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*Catalytic Converter Thefts *Identity Theft *Internet/Email Scams
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   CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS

DETAILS:
  There has been a sharp increase in catalytic converter thefts in the last few months.  Click here for bulletin.

   GYM LOCKER BURG - CREDIT CARD FRAUD

DETAILS: On Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 5:15-7:10 PM, the victim was working out at L.A. FITNESS, 3550 Carson when his credit cards were taken from his locker. His locker was locked with his combination lock and nothing appeared to be disturbed when he returned to it after working out. Click here for bulletin.

   BANK OF AMERICA ASSAULT SUSPECT

DETAILS: On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 1:55 PM, the victim arrived at the BANK OF AMERICA, 17512 Crenshaw to make a deposit at the ATM located on the west side of the business. After completing his transaction, the victim observed a white female adult (pictured below) walking toward him from the south parking lot.Click here for bulletin.

   AUTO BURGLARY & CREDIT CARD FRAUD

DETAILS: On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, between 7:45 AM and 8:00 AM, the victim parked her vehicle in the 4100 block of Wilmington, leaving it unlocked. Upon returning to her vehicle, she discovered unknown suspect(s) had removed property from the front passenger seat..Click here for bulletin.

   Commercial Burglaries

DETAILS: On Saturday, September 13, 2014 between 3:01-3:06 AM, the above-pictured suspects forced entry via a front door pry to CAPICOLA SANDWICHES, 3160 PCH, pried open the interior office, lightly ransacked, attempted to pry open a second interior door inside the office that led to a secondary office and fled with victim's property.Click here for bulletin.

   Commercial Burglary

DETAILS: Suspects parked in the rear alley of Capicola sandwich shop, located at 3160 Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance. They low crawled to the front doors and smashed out the front glass door. Suspects entered the store, ransacked the office, pried open the cash registers and fled with property. Click here for bulletin.

   Commercial Burglary

DETAILS: On 12 August 2014 at 10:45 AM, a white female suspect entered Target at 3433 Sepulveda Blvd in Torrance. She selected a Sony Playstation 4 and concealed it into a pink handbag. She immediately exits the store without paying. Suspect enters a newer style dark grey Ford Explorer and leaves southbound in the lot. The same suspect returns at 11:25 AM, selects another Sony Playstation 4, conceals it into a black handbag and exits the store without paying. Click here for bulletin.

   JEWELRY THEFT

DETAILS: On August 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM, unknown suspect approaches the exterior display window of Big Store Pawn Shop at 1623 Cabrillo Ave.  Suspect shatters display window, removes several trays of jewelry and flees southbound on Cabrillo Ave into the Crest Bar parking lot.  Click here for bulletin.

  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY SUSPECTS 

DETAILS: On Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7:05AM, Suspect-1 approached the victim's front door in the 23300 block of Audrey Ave and rang the doorbell several times; suspect was on his cell phone. After a few minutes, Suspect-1 and Suspect-2 entered the backyard via the south gate and walked all the way around the house to the north side kitchen window (no cameras). Click here for full bulletin.

    7-ELEVEN ROBBERY SUSPECTS 

DETAILS: On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 2:39 A.M., Suspect-1 entered the 7-ELEVEN, 20511 Western Ave, where the lone employee was working, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash registers. Suspect-1 ordered the victim who had been stocking shelves to run to the register and demanded the money from both registers as well as the reserve shelf behind the counter. Suspect-1 then ordered the victim to open the safe behind the counter, but fled when told only the owner had access to the safe. Suspect-1 was last seen running eastbound across Western Ave toward 206th St and out of sight. Click here for full bulletin 

    AUTO BODY REPAIR SCAM SUSPECT 

DETAILS: On Thursday, July 03, 2014 at 11:45 A.M., the above-pictured suspect entered WILSHIRE BANK, 2424 Sepulveda Blvd inquiring about who owned a white Lexus that was parked in front of the location. He represented himself as a current LEXUS auto body employee who was offering to repair paint damage on the victim's vehicle for $400. The suspect took the victim to his vehicle that was parked several stalls away and opened his trunk, showing her painting supplies and a notebook with previous auto body repairs he had completed. Click here for full bulletin 

   ATTEMPT VEHICLE THEFT 

DETAILS: On Saturday, July 5, 2014 between 8:15 P.M. and 8:20 P.M., unknown suspect(s) in the pictured suspect vehicle, backed in to the parking space directly next to the driver's side of the victim's black '06 GMC YUKON DENALI parked in the lot of TARGET, 3433 Sepulveda Blvd. When the victim returned to his vehicle at 9:00 P.M., he found the driver's side keyhole was damaged, the steering column had been pried apart and the ignition wires were exposed.  Click here for full bulletin 

  TARGET LIQUOR BOOSTER

DETAILS: On Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 10:14 A.M., suspect again entered TARGET, 3433 Sepulveda carrying two duffle bags in a target shopping cart. He walked to the alcohol isle, removed merchandise from display shelves, concealed the merchandise in the duffle bags and exited the store.  Click here for full bulletin 

WALLET THIEF

DETAILS: On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:52 P.M., the pictured suspect entered the MARKET WORLD, 3030 Sepulveda Blvd, posed as a shopper in the produce section andmade several passes around the female victim's shopping cart before taking a wallet.  Click here for full bulletin 

EYEGLASS THIEVES

DETAILS: On Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 12:30 p.m., the suspect in the image at the left entered Eye Zone Optomery, 3871 PCH, removed items from the displays and concealed them on his person.   Click here for full bulletin

CELL PHONE THIEF

DETAILS: On Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 5p.m., the victim left his cell phone on the counter inside CHASE BANK, 17200 Hawthorne after filling out a deposit slip. Approximately one minute later, the victim realized he had left his cell phone on the counter and turned back to retrieve it, but found it to be missing. The above-pictured suspect was captured on video taking the victim's cell phone. The victim had attempted to locate his cell phone using the "find my iPhone" app, but determined his cell phone was already turned off. Click here for full bulletin

PURSE THIEVES

DETAILS: On Wednesday, April 2nd 2014, in the afternoon hours, the 86-year-old victim shopped at HOME GOODS, 19350 Hawthorne while her purse was in her shopping cart. When she went to check out, she realized her purse was no longer in the cart and missing. The victim and store staff attempted to locate her missing purse, but they were unable to locate it. On the same date at 5:20p.m., the pictured suspects entered the Redondo Beach TARGET and used two of the victim's credit cards to purchase an Xbox, two iPads and $1000 in gift cards. Click here for full bulletin.

CABLE CO. AMP & BATTERY THEFTS

DETAILS: Telecommunications company aluminum cable amplifiers and batteries are being targeted for their scrap value by thieves all over the United States; Southern CA has been hit hard in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties.Click here for full bulletin.

COMMERCIAL ROBBERY

DETAILS: *** 2nd Release*** On Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 2:08p.m., the pictured suspect entered YUM YUM DONUTS at 17210 Prairie, ordered a donut and when the lone female victim-employee approached the register, he grabbed her shirt, brandished a screwdriver and demanded the victim open the register and give him money or he would kill her. The suspect then jumped over the counter while holding on to victim's hair, grabbed the victim by the throat and lifted her off of the ground. He repeatedly stabbed her with a screwdriver about her torso as she opened the register, then with his right hand, shoved the money from the cash drawer into his right pants pocket (bills only, left behind coins). The victim was then forced into the backroom where she was again stabbed multiple times, punched and had a glass bottle broken over her head. 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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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