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Sheriff's patrol vehicles lining the street near an attempted jewelry store burglary at Fairfax and Santa Monica Blvd. (Photo: Adrian Garcia for Weho Daily)

An apparent burglar attempted to burrow his way into a jewelry store at Santa Monica Blvd and Fairfax on Tuesday night but was scared away when the owner of the business happened to stop at the store before anything was stolen.

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West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies responded to the store at about 10:45PM Tuesday on a report that a hole had been opened up into the business from a vacant storefront next door. When the owner of the jewelry store entered the premises, he observed the hole and light coming through it. The light in the adjacent business was then turned off.

He exited the business and called 911 to report the incident. Deputies from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station were on the scene within an incredibly short period of time, and they proceeded to surround the business to contain any potential suspect still on scene.

As they were on scene so quickly and by the account of a light being turned off in the adjacent business, they felt there was a good chance that the suspect might still be hiding inside one of the storefronts. They then called in a helicopter along with K9 units to assist with the search.

Fairfax and Santa Monica Blvd were closed near the intersection for a few hours while they conducted their investigation and searched the premises thoroughly. Unfortunately, the suspect apparently wasted no time in making an escape after the owner of the jewelry store initially entered the premises.

Helicopter over Fairfax and Santa Monica Blvd for the investigation of an attempted burglary of a jewelry store. (Photo: Scott Stenholm for Weho Daily)

During the investigation it was determined that the suspect(s) forced entry into the connected buildings from a doorway on an adjacent street. The suspect(s) navigated their way through the buildings, ultimately attempting to gain entry into the jewelry store through the wall of the vacant building. Although the jewelry store wall was breached, no items appear to have been taken.

Detectives from the West Hollywood Station will be handling the investigation.

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  1. Ben says:

    I think this is yet again another example of reactive policing by our Weho Sheriff deputies. There are muggings, assaults, robberies, burglaries, auto thefts, and so on daily, and the sheriffs arrive en masse…after the fact. I have been advocating for cops on bikes that actually patrol our sidewalks and take notice of unusual people and events…BEFORE they commit crimes and harm our citizens. Visit my Facebook page, Keep Weho Safe for more info.

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