In the last three weeks, 15 cars have been reported burglarized in Pacific Palisades, the most recent incidents occurring sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning on Asilomar, El Medio and Seabec Circle. “The most shocking thing is that none of these cars showed any sign of forced entry, ” said LAPD Detective Jeff Brumagin, auto theft supervisor of the West L.A. Division. “This would indicate that all of the cars were unlocked. They were either parked on the street or in people’s driveways.” Brumagin said the modis operandi in all the recent car thefts was the same. “We don’t know if it is locals or transients doing this, but it would appear they pick an area and then just go from car to car and steal whatever they can find, from loose change and a $5 pair of sunglasses to a $3,000 laptop. They usually strike overnight. The only evidence we have is some empty beer bottles, which they have either left on car seats or on people’s lawns.” Sometime between December 11 and 12, thieves hit Chapala and Almar, and then between Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas they burglarized several cars in Rustic Canyon. Just before New Year’s, cars were hit on Bienveneda and Hartzell. “Lock your cars!” is Brumagin’s advice.
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