Two men suspected of committing 11 drive-by purse snatchings in the past week at several West San Fernando Valley shopping centers have been arrested after a police stakeout, authorities said Friday.
Los Angeles police arrested Mark Daniel Klein, 20, of Westlake Village late Thursday night after he was seen driving around Topanga Plaza shopping center in a late-model black Pontiac Trans Am without license plates, a car that matched the description given by all the victims, Detective Ed Picor said.
Officers found a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun, ammunition for another gun and two ski masks inside the car, Picor said.
Klein is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at West Valley Jail on suspicion of robbery.
After his arrest, Klein led police to a 22-year-old Canoga Park man, who was held on suspicion of grand theft and released on $6,000 bail, Picor said. Police would not identify the man but said he was Klein's accomplice.
Since Jan 4., Picor said, the purses of 11 women have been stolen by a man in a passing car who grabs the bags as the victims walk to their vehicles in shopping center parking lots.