VIDEO: Help catch West Lancaster thieves

By Lancaster resident J. Perez

On Saturday morning (July 27, 2013), six kids went into the Beazer Homes Royal View Estates neighborhood on Avenue L-11 and 70th Street West In Lancaster and thought it would be a good idea to go around and try to open car doors to find whatever they could get their hands on.

Little did they know they were being filmed and will soon be caught.

They got into a truck and stole approximately $50 to $80 in change and tried dozens of cars in the neighborhood.

They have stolen from other neighbors’ cars and look for stuff like cell phones, laptops, Ipods, change, backpacks, etc. – anything of value you may leave in your car.

Please provide any information leading to catching them [to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station by calling 661-948-8466 and referencing police report # 913-13625-1182-389].

West Lancaster thieves 7.30.13 1They are likely high school kids and are likely from the West Palmdale/Lancaster or Quartz Hill area.

This neighborhood, along with other surrounding neighborhoods, has been hit multiple times by this same crime, probably involving this same group.

[In the incident captured on my surveillance video], there were five guys and one girl.

[All six came together in a dark colored pickup truck], but only five left. One got into a fight with the female [as shown on the video] and hopped a wall leading into Mayflower Gardens.

They had a small animal with them that you can see in the bed of the truck, which may be a puppy and looks to be white. This dog/cat/rat may belong to the girl.

Also, the [getaway] truck looks to be a Nissan Titan extra cab with reverse swinging rear doors and sliding rear window. The truck is likely grey or red but may be darker.

Please post any info leading to these kids getting caught… Thanks for your help!

Editor’s Note: Mr. Perez turned over this neighborhood security camera footage to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station today (July 30), and filed police number 913-13625-1182-389. Perez is anxious to bring the young thieves to justice, and says his neighborhood has been hit multiple times and his vehicle was targeted this past weekend. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466 and reference police report number 913-13625-1182-389. Perez would like to offer a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprits. We will update this story with details on how you can go about claiming that reward.

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  54 comments for “VIDEO: Help catch West Lancaster thieves

  1. mom
    August 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I’ve been reading all these hateful comments and it makes me sad that not only are the kids growing up to be criminals in this world but everyone needs to look in the mirror cause it takes a village to raise children and some how our society has forgotten that …we all are responsible kids are kids they look to adults for guidance …wake up people and start owning up to your responsibilities….. be a community these kids can look up to ……… IT TAKES A VILLAGE!!!

    • Joe Shmoe
      August 16, 2013 at 1:52 am

      It takes a clue. Take one out of petty cash. Personal responsibility applies to all. The village does not exist, only individuals. I am not responsible for the actions of these criminals.

    • DrinkYourKoolAid
      August 16, 2013 at 8:04 am

      So what I am getting from your “IT TAKES A VILLAGE!!!” argument is that rather than holding the children (and maybe their parents) accountable for their own actions, it is more appropriate to blame society.

      Own up to your own responsibilities as a parent and teach your children to be accountable for their own actions.

  2. mom
    August 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I’ve been reading all these hateful comments and it makes me sad that not only are the kids growing up to be criminals in this world but everyone needs to look in the mirror cause it takes a village to raise children and some how our society has forgotten that …we all are responsible kids are kids they look to adults for guidance …wake up people and start owning up to your responsibilities….. be a community these kids can look up to ………

  3. samuel
    August 2, 2013 at 11:21 am

    … local punks playing hit-n-run. They swept through our neighborhood twice, in two months month — asj.

  4. come on
    July 31, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Wheres zimmerman???……

    • Nancy P
      July 31, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      He’s on his way. He had a brief delay in Texas.

      • Johnny Trece
        August 1, 2013 at 12:40 am

        L O L !

    • Will
      August 2, 2013 at 2:19 am

      These kids are white, didn’t look suspicious enough for Zimmerman to call 911.

      • nochoirboy
        August 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

        Who cares what color they are? The video speaks for itself. They are thieves and if they had found big stuff, you can bet they would have stolen it. Shouldn’t matter if they are young punks from that neighborhood doing a hit-n-run. They need to be caught. All thieves start somewhere.
        I hope AV Times gives us an update when they get caught.

    • come on
      August 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      right!!!! zimmerman we need yu in cali lol

  5. seer
    July 31, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    my night owl security dvr and 8 camera’s run 24×7 and can review to 30 days back. got tired of damage to car and pickup these vandals caused. I catch them and talk to parents. most take up for their kids and when I offer them to see the images. they won’t come over. some do after claiming my kid do not do those things. after a long bout these kids and undesirables finally realize now this place is recording what happens around here. there are still dare devils but I am now taking my android and snapping pics off the tv. in case I need images. with help from street lighting my infra -red camera’s make it look like day out at dark.

