NORTHRIDGE (CNS) – Two suspects are behind bars after detectives used surveillance video to connect them to a string of bicycle shop burglaries, authorities said Thursday.
Officers from the LAPD’s Devonshire Area responded to a call of a burglary in-progress at a bicycle shop at 12:50 a.m. on March 24, where they located a pickup truck and found the two men.
The suspects, 29-year-old Jose Figueroa and 40-year-old Ismael Contreras, both from Los Angeles, were arrested and booked on suspicion of a commercial burglary.
Figueroa was held in custody on $70,000 bail and Contreras on $20,000 bail.
Detectives completed additional investigative work on this case and connected the two suspects to three additional bicycle shop burglaries in the Devonshire Area since November 2022, police said.
Video surveillance served as key evidence to piecing all the crimes together, according to police.
Detectives released a video to the public for other law enforcement agencies that may have encountered similar thefts at bike shops. The video can be viewed at www.LAPDOnline.org.
Anyone with information regarding the burglaries are encouraged to contact Devonshire Burglary Detective Eastburn at 818-832-0609. Callers who choose to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.