Suspect in 70 San Fernando Valley burglaries arrested

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A man suspected of robbing more than 70 businesses in the San Fernando Valley since the pandemic began is in custody, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday.

In announcing the arrest of sixty-two-year-old Reuben Newhouse, police suggested the case had been solved with a bit of luck and the help of an astute citizen. The LAPD planned to release more details at an afternoon press conference.

Newhouse was arrested March 1 and was being held on $505,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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“From October 29, 2020 through February 25, 2022, Newhouse was responsible for more than 70 commercial burglaries in the Valley, including 26 in North Hollywood,” an LAPD statement read.

Most of the crimes were committed between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., and the image of the suspect was recorded on a number of security videos, police said.

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“Criminal alerts and community alerts were broadcast throughout the valley with no leads until a concerned citizen discovered evidence on the side of the road,” police said. “Evidence led North Hollywood burglary detectives to Newhouse’s residence.”

City and Patch News Service member Paige Austin contributed to this report.

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