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More thefts reported at construction sites in West Los Angeles

December 9, 2011 |  7:30 am

West Los Angeles police have reported an uptick in burglaries at construction sites, primarily in Rancho Park and Bel Air.

Five thefts have occurred in the area since November, including two reported this week.  Items stolen range from small hand tools to heavy duty equipment like chainsaws and jackhammers.

The most recent incidents took place on the same street Sunday, between the 100 and 500 blocks of Mapleton Drive.  Bandits entered the vacated residential property late at night, using lock cutters to break through chain-link fences and then pry open locked storage boxes.

A total of $15,000 in construction tools were reported stolen on Monday, said Det. Greg Davis.

Police said they believe the items are being re-sold on the street. 

The burglars are "just trying to make a quick buck," he said.

Davis advises residents who are renovating their property to install motion-activated lights, security cameras and high-security locks.

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