Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Area officers caught four suspects who are believed to be responsible for multiple auto burglaries and receiving stolen property.
On February 4, at 9:00pm, officers from Wilshire Division responded to a call of a vehicle that was burglarized in the 5500 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Before officers arrived, an alert resident of the apartment building worked in conjunction with the manager to check on a suspicious male seen in the apartment building. A thorough check led to the discovery of a male on the property who was not a resident. The pair confronted the male, and he climbed over a fence, ran to an awaiting car and drove away.
Detectives conducted an investigation on the get-away vehicle and identified 26-year-old Thomas Jefferson Dizon, a resident of Panorama City, as the suspect who was responsible for burglarizing the vehicle on Wilshire Boulevard.
On February 11, at 6:00pm, Wilshire Special Problems Unit, working in conjunction with detectives in the area of 3rd Street and New Hampshire Avenue, saw Dizon and three other persons in the same car Dizon was taken into custody and the three other occupants were detained.
The other occupants were identified as Dizon’s wife, 21-year-old Catherine Diego, a resident of Panorama City, 18-year-old Jayson Delacruz, a resident of Los Angeles, and 22-year-old Lawrence Abesia, a resident of Los Angeles.
A follow-up at a nearby motel where the suspects were residing led to the recovery of numerous items of suspected stolen property. The items included personal checks of other persons, access cards, personal items such as travel bags, sunglasses and small electronics items such as iPods and GPS navigation systems.
The detectives arrested Dizon and Delacruz for auto burglary, with bail amount of $20,000. Diego and Abesia were arrested for receiving stolen property, with bail amount of $20,000.
Wilshire Auto Detectives are requesting anyone with information about these crimes to contact detective Paul Quan or Michael Smith at 213-473-0556 or 213-922-8205.
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