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West LAPD Warns Of 'Distraction' Burglars

Six residential burglaries involving men posing as city or utility inspectors have been reported so far this year.

Police are warning Westside residents to be wary of burglars posing as city inspectors or utility workers to gain entry to residences since six similar incidences have been reported so far this year.

The West LA division of LAPD released composite sketches of two men who may be involved in the incidences. According to an alert from police, one man poses as a city inspector, utility worker or other service worker to persuade the resident to leave the house while another man enters and removes property -- mostly jewelry. The man at the door has been seen using a cell phone or walkie-talkie to communicate with the other man.

These incidences have taken place in the following areas:

  • 2700 block Bagley Ave
  • 1800 block Barry Ave
  • 1600 block Comstock Ave
  • 1900 block Armacost Ave
  • 10300 block Keswick Ave
  • 1500 block Kelton Ave

From West LA police:

Be aware of any unfamiliar individual in your residential neighborhood knocking door to door and attempting to engage you in conversation regarding possible home repair, tree trimming or broken water pipes. Always ask any individual identifying themselves as a city or utility worker for identification. Call 911 immediately if you suspect an individual at your door is fraudulent.

If you have any information about the individuals or other similar incidences, or would like additional information, contact West Los Angeles burglary detectives at 310-444-1524 or 310-444-1522.

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