Four alleged burglars who were the objects of a massive police manhunt Tuesday in West Glendale are believed to be part of an organized ring of thieves who have been targeting upscale neighborhoods throughout the San Fernando Valley, police said.
Police on Wednesday identified the alleged burglars as Los Angeles residents Makalle Womack, 18, and Sammy Hodges, 20, and Inglewood residents Travis Bryant, 24, and Kevin Childs, 23. Bryant was on parole, and the other men had extensive criminal records, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
The men belong to a gang-affiliated, organized crime group that has been burglarizing high-end homes in the Valley, Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena, he said.
The Los Angeles Police Department has also made several arrests for similar residential burglaries, Lorenz said.
Police believe more thieves connected to the group are still at large.
The four men were taken into custody Tuesday after they were spotted about 11:40 a.m. running out of a home and entering a car on the 1200 block of North Everett Street in the Rossmoyne district, according to Glendale police.