An elderly woman was robbed at her home in Santa Monica early Friday, August 8th, less than a month after another elderly woman’s residence was robbed in the city, police said.
Police were called to a residence in the 1200 block of Ashland Avenue, east of Lincoln Boulevard, in Santa Monica at about 4:50 a.m. August 8th regarding a report of a robbery that had occurred at 2:45 a.m., Sgt. Renaldi Thruston said.
An elderly woman told officers that she awoke to the sound of an intruder who was inside her residence. The suspect allegedly rummaged through the woman’s home and stole several personal items, including jewelry, Thruston said.
The woman was not injured. Detectives have not verified how the suspect entered the residence.
The suspect is described as an African American man wearing dark clothing with a dark mask covering his face, Thruston said.
The incident occurred less than a month after another elderly Santa Monica woman’s home was robbed in the 2300 block of 22nd Street in the Pico Neighborhood at about 3:30 a.m. July 18th. In that robbery, the resident also awoke to the sound of an intruder, who allegedly stole personal items including jewelry, Thruston said.
The suspect in the earlier robbery is described as a man of unknown race, medium height, thin build, wearing dark clothing with a dark mask covering his face.
Police are investigating whether the two robberies are related, as well as whether they are connected to a series of robberies that struck the homes of elderly women in West Los Angeles in late May and June, Thruston said.
The suspect in the West Los Angeles residential robberies is described as a black man between the ages of 25 and 35, six feet tall and weighing between 200 and 220 pounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Anyone with additional information regarding the Santa Monica robberies is asked to contact detectives at (310) 458-8451, or the watch commander at (310) 458-8427. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may also call the We-Tip national hotline at (800) 782-7463 (800-78-CRIME).