Crime in Topanga since the COVID-19 shutdown rose 100 percent over April 2019, but traffic collisions are down.
Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Michael Cerveny, of the C.I.T Team with the Los Angeles Sheriffâ€™s Department, Malibu/Lost Hills Station, reported Topanga crime statistics and some noteworthy incidents for April 2020.
An assault was reported in the 100 block of South Topanga Canyon Blvd. The victims were approached by the suspect, male, white, 30-years of age, red hair, who began yelling obscenities at them. The victims called someone for a ride because they were frightened by the suspect. While they were waiting, the suspect picked up a four-foot long wooden fence picket that was laying on the ground and swung it toward the victims. The victims fled the area. (20-02160).
An attempted residential burglary occurred in the 27900 block of Alta Drive. The living room and a rear sliding screen door were open but the unknown suspect(s) did not make entry No signs of forced entry were seen. (20-02102).
A commercial burglary was reported in the 100 block of North Topanga Canyon. The front window of the location was smashed to gain entry. A cash register was taken from the location. (20-02237).
There was an attempted burglary of a a mailbox in the 1600 block of North Topanga Canyon Blvd. The door was bent and the key lock insert was damaged. Unknown if any mail was stolen. (20-02406).
A 2013 Toyota Prius was stolen from the 300 block of South Topanga Canyon Blvd. The vehicle is still outstanding. (20-02381).
A 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup was stolen from the 1500 block of Old Topanga Canyon Road and is still outstanding. (20-01980).
Residents of Los Angeles and Topanga were arrested for domestic battery in the 21900 block of Entrada Road. The suspects were ex-boyfriend and ex-girlfriend. (20-01972).
A vehicle burglary occurred in the 700 block of South Topanga Canyon Blvd. The driver door was punched to gain entry. A wallet, cash and two Leap Frog tablets were stolen from inside the vehicle. (20-02175).
A theft from an unlocked vehicle was reported in the 600 block of North Topanga Canyon Blvd. A wallet, cologne and bag with miscellaneous hair/nail products were stolen. (20-02400).
A theft of a pressure washer and a doily occurred in the 1500 block of Old Topanga Road. The suspects were the victimâ€™s previous tenants. (20-02006).
Topanga March and April Traffic Reports
CHP Public Information Officer Wes Haver reported that CHP responded to zero collisions on Topanga Canyon Blvd. (SR-27) in March 2020, from the two-mile bridge south to PCH compared to one traffic collision in March 2019, with zero injuries.
Officer Haver reported one traffic collision on SR-27 in March 2020, from the two-mile bridge north to the L.A. city limits compared to zero traffic collisions in March 2019, with zero injuries. The cause of the collision was determined to be code 22350 - unsafe speed.
CHP responded to zero collisions on SR-27 in April 2020, from the two-mile bridge south to PCH compared with two traffic collisions in April 2019, with zero injuries.
Officer Haver also reported zero traffic collisions on SR-27 in April 2020, from the two-mile bridge north to the L.A. city limits compared to zero traffic collisions in April 2019, with zero injuries.
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