  6. Mel B
    July 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Actually I think the truck is a Chevy Silverado, I’d day 2003 or later. Probably navy, graphite, black or forest green, though it’s almost too dark for forest green. The way the doors open, and the profile, it looks exactly like a Silverado.

    • JP
      July 31, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Spent a lot of time studying this, its deff not a Silverado. Its a Nissan Titan… Roof has too much of a roll, the extra cab window isnt shaped like that on the Chevy, and the emblems look closer. Also look at the front headlights how they wrap and the rear as it pulls away…

  7. uknown
    July 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    my kid used to skate board and is a good kid and when I showed him the video with out telling them what it was about he said that a guy who \works at or hangs out at the skate board shop called the pharmacy owns a truck like that who is bald headed now he doesn’t know for sure but said look very close to same truck don’t want to point fingers at anyone innocent im just trying to help I know how it feels to be violated and have your property stolen it is very upsetting so you ,might just want to hav e sheriffs check it out j/s

  8. thankssec8
    July 31, 2013 at 10:23 am

    J did you asked the cops if could check for finger prints on your vehicle. I’m sure they must of left some behind.

    • JP
      July 31, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Most had gloves and its petty theft…

  9. NC
    July 31, 2013 at 7:26 am

    HA! I love the fact that while they are going to hunt the other guy down they have the nerve to lock/set the alarm on their own vehicle! BTW who cares about race! A crime is a crime. People have had their personal property broken into. If any of you have ever had that happen, you know you feel completely violated.

  10. It's me
    July 31, 2013 at 12:37 am

    It almost looks like one of the male suspects is either black, or has longish dark hair. Not real bright parking at the end of the dead end street. DUH!! They’ll be caught soon. Share folks! I am!

  11. Johnny Trece
    July 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I couldn’t finish watching the rest of this video. It’s very obvious that these kids lack criminal experience. These types of crime does not yield enough gains. I guess they can buy a sack of weed, pizza, and cheetos. But is it worth it (considering that these kids will get caught for sure), I don’t think so.

    • Nancy P
      July 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      enough to buy a few bags of heroin or some meth, bubbles…E.. or maybe gas for the truck so they can head to a friends in Mojave.

      • Karemtilt@Gmail
        July 31, 2013 at 12:51 am

        @p, you know what they r going to buy and going Mojave, do u know them?

  12. M Benedict
    July 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    JP!!! This is MB in vegas.. Seen the clip on Facebook from one of my friends that live close by. Glad these hoodlums didn’t hit you but great footage. Hope u catch these guys.

  13. JP
    July 30, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    How we deal with these kids is by passing on the link in email or sharing the link on Facebook, etc. The more that see this, the more that will be on the look out.

    I agree their parent should be responsible, however for some kids all it takes is to get caught once for them to take a different path in life. for others its in and out of the prison system all their lives. either way, they need to get what they have coming for their complete lack of respect for peoples property. Race has nothing to do with anything here, Its bad parenting combined with zero guidance/accountability. that is the problem with kids now a days, and in that sense i feel bad for them and their future…

    Please continue to pass this along…

  14. Nancy P
    July 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Looks like Beavus and Butthead gang to me.

  15. sikntired
    July 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Did they have enough light on them ? Not very good thieves,stoned maybe.I hope they all smiled for the cameras. they had no concern at all for being seen. Did they break the lock on your truck or was it unlocked at the time?
    There was a time up here when you could leave a vehicle unlocked,alas,no more.

    • JP
      July 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Those times are gone, yes I left my truck unlocked by accident…

      • sikntired
        July 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        Sorry about that but what a great job on the video,you know someone is going to rat them out.
        amazing how unconcerned they are during this,and then the little drama with the girl.SMH.

      • Ashley
        October 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        JP I live in the neighborhood. I created a FB group called Royal View Estates find it and Add it please! Would love to have a place for all the neighbors to alert each other!

  16. Jim
    July 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    They’re doing this on the eastside too. My neighboor caught one around 6AM this weekend pulling door handles. I can’t print what he told the kid but needless to say he took of at full gallop.

    • sikntired
      July 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Let’s see,maybe something about a load of small round projectiles in his butt ? Good for him.

  17. berry McCockner
    July 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    great more white trash tweaker kids in this valley with parents that don’t pay attention and just hand out money and not know what the kids are doing. spoil a kid and this is what you get. i hope they catch these pricks. just this weekend in my neighbor hood some kids were walking up and down all the streets in the neighbor hood steeling gas caps not the gas just the caps……….[removed]…

    • Rooney
      July 30, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Ok racist, you have a foul mouth and you need to stay off here. You’re a perfect example of the low life in this valley. Instead of spouting off, why don’t you help a kid who may not have a parent. If these kids are out at all hours, then where are their parents? Instead of being a big mouth, help out.

