LASD Burglary-Robbery Task Force & CMPD Arrest Residential Knock-Knock Burglary Crew
Photo: Chanddries Srey and Izaiah Yeav
LOS ANGELES – A”Knock-Knock Style” burglary crew, suspected in burglaries throughout Southern California, has been taken down by authorities’ joint efforts. Four individuals – two Asian male adults, and two male Hispanic juveniles – were the subjects of a multi-agency collaboration on 10/15/19 at 12:30 PM in Costa Mesa.
When Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD), Major Crimes Bureau (MCB), Burglary-Robbery Task Force (BRTF), observed four suspects appear to commit a residential burglary in the city of Costa Mesa, they took coordinated action.
Detectives conducting a burglary investigation in the vicinity saw “three suspects quickly run from the side-yard of a residence and enter an awaiting silver Mercedes Benz SUV that was idling nearby. The vehicle quickly drove away from the area.”
Detectives encountering the home’s forced-open rear window and a ransacked house gave confirmation that a burglary had taken place.
L.A. Sheriff’s Detectives coordinated with responding Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) patrol units who conducted a traffic stop of the silver SUV as the vehicle and suspects began to leave the neighborhood.
Three suspects (adult and two juveniles) seen exiting the victim’s property, along with the adult driver, were detained by Sheriff’s Detectives and CMPD Officers.
The “Knock-Knock-Style’ burglary crew from Long Beach, Chanddries Srey (20), Izaiah Yeav (18), and two male Hispanic juveniles (15 and 17), were arrested without incident.
A search of the suspect vehicle, a 2003 Silver Mercedes Benz SUV, produced stolen jewelry, personal property, and burglary tools. Driver Srey was booked on charges of Residential Burglary (459 PC), Receiving Stolen Property (496 PC), Conspiracy (182 PC), and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (272 PC).
Adult suspect Izaiah Yeau was booked on charges of Residential Burglary (459 PC).
The two male Hispanic youths were detained for Residential Burglary charges, then transported to a juvenile detention facility pending the investigation’s outcome.
“The criminal case filing for this burglary is being handled by detectives from CMPD in collaboration with Sheriff’s Detectives. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Burglary-Robbery Task Force is working closely with the CMPD, and other Southern California police agencies in determining what recent residential burglaries may be associated with the criminal crew.”
The LASD Major Crimes BRTF, formed over nine years ago, works closely and consistently with most Southern California agencies in its mission to identify, investigate, and arrest organized burglary and robbery suspects.
Many of the crews, formed by gang members, commit daytime residential burglaries. They blend in by riding around the affluent and middle-class areas in high-end luxury vehicles and rental cars.
Cash and jewelry, along with weapons, are their plunder-of-choice.
Finally, LASD MCB BRTF urges, “Residents and business owners are reminded to secure their properties, be aware of suspicious and unusual persons or vehicles, and to alert their local law enforcement immediately if suspicious activity is observed.”
The MCB BRTF can be contacted via e-mail at BRTF@LASD.org. To provide information anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store, or via the website http://lacrimestoppers.org