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Pair charged with dozens of break-ins in Hollywood, Valley

May 19, 2010 | 12:03 pm

Two men who Los Angeles police said went on a weeklong crime spree have been arrested and charged in connection with dozens of apartment and vehicle break-ins across Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, LAPD officials said Wednesday.

Detectives with the department's Hollywood division said Robert Joseph Leovy, 26, and Michael Lozovik, 25, allegedly stole more than 1,000 items -- including computers, jewelry and golf clubs -- in as many as 100 separate incidents from May 10 to May 14.

Lt. Bob Binder said the men were high on drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine, when they repeatedly broke into cars and residences, primarily in the Hollywood area but also in North Hollywood and Van Nuys. Some of the break-ins were captured on video, he said.

Van Nuys patrol officers arrested the men Friday. Leovy, who faces 26 counts, and Lozovik, charged with 23 offenses, are in custody at the downtown Los Angeles County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. The charges against them include residential burglary, burglary from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and grand theft auto.

Much of the property that was in police custody in connection with the case has been returned to owners, but investigators are still looking in area pawn shops for additional items, Binder said.

-- Andrew Blankstein