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Crime Blotter: Week of July 1

Three vehicles stolen, two burgled; seven incidents of theft.

From Crimemapping.com:

Monday, July 2

At 11 a.m. on Monday—A vehicle was burgled on the block of 5000 College View Ave.

At 1:55 p.m. on Monday—A vehicle was burgled and goods worth $950 or below were stolen from it on the block of 2200 Yosemite Dr.

At 7 p.m. on Monday—A theft valued at $950 or below occurred on the block of 2300 Las Colinas Ave.

Tuesday, July 3

At 12 noon on Tuesday—A theft valued at $950 or below occurred on the block of 2800 Colorado Blvd.

At 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday—A theft valued at $950 or below occurred on the block of 2800 Colorado Blvd.

At 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday—A burglary with an intent to commit a theft or a felony occurred on the block of 4900 Wiota St.

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday—A vehicle was stolen on the block of 2600 Colorado Blvd.

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday—A burglary with an intent to commit a theft or a felony occurred on the block of 2400 Langdale Ave., near the Ellenwood Drive crossing.

Wednesday, July 4

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday—A theft valued at $950 or below occurred on the block of 2600 Colorado Blvd.

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday—A robbery occurred on the block of 5000 Eagle Rock Blvd.

At 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday—A theft valued at $950 or more occurred on the block of 4300 Eagle Rock Blvd.

Friday, July 6

At 3:35 a.m. on Friday—A burglary was attempted on the block of 4700 Ellenwood Dr.

At 12:30 p.m. on Friday—A vehicle was stolen on the block of 2700 Colorado Blvd.

At 2:45 p.m. on Friday—A theft valued at $950 or below occurred on the block of 2200 Yosemite Dr.

At 7:40 p.m.—A theft valued at $950 or below occurred on the block of 2200 Yosemite Dr.

Saturday, July 7

At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday—A robbery was attempted on the block of 4700 Eagle Rock Blvd.

