Citizen Reports Lead to Arrest Of Four Burglary Suspects

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TWO ARRESTED FOR SETTING CHRISTMAS TREE FIRESOn Wednesday, March 29, 2012, four burglary suspects were arrested after alert community members reported witnessing suspicious and/or criminal activity in their North Long Beach neighborhoods.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to a burglary call in the 3600 block of Myrtle Avenue. Two subjects were seen trespassing onto private property and a concerned resident in the area called 9-1-1. Responding officers detained one subject who matched the description of one of the suspects a street over from the residence. Further investigation revealed that loss from a garage burglary that had just taken place at that residence was found in his possession. He was arrested and is only being identified as a 40-year-old male resident of Yucca Valley. He was booked for garage burglary and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $20,000 bail. Police also arrested a second subject in front of the residence who is only being identified as a 43-year-old male resident of Bellflower. He was also booked for garage burglary and is also being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $20,000 bail.

Later the same day, at approximately 3:35 p.m., police responded to another burglary call in the 4900 block of Virginia Avenue. A resident in the area observed two male subjects entering a home through a window, immediately called police, and provided physical descriptions of the suspects, which were aired over the police radio. A Long Beach Police motorcycle officer in the area observed two subjects matching the descriptions in the area of Ruth Avenue and Peace Street. He detained and arrested one suspect, but the other fled on foot. Additional responding officers, with the assistance of the L.B.P.D. helicopter “Fox” who was able to follow the suspect and direct ground units to his location, arrested the second suspect in the 100 block of Home Street. Both suspects are 18-years-old and Long Beach residents. The first was booked for residential burglary and for an outstanding failure to appear warrant, and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $50,561 bail. The second was booked for residential burglary and for resisting arrest and is also being held on $50,000 bail. Loss from the burglary, which included jewelry and electronics, was recovered and returned to the rightful owner.

In both cases, the suspects were seen knocking on the doors of the residences prior to them entering the property, which is a common tactic criminals use prior to burglarizing a home, to determine if anyone is home or if they attract any attention. The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind the community to always be aware of what is taking place around you and in your neighborhood and to call police if any suspicious activity is observed.

The Long Beach Police Department would like to commend the residents involved in these cases for taking immediate action by calling 9-1-1. As stated by North Patrol Division Commander Galen Carroll, “The people in our community can make all the difference and these two situations prove that point. Four felons were taken off our streets within a matter of minutes after we received 9-1-1 calls from concerned residents who were looking out for their neighborhood.”

Anyone who may any information regarding these two incidents is asked to contact Long Beach Police Burglary Detective Johnny Dodson at (562) 570-7351. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting

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