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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Year Crime Report for 3rd Ave Area

Venetians contend that crime happens around homeless encampments.  Rick Swinger, activist on 3rd Ave area, was asked to accumulate incidents of crimes that have happened in his area.   He accumulated such for  this year.

Crime for the Oxford Triangle 7 to 10 days was reported in September.  If you have had consistent crime incidents or a crime spree in your area, please report it to the Venice Update at VeniceUpdate@gmail.com.   The Nextdoor app has been good for recording and alerting people to incidents.

Many of these crimes have gone unreported because calling the local, non-emergency phone number is a hold to report crime.  People just do not have the time to stay on hold all day.  People do not have the time to go down to the police station at Culver and Centinela and wait to make a report.  There was suppose to be an on-line app that one could report a crime available.

These are the crimes that Rick Swinger accumulated for his 3rd Ave area.

1. Alix Gucovsky.  One of our car’s hood was pried open, battery removed, damage to car.

2.  Victoria Nissen.   A friend of mine had a catalytic converter stolen from her car, parked in her Venice driveway.  Crime happened April, Cost:  $500.   

3. Wendy Kaysing.   My car was parked on Innes Street perpendicular to Westminster (down from the dog park). Driver side mirror & housing smashed.  June 2017, Cost:  $50 +.

4. Gloria Romero.  I had three car tires slashed when parked on Brooks Avenue at Pacific–had to be towed by AAA when I discovered it after my Mother’s Day brunch late afternoon.  I tried calling Venice police to file a police report but was on hold for almost an hour, finally hung up and was unable to file the vandalism report.  Date of the incident:  Sunday, May 13th–Mother’s Day!!  Cost to replace tires:  $527.12, plus I had to take off work on Monday as the garage couldn’t fix until the next day.

5. Jenny Karl.  Someone opened my yard gate, walked into my yard, and unscrewed my brand new and quite large 9 foot yard umbrella out of the base and left with it on foot. My dog woke me and I heard the commotion and saw a shadow but could not give a description of the person, unfortunately. This was a brand new 9-foot yard umbrella stolen in yard invasion, while I was sleeping. Date September COST: $100.  Additional Cost:  Therapy+ anti-anxiety meds + purchase of more motion lights + possible security camera.

6. Rick Swinger. (multiple crimes reported) 

 a.  The Hampton side of the Church on Rose Ave).   A car back window busted out, while camper camped next to it blocking sidewalk.  DATE:  June 

b. Church at Rose and Hampton.  Physical attack.  Arm broken   Homeless caught and released days after; the attacker (homeless individual) still casing alley as of yesterday  COST:  Thousands of dollars (still recovering)

c. Church break in and items stolen. Date: June 2017

d. Church on Rose and Hampton.  Van window broken of Rabbi Peretz. Also my backyard umbrella was stolen,  later found on 3rd– too dirty to take back   Date: August.

 7.  Elissa Della Rocca.  Market umbrella taken from private fenced and gated garden.  Date: About a year ago. Cost:  $80

 8.   Carol Reynes.  I was verbally threatened with bodily harm while running on the west end of the Penmar Golf Course. Date:July.  Cost: peace of mind + the loss of my running course, which I’ve been using for past 20+ years.

 9.  Carol Reynes.  My neighbor’s house adjacent to Penmar Golf Course was broken into and a computer, iPad, and money stolen. iPad was recovered but the police would not say where it was recovered.  Date: September.  Cost:  Approx. $2,000

10. Travis Binen.  My friends car was broken into while parked in my garage.  The thief/thieves smashed the car window and stole my friend’s purse.   In addition, the thief/thieves broke into my storage unit and stole many items. Date:  A little over 2 years ago. 

11. Jenny Karl.  My umbrella! I’m so fuming mad! I want to try to go over there tomorrow and see if police will show. I have police report/my receipt/ the tags/and the packaging with picture with me at all times! How dare the police not do something??? These bikes and umbrella’s and lawn chairs, etc. are all stolen from neighbors homes! As of Sept. 21st, my umbrella was shading some thieves in Santa Monica in the park in front of the sea colony!!!!!!!  (taken from yard) Date: September. Cost: Replacement cost –broken when found.  

