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Los Angeles Police Department officers have arrested a series burglary suspect who was committing crimes for the past five months.
David Wiggins, 51, was arrested on Oct. 27 after he allegedly broke into the Orchard to Orchard floral shop in downtown Los Angeles for the second time since August.
“Wiggins’ arrest ended a five-month crime spree, involving nearly two dozen burglaries,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of Central Detective Division. “When officers booked Wiggins, they noticed he had chemically treated his hands in an apparent attempt to remove his finger and palm prints.”
The spree began in June with burglaries of five floral shops in the downtown Flower Mart.
“All he was interested in was the cash left in store registers,” Vernon added. “He seemed to drop off the face of the earth after the June crime spree. We knew he was still around when video captured him inside the Orchard to Orchard floral shop on August 27.”
Then between October 10 and 21, nine more businesses and some parking-lot kiosks were burglarized, and cash was stolen from registers and tills. Surveillance video captured footage of the serial burglar, and police identified him as the same individual who had committed the previous burglaries.
On October 26, officers received a call about a break-in at the Orchard to Orchard floral shop. Four hours later, patrol officers saw Wiggins walking in the area. The suspect in the most recent burglary had kicked in the rear door, and left an imprint of the sole of his tennis shoe on the door. Wiggins was wearing tennis shoes, matched the serial burglar’s description, and was carrying a backpack allegedly containing some of the stolen merchandise. David Wiggins was booked for commercial burglary, and bail was set at $20,000.
Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to call Det. Mike Mazzacano at (213) 972-1231.
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