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A series of break-ins at the Modera Hollywood apartment complex has residents worried.
The first known burglary at the Highland and Selma avenues complex took place on April 3, when a suspect wearing a blue hoodie could be seen walking down a hallway.
Police say he broke into a unit in the middle of the night as residents slept.
“[He] then took the victim’s property and started using the victim’s credit cards,” said Annie Hernandez of the Los Angeles Police Department.
It wasn’t until the next day that the victims realized their cards had been stolen, and by then the thief had charged them over $1,000. A $2,000 purse and AirPods were also seized.
This same suspect was seen at least twice more on the property this week.
Police say he burglarized another apartment on Monday and on Wednesday tried unsuccessfully to break into another unit.
The victim of the first burglary recognized the intruder, confronted him and chased him off the property while calling the police.
A resident, who asked not to be identified to protect her safety, said the situation was “really scary”.
“I felt safe and now I’m questioning that because of what’s going on. I don’t know… They said they would escalate after the first incident, but now there’s a second one,” she said.
KTLA has contacted the property manager but has not yet received a response.
An email sent to all Modera residents reads: “We share your concern and frustration with this unauthorized person. While we are diligent and proactive about security, we cannot guarantee that no crime will happen in our neighborhood. We take these matters very seriously.
In the meantime, the LAPD has offered a recall.
“Just make sure if you’re home, lock your doors, even when you leave, lock your doors,” Hernandez said. “That’s an important part that detectives ask the community to do.”
Editor’s note: One of the victims in this case is a KTLA employee, who has not been identified to protect his safety.