LOS ANGELES—One of two suspects is in custody after they posed as cable installers to rob an estimated six victims. Armando Guerrero was arrested when he returned to one of the crime scenes, while his suspected accomplice, Leonardo Vazquez, is still at large.
According to a LAPD press release, Guerrero and Vazquez first attracted police attention on May 28th when they approached a victim’s residence on the 700 block of 85th Street claiming to be a cable installer. The victim had known one of the suspects when he was employed by a cable company, and welcomed him in, but was unaware that he had been fired because of theft accusations from customers. The first suspect began stealing items from the victim and was soon joined by a second suspect, another former cable installer who had been fired for similar reasons.
Guerrero and Vazquez continued this scheme on June 13th, when they targeted a residence on the 1500 block of West 51st Street. The suspects told the victim that her cable needed repair, despite the fact that her service had no previous problems. When the victim noticed that some jewelry had gone missing after their departure, she contacted the LAPD. Luckily for the victim, Guerrero returned to the residence to pick up some tools he left behind and he was subsequently arrested and booked on two counts of burglary.
Vazquez is still wanted on six counts of burglary and one count of possession of a machine gun. The LAPD estimated that Guerrero and Vazquez robbed six victims in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.