RESEDA (CBSLA.com) — A man suspected in serial burglaries was caught on video breaking into an apartment complex in Reseda, according to the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Division.
The man climbed onto gas meters, cut a window screen and opened an unlocked window at an apartment in the 6300 block of Reseda Blvd. around 1 a.m. June 7, authorities said.
Detectives said the man then took cash and jewelry with a family of four asleep inside.
KCAL9’s Rachel Kim reports that there was evidence that the man may have sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl before leaving.
The man tried to enter the apartment again about 45 minutes later but was unsuccessful.
Authorities believe he lives in the area or had a vehicle nearby. They also think he broke into another residence immediately after the crime and may be responsible for several other burglaries in the area over the past year.
Marco Hanna, who lives next door to the victims, said he’s keeping a closer eye on his kids and his home.
“After this happened, all the time, I’m scared. I’m not sleeping too much at night,” he said.
Resident Dina Brevdo said she’s also on the lookout.
“Definitely using all my locks before I leave and when I come back home, as well,” she said.
The man suspected in the break-ins was described as Hispanic, 17 to 22 years old, 5-foot-8, with a medium build and short hair. He also had a cigarette behind his ear.
Anyone with information was asked to call detective Patrick Aluotto at (818) 374-7775.