By Olin Ericksen
March 20 -- A string of recent burglaries in Santa
Monica has police asking residents to make sure to secure
Ten burglaries had taken place in Sunset Park this year through
March 9, as well as several burglaries in large residential
homes north of Montana Avenue, which appear to have subsided
recently, according to police.
"Most of what they are doing is getting access through
the backyard," said Lt. Alex Padilla, the Police Department
spokesman. "Open windows and open doors are like open
invitations to criminals... who really are looking for an
Items taken include jewelry and cash, police said
"They took mostly things that could fit into a backpack,"
While the number of burglaries are not unusual in Santa Monica,
the small clustering of burglaries on two days in Sunset Park
raised a red-flag for police, who have not determined if it
is the work of the same suspects.
Three burglaries occurred on February 20, while another three
took place on March 2, Padilla said.
Two of the 10 burglaries in Sunset Park were the result of
a "forced entry," rather than suspects entering
a home or apartment through unlocked doors.
So far, police have little to work on in apprehending the
suspects. The only descriptions provided were of two black
males, 15 to 20-years-old.
Police are asking residents to be on the lookout for unusual
activity, to call police if they see such activity and to
form neighborhood watch groups to combat such crime.
Anyone with information should call Santa Monica Police or
the anonymous "WeTip" line at 1.800.78.CRIME. For
more information, call Lt. Alex Padilla at 310-458-8418.