Investigators hoping to generate tips from the public released surveillance video Monday of two robbery suspects who targeted homes in Los Feliz, where one victim was threatened at gunpoint.
About 12:50 p.m. Feb. 9, the suspects drove to the front of a home in the 3800 block of Amesbury Road, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“The suspects sat in their car in front of the residence for approximately 20 minutes and observed the patterns of the homeowners,” according to the LAPD. “Once the homeowner left the residence to walk her dog, the suspects went up to the front door of the residence and opened the front door to commit a burglary.”
When the suspects heard people inside the home, they fled without taking anything, police said.
“The suspects possibly cased the area two days prior to the incident,” police said.
An hour after they left the home, they broke into a house in the 2500 block of Aberdeen Avenue and began ransacking the home before they were confronted by an employee at the residence, according to the LAPD.
“The suspects ran from the home with the victims’ property,” police said. “During the encounter, one of the suspects was armed with a handgun and pointed it directly at the victim, dissuading her from chasing them.”
Both suspects were described as 20- to 30-year-old white men. One was 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 140-160 pounds and was wearing black pants and a black T-shirt with the logo “Bow Down Clothing” on the back. He had tattoos on both forearms.
The other suspect was 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, 130-150 pounds and was wearing black pants, a red shirt with the word “Carlsbad” on the back, and black shoes. He also had tattoos on both forearms.
Both men were seen smoking in the surveillance video.
The suspects’ vehicle was described as a silver 2014-2015 Kia Optima with no front license plate.
Detectives believe someone’s surveillance system may have captured a license plate of the vehicle and are asking area residents to check if their cameras captured anything useful around the time the suspects were in the neighborhood.
Anyone with information that could help crack the case was urged to call the lead investigating detective at (323) 561-3324.
After-hours or weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.
–City News Service