Police sought the public’s help Friday in identifying suspects responsible for vehicle thefts that target surfers at Will Rogers State Beach and other local breaks.
A victim reported that he parked his car about 10:30 a.m. on May 1 on Pacific Coast Highway near Sunset Boulevard and left his keys in one of his vehicle’s wheel wells, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
When he returned, his car was gone.
“It is common practice for surfers that frequent the area to leave their car keys accessible on their wheel wells,” according to a police statement. “Criminals have taken advantage of this practice by locating the hidden car keys and using them to steal victims’ cars as well as their cell phones, wallets, and purses. Surfers and other beachgoers are advised to stop this practice to avoid further crimes.”
Some of the thefts have led to the fraudulent use of victims’ credit cards, police said.
“Based on surveillance footage retrieved, images of one potential suspect have been gathered,” police said.
The suspect is described as a black female who is around 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build. She was seen wearing black framed glasses.
Anyone with information, or who recognizes the suspect, is urged to call LAPD’s West Los Angeles Auto Detectives at (310) 444-1571 or (310) 444-1505. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be directed to Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.
— City News Service