      • Nancy P
        July 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm

        Not sure what world you live in Rooney.
        The kids don’t want help…they want conflict, cash, and to intimidate people. These kids were looking for money or anything they could sell for cash. Probably for drugs.
        Not our job to babysit these kids. If their parents are not home, so what? Not our job to raise their kids or see that they are home watching TV or playing video games.
        I’ve been watching a group of kids that look VERY much like these, for years. Drinking and smoking dope openly in the back of the pickups parked in the street, since they were sophomores in high school. Quartz Hill and Lancaster Hi.. Cops came once laughing and doing high fives with the drunk kids. One kid actually fell down drunk in the yard while other were peeing off the second story roof. The cops and kids referred to eachother by first names.
        What I’m saying is, these kids are probably known to the cops and the cops won’t tell on other cops kids.

        • Karemtilt@Gmail
          July 31, 2013 at 12:59 am

          @Nancy, how do u know anything about these kids? You know they don’t want help and they are heroin attacks going to Mojave., are u a psychic or physical?

          • Nancy P
            July 31, 2013 at 10:38 am

            You really don’t need to comment on my comment. That’s off topic, isn’t it? The article is about the thieves robbing cars.

  18. James Sosa
    July 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Nothing was taken…

    • JP
      July 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Just Money, like $50+ in change and dollar bills. You can see the one run with a dixie cup full of change and put it in the bed of his truck along with a handful of dollar bills that was my kids lunch money. Please keep re posting on facebook if you can, because I can assure you all the surrounding neighborhoods are being hit and its easy to make the mistake of leaving your car unlocked.


      • James Sosa
        July 31, 2013 at 9:49 am

        You got it! These punks need to get beat with a belt !!

      • Ashley
        October 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        JP I live in the neighborhood. I created a FB group called Royal View Estates find it and Add it please! Would love to have a place for all the neighbors to alert each other!

  19. Shooter McGavren
    July 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Do you know where your kids where Saturday after midnight?


    • Jimmy Dean
      July 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Friday after midnight.

  20. Rob
    July 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    We live in a F_d up State when we can’t go outside and hold these punks at gun point.

    Total BS..

    • Rooney
      July 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Are you nuts? Just call the cops and take pictures.

  21. VictimKKC
    July 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    OMG!!! I bet these are the same effing punks that did this to me two years ago on New Years day! I accidentally left a door in my car unlocked and they got away with LOTS! We heard a noise around 4AM that morning, but didnt think anything of it, come to find out when I went outside when the sun came up, something was up. I hope these cameras catch them. Maybe they can trace them to my belongings! I have also filed a police report. Yes it was a while ago, but thieves never stop!

    • JP
      July 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      well this has been going on for a few years. My neighbor with the cameras put them up because he has been hit 3 times.

      • aa
        July 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        These kids should be punished for what they’re doing and it’s a good thing your neighbor put up cameras and caught them in action, but are they also breaking into locked cars? Cause I would’ve learned to make sure to lock my doors after the first time.

  22. Jimmy Dean
    July 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    If there was no video perhaps race would have been indicated. But with the video it is pretty obvious and probably does not need to be mentioned.

  23. Eric wright
    July 30, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Funny how you guys didn’t describe these kids as white males !

    • JP
      July 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      No need to point out the obvious as the video speaks for itself? A thief is a thief no matter what color…

      • It's me
        July 31, 2013 at 5:40 am

        JP-exactly. Although one looks like he could be black? But yes, obviously the rest are white. Someone’s daddy has a nice truck, unless it was a “present”. Can the sheriffs dept try & enhance the video any on facial shots? Or when the truck backs up in that driveway, can they enhance & get ANY numbers/letters from the plate? If your neighborhood has been hit that many times, I suspect one, or nearly all, the culprits live fairly close or have family that lives over there in which a suspect frequents often. Perhaps team up with some neighbors who are willing to, or can, stay up between the hours of 11pm-5am? maybe, and take turns at doing a “look out” in hopes of catching them. Especially if they’re hitting the areas on the weekends. Also, team up w/your neighbors & do some drives around neighborhoods looking for this type of truck now that you have video. You never know what you might see. Good luck & I will share the vid on my FB. I live just east of 60th & L by Lane Ranch/Park.

    • IJS
      July 31, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      @ eric no the funny thing is how no one is saying all the disparaging remarks like they do when it is a African American or Mexican American.I didn’t read any comments about them being from the ghetto of LA, or about them being white trash, needing to go back to the trailer park or the woods for that matter. This just shows that racism and the racist people will throw as many darts as they can when another race makes a mistake but look lightly on the dirty deed of their own kind.. interesting

      • sikntired
        July 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        Go back and read the comments -“tweakers, pinks, white trash…….,probably homegrown, still pinks.

        • sikntired
          July 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm

          Whoops, that should read punks.

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