Juvenile Burglars Caught Fleeing Through Peninsula Neighborhood

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fatal hit and runOn January 24 2013, at approximately 1:36 p.m., Long Beach Police Department officers were dispatched to the 6600 block of Seaside Walk regarding a residential burglary, which had just occurred. Thanks to quick calls to police and good police work, two arrests were made.

When the victim returned home, he spotted a suspect fleeing and called 9-1-1. Neighbors saw the suspects running through the Peninsula neighborhood and provided additional information to police. Officers subsequently detained and arrested two juvenile residents of Long Beach.

Further investigation revealed the suspect entered the residence through a window, which was left slightly open, and removed valuables. Property was recovered and returned to the victim.

Residential burglaries were up 19% in 2012 compared to 2011. The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind residents to be vigilant in preventing crime by following the safety tips:

  • Meet your neighbors and participate in Community Watch – This makes it easier to recognize a person that doesn’t belong. Neighbors who communicate are more likely to look out for one another.
  • Always report suspicious persons or activity immediately by calling Long Beach Police Dispatch at 9-1-1 or (562) 435-6711.
  • Report loiterers – Loitering is often a precursor activity for burglars, enabling them to case the area.
  • Keep any gates to backyards locked and secure at all times.
  • Keep porch lights on at night.
  • Be sure your house number is visible from the street – Should police or emergency personnel need to respond to your location, it allows them to find the location more quickly.
  • Record serial numbers and photograph valuables to aid in claiming stolen property.
  • Consider installing surveillance cameras to deter suspicious activity in your alley.
  • When away for extended periods, make sure your home has the “lived in” look – Have lights on timers and ask a neighbor to clear any newspapers and fliers that may accumulate.
  • Request a free “vacation check” by contacting the Senior Police Partner volunteers at (562) 570-7212.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Romero of the Juvenile Investigations Section at (562) 570-1456 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 http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/.

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