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LAPD arrests alleged Melrose Avenue serial burglar

 The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested a suspect in a string of residential burglaries off Melrose Avenue and Fairfax Avenue.

Detectives are still trying to determine how many burglaries the suspect is allegedly responsible for. 

Dante Hoskins, 39, was arrested last week hiding from police near his home. Police said the break in the case occurred during a burglary on the 800 block of Laurel Avenue.

"The suspect left behind evidence that identified him as the named serial burglar, Dante Hoskins. Familiar with crime trends and wanted suspects in their area, the responding officers recognized Hoskins as the same suspect who was arrested in December 2009 for numerous residential burglaries," the LAPD said in a statement. "Part of Hoskins' method of operation was that he targeted houses located north of Melrose Avenue near Fairfax Avenue and that he used the same tactics to commit his crimes."

Hoskins was charged with residential burglary. His bail was set at $75,000.

According to KTLA News, Hoskins has been bailed out of jail. The LAPD has beefed up patrols along Melrose.

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All of those burglaries, wow.

If only the LAPD will someday let the resident's know the method, so that they might secure their homes against such an intrusion. Of course they would risk giving away the method to other burglars.

Oh well, let's hope they got the right guy, and let's hope he hasn't shared his secret for "success" with anyone.

he's out? oh great.... way to go judge.

Predators like this should not be let out on bail. This thug is just going to commit more crimes until he is put away. He needs to go to prison for a long, long time.

"If only the LAPD will someday let the resident's know the method, so that they might secure their homes against such an intrusion."

- not really the point. How about residents (of any area), take measures to prevent break-ins. It's not up to the police to inform people what to do. Is it really that difficult to take the necessary steps to secure your home/apartment?

Sure, you may never be 100% safe, but taking the initiative would help.

@Waldo Lydecker "- not really the point. How about residents (of any area), take measures to prevent break-ins."

I had my home encased in molten steel today. The only way in/out is through a tunnel that exits two blocks away... I hope the burglar doesn't read this.

My point was, that this burglar seemed overly successful in this one neighborhood.

Maybe it is the construction of the houses in that neighborhood (i.e. the builder put in casement windows with hinges that are now rusted) Maybe it was another factor, but why did this burglar have so much success and keep hitting these houses in this neighborhood, while increasing his risk of getting caught?

Maybe that type of information could be passed to the residents in a flyer or mailer, IF IN FACT, there is such a condition that was being exploited.

Hey, call your local LAPD station and ask the watch sergeant why they are calling police officers into the police station hours before they are off shift. My friend told me that they are doing that to keep their overtime down. But either way, that is hours that the police could be stopping people who are breaking into cars, houses, robbing, raping, ect......


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