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Nearly a Dozen Cars Spray Painted in WeHo West Overnight



The West Hollywood West Residents Association reported that ten cars, maybe more, were spray-painted in the early morning hours on Sunday.

The perpetrators targeted cars on Norwich Drive, Rosewood and Westbourne by using two kinds of spray paint, white for dark colored cars and black for light colored. Reports say some of the tags seemed to make homophobic references.

If anyone captured video footage of suspicious activity, which is estimated to have occurred on Sunday morning, December 15, from approximately 1:30am and beyond, please share the video with West Hollywood Sheriff. Include Sheriff Report #91908185-0972-263 with your information.

If you see any suspicious activity in our neighborhood contact the Weho Sheriff Station at 310-855-8850.  In an emergency or time sensitive matter do not hesitate to call 911.

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Celeb Crime

NFL Player Julian Edelman Arrested for Jumping on Car in Beverly Hills



Julian Edelman Arrested for Vandalism After Jumping on Car

BEVERLY HILLS (TMZ) — New England Patriots star Julian Edelman was arrested Saturday night after allegedly jumping on the hood of someone’s Mercedes … TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us it went down this way … Julian was in Bev Hills walking around at about 9 PM when for some unknown reason he hopped up on the car, causing damage.

Impressive, considering the 33-year-old reportedly needs surgery on his left knee during the offseason.

The bad news for Julian … cops were in the area working a robbery case when someone flagged them down and gave them the lowdown.

Edelman was arrested, cited for misdemeanor vandalism and released. He left with his friends.

Our law enforcement sources say it was apparent to them Julian had been drinking … which might explain a lot about the incident.

The L.A. County D.A. will decide whether to file charges … it’s possible — very possible — this case goes nowhere if he squares up with the car owner, but we’ll see.

Of course, Edelman was only in Beverly Hills in the first place because the Patriots didn’t make it to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.

They were knocked out last week by the Tennessee Titans, which beat the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.

We reached out to Julian’s rep … so far, no word back.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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Hate Incidents

Beverly Hills Police Seek Synagogue Vandalism Suspect



BEVERLY HILLS — Police are actively investigating a series of vandalisms that occurred in the City of Beverly Hills overnight.  Earlier this morning, shortly after 7 a.m., police responded to a call of a vandalism at the Nessah Synagogue (142 S. Rexford Dr.).  An employee notified security when he arrived for work and found an open door and items ransacked inside the synagogue.

Investigators believe a lone male suspect committed a series of minor vandalisms as he traversed through the Rexford/Elm alley south of Wilshire Blvd. during the early morning hours.  At approximately 2:00 a.m. the same suspect made his way to the Nessah Synagogue and forced entry into the location.  The suspect then moved throughout the synagogue, heavily ransacking the interior.

The suspect disrupted the furnishings, and contents of the synagogue by overturning furniture and distributing brochures and materials throughout the interior.  The suspect damaged several Jewish relics, but fortunately the Synagogue’s main scrolls survived unscathed.  The disruption was primarily to the Synagogue’s interior contents, and there is very limited structural damage. 

At this point in the investigation, it does not appear that any Synagogue property was stolen during the crime.  No one was inside the Synagogue during the crime, and no one was injured.  

Although police are investigating the crime as a hate crime, the suspect left no markings or other overt signs of anti-Semitism. 

Several members of the Police Department have responded to assist with the investigation, clean-up efforts and to provide additional patrols throughout the Sabbath.   Significant efforts are underway to identify and locate the suspect.

Police have been working closely with the leadership of Nessah Synagogue.  The Synagogue plans to initiate clean-up efforts immediately and re-open the Synagogue tomorrow.

The suspect is described as a male white, 20-25 years of age, short dark curly hair, thin build, possibly wearing prescription glasses, shorts, low top shoes (possibly Pumas) and carried a backpack and pulled a rolling suitcase.  

“This cowardly attack hits at the heart of who we are as a community,” said Mayor John Mirisch.  “It is not just an attack on the Jewish Community of Beverly Hills; it’s an attack on all of us. The entire City stands in solidarity behind Nessah, its members and congregants. We are committed to catching the criminal who desecrated a holy place on Shabbat of all days and bringing him to justice.  We are equally committed that our City will continue to be a welcoming place for Jews and for members of all religions and groups.”

Anyone who has information about this crime or the identity of the suspect is encouraged to call the Beverly Hills Police Department at (310) 285-2125 or submit an anonymous tip by texting BEVHILLSPD followed by the tip information to 888777.

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Property Crimes

Surveillance Cameras Increase Burglary Arrests in Beverly Hills



BEVERLY HILLS — Beverly Hills Police are crediting Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR), surveillance cameras throughout the city and an increase in arrests for the reduction in residential burglaries by 50% this year.

Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli says technology has allowed police officers and detectives to “react in real time to crimes in progress,” and immediately arrest suspects, recover stolen vehicles and obtain evidence of other crimes committed in the area. 

According to the October 2019 monthly crime statistics report there was a 50% reduction in residential burglaries year to date. Commercial burglaries experienced a 14% drop, violent crimes are down 8% and other property crimes are down 16%.

In addition to technology, the crime reduction is attributed partly to an increase in pro-active policing, high visibility patrol and an increase in arrests. During the past twelve months, arrests have increased by 7%. 

Chief Spagnoli states, “the effort from our residents to keep Beverly Hills safe is shown in these numbers, as well as the decrease in crime we’ve seen this last year. These community partnerships in preventing crimes and suspect apprehension is, in part, why Beverly Hills continues to be one of the safest cities to live, work and play.” 

During this holiday season, the BHPD will continue its efforts to keep the community safe by ensuring high visibility of uniformed police officers to include an increase in foot patrols in the City’s business district.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for a smartphone application to receive more information about Department events and activities. The application can be downloaded from the Apple App or Google Play Stores by searching “Beverly Hills Police”. 

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