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    West Hollywood Public Safety Commission Receives April 2024 Crime Report

    At a Regular West Hollywood Public Safety Commission meeting on Monday, May 13, 2024, representatives from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station provided a crime report for the month of April.

    According to the report, West Hollywood Sheriff deputies made 29 felony arrests and 78 misdemeanor arrests. West Hollywood Part One crimes for the month of April had 183 incidents. Part One Crimes broken down by district resulted in 56% of Part One Crimes occurring in the city’s westside with 103 incidents; 21% in the city center with 39 incidents, and 23% in the eastside with 41 incidents.

    The report highlighted theft incidents as the primary factor for Part One Crimes, with grand theft, petty theft, and vehicle burglaries accounting for the majority of crime in the city. A significant portion of these crimes were pickpocketing incidents that occurred in April, mostly in the Rainbow District.

    The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station is collaborating with local bars, clubs, and entertainment venues to raise awareness of the ongoing pickpocketing issues in West Hollywood, especially with the approaching WeHo Pride. Although the WeHo sheriff’s cannot provide detailed plans, the station intends to combat pickpocketing.

    During April, LASD OPS Team deputies assisted narcotics investigators in two separate operations leading to the arrest of two individuals, the recovery of a large quantity of narcotics, and the retrieval of a stolen gun. Both individuals were apprehended in and around West Hollywood for selling narcotics to the WeHo community.

    In preparation for Pride, WeHo Sheriffs are working closely with law enforcement partners and the city’s Emergency Operations Bureau, along with the city’s Public Safety staff, Block by Block, and Fire Department. The station is also preparing for any potential protest incidents. Sergeant Jason Duron informed the commission about restrictions on the use of projectiles or rubber bullets, as mandated by Assembly Bill 48, which passed in 2021 and took effect in January 2022. AB 48 amended Penal Code 16352 to prohibit the use of kinetic energy projectiles and chemical agents by law enforcement agencies to disperse assemblies, protests, or demonstrations, except by officers who have received proper training in their use for defense against a threat to life or serious injury.

    Regarding the fire at Jones Hollywood Cafe reported here, it is being investigated as arson to an awning on the facade of the building. Damage was less than $2,000, and law enforcement is actively searching for the suspect.

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    If you see something, say something. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. If you see something, say something. Anyone with information can also drop a tip at https://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

    Your identity is always encrypted and anonymous. No personal information, phone number, e-mail, IP address or location is ever requested, saved, traced, tracked or monitored. Period.

    The purpose of Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers is to prevent and reduce crime, by forming a partnership among the community, law enforcement and the media to offer anonymity and cash rewards to anyone providing information leading to an arrest.

    Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.

    West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station polices the City of West Hollywood and the unincorporated communities of Franklin Canyon, Universal City (which includes Universal Theme Park, Studios, and Citywalk), and the Federal Enclave in West Los Angeles.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]
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