Suspect arrested in almost two-year housebreaking spree in San Fernando Valley
A 62-year-old man has been arrested and charged on suspicion of finishing up a virtually two-year housebreaking spree within the San Fernando Valley, leading to greater than $200,000 in losses for native companies, Los Angeles Police stated.
Reuben Newhouse, who was arrested final week, was charged with 23 counts of housebreaking in reference to incidents in North Hollywood between October 2020 and February 2022, police stated.
But LAPD officers stated they consider Newhouse was concerned in additional than 70 burglaries over that time frame.
The division anticipates further housebreaking fees being filed towards him, police stated.
Newhouse was initially accused of 26 burglaries in North Hollywood, with 23 of the incidents caught on securities cameras, stated Det. James Espinoza, of the LAPD’s North Hollywood housebreaking part.
Most of the burglaries occurred at unbiased, mom-and-pop shops, eating places and salons, with Newhouse allegedly breaking into the companies between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. and emptying the money registers, police stated. If he couldn’t rapidly acquire entry to the registers, he would merely take them, investigators stated.
In safety footage launched by the LAPD, a suspect could be seen throwing objects by glass doorways or home windows or smashing them with a hammer, utilizing bolt cutters to chop locks off of safety gates and smashing or unlocking money registers.
The suspect almost at all times wore black clothes and a masks through the burglaries and was “diligent” to park a number of blocks away from the companies as an alternative of immediately in entrance, making identification troublesome, Espinoza stated.
The LAPD matched the footage taken from the North Hollywood burglaries with burglaries within the Devonshire and Van Nuys divisions, Espinoza stated. But leads nonetheless eluded investigators.
A break got here when a bystander observed a damaged money register on the street and contacted police who traced it again to Newhouse.
Police then served a search warrant at Newhouse’s house and allegedly positioned housebreaking instruments and gadgets from a few of the focused companies.