Los Angeles police have arrested a 53-year-old Los Angeles man in connection with 15 residential robberies targeting elderly women in the West Los Angeles area and Santa Monica.
Jefferey Langford was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. Friday, August 22nd, after Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Special Investigation detectives observed him “casing” locations, including the Sunset Park Neighborhood of Santa Monica, police said.
LAPD Robbery Homicide detectives said they focused on the suspect after receiving tips from the Beverly Hills Police Department.
Langford, who is dubbed the “Silverware Bandit” and has an extensive criminal record, is suspected of committing more than a dozen home-invasion robberies in the West Los Angeles area, police said.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has charged Langford in two Los Angeles cases and one in Santa Monica, with three felony counts of residential burglary and three of residential robbery. He was also charged with one felony count of receiving stolen property, one of false imprisonment by violence and one of assault.
Prosecutors filed the case as a “third strike.” If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.
Langford is being held on $1.2 million bail.
Most of the female residents targeted lived alone, and all were between the ages of 70 and 97, police noted.
The majority of the robberies occurred between 2 and 5 a.m. and involved a suspect described as an African American man wearing a ski mask and gloves, detectives said. Police believe the suspect entered the homes by prying open windows with a screwdriver, and once inside, he allegedly awakened the residents, demanded cash, jewelry and other items of value, and then fled.
The series of robberies began May 31st in the 2200 block of Patricia Avenue in West Los Angeles and includes at least 11 other incidents in that community, police said.
LAPD detectives believe the suspect may also be responsible for two similar robberies in Santa Monica and one in Culver City, and they collaborated with police agencies in those cities during the investigation.
Evidence recovered during Langford’s arrest was analyzed and linked him to previous robberies, police alleged.
“The arrest was the result of intensive investigation conducted jointly by the Los Angeles and Santa Monica police departments and other entities,” LAPD deputy chief Charlie Beck told the Los Angeles Times.
Santa Monica police Sgt. Renaldi Thruston said detectives in his department are investigating whether there is a connection between Langford and two home-invasion robberies targeting elderly women in Santa Monica August 8th and July 18th.
In the most recent incident, the resident awoke to the sound of an intruder inside her home in the 1200 block of Ashland Avenue.
The suspect, described as an African American man wearing dark clothing and a dark mask, allegedly rummaged through the home and stole personal items, including jewelry, Thruston said.
In the robbery July 18th, a woman told officers that she awoke to the sound of an intruder inside her residence in the 2300 block of 22nd Street in the Pico Neighborhood.
The suspect, who was also wearing dark clothing and a dark mask, allegedly stole several personal items, including jewelry, Thruston said.
“There’s a possibility this suspect is related to the robberies that occurred here in Santa Monica and detectives are working with the District Attorney’s Office to seek filing,” Thruston said of the Langford arrest. “It’s still an ongoing investigation.”
Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to contact LAPD Robbery Homicide detectives Tracey Benjamin or Jason DeLaCova at (213) 485-2511, or (877) 529-3855 during weekends and off-hours.