Scanner Report: Home Invasion Robbers Rent $19 Van, Steal $1.5M Vintage Motorbikes

This is the Scanner Report, detailing some recent police and fire events around Los Angeles and in the Valley, heard over the radio.

February 4, 2012


4:32 a.m.

900 block of Linda Flora Drive, Bel Air

West Los Angeles Division LAPD patrol units are dispatched to the scene where a neighbor is reporting a possible "459 hot prowl" at a nearby residence. (A "hot prowl" is a burglary committed when person(s) who reside there are still on the premises.) The patrol units are directed to respond "code 3" (emergency response with lights and sirens).

4:33 a.m.

900 block of Linda Flora Drive, Bel Air

A resident of the "hot prowl" location is now reporting to the police about an "attempted kidnapping in progress." The wife has escaped to a neighbor's house and tells police that her husband is the victim of the attempted kidnapping. A suspect described as "in his 40's" was seen fleeing in a vehicle in an "unknown direction from Linda Flora."

4:34 a.m.

6100 block of Laurelgrove Avenue, North Hollywood

North Hollywood Division LAPD patrol units are dispatched to investigate an "unknown trouble" call. The 911 operator has received a call where the line remains open but nobody is speaking. Two North Hollywood patrol units radio to the dispatcher that they are now responding to the location.

4:35 a.m.

900 block of Linda Flora Drive, Bel Air

The witnesses provide more information to the West Los Angeles Division dispatcher, and she relays the information to the responding patrol units. A rental van, with "Rent Me for $19" markings on the side panels, was seen driving away from the location, and according to the witnesses, may possibly be heading to the 405 Freeway on-ramp, at Moraga Drive.

4:49 a.m.

6100 block of Laurelgrove Avenue, North Hollywood

North Hollywood patrol units have arrived at the scene and investigated the "unknown trouble call." The resident of the location says the call was an "accident," and a patrol officer advises the dispatcher, "No evidence of trouble" there.

4:50 a.m.

Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, near Skirball Center Drive, Sepulveda Pass

The West Los Angeles Division dispatcher radios West L.A. patrol units that the "possible 459 suspect's van" was spotted by a West L.A. unit, and is traveling "northbound on Sepulveda Boulevard, just south of Skirball (Center Drive)." The van is further described as a "white Ford van."

4:51 a.m.

The West L.A. Division dispatcher radios LAPD's "Air 11" (police helicopter) to assist the West L.A. unit following the suspect's vehicle.

4:54 a.m.

Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, near Valley Meadow Road, Encino

The "possible 459 suspect's van" is still going northbound on Sepulveda Boulevard, and has crossed into "Van Nuys Division" jurisdiction. Van Nuys LAPD patrol units are requested to respond and assist.

4:55 a.m.

Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, near High Knoll Road, Encino

The "possible 459 suspect's van" continues northbound on Sepulveda Boulevard. A Van Nuys Division LAPD unit requests a description of the van; the West L.A. dispatcher tells them "it's a white van."

4:56 a.m.

The dispatcher advises the responding LAPD units that the suspects "dropped a taser inside the location (of the burglary)" and are possibly armed with other weapons.

4:56 a.m.

Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, near Greenleaf Street, Sherman Oaks

The patrol units advise the dispatcher that they will "attempt to stop the vehicle at Greenleaf (Street)."

(Note: Saturday night, City News Service reported that the burglary/attempted kidnapping suspects are still at large.The home invasion robbers stole two vintage motorcycles: a 1914 twin-cylinder Cyclone and a 1950's Honda racing bike, both valued at more that $1.5 million.

The robbers took the motorcycles away in a van, with "Rent me for $19" emblazoned on the side; the robbers were described only as two black men. Police urged anyone with more information as to the names or whereabouts of the robbers to call Detective Alan Behnke at (310) 444-1540 during weekday office hours, or (877) LAPD-24-7 nights and weekends.)

According to police, two men kicked in the front door of the residence on Linda Flora Drive in Bel Air, tied up the husband and threatened him with a Taser, while the wife ran for help.

4:57 a.m.

12400 block of Chandler Boulevard, North Hollywood

North Hollywood Division LAPD units are dispatched to the scene of a "415 man and woman" (loud argument) at the apartment location. The person reporting hears "a female screaming, possibly being assaulted." Patrol units are directed to respond "code 3."

5:00 a.m.

12400 block of Chandler Boulevard, North Hollywood

The first North Hollywood patrol unit has arrived at the scene. (No further radio calls or new reports about this incident received.)

7:03 a.m.

11400 block of Cumpston Street, North Hollywood

North Hollywood Division LAPD patrol units are dispatched to the scene of a "ADW suspect, there now" (assault with a deadly weapon suspect is present at the scene). Two patrol units are responding "code 3."

The suspect is described as "male, black, 6-foot-1, 27 years old, (wearing) short blue pants" and is reported to be "armed with an iron." (A clothes iron.) An assault victim is reported at the scene, and an LAFD rescue ambulance has been called to respond.

7:10 a.m.

