Investigative Leads Result in Arrest of Suspect in Stolen Relic Case
2011-06-20 · By Editor
A suspect was arrested and booked for burglary and grand theft after being found in possession of an almost 800-year-old relic stolen from a local church earlier this week. The relic was recovered undamaged.
On Monday, June 13, 2011, Long Beach Police officers were dispatched to Saint Anthony’s Church, located at 540 Olive Avenue, in Long Beach, regarding the theft of a relic. The relic is almost 800 years old and was removed from a cabinet in the morning hours. Witnesses reported that a female was acting suspicious inside the church just prior to the theft. Investigators took note of the description and began an investigation.
On Thursday, June 16, 2011, investigators located surveillance video from a nearby business. Upon reviewing the video, they saw a female who matched the description of the suspicious female described to them by the witnesses. Detectives took a still photo from the video and began to canvass the neighborhood and knocking on doors in hopes of talking to someone who may recognize her. Within an hour, investigators were led to an address on the 1200 block of East 10th Street (less than a mile away from the church) and located the suspect. Upon searching her room, they located the stolen relic inside her room and placed her under arrest. The motive for the theft is still unknown.
The suspect has been identified as Maria Solis, a 41-year-old resident of Long Beach. Solis was booked at the Long Beach Police jail and after being processed; she was released due to a medical condition. The Long Beach Police Department is unable to expand on the specifics of her condition. Detectives are continuing their investigation and will be prepared to present the case to the District Attorney’s Office for formal filing of charges next week.
Anyone who may have any additional information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Long Beach Police Department’s Burglary Detail at (562) 570-7351. Anonymous tips can also be submitted via text or email at www.longbeach.gov/police or at www.facebook.com/LongBeachPD.CA