MONROVIA — Police last week told residents to be on the lookout for two suspected burglars who are believed responsible for robbing at least 18 homes since late July while their victims were inside.
The so-called hot-prowlers, who have not harmed any of the occupants, are also suspected of burglaries in Arcadia and neighboring unincorporated areas, authorities said.
Monrovia Police Chief Joseph Santoro urged residents to report any suspicious activity, but he warned against confronting the burglars, who he said may become dangerous if they are startled or feel trapped.
"Hot-prowlers are among the most difficult of criminals to capture because they specialize in quickness and stealth," Santoro said.
Most of the crimes have occurred between 8 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., and in almost every case the prowler entered by taking off a screen and climbing through an open window, police said.