News flash! No robberies reported last week in some LAPD areas

September 22, 2014
According to data accumulated by LAPD, crime is down in Koreatown. (Ha Sang-yoon)

Police officers in some LAPD areas did not have to respond to any robbery cases for an entire week. (Korea Times file)

MISSION HILLS (CNS) – No robberies were reported in Arleta, Panorama City, Sylmar, North Hills or Mission Hills last week, the head of detectives at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Station said today.

“Frankly,” I can’t remember another week when that happened, not even Christmas week,” Lt. Paul Vernon said.

Over the past month, the number of robberies per week ranged from five to 14 — averaging seven per week, he said.

A quarter to a third of all robberies are what police call “court case robberies” — crimes in which a shoplifter fights with store security guards.Vernon said police classify that as a robbery instead of a burglary or theft.

So far this year, 219 robberies have been reported in the area patroled by officers assigned to the Mission Station, down from 238 the year before.