Another Prolific Southern California “Knock-Knock” Burglary Crew, Comprised of Career Criminals, Arrested by Sheriff’s Burglary-Robbery Task Force in Brentwood.
On October 29, 2018, at approximately 12:35 PM, detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD), Major Crimes Bureau (MCB), Burglary-Robbery Task Force (BRTF), observed four suspects commit a residential burglary in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. The detectives saw the suspects, who were in a maroon Kia Optima sedan, driving slowly through neighborhoods in the West Los Angeles and Brentwood areas. Detectives located the Kia parked on the 500 block of Hanley Avenue, in front of several homes. Detectives saw three suspects run out of a yard and enter the Kia. A short time later, detectives confirmed that the three suspects had burglarized a residence. The Kia quickly drove away from the neighborhood toward Sunset Boulevard.
As the suspects began to leave the area, BRTF detectives and uniformed BRTF tactical deputies coordinated with responding LAPD West Los Angeles patrol units in an effort to conduct a traffic stop of the Kia. As Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) units neared, the suspect vehicle abruptly stopped along Kenter Avenue, at Tigertail Road, facing the responding patrol vehicles. After a few moments, the Kia (being driven by Suspect Osteen) accelerated directly into an LAPD vehicle and collided. LASD BRTF detectives, LAPD officers, and a Simi Valley Police Department detective, were able to safely detain all four suspects. Stolen property and cash was recovered from the suspects and their vehicle. The recovered property was confirmed to be stolen from the residence the suspects were observed exiting.
The suspects were arrested and booked at the LASD West Hollywood Station.
The suspects and their vehicle have been the subject of an ongoing Residential Burglary Series investigation, and BRTF detectives believe these suspects are likely connected to numerous recent Los Angeles Countywide residential “Knock-Knock” type burglaries.
Suspect Jawon Buford, 19, of Carson was booked on charges of Residential Burglary (459 PC), and is currently held in custody with a bail of $1,000,000. Prior to yesterday’s arrest, he was out of custody “on bond” from a previous, November 2017, residential burglary arrest, and additionally “on probation” for a previous felony conviction. He has a significant criminal history including several previous felony arrests. He is a documented South Los Angeles criminal street gang member.
Suspect Arron Molina, 22, of Los Angeles, was booked on charges of Residential Burglary (459 PC), and remains in custody with a bail of $1,000,000. He has a significant criminal history including convictions for residential burglary and weapons violations. He is a documented South Los Angeles criminal street gang member.
Suspect Kenneth Osteen, 25, of Compton, was booked on charges of Residential Burglary (459 PC) and Assault on a Peace Officer (245(C) PC, and remains in custody with a bail of $1,000,000.00. Prior to yesterday’s arrest, he was out of custody “on probation” from a previous weapons violation conviction. He has a significant criminal history including multiple felony convictions for Residential Burglary, Robbery, and Weapons violations.
Kristopher Pollard, 22, of Los Angeles, was booked on charges of Residential Burglary (459 PC), and remains in custody on $1,000,000.00 bail. Prior to yesterday’s arrest, he was out of custody “on own recognizance” from a February 2018 Residential Burglary arrest and has a criminal history to including felony convictions for Residential Burglary and Evading Law Enforcement.
The investigation and arrest of this residential burglary crew is an example of the ongoing cooperation and collaboration between the Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Simi Valley Police Department, as each agency is committed to impacting the Southern California wide residential burglary epidemic. The LASD Major Crimes BRTF works closely and consistently with most Southern California agencies, LAPD West Los Angeles Division in particular, in its mission to identify, investigate, and arrest organized burglary and robbery suspects.
The LASD MCB BRTF was formed over eight years ago to combat the ever increasing trend of organized crews who are committing daytime residential burglaries. Typically known as “Knock-Knock” burglars, these crews, often formed by gang members, utilize high-end luxury vehicles and rental cars to blend in to middle class and affluent neighborhoods where they break into homes and businesses, ransacking and stealing valuables such as cash, jewelry, and weapons. The MCB BRTF works closely in support of all LASD station’s detective bureaus, as well as other Southern California law enforcement agencies. Residents and business owners are reminded to secure their properties, be aware of suspicious and unusual persons or vehicles, and to alert their local law enforcement immediately if suspicious activity is observed.
Residents should call 911 if a life threatening emergency is detected and/or their local police business line if a suspicious person or vehicle is observed. The MCB BRTF can be contacted via e-mail at BRTF@LASD.org for tips, questions, or concerns.
Deputy Dangelo Robinson
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012