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Late Night Burglars Have Been Targeting Studio City Restaurants

The string of nine robberies occurred from September through February

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Over the course of six months, two men allegedly broke into into and stole from nine food-related businesses in Studio City. LAPD’s North Hollywood Division released photos of the suspects on Tuesday, and are asking the public for help in identifying the suspects.

First reported by KTLA-5, the suspects drove in front of the businesses, smashed the front glass doors, and made away with goods acquired from the cash registers or safe. Some burglaries occurred on the same day, with the most recent string occurring on February 14, where the suspects hit five restaurants between the hours of 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. LAPD also says the suspects robbed two businesses on September 29 on both Vineland and Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

Some of the affected businesses were Salt & Straw on Ventura Boulevard, Classic Donuts Coffee on Laurel Canyon, and the Subway on Ventura Boulevard. Salt & Straw did not have any cash outside of the safe, which the suspects could not access. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact North Hollywood Area Burglary Detectives Stone or Kojima at (818) 754-8377.