11400 block of Cumpston Street, North Hollywood

A North Hollywood Division LAPD patrol car is "code 6" (physically present at the incident scene) and informs the dispatcher and other responding units that the "ADW suspect has left the scene." Witnesses report that the ADW suspect has fled eastbound on Cumpston Street.

7:11 a.m.

11400 block of Cumpston Street, North Hollywood

An officer from the primary unit (first on the scene; lead investigators) updates the description of the ADW suspect. The officer radios that the suspect is a "male, black, 6'1", black (hair), brown (eyes), 175 pounds, (with) multiple tattoos."

The officer continues, "And he's got... (a long pause is heard during the radio transmission)... puff balls in his hair."

The officer adds, "the suspect is also mentally unstable, fifty-one fifty (radio code for mental illness description). The officer adds that the suspect was last seen heading eastbound on Cumpston Street, possibly toward the Red Line Station.

7:13 a.m.

11400 block of Cumpston Street, North Hollywood

The dispatcher repeats the ADW suspect's description, and another responding North Hollywood unit, "Adam 85," radios in to ask: "What did he say was in his (the suspect's) hair?"

North Hollywood unit "Adam 39" (the primary unit) responds to the question, "It's a hair style... uh... 'puff balls,' as described by his mother."

Adam 85 follows up: "Copy, Roger. Thanks."

7:30 a.m.

14900 block of Vose Street, Van Nuys

Van Nuys Division LAPD patrol units are sent to the scene of a burglary that occurred 20 minutes before. The victim describes the "459 (burglary) suspect" as a "male, white, 30 to 35 years old, wearing black pants, with no shirt, and no shoes. The suspect is also bleeding on his back."

9:23 a.m.

in the MTA's new and non-operational Expo Line tunnel, near the USC Campus.

LAFD, LAPD and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are staging a disaster drill inside the non-operational subway tunnels of the new Expo Line. Radio calls can be heard about a fictional scenario where a train is stuck inside one of the tunnels, and firefighters are informing the responders about large groups of subway riders who are seen exiting the tunnels near Jefferson Boulevard, close to the University of Southern California campus.

Los Angeles city's public safety and transportation authorities are testing out the emergency systems of the Metro Expo Line before it becomes operational.

February 6, 2012


9:52 p.m.

4800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood


The Hollywood Division LAPD dispatcher radios patrol units about a report of a "311 man" (indecent exposure) at the bus stop. The "311 man" is described as "male, white, 50 years old."

9:52 p.m.

19260 Nordhoff St., Northridge


Devonshire Division LAPD patrol units are sent to the scene of a "burglary from a motor vehicle" at a business location; the address reported is the same as the Chevron gas station at the corner of Nordhoff Street and Tampa Avenue. A Devonshire unit has arrived and interviews the witness/robbery victim at the scene.


The Devonshire broadcasts a "crime report" describing the suspect as "male, Hispanic or white, 5'10", 170 pounds," and wearing a gray hooded jacket with white stripes running down the shoulders and along the arms, a black baseball cap and a black backpack." He was also wearing "matching gray sweatpants with white stripes on the side (of the legs) pulled up to his knees, and wearing black shoes." The suspect was also observed to have a "white bandana" in his posession; it was unclear if the suspect was armed with a weapon. The suspect reportedly took $42,000 in U.S. currency.

9:56 p.m.

19260 Nordhoff St., Northridge


The Devonshire officer radios additional information about the "burglar from motor vehicle suspect." He was riding a "blue mountain bike with a black seat" and last seen traveling southbound on Tampa Avenue, then eastbound on Parthenia Street.


6:30 a.m.  5600 block of Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood 

(see PHOTOS.)

The North Hollywood Division LAPD dispatcher radios patrol units about an "ambulance, traffic" call on Vineland Avenue, just north of Burbank Boulevard. Originally witnesses reported a possible "DUI" (driving under the influence) incident, but paramedics at the scene now determine that the driver was not intoxicated.

A second driver from another accicent-involved vehicle that was struck by the out-of-control Toyota pickup truck, tells Patch that he was driving southbound on Vineland Avenue when the Toyota pickup "bumped (his) car into a (Toyota) 4Runner, then the guy swerved over and crashed into this tree." The Toyota truck had jumped the curb and struck a small tree, knocking it over from the impact.

The third party involved in the collision, the driver of the 4Runner, stands by his vehicle talking to a police officer.

LAFD's Engine 60 and Rescue Ambulance 60 arrived earlier to the scene and are attending to the injured driver, who had lacerations on his forehead from striking it against the truck's windshield. They carefully pull him out of the crashed truck and onto a gurney.

A North Hollywood officer comments on whether the injured driver was wearing his seat belt. The officer says, "Typically, if you're wearing your seatbelt, you don't hit your head against the windshield. Typically."

The North Hollywood patrol officers search the vehicle for identification of the driver, but they did not seem to find any in the car, or in the driver's posession.

The injured driver is loaded into the waiting ambulance to be transported to a nearby hospital.

Laura February 09, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Puff balls.
John February 10, 2012 at 09:45 PM
What ever happened to the guys in the white van?


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