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Woman going to make tea finds a stranger watching porn on her computer, L.A. cops say

Surveillance video shows a homeless man breaking into a hair extension shop and watching porn on a computer before being interrupted Monday night by the owner, who came downstairs to make some tea, reported Los Angeles police.
Surveillance video shows a homeless man breaking into a hair extension shop and watching porn on a computer before being interrupted Monday night by the owner, who came downstairs to make some tea, reported Los Angeles police. KTLA

A quick trip downstairs to her family’s hair extension shop Monday night produced a jarring sight for Lisa Mirizzi.

“I came downstairs to make some tea and I saw him at the computer sitting, watching porn,” Mirizzi told KTLA. Surveillance video later showed a man breaking into the shop through a vent, smoking, stealing some cash and charging his phone before settling down in front of the computer with a disc of his own pornography to view.

“It almost felt like a dream because it’s like, ‘Is this really happening?’ ” Mirizzi said. The Van Nuys, California, woman screamed, bringing her son and husband running.

After cornering the stranger, Giovanni Mirizzi, her son, told KTLA that he “decked him, picked him up and body-slammed him.”

“Who would come into a business place and sit there and feel so comfortable to watch porn?” Steve Mirizzi, Lisa Mirizzi's husband, asked KCAL. He told the station that surveillance video showed the man spent about 25 minutes inside the business, Giovanni & Son

Los Angeles police arrested Alan Estrada, 28, who police said is homeless, on suspicion of residential burglary, according to The Los Angeles Daily News.

LAPD detective Michael O’Connor said the break-in may be part of a trend of burglaries by homeless people in Van Nuys.

“We’re in the third week of February, and just about all of our burglary arrests from the calendar year have been transient suspects,” O’Connor told the publication. “More of our suspects who are committing burglary and property crimes are transients. All you need is a rock to get inside a business. And what you stand to gain far exceeds your risk of getting caught. And even when you do get caught, the punishment is so minuscule, so it’s almost worth the risk.”

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