LOS ANGELES - Detectives from the LAPD's Rampart division today displayed hundreds of items believed stolen by a serial burglar from vehicles in Los Angeles and Torrance.
"It's the common stuff people leave in plain sight in their cars," Lt. Joe Losorelli said. "It includes are laptops, cameras, iPhones and iPads, jewelry, money and handbags."
Rampart patrol and K9 officers found Frank Chibbaro, 38, hiding in a carport on Tuesday, and recovered the cache of stolen items from his vehicle, detectives said, adding that the man has extensive criminal record.
Chibbaro is in custody, booked on suspicion of burglary from a motor vehicle, but has yet to be arraigned.
"He had a kind of unusual technique," Losorelli said. "We recovered a large number of garage door openers he may have used to access underground garages and gated parking areas."
Once inside, Losorelli said the suspect, his face obscured, would spray security camera lenses with silver paint to avoid being seen.
Detectives worked to reunite identifiable items with their owners, but those believing they may have been among the victims were welcome to view the recovered items at the LAPD's Rampart station, at 1401 West 6th Street, Losorelli said, or to phone the station at (213) 484-3450.