Mid-City Home Burglarized While Being Tented for Fumigation

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Police on Wednesday were investigating a burglary that occurred at a home that was tented for fumigation in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles, authorities said.

A HazMat team was at the scene of a burglary that occurred at a Mid-City home while it was being fumigated. (Credit: KTLA)

A HazMat team was at the scene of a burglary that occurred at a Mid-City home while it was being fumigated. (Credit: KTLA)

Officers responded after an alarm went off at a house in the 1900 block of Crescent Heights Boulevard (map) around 12:30 a.m., according to LAPD Sgt. Chogyoji.

It appeared that someone entered the residence through a broken window, Chogyoji added.

However, officers could not immediately go into the home because of possible chemicals inside due to it being fumigated.

A hazardous materials team was also at the scene to assist in the investigation.

The incident, among a recent rash of burglaries of fumigated residences, comes a week after a South Los Angeles apartment complex was broken into as it was being treated for termites.

Thieves made off with thousands of dollars in items, including electronics, jewelry, money and even food, residents said.

Similar burglaries have also been reported recently in Newport Beach and Beverly Hills.

Los Angeles police were encouraging people to be vigilant when fumigating a residence.

“If you’re going to tent your home, be aware," said LAPD Sgt. John Barclay. "I don’t know if you want to hire security, but a lot of times we get burglaries with homes that are being fumigated because people aren’t home, and they’re not going to be occupied for several days.”

KTLA's Alberto Mendez contributed to this report.