ERHS Dad July 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I don't understand how these crimes continue to plague Eagle Rock and Highland Park? I mean really? Why does Northeast Police Department not step up patrols specifically intended to apprehend these criminals? Yet you see them congregate at 7/11 all taking a coffee brake or what have you and when you report it to them, they give you a "uhhhh ya we'll take care of it", or the famous line " well no crime has been committed so we can't really do anything", It's sad that people can't go home or shopping in the area and know they will come back and their car will still be where they left it. Am I the only one that feels this way?
ERHS Dad July 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
When I say "them" I mean the PD, and I meant to say it's sad that hard working people in the community can't be at home and know their car will be safe. I have alot of respect for the work that Police Officers do, it's not an easy job, but being in the community for over 30 years I will say times have changed and so have these officers. We use to pride ourselves for living in a community that had such great supportive Veteran officers that would reach out to the neighbors and community and try to understand the wants and needs to keep the City of Eagle Rock a better place to live.
Ajay Singh (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I think, ERHS Dad, that part of the dynamic here is the LAPD's overwhelming focus on reducing so-called Part I crimes that include homicide, assaults etc., which leaves less officers on the streets to conduct preventive patrols. The other part of the dynamic appears to revolve around the fact that times truly might have changed enough demographically to intensify the perennial conflict between haves and have-nots, which disproportionately afflict relatively affluent neighborhoods such as Eagle Rock.
Gil July 13, 2012 at 01:06 AM
MY nephew bike($700) was stolen on Wednesday the 11th from the front of the Eagle Rock library. He was inside less than 15 minuites. LAPD appear to care less, report was filed over the phone after waitng on hold for 40 minuites.. Highland Park & Eagle rock need more of a police presence
ERHS Dad July 13, 2012 at 01:18 AM
So true Mr. Singh, I've seen PD respond to major crimes in full force like the shooting that left one victim dead and the other in the hospital or the 16 year old girl and her boyfriend that were shot in Glassell Park and killed, but at the end of the day a crime is a crime and we as a community should not feel as if we can't or should not report crimes because they are of no real interest to the Police Department.
jayres July 13, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Times have changed Ajay, but its not the haves and the have-nots that is the problem. The problem is actually between those who work to provide themselves with the things they want and others who take what they want from others because they are unwilling to work for it themselves. Perhaps its poor upbringing, a total disregard for others' property, a sense of entitlement, or no real consequences for their actions, but to suggest that being on the lower end of the economic spectrum justifies this behavior is demeaning to anyone that lives in a low income household. Whether you are low income and live by the law and set a good example for your family, or you've been low income and worked your way up into a higher economic class with honesty and integrity; low income individuals are not immune to the concept of right and wrong and when people steal they conscientiously do so. In truly different times, I grew up in a neighborhood not unlike ER, where some had more, some had less, but no one stole. We did not even lock our doors(house or cars), bicycles where kept outside, and if we left something somewhere it was sure to be there when we returned. In fact I really can't remember an theft in my neighborhood other than high school kids stealing beer out of open garages. Today, theft and vandalism has not increased due to lack of money, but a lack decency, honesty and morality.
ERHS Dad July 13, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Mr. Singh, with all due respect and the work you do for our community I also wanted to say in regards to less officers because of the response to so called Part I crimes. Murders and assaults are not happening everyday Thank God!!, but these thefts and cars being broken into are and it doesn't take all of Northeast to respond to them. How frustrating for Gil's nephew to actually be doing something positive and productive at the library instead of out "Stealing", and the PD doesn't think it a priority. $700 is not cheap and i'm sure not that easy to just replace. My son has been wanting to buy a "Fixie" bike, but has told me he is afraid because his classmate was held at gunpoint because someone else wanted his bike and stole it. What kind of a community do we live in when our own children are afraid to buy and ride bikes and get them stolen. It's sad.
ERHS Dad July 13, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Mr. Jayres, My hats of to you for your response!!! I was taught to work hard for what I want or need in life and am teaching the same to my children. I think that is why I'm venting and voicing out my opinion because of how these criminals think they are entitled to take whatever they don't feel they should work hard for. Growing up here in Eagle Rock we could leave our bikes and toys or even my dad's tools outside and not worry about waking up in the morning to them being gone. It's a matter of respecting our neighbors and the people we live with in the community and making it a better place for our children to live in.
John Goldfarb July 13, 2012 at 02:58 PM
ERHS Dad, Gil, and Jayres: You are not the only ones who feel this way. Reading these monthly Crime Blotter reports, I used to wonder, "Where is the outrage?" I've said this before, but I once asked Officer Orange at a town meeting whether he thought there were enough police patrolling Eagle Rock in light of a rash of recent property crimes, and he said he did think so. I very rarely see police cars cruising the streets or just walking around, establishing the "presence" that Gil mentioned, and can't believe their doing so wouldn't make a positive difference in the crime rate.
Tim Ryder July 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Unfortunately the cops can't be everywhere and they especially don't park themselves in front of the local library waiting for bikes to get stolen. I've been analyzing these monthly crime reports for some time now and it is eye-opening to see the reality of what crimes are actually occurring here in Eagle Rock. The majority of crimes are 'vehicle related', whether someone's vehicle got stolen or stuff was stolen out of their vehicle. I think this is the first stolen bicycle crime I've heard about all year which, even though a tragic and inconvenient loss, if we put it in perspective, is a pretty rare event crime-wise. Perhaps security cameras need to be installed every ten feet (like in Great Britain) so we can at least see who is stealing our stuff and thoroughly punish them accordingly
Lightnapper July 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
@jayres. Absolutely correct. Isn't nice to not have to kiss butt to make a living, and to be able to see clearly, with accurate focus, and then tell the truth about. I was there. And that "we're busy with more important things" dog don't hunt, and I mean literally. Being tied to an MDT is not pro-active police work-- period.
jason sullivan July 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Have there been any incidents where the thief was seriously beaten by the intended victim? If it happens on my block there will be. hahaha I will snap someones neck for attempting to take food from my child's mouth.
mj July 14, 2012 at 04:10 PM
My middle school son from ERHS was asking me why I keep reading Patch and my answer to him was because I want to be aware of what was happening around our neighborhood. I don't feel safe at all parking our car outside the street because of all the burglary going around the area and I agree with everyone's opinion that there should be more police to patrol the neighborhood of Eagle Rock and inform us of all the incidents going around. When I move here in 2001 I usually left our doors unlocked but now I see to it that all our windows are locked even if we are inside our home. Seriously $700 is not cheap nowadays and even in our own backyard my son lost his basketball that is worth $15. It is not that much compared to the amount that others had lost but the thought that you cannot leave anything within your own fence will really scare you.

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