Officers and Victims Actions Contribute to Halt Weekend Crime Sprees

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crime-scene-tape Weekend crime spreesOver the past weekend, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were able to arrest multiple suspects and return stolen property to its rightful owners.

On Saturday, January 8, 2011, at approximately 4:50 p.m., officers were patrolling the 6700 block of Cherry Avenue in response to a rash of auto burglaries and thefts in the area, when an individual was seen exiting a vehicle in a parking lot with the vehicle’s alarm sounding.

The suspect then entered a nearby vehicle that was occupied by two other men, and they drove off. A traffic stop was initiated, the three male adults in the vehicle were arrested, and the loss from the burglarized vehicle was recovered and returned to the owner.The next afternoon in the downtown area, a suspect targeting women inside of a parking structure was apprehended. Bicycle patrol officers were flagged down by a security guard near a parking structure on Sunday, January 9, 2011, at approximately 3:50 p.m. A theft had just occurred in the structure, which is located in the area of Pine Avenue and Seaside Way.

The victim, a 29-year-old female resident of Santa Ana, was in the structure and had placed her handbag on the ground near her vehicle for a moment. The suspect quickly approached the victim, took her bag, and fled. She described the suspect to the officers who then went to search for him in the structure.

Officers entered the parking structure and quickly spotted the suspect who was in the process of robbing a woman at knifepoint. The suspect spotted the officers and fled before eventually being taken into custody nearby.

The victim, a 26-year-old female resident of Camarillo, was not injured in the incident and no property was taken. The property of the first victim was located and returned to her, and the suspect, a 14-year-old male resident of Compton, was arrested.

The Long Beach Police Department is proud to share these successes with the community, whose involvement was instrumental in achieving.

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