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Pacific Palisades Police Blotter: Rihanna's Burgler Arrested, Suspects ID'd in Brazen Robberies

The following information was supplied by the West L.A. Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

Suspected burglar arrested at singer's home

A 31-year-old man was arrested by Los Angeles police at 9:15 p.m., Feb. 21 in the 900 block of Rivas Canyon Drive. He was charged with burglary after using a hidden key to enter a home. The LAPD said the man told officers he was looking for the home of the singer Rihanna, which was not the residence he was suspected of attempting to burglarize. Since the burglary, neighbors have told the media they do not want the singer living in the Palisades.

4 robbery suspects push victim to the ground

At 4:15 p.m., Feb. 20 at the intersection of Haverford Avenue and Temescal Canyon Road, four suspects pushed a man to the ground and took his wallet, money and cell phone. Police identified the suspects as a black man with with black hair, brown eyes, 5'9'' and 160 pounds, a black man at 5'11'' and 170 pounds, a black man at 5'9'' and 175 pounds and a fourth identified suspect.

Robbery suspect possibly uses baseball bat

At 9:40 p.m., Feb. 21 at the intersection Lachman Lane and Glynn Drive, a suspect reportedly took the victim to a location, struck the person possibly with a baseball bat and took their wallet and money. Police say the suspected has been identified.

Vehicle burglaries

  • Between 12 and 7 a.m., Feb. 19 in the 1200 block of Calle de Sevilla, a suspect entered an unlocked vehicle and took a purse, camera and laptop computer.
  • Between 7:30 a.m., Feb. 15 and and 11 a.m., Feb. 18 in the 17200 block of Sunset Boulevard, a suspect smashed a vehicle window to enter and take laptop computers, an iPad, briefcase and suit jacket.
  • Between 8 p.m., Feb. 18 and 1:30 a.m., Feb. 19 in the 1000 block of Villa View Drive, a suspect entered a vehicle and took a wallet, money, credit cards, a backpack and laptop computer.

Petty theft

  • Between 5 p.m., Feb. 17 and 9 a.m., Feb. 18 in the 700 block of Hempden Place, a suspect took an iPhone from a nearby location.
  • Between 12 p.m., Jan. 20 and 3:30 p.m., Feb. 20 in the 16600 block of Marquez Avenue, a suspect took a lock from a storage facility.

Trespassing with booze

Between 2:30 p.m., Feb. 16 and 11 a.m., Feb. 18 in the 14200 block of Sunset Boulevard, suspects entered a property without permission to drink alcoholic beverages.

If you see anything that you feel is suspicious, but not an emergency, go to www.alertcommunity.com. It allows citizens to document suspicious activity quickly, easily, and anonymously.

A correction was made to the cross street location of the Feb. 20 robbery.

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Miss Trending February 26, 2013 at 05:49 PM
I keep reading about crime in Pali. Is this normal? We were considering moving up there (from N. SaMo) but this is quite a deterrent.
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) March 05, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Hi there. No crime comes in waves in the Palisades, and its isolation and proximity away from the 405 is a deterrent for a lot of criminals than, say, some of the urban communities inland and south. Pali has a wonderful Village community away from the most of the city's chaos, and I've only been living here (nearby SaMo/Montana Ave.) for eight months. There are many "light" weeks if you scan back through the reports. I report the recorded incidents from LAPD typically once a week.

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