LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police arrested one suspect and are searching for another Wednesday who allegedly posed as cable installers and burglarized homes in Los Angeles.
Leonardo Vasquez and Armando Guerrero, who had formerly worked for cable companies but were fired due to reports of thefts from customers, posed as workers and entered a victim’s home in the 1500 block of West 51st Street on June 13, police said.
The victim, who did not have any cable issues, contacted the Los Angeles Police Department when she noticed some jewelry was missing after the men left.
Guerrero, who has been connected to a similar incident on May 28 in the 700 block of East 85th Street, returned to the home because he had forgotten tools. Officers were able to take him into custody, and he was booked for two counts of burglary.
Authorities are still searching for 29-year-old Vasquez who is wanted on six counts of burglary and one count of possession of a machine gun. He is described as Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. The suspect has a tattoo of a playboy bunny on his right hand and one of lips on the left side of his neck.
He is considered armed and dangerous.
Investigators have been able to identify six victims within South Los Angeles and surrounding Los Angeles communities.
Anyone who has been a victim or has any information about the outstanding suspect is asked to contact LAPD Burglary Det. L. Hoffman at (213)485-4177.