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A man suspected of committing at least 20 commercial burglaries in the Van Nuys area is now in custody, and police Wednesday urged other possible victims to contact them.

Officers responded to an alarm call in the 13300 block of Victory Boulevard about 5 a.m. Saturday and took Vincent Campbell, 50, into custody with assistance from a police dog, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

“Campbell would cut power to (a) strip mall, (and) attack surveillance cameras by removing them or smashing them on the ground,” a police statement alleges. “He pulled alarm pads from the walls, then ransacked the businesses, causing extensive damage. Campbell took cash registers, computers, cash, jewelry and tools.”

Police circulated a photo of Campbell, and urged anyone who may have been victimized by him to call Van Nuys detectives at (818) 374-9500.

Campbell, who was booked on suspicion of commercial burglary and a weapons violation, was being held in lieu of $290,000 bail pending an Oct. 30 court hearing in Van Nuys.

–City News Service

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