An Echo Park woman and her fiance – who live across the street from each other near Echo Park and Lucretia avenues – were awakened Sunday night to the sound of his driveway gate being opened. The couple, who were spending the night at her place, went into the street to see four men stealing a bike from the fiance’s garage:
“We were just settling down to sleep around 11:30 pm tonite when we heard the gate in front of his driveway jangle. I know the sound well, because he opens his gate daily to come across to my house. We both felt alarm bells and he sprang up to have a look out my front door. Seeing nothing but still feeling alarmed, we dressed quickly and dashed into the street to discover multiple thieves had hopped his locked fence and were in the process of passing bicycles over the fence. He confronted one of the very young men, who stammered a response and ran to a waiting getaway vehicle that held another bicycle stolen from his garage, and then sped out. There were at least 4 young men involved in the burglary, two of whom ran out the front, towards Echo Park Avenue.
The primary objective seemed to be bicycle theft but a pitchfork, pick hammer and razor knife were displaced from the garage, ostensibly to be used as opportunistic defensive tools, it would seem to us. We called the police who responded in a timely fashion given the confrontational nature of the event. They were thorough and gracious and advised us to beef up security.
The bicycle stolen was a 19″ Lotus Unique 12 speed racer, lilac with chrome stays, with a brand new tourist handlebar. The kids are after the skinny tire bikes.
I feel relieved and lucky that we encountered a crime in progress with no serious consequences. So far. I own property in Echo Park and really love living here. I am involved in my neighborhood and work to have a positive impact in my community. This has scared and upset me greatly. Just thought you should know. And lock up your bikes.”