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Surveillance Cameras Increase Burglary Arrests in Beverly Hills

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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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LAPD Seeks Suspect in Melrose District Package Thefts

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Theft Detectives are reminding citizens about the presence of parcel thefts during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Saturday April 11, 2020, a delivery truck making deliveries in the Melrose district is followed by an unknown suspect who removes the parcels after the driver leaves. 

The vehicle is described as a late 1990’s Mercury Mountaineer with no or unknown plates and the suspect seen on the video is described as a male White or Hispanic 5’-10” in height 200 to 220 pounds in weight and between 30 to 40 years of age.

During subsequent interviews with delivery personnel it was discovered that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, drivers have been encouraged and or instructed not to touch door knobs, gate latches or any surface that could be frequently touched by another person. The packages are placed near the side walk making it easier for the suspects to approach and remove the package.

LAPD Detectives would like to remind employees of delivery companies to be aware of their surroundings. If one thinks they’re being followed, divert your route to confirm a vehicle is indeed following the delivery truck then notify the Police. 

For community members, LAPD Detectives encourage alternate delivery locations that are more secure (such as picking up the package from the post office), delivering to your place of employment or installing a secure delivery box that can secure the delivered package. 

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LAPD Seeks Tips About Theft of Mercedes Rims and Tires

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LOS ANGELES — Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Los Angeles Division are asking for the public’s help in providing any information about a series of thefts that have been occurring since 2018.

The suspect or suspects target newer model Mercedes-Benz vehicles and use a manual jack to lift the vehicles, lower them onto storage crates, and remove the tires and rims. The incidents unfold in a matter of minutes. There is no description of the suspect or suspects and/or their vehicle as of this time.

The thefts have occurred around the area of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Los Angeles Division, Pacific Division, Wilshire Division, North Hollywood Division, and in the city of Beverly Hills.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective John Hill, West Los Angeles Detectives at (310) 444-1503. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.

Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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

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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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