Members of the La Mirada Locos are believed responsible for a trio of Silver Lake street robberies, including a man who was mugged during an afternoon walk near the Silver Lake Reservoir, police said. Also, police issued a separate community alert warning residents of Silver Lake, Franklin Hills and Los Feliz of a string of “hot prowl” burglaries in which residents were at home during the break ins. A total of 10 burglaries (it’s not clear if all of them were hot prowl incidents) were reported between Silver Lake Boulevard and the Franklin Hills during April 14-18, according to the LAPD Crime Map. Lt. Steven Flores with the Northeast Division said there is no connection between the burglaries and the robberies believed committed by the La Mirada Locos. “We don’t normally have gang members involved in burglaries, he said.
The three robberies connected to the La Mirada Locos, which are clustered near Normandie Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, took place between March 24 and April 3. No guns were used during the crimes but at least one of the victims was threatened with a crow bar, Flores said. The gang officers have conducted parole searches against the suspected gang members but there have been no arrests, he said.
The April 10 shooting of a woman on Glendale Boulevard during an attempted purse snatching is not believed to have been the work of a gang member he said. Gang members are also not suspected of the Monday night armed robbery of a Silver Lake nail salon in the 4200 block of Sunset Boulevard near Fountain Avenue. Flores said two Latino males fled with $500 in cash and fled in gold or beige colored Toyota Camry.
A woman who was walking her dog near the salon said the getaway vehicle was driven by a woman. “Scary evening,” said the woman in an email.