By GABRIELLA BOCK | Reporter
One local homeowner is warning Palisadians that a new “knock knock” crew may be in town after a group of young men were caught creeping around the Upper Alphabets last weekend.
Previous knock knock crews have been comprised of young, mixed-gender gangs from outside the area who knock on doors and, if they are not answered, break in and plunder a home in minutes.
Several have been caught and jailed, but others “age out” of the organized crime after 25.
On Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1:05 a.m., five men were seen prowling through the dark with a tool bag and later positioning themselves around a home near the corner of Bestor Boulevard and McKendree Avenue.
The homeowner, who was able to capture the suspicious activity on a security camera, said that one of the suspects, described as a 17-to-19-year-old white male with dark brown hair and broad shoulders, entered his property at 1:15 a.m. and proceeded to urinate in his front garden.
The suspect then rang the home’s doorbell, only to be seen signaling to his friends once realizing that the residence had been occupied.
The incident comes a year after a four-member burglary crew was sentenced to a state prison after breaking into a Pacific Palisades home and stealing $10,000 worth of valuables in 2015.
The homeowner has shared this image of the prime suspect with neighbors and turned the security footage into police for review.
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