 12.  Jody Landers.  Girl about 40 yrs old,  90 pounds,  wearing black leggings and black crop top with paint on her face and shaved head broke into the patio and stole crystals and wind chime. definitely homeless, definitely mentally ill and/or on something. Was told she hangs out at the end of Dudley. Just want to give neighbors a heads up. She moved too fast to get her picture. I’m almost sure she’ll return for more things on the patio Does she sound familiar to anyone reading this? |

13. Rick Swinger.  CVS Major Vandalism–store closed to tomorrow (Monday).  Date:  September.  Cost: Unknown.

14. Cd Devine.  Thief jumped 8 foot fence and took locked bike. Date:  October.  Cost: ?

15. Mari Snyder.   Assault in Venice @Erewhon Food Store.  Cliff, a neighbor, while walking his small white dog (Daisy) early Wednesday morning, was assaulted by a shirtless man whom he described as a skin-head. The skin- head was very hyper, told Cliff that he was going to take Daisy, his dog. When Cliff reached down to pick up Daisy, the skin head punched and kicked him several times. Cliff carrying Daisy ran towards Abbot Kinney Blvd and was helped by two men he knew, who saw he was in distress. 911 was called. LAPD arrived 20 minutes later. The skin head was ranting, stopping cars and threatening drivers in the middle of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The police assured Cliff they would take care of the matter. They didn’t arrest the skin head. Description of person involved – Hair: close cropped shaved, Top: shirtless, Age: 25-30, Build: muscular, Race: white, Sex: male ( the photo posted on the thread is NOT the man who attacked Cliff) Date of Occurance: ? Cost: ? 

16. Cheryl Scaccio.  Someone jumped my tall fence in the middle of the night, went into back yard and stole my bike and locks. Value: $500+. Have never been a victim of crime in more than 20 years here. Date of Occurance:  ?  

17. Tom and Yelena Kershaw.  Multiple Amazon packages stolen from the front gate. Two drug addicts smocking meth on our driveway, my 12 year old step-son present. My husband Tom asked them to leave.  They told him he better sleep with one eye opened because they know where he lives and they’ll come and kill him.  We called the police, but didn’t file a report.  They did eventually move, but left a bunch of garbage and debris behind that we had to clean up and sanitize the area.  DATE:  August 2018:

People dedicating and urinating constantly in the back of the house- we’re cleaning it up ourselves. 

House graffitied multiple times.

18. Tori Knight.  (multiple crimes) We had our home graffiti’d, windows broken twice, chair thrown into our front door breaking lamp, garbage thrown over our fence, and most recently had transmission fluid poured all over our sidewalk and fence permanently staining it. Cost: $1300 in damages.

19. Elissa Della Rocca.  Folding garden chair taken from gated and fenced garden, last month.  Cost:  $50.  

Also, last month, a pair of leather boots taken from front porch. Cost:  $100+. 

20. Salman Husain.  Had a bag of groceries taken from our front gate.  Interesting story.  As you know parking is a major issue around these parts.  Came back from the grocery store and double parked in front of our car garage as there was no parking on our street.  Took the groceries out and proceeded to our front gate and noticed two ordinary looking people sitting at the curb. In that moment I noticed a car leave and so I put the groceries down at my front gate to move the car; That took all of 2-3 minutes.  When I returned my $100 worth of groceries vanished along with the two guys sitting on the curb. Date:  ?  Cost: $100 .

21.  Celeste Chada.  My 12 year old daughter was chased by a vagrant through the Whole Foods parking lot. She ran for safety into the store to get away.  Date: ?  

22.  Carol Katona.  My car was stolen from the City parking lot by Rose and Main.  Found 2 weeks later in Santa Monica.  To add insult to injury, I had to pay  an impound fee of $178 to get it back. Clothes to be taken to the cleaners and miscellaneous in trunk were taken.  Date:  2017.  Cost:  $350.

23.  Robin Targon.  Over the summer we had an Amazon delivery stolen.  October 13 a man posing as an Amazon Fresh delivery person climbed over our fence and tried to break in.




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