DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - In the Central City Crime Report, we survey the recent week in public safety. All information is provided by the LAPD’s Central Division.
Travel Blues: An 83-year-old woman who withdrew $14,000 from her bank in preparation for a trip to Japan was robbed in the 400 block of East Third Street at 12:30 p.m. on April 23. The suspect snatched the money from her unlocked car.
Running Into Trouble: Cynthia Trujillo was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto after allegedly trying to steal a car in Downtown on April 22 while the owner left the engine running. The driver was moving items from one vehicle to another during the incident. The suspect has four felony convictions and seven prior arrests for grand theft auto.
Furniture Fiends: Approximately $20,000 worth of antiques were stolen from Expo Furniture Outlet, at 1363 S. Olive St., between April 20 and 21. Items taken included a $9,500 porcelain lamp, three clock sets worth $8,000 and a $1,500 crystal rotary phone. The burglars cut the iron gate and then pried open the back door.
Fire Truck Fail: A man who attempted to start a fire truck at Fifth and San Julian streets was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto on April 20.
Exercising Bad Judgment: Sometime on April 21 or 22, an unidentified person opened the rear sliding door of an apartment in the 200 block of West Seventh Street and stole bicycle clothes and electric cables.
Another Week, Another Nine Bike Thefts: Nine bikes were stolen in various places around Downtown from April 19-25. In three instances the owners left their bikes unlocked. Five times, thieves cut the locks on bicycles that were secured. On one bike, the key to the lock was left on top of the seat.
Domestic Dispute: A woman fighting with her boyfriend in the 500 block of South Spring Street on April 21 slammed the man to the ground and choked him until he lost consciousness. She was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault.
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