carport by lifting their door handles. Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


BASKIN ROBBINS ROBBERY

DETAILS: On Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8:23 p.m., the above-pictured suspect entered the BASKIN ROBBINS at 3614 Pacific Coast Highway and robbed the 19-year-old lone, female employee. The suspect approached the cash register and ordered ice cream, standing around the cash register while she prepared his order. Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY

DETAILS: The above-pictured Suspect-1 entered the Walmart at 22015 Hawthorne and purchased two iPads with one legitimate $100 bill and the rest counterfeit $50 bills. Approximately 10-20 minutes later, Suspect-2 and Suspect-3 attempted to return the two tablets; employees had already determined the bills used for the payment were counterfeit, denied the transaction and recovered the iPads..........Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


CREDIT CARD FRAUD

DETAILS: The above-pictured suspects are responsible for the fraudulent use of credit card information belonging to three victims in Torrance Police Department crime reports. The victims' credit card information was used on weekends at ATMs in Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach and Torrance. The victims' credit cards remain in their possession and skimming is suspected.......Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


AUTO BURGLARY

DETAILS: On Wednesday, January 09, 2013, between 5:55 and 6:35 p.m., an unknown suspect smashed the window of the victim's vehicle parked in the northeast corner of the 24-HR FITNESS parking lot located at 4240 Redondo Beach Blvd, and took the victim's purse and backpack from the rear floorboard.........Click Here for full flyer. 

 

 

 


RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY WITH SUSPECT VEHICLE INFORMATION

DETAILS: On Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:16 a.m., the victim was inside his residence in the 5500 block of Sara Drive when the suspect kicked in the front door after two minutes of loudly knocking and ringing the door bell.   Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


ROBBERY

DETAILS: On Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 12:00 p.m., the above-pictured suspects entered JEWEL CAFE at 24667 Crenshaw (a business that buys jewelry) and inquired if the jewelry they traded would be paid for by cash or check.  Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


FUMIGATION BURGLARIES

DETAILS: Beginning in mid-2011 Torrance and surrounding cities began experience a large number of residential burglaries wherein suspects are targeting single family residences and apartment buildings that are tented for fumigation...... Click Here for full flyer.

 

 

 


DISTRACTION BURGLARIES

DETAILS: In the last two weeks, four West End distraction burglary incidents have been reported to the Torrance Police Department. The information provided herein is intended to inform the community and prevent any additional crimes in our city.  Click Here for the full flyer.

 

 

 


PIGEON DROP SCAM

DETAILS: Summarized in this flyer are some of the scams that have been reported to the Torrance Police Department in recent years; they are known as Pigeon Drop Scams.  While the specifics vary from crime to crime, the commonalities include mostly older female victims being approached in commercial settings (stores and parking lots) by a first suspect, then a second who appears not to know the first, but is actually working in concert with him or her, offering to share in large sums of found or inherited money or lottery winnings.... Click Here for the full flyer.

 

 

 


THEFTS FROM VEHICLES

We have seen a rise in thefts from vehicles in recent weeks. As always, we want to remind you to not leave items in your car and to keep your car locked at all times. The majority of thefts have been from cars that were left unsecured. Feel free to distribute this informational flyer to your friends and family.

 

 

 

 


THIRD ROW SEAT AUTO BURGLARIES

DETAILS: Since 4/7/10, there have been seven incidents wherein third row seats (both singles and doubles) have been stolen from 2003-2007 General Motors SUVs (Denali, Escalade, Suburban, Tahoe and Yukon) after the door locks have been punched.  As illustrated in the map above, vehs in commercial lots (daytime) and res areas (overnight) on or near Hawthorne Bl are being targeted; WED and weekends are most likely. CLICK HERE for the full Bulletin.


RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY SERIES

The City of Torrance has experienced an increase of daytime residential burglaries. The most common method of this increased trend seems to be where a suspect knocks on the door to the residence to see if anyone is home. If no one answers the door, the suspect walks to the rear of the house and forcibly enters via a rear door or window. Once inside, the suspect ransacks the residence and takes items that are easy to flee with (i.e. cash, jewelry, video games, laptop computers, etc). The suspect will make several trips to an awaiting vehicle, then flee the area with another suspect driving the car.

We are asking our community to be more aware of people in their neighborhood who they do not recognize as residents of the block, and/or, individuals acting suspicious.

For example, in two of our recent daytime burglaries, neighbors saw a subject in a neighbor's backyard that they did not recognize as a resident of the house and did not call us. Both of these houses were broken into. The suspets will also use ploys to justify their presence in your neighborhood. They may pretend to be a solicitor of some type or act as if they are trying to find a "friend's" house.

If you can be a good witness, please get the suspect's description, the suspect vehicle description (a license plate would be great) and possibly a direction of travel if you see the vehicle leave the area. Please DO NOT confront any suspect(s) or ask them "what they are doing" or tell them that you are "calling the police."

Please call the Torrance Police Department (310-328-3456) regardless of how insignificant you feel a situation may be. This may result in an arrest of a burglar.


Please refer to any of the links above to familiarize yourself with some of the current crime trends we are experiencing or that we think you should be aware of.  While these are not all of the types of crimes you may encounter, they are a useful tools to help make you and your possessions safer.  If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Community Affairs at Communityaffairs@TorranceCA.Gov

On April 28th, 2013, Officers from the Torrance Police Department saw a subject who matched the description of the "Skater Office Creeper."  The subject had stolen property and it was determined that he was the suspect in this bulletin.On Saturday, June 15, 2013 between 5:35 and 5:48 p.m., the victim was inside VONS, 24325 Crenshaw purchasing food at the deli counter when she observed the above-pictured suspect following her. After paying and receiving $20 cash back from the transaction, the victim exited the location and noticed the suspect was still following her. The suspect then walked in front of the victim, blocked her path - the bill of his hat covered most of his face and he had one hand in his pocket, simulating a weapon - and stated, "Give me the twenty-dollar bill you just pulled off of your card." Out of fear, the victim retrieved the twenty-dollar bill and handed it to the suspect who turned and ran west through the lot toward SAM'S CLUB, 2601 Skypark.

SUSPECTSTREET ROBBERYOn Saturday, June 15, 2013 between 5:35 and 5:48 p.m., the victim was inside VONS, 24325 Crenshaw purchasing food at the deli counter when she observed the above-pictured suspect following her. After paying and receiving $20 cash back from the transaction, the victim exited the location and noticed the suspect was still following her. The suspect then walked in front of the victim, blocked her path - the bill of his hat covered most of his face and he had one hand in his pocket, simulating a weapon - and stated, "Give me the twenty-dollar bill you just pulled off of your card." Out of fear, the victim retrieved the twenty-dollar bill and handed it to the suspect who turned and ran west through the lot toward SAM'S CLUB, 2601 Skypark.SALON ROBBERIES SUSPECT VEHICLEWEST HIGH BIKE THEFT