Local residents help catch burglary suspect

By Edwin Folven, 1/24/2013

LAPD still compiling case against Wilshire Division suspect


Police have arrested a suspect for a series of residential burglaries in the Wilshire area, and are hoping other victims may recognize his vehicle and can provide information linking him to additional break-ins.

Rayshawn Joseph Foote, 27, of South Los Angeles, was taken into custody on Jan. 15 after a witness saw a suspicious vehicle parked in the 1200 block of S. Sierra Bonita Ave. and noticed two men knocking on doors and trying to gain entry into residences. The witness, whose home had previously been burglarized, wrote down the license plate number on the suspicious gold Jaguar and called police. The men and the vehicle were gone when officers arrived, but the license plate number was broadcast to personnel in other police divisions, and patrol officers pulled over the vehicle later that day in South Los Angeles and arrested Foote. They recovered a loaded, stolen pistol and burglary tools inside the car, said Det. Frances McBride, head of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division Burglary Unit. The impounded Jaguar is an early 2000s-model sedan. She said Foote is a member of a South Los Angeles area gang with a lengthy criminal history of burglary and other crimes. He was taken into custody for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and McBride said investigators are in the process of filing burglary charges against Foote.

“We are still making our case, and I would say that he is probably involved in five to ten burglaries in the Wilshire area. There could be more,” McBride said. “[The witness] recognized this gold Jaguar didn’t belong in the neighborhood and called police. He wrote down the license plate, which was really good on the part of the citizen.”

McBride said the second suspect is a African American man, and wore a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt. She said in many of the burglaries, the suspects entered through unlocked doors or windows.

“They ring the doorbell, and when nobody answers, they go in,” McBride said. “We are hoping people will recognize the Jag, because it is a distinctive vehicle.”

The task force has been investigating a series of residential burglaries in the Wilshire area that have been occurring over the past several weeks. The break-ins have primarily occurred around Olympic and La Cienega boulevards, but McBride said the suspects may have been operating in other neighborhoods in the local area.

She encouraged residents to keep watch over neighbors’ homes, especially during the day when many residents are at work. She also warned people to keep their doors and windows locked, and credited residents for helping police make an arrest.

“This was a great collaboration between everyone,” she said. “We couldn’t have done it without the help of our alert community members.”

Anyone with information about the break-ins is asked to contact Wilshire Division burglary detectives at (213)473-0411.



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