LOS ANGELES – Authorities Wednesday announced a $20,000 reward for help in solving the beating death of a Llano business owner during an apparent home invasion robbery last year.
Glen Brittner, 59, who lived alone and used a wheelchair, was attacked on Aug. 18, 2015, at his home, which also served as his business office, in the 26200 block of East Avenue W-8.
His property was ransacked and he was found with his hands and feet bound, and bleeding from a head injury.
An employee arriving for work at the company, which provided water to construction companies, discovered Brittner suffering from his injuries. Brittner was in a coma for 10 days before he died.
At a news conference Wednesday at the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, Derek Brittner appealed for public help in finding out who killed his father, who was known to befriend people and provide meals and drinks for them.
“Not a day goes by without him in our thoughts. It is important to our family and friends to know who did this to him,” he said.
The victim’s son added: “It’s unfortunate to all of us that he doesn’t get to see our family grow …,” noting that his second child is due to be born on Christmas Day.
Detectives believe at least two suspects were involved in the crime, in which $2,000 was stolen, along with television sets and power tools.
“It’s totally unwarranted (that) this man suffered a terrible and tragic death,” said sheriff’s Detective Joe Espino. “That shouldn’t occur. It was not worth the cost of a human life.”
Glen Brittner was a motivated entrepreneur who owned and operated a water supply company from a warehouse built on the same multi-acre property as his home, sheriff’s officials said in a news release. Brittner was a fixture in the Llano area, where he lived for 30 years. Brittner was a widower who lived alone, but found happiness in camping with family, mastering engineering projects and music, officials said. Brittner studied Biological Science and graduated from the University of Southern California.
The $20,000 reward for help in solving Glen Brittner’s murder was offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
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