LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A man police has dubbed the “Two O’ Clock Rock” burglar is wanted in as many as 60 break-ins at businesses throughout the San Fernando Valley.
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According to the investigators, the man has targeted more than 60 businesses in LAPD’s Devonshire, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Topanga, and West Valley divisions, and in the cities of Burbank and San Fernando. The prolific burglar may have struck again overnight Friday at a car wash store in Van Nuys. Owner Eduardo Bernal says that while the burglar didn’t get away with that much cash, he did damage the building when he broke the glass door with a large rock and hammered his way through the security bars.
“I don’t know how he got through,” Bernal said. “We thought he was going to get stuck in the window.”
Investigators did not say when the break-ins began. But the burglar typically canvasses a business, then places rocks in front of the locations he plans to break into. He later returns in the early morning, usually between 2 and 4 a.m., and takes the rocks he put in front of the business and throws them through the front glass door. Once inside, police says he then removes cash from the register, and in many cases, has simply taken the locked cash register.READ MORE: Hundreds Pay Their Respects To Fallen LA County Firefighter Jonathan Flagler In Los Alamitos
The burglar was described as a Black man, about 5-foot-10 and between 150 and 180 pounds, with dark skin and a receding hair line. He occasionally wears glasses, and generally wears a dark hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.
He has been seen riding a bicycle, or driving an early 2000s 4-door dark-colored Nissan Maxima or Sentra.MORE NEWS: Rob Schneider, Bill Burr, Gilbert Gottfried & More Share Tributes To Comedian Louie Anderson
Anyone with information about these crimes can call Devonshire burglary detectives J. Eastburn at (818) 832-0936 or C. Parchman at (818) 832-0941.