Burglars on Wednesday targeted five homes in affluent neighborhoods, pilfering cash, jewelry and computers while most residents were at work, police said.
In one burglary, thieves entered a home between 2 to 4 p.m. on the 1200 block of San Luis Rey Drive through an unlocked front door and stole a briefcase while the resident was taking a nap, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
“We need people to be vigilant within their communities and neighborhoods,” he said.
Police were still investigating whether Wednesday’s rash of break-ins were connected to a recent spate of burglaries in the San Fernando Valley and Glendale committed by an organized group made up of South Los Angeles gang members.
The thieves have been targeting affluent neighborhoods for high-value, quick-resale items.
The burglaries on Wednesday occurred at homes near freeway access for quick exits — a technique associated with the criminal organization, Lorenz said.
Neighborhoods closest to surrounding freeways “are areas of concern” and are being closely monitored by police, Lorenz added.