Two women have been charged in connection with a string of robberies, burglaries and other crimes over six days earlier this month in Venice and other parts of Los Angeles, police said.
Myra Lopez, 34, and Latascha Bulmer, 25, were arrested and charged with four counts of robbery and one count of carjacking, police said. Lopez was additionally charged with residential burglary. The women, whom police say met while in prison, are being held without bail.
Lopez was arrested after police on patrol near Sixth Street and Towne Avenue in Skid Row determined that a silver van she was driving had the license plate of a van that was allegedly stolen. Police say they found a number of items in the van, including computers and a jewelry box filled with Mexican silver, that are suspected of being stolen.
“We found identification and stolen property that implicated Lopez and her partner in robberies in Venice and Northeast, but the biggest haul was only one hour old,” alleged Lt. Paul Vernon, head of LAPD Central Division detectives.
Police said the van contained other items that allegedly tie the women to the crimes, including a Costco card from a woman robbed in Venice on September 8th; the stolen license plate that was taken September 13th from a van in Venice; and Hebrew-language CDs from a woman robbed in Silver Lake on September 14th.
Detectives say they managed to connect Bulmer to Lopez through the parole agent assigned to Walden House in El Monte. After distributing a wanted poster, officers said they found Bulmer walking on Skid Row.
When police arrested her, they said they found credit cards belonging to another woman who was allegedly robbed on September 13th in the 4000 block of Washington Boulevard.
“As best we can tell, the spree began with the taking of a black Escalade on September 8,” said
Vernon. “We know that SUV was used in the crimes committed in Venice, but somehow the owner got his SUV back and has yet to make a theft report. We’ve released the women’s booking photos expecting there may be other victims or even a more serious crime.”
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call LAPD Central Division robbery detectives at (213) 972-1248. After-hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll free number at (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).