INGLEWOOD, Calif. – A string of home burglaries have plagued an Inglewood neighborhood with surveillance footage providing some clues.
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. is currently up for reelection and is running ads on local radio stations saying the City is the “safest” it’s ever been meanwhile the areas Councilman Eloy Morales Jr. is missing in action.
Residents know crime is out of control and are more dismayed at the non-responsiveness of Morales who has represented the area for nearly two decades.
KTLA is reporting three separate residents in the same neighborhood described similar crimes, with thieves ringing the doorbell in the middle of the day when no one was home, breaking in and stealing valuables.
One homeowner’s surveillance camera on the 300 block of Buckthorn Street captured two suspects carrying a large object that the resident, Jose Bracamontes, claimed was a heavy safe they stole from his house, along with cash and a registered gun.
“My whole life savings, paperwork, everything is there,” Bracamontes told KTLA. “You trust this community, you trust your neighbors and I mean, the feeling is…I mean, I felt so outraged yesterday, so angry.”
Other residents came home to ransacked homes and missing valuables and have turned over their camera footage to the police department.
Crime continues to be an issue in the City despite the lack of mainstream media news coverage.
In September, Inglewood police officers were involved in a shooting where a man was suspected of having a mental health crisis after residents observed him randomly knocking on people’s front doors.
Those living in the immediate area were vocal about the continued crime in the area between Manchester and Century Blvd. that the City is ignoring.
“This is the second or third shooting in our area this week!” said the resident who declined to be identified. “One on Monday at Melo’s Burgers and the other you reported on at the Lennox border. Graffiti has also increased on our side of town.”
The mayor and council continue to downplay the severity of the crime as they continue to ram sports and entertainment projects down the residents throats.
Burglars were able to access Bracamontes home through an unlocked window in the rear of his home.
The dwindling police force is also problematic when you need a workforce capable of dedicating the resources to solving these crimes.
With the holidays fast approaching we want to remind residents to keep their windows and doors locked, invest in home surveillance cameras for the front, rear AND inside your home, and register valuables with your insurance carriers