At 1:30AM this morning, I awoke to an LAPD helicopter flying aggressively in tight circles, shining a light on the Red Car Property. When "PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR!" came from the loudspeaker, I thought a stolen car must be involved. The helicopter continued circling the same location for next two hours. After several emails from neighbors this morning, I received photos.
Photo: S. Williams, September 11, 2009. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
Two weeks ago, Senior Lead Officer Al Polehonki told the Lake View Neighborhood Watch that most of the stolen cars in the area lately seem to be Hondas. A Honda was stolen on Corralitas Drive last month. Another was abandoned on the Red Car Property on August 24.
A neighbor in the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract reports, they've been stripping and abandoning cars up on the hill on Rosebud Ave. A check on EveryBlock Los Angeles reveals a number of stolen cars in the vicinity of the 2 & 5 Freeway intersection in the past 2 weeks. These criminals do seem to know our hillsides well.
9-13-09 UPDATE: LAPD Senior Lead Officer Polehonki reports the Honda was hauled away.