Citizen’s Tip Leads to Arrest of Auto Burglary Suspect; Additional Victims Sought

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fatal hit and runOn December 15, 2012, at approximately 2:20 a.m., Long Beach Police Department officers were dispatched to the 7800 block of Berner Street in response to suspicious activity around parked vehicles. Thanks to a call from an alert resident and good police work, an arrest was made.

The resident discovered two individuals rummaging through his vehicle in the El Dorado Park Estates neighborhood and called 9-1-1. The individuals fled before officers arrived. Responding officers searched the area and located two subjects matching the description. One suspect fled and remains outstanding. When officers approached the second suspect, a 15-year-old Lakewood male, he dropped a backpack and attempted to hide behind a tree.

Further investigation revealed four unlocked vehicles had been entered and valuables were removed. It appears the thieves would, oftentimes, check every vehicle in a neighborhood to see if entry could easily be made. In this case, the suspect was found in possession of a backpack full of stolen property. Detectives are processing all items and will attempt to locate owners.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking residents in the surrounding neighborhoods to come forward if they have been victims of an unreported auto burglary.

Residents are reminded to be vigilant in preventing crime by removing property from their vehicles. Commonly stolen items include purses, wallets, and electronics such as cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, and GPS devices; oftentimes, left in plain view.

The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind residents of the following safety tips:

  • Park in well-lighted areas when able
  • If you have a garage, use it – keep it closed and locked
  • Activate your alarm system or consider installing one
  • Secure your vehicle before leaving it – lock the doors and close the windows
  • Keep all packages, boxes, bags, and valuables locked in the trunk, or take them with
  • If you must leave valuables in the trunk, place them there before you arrive at your destination
  • If the trunk can be opened without a key from inside of your car, lock or disable this feature
  • Do not leave any connector cables (GPS, phone, MP3) or docking stations in plain sight as it may appear that you have electronics inside
  • Once home, unload your valuables immediately and do not store them in your car
  • Always report suspicious persons or activity immediately by calling Long Beach Police Dispatch at 9-1-1 or (562) 435-6711

Anyone with information regarding these burglaries is asked to contact Detective David Rivas of the Juvenile Investigations Section at (562) 570-1433 or (562) 570-1425. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit,

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