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Heavy LAPD presence at Hollywood synagogue after burglary report

April 14, 2011 | 11:50 am

Los Angeles police and federal authorities have descended on a Hollywood synagogue to investigate a report of a burglary.

Television news helicopters showed several uniformed and plainclothes law enforcement personnel at Temple Israel of Hollywood in the 7300 block of Hollywood Boulevard. LAPD Capt. Beatrice Girmala, who oversees the department's Hollywood Division and was at the synagogue, said in a brief phone interview that the heavy response was made out of an abundance of caution.  

"Because it is a house of worship, we're taking every precaution to be sure we know we are not underplaying the situation," she said. Girmala declined to provide further details of the unfolding incident, saying police were currently sweeping the synagogue's large campus, which includes a school. 

Any disturbance at a synagogue was likely to draw a quick and large response following the explosive device that was detonated last week at a Santa Monica synagogue.

Ron Hirsch, 60, who was wanted in connection with that explosion at the Santa Monica Chabad House, was apprehended this week in Cleveland Heights after fleeing, authorities said.

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