Burglary-Robbery Task Force Arrests Four “Knock-Knock” Suspects, Asks “Were You A Victim Too?”
Photo: Arturo Hernandez
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Two law enforcement agencies teamed up in response to ongoing “Knock-Knock” burglaries. For eight years, “these crews, often formed by gang members, utilize high-end luxury vehicles to blend into middle class and affluent neighborhoods. Then they break into homes and businesses, ransacking and stealing valuables such as cash, jewelry, and weapons.”
First, Detectives from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. Major Crimes Bureau, Burglary-Robbery Task Force (BRTF) observed four suspects commit a residential burglary. A silver Infinity G35 sedan drove slowly through neighborhoods in the Santa Clarita Valley and into North Hollywood.
A burglary ensued when three suspects exited the vehicle at approximately 1:15 PM on July 26th. It was on the 6500 block of Beeman Ave.
Then the three suspects emerged from the rear yard for a quick walk to their awaiting vehicle.
A coordinated response from LAPD North Hollywood Division assisted on-scene BRTF Investigators. The forces teamed up to conduct a “high-risk detention of the suspects and their vehicle.” They detained two adults and two juveniles inside the vehicle.
Moreover, the team recovered stolen property valued in excess of $10,000 in the vehicle. The property came from the Beeman Ave. residence.
Consequently, 18-year-old Bryan Moreno of Los Angeles faces charges of Residential Burglary (459 PC), and subsequently released on a $50,000 bond. All this happened while he was still on bond from a recent Orange County residential burglary.
Next, 18-year-old Arturo Hernandez of Long Beach faces the same charges and also obtained release on a $50,000 bond.
Juvenile court proceedings await an anonymous pair of 17-year-olds: a Hispanic and a Black male. They were released prior to their hearing.
“Were You a Victim?” Perhaps you’ve spotted the vehicle: a 2003 Infiniti G35, 4 door silver sedan license CA/5AUT507. It also has a “United States Marine Corps” sticker on the rear window.
LAPD North Hollywood detectives, in cooperation with LASD BRTF Detectives, are handling the criminal filing and ongoing investigation of this burglary crew. With assistance from LAPD Detectives, Sheriff Detectives will determine if these suspects were involved in recent residential burglaries occurring in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.
Detectives remind residents and business owners to –
- secure their properties;
- Be aware of suspicious and unusual persons or vehicles;
- Immediately alert local law enforcement of any suspicious activity.