Los Angeles police have arrested a suspect whom they believe may be connected with a recent rash of residential burglaries in the Oakwood area of Venice.

Police said a total of eight “hot prowl” burglaries were reported in the Oakwood/Venice Beach area within a two-week period last month. Hot prowl incidents typically occur when the residents are at home and after the suspects gain entry through an open window or door, said officer Tae Wook Kim of the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific division. During the incidents, the suspects usually take items that are easy to carry, such as jewelry and cash, he said.

In one of the recent burglaries, a backpack containing personal information was left behind, allowing detectives to identify the alleged burglar as Johnny Ward, a transient, Kim said.

Pacific officers were called at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 28 to the area of Sixth Street and Rose Avenue in Venice, where they found several community members detaining a man. The suspect had allegedly broken into a woman’s home and stolen some of her personal belongings, Kim said.

As the woman chased the suspect, several neighbors detained him. After further investigation, the suspect, who allegedly possessed stolen property, was identified by police as Ward, Kim said. Detectives credited the efforts of neighbors in making the arrest.

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