Sherman Oaks

Caught on Camera: Thieves Take Jewelry, Guns and Money From Sherman Oaks Home

The suspects used one of the victim's pillow cases to carry the stolen property.

Police circulated surveillance video Tuesday of two suspects in the act of burglarizing a Sherman Oaks home from which jewelry, guns and money were taken, and believe they may have stole from more homes in the area.

Officers responded about 8:35 p.m. Friday to a burglary in the 4200 block of Levitt Lane, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

"When the officers arrived they found that the suspects had smashed a glass pane on a rear door and reached in to unlock the door," according to police. "The suspects went through the house and stole handguns, currency, small electronics and jewelry. The suspects used one of the victim's pillow cases to carry the stolen property." 

David Davis, the homeowner, said he lost about $80,000 worth of valuables in the burglary. 

The burglars -- who were videotaped walking up the home's driveway and inside the residence -- exited the rear door and got into a waiting dark-colored SUV driven by a third suspect, police said.

Both of the men who entered the home are between 20 and 25 years old. One is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 165 pounds. He had a short beard and mustache and was wearing a light-colored hoodie, light-colored pants, dark tennis shoes with white stripes and dark-colored gloves with reflective tape on them. The other is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and also weighs around 165 pounds. He had dark hair, a short mustache and beard and was wearing a light-colored hoodie, light-colored pants, dark-colored shoes and black gloves.

LAPD Van Nuys Division responded to another home burglary Monday at the 3700 block of Longview Valley Road.

The burglar had entered the house by climbing onto the second floor deck and kicking in the glass door, police said. He unlocked the door and took a small safe, handgun, miscellaneous papers and jewelry. He dragged the safe down the stairs and out the front door and got into a getaway car, police said. 

Surveillance video from the residence caught the burglar inside the home and leaving the home. Video also showed him getting inside the getaway car. 

The description of the burglar in the Longview Valley incident is similar to one suspect of the first burglary -- a black or Hispanic male, around 20 to 25 years old, who stands approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 160 to 170 pounds. He has a short beard and mustache and was wearing a light colored sweatshirt, dark pants, dark tennis shoes and dark gloves with reflective tape on them. He was on a cell phone before he fled the property, police said.

There was no description available for the getaway driver in both incidents.

The getaway vehicle in both burglaries is described as a newer dark-colored, four-door SUV, possibly BMW or Lexus, with tinted windows.

"Detectives believe that these suspects have been involved in several other residential burglaries in the area over the past several weeks," police said.

Anyone with information about the suspects, the burglary or similar crimes was urged to call the Van Nuys Division burglary detectives investigating the case at 818-374-0029 or 818-374-0031.

After-hours or weekend calls should be directed to 877-LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS.

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