LOS ANGELES – A suspect was in custody Thursday in connection a break-in and robbery at a Beverly Grove-area home during which the 71-year-old homeowner was assaulted and a large amount of jewelry, including high-end watches, was stolen.
Dillon Anthony Klincke, 31, of Los Angeles was arrested on Wednesday in the 1200 block of Meadowbrook Avenue, and was booked on suspicion of robbery, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. He was held on $175,000 bail.
The break-in was reported just after 2:25 p.m. Wednesday at the home located in the 6600 block of West Sixth Street.
According to reports from the scene, the 71-year-old woman at the home was tied up, pistol-whipped and robbed. She suffered some lacerations but was not seriously injured, officials said.
Investigators at the scene told reporters a cache of jewelry was taken from the home, including some high-end watches, possibly Rolexes, with the pilfered merchandise valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Fox11 reported that the woman owns a business that involves collecting jewelry, and investigators were looking into the possibility she was targeted by someone who knew she had expensive merchandise in her home.
“It’s just unbelievable. This was always a quiet, safe neighborhood,” area resident Jason Anish told Fox11. “There were little things that went on — car break-ins — but nothing major where you would see people getting pistol-whipped or, you know, zip-tied. So, it’s truly unfortunate. It’s a sad sign of the times right now.”