Two suspected residential burglars who were allegedly caught in the action may be linked to a string of recent “knock-knock” burglaries in the Los Angeles area.
Police officers with the sheriff’s Robbery Task Force observed two suspects commit a residential burglary around 8:05 p.m. Wednesday in Van Nuys, according to the sheriff’s department. Detectives said they saw the suspects, who were in a white 2003 Audi A4 Sedan, slowly driving through neighborhoods. Daily News reported.
They later saw the Audi parked along the curb in the 7400 block of McLennan Ave. After several minutes, detectives watched both suspects emerge from the front door of a house, according to Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff’s Department.
The suspects were carrying a safe and pillowcase as they ran back to the vehicle, she said. Police discovered the home had been ransacked and found a smashed bedroom window.
Detectives coordinated with officers from the LAPD West Valley Division, who assisted by attempting to stop the suspect’s car.
A vehicle pursuit ensued leading officers from the San Fernando Valley to the parking structure of the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center near La Cienega Boulevard and the 10 Freeway in the Mid- City area, officer Schrader said. Later the suspects were detained while walking away from the Medical Center property.
The residential burglars, identified as 28-year-old David Brown of Rialto and 27-year-old Trent Harris of Los Angeles, were arrested at the scene and $3,000 worth of stolen goods, including cash and jewelry, was recovered, Schrader said. Officers also recovered the safe, which contained a loaded handgun.
Trent Harris was booked on charges of residential burglary and felony police evading. His bail was set at $85,000, and he bailed out early in the morning Thursday. He is scheduled to head to court in Van Nuys Superior Court on April 19, 2018, according to Los Angeles County jail records.
Meanwhile, David Brown, who was booked on charges of residential burglary and felony police evading, remains in custody. His bail was set at $50,000, according to LA County jail records.
Detectives handling the investigation will determine if these suspects were involved in additional recent residential burglaries in the Los Angeles area, Schrader said.