Juveniles Burglary Attempt Thwarted by Resident

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Two juvenile males arrested attempted to burglarize Two juvenile males were arrested after they attempted to burglarize a home, but were surprised by a 14-year-old boy who was inside.

On February 28, 2011, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Long Beach Police officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Lime Avenue regarding a burglary that just occurred. When they arrived, they learned that two male juvenile subjects who live nearby attempted to break into a residence.

The two juveniles knocked on the front door of the residence. A 14-year-old boy who was inside the residence heard the knocks and saw the two subjects but did not answer the door. Minutes later, one of the juveniles jumped into the backyard of the residence while the other remained in front acting as a lookout. The juvenile removed an air conditioning unit from the window frame and began to enter the home through the window when suddenly the 14-year-old boy entered the room and surprised the juvenile burglar. In a panic, the suspect fled from the scene without telling his lookout partner that he was leaving.

The boy called police and provided a detailed description of the burglary suspects. Officers arrived within minutes and found the lookout partner still looking out across from the residence. A short time later, the juvenile burglar was arrested at his residence nearby.

Both juveniles were arrested and booked for residential burglary. They are both 17-year-old residents of Long Beach.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident may call the Long Beach Police Department’s Youth Services Division at (562) 570-1426.

The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind all parents of younger children to talk to them about personal safety practices in the home. Remind your children not to open the door for strangers and if they feel like they are in danger, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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