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MBPD Captures Alleged Burglars in Hill Section

The incident Wednesday night brings police out in force when a burglar alarm is sounded.

Two juvenile males from Los Angeles were arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of burglary, said Manhattan Beach Police Sgt. Scott Combs Thursday.

The 16- and 17-year-olds were found about 7 minutes after MBPD arrived on scene in the 700 block of Anderson St. after a home's burglar alarm had been triggered.

Police continued to search the area for additional suspects, but found none, he said.

Neighbors reported seeing the two suspects in the home, later identifying them for police.

The incident began around 8:58 p.m. When police got to the scene, they determined there was a burglary in progress and set up a perimeter with assistance from Hermosa Beach and El Segundo police. An MBPD K9 team aided in the search.

The first suspect, who was found alone, told police he was the only person involved, said Combs. Alert neighbors reported otherwise and police found a second suspect hiding in a backyard in the 700 block of Poinsettia Ave.

The suspects gained entry to the residence by breaking a glass ground-floor bedroom window and exited via a back sliding glass door, said Combs. They had ransacked the home and stacked items by the back door to quickly gather them when leaving.

Items from the home were found in the backyard where one suspect was taken into custody.

Inclement weather prevented a helicopter from aiding in the search, said Combs, who noted that police did "a systematic search" to ensure there were no outstanding suspects.

Both juveniles are on probation, he said.

Chris T. April 05, 2013 at 05:14 AM
Gee, no physical description of the suspects. I guess my point wasn't so far off now was it?
South Bay Jane April 05, 2013 at 12:11 PM
What was your point, Chris T?
Liz Spear (Editor) April 05, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Hi Chris, When police are looking for someone, we will publish the description. When someone has been apprehended/arrested, there's no need to publish a description. Appreciate you weighing in. Also, juveniles have greater protections than do adults... In fact, did you know they can't be held in a jail cell with locked/closed doors?
Chris T. April 05, 2013 at 06:57 PM
The same one I made last time, and several people accused me of being in the clan. I just find it amusing that supposed journalists of the democrat persuasion seem to have this uncanny ability to only provide physical descriptions of alleged criminals when they are evil white males. When political correctness supersedes the civic duty of any news organization (radio, paper, or tv), I think it merits an open and honest discussion as to why that is. Please don't let this devolve into a typical Alinsky-esque ad-hominem attack on me just because I'm asking a question that makes you feel uncomfortable. Given the recent rash of crime in our historically safe beach community, I want to know who to look out for. There is nothing more frustrating to me than reading an article where, "a group of youths were witnessed by several people engaging in a flash-mob style snatch and grab robbery", and yet for some reason, the reporter fails to provide a description of said "group of youths." Nationally speaking, crime has been on the rise (probably due to the 15% real unemployment figures), which means that as a safety-conscious person, I want to make sure I'm not a victim. Here's an example: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/chicago-clothing-store-loses-3-000-worth-jeans-flash-robbery-article-1.1124752 I'm not racist, bigoted, or any other sort of left-wing divisionist classification. All I ask is that you report the news. All of it.
Liz Spear (Editor) April 05, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Chris, I'm not uncomfortable reporting on the race of individuals arrested or convicted of crime. & I've certainly reported on hispanic and black individuals whom police are looking for. I think there are ways to protect one's self. I live in MB, too, and certainly want to be aware of what's going on.
Chris T. April 05, 2013 at 07:25 PM
http://manhattanbeach.patch.com/articles/new-photo-of-bank-robber "Ford said the man "brandished" a gun which "was definitely seen" but could not definitively say what kind of gun was used. Ford released the photos and press release to major media Monday and hopes it will generate leads. The description on the press releases lists the man as "White, 5’6” – 5’8”, mid to late 40’s, wearing glasses, short dark hair with gray, light facial hair, wearing a cream short sleeve button down shirt." [This description, along with the multitude of pictures is great. It is also the only time I've seen you do this] ____________________ http://manhattanbeach.patch.com/articles/previous-sex-offender-arrested-near-school "A 30-year-old man arrested in 2005 for indecent exposure was arrested for Annoying or Molesting Children, and Stalking by Manhattan Beach Police detectives Wednesday around 3:30 p.m." [No Description of the child molester whatsoever] _____________________ http://manhattanbeach.patch.com/articles/woman-robbed-at-gunpoint-in-mb "Hawthorne Police officers responded and were given suspect and vehicle descriptions from witnesses. A short time later, Hawthorne officers saw a vehicle matching the description in the area of 132nd Street and Hawthorne Boulevard and attempted to stop it." _________________ http://manhattanbeach.patch.com/articles/smashed-vehicle-windows-and-delivery-packages-stolen [To your credit, this one had a description]
GMT April 05, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Wowwww! Only Latinos and Blacks commit crimes in MB. Very interesting!!!
Liz Spear (Editor) April 05, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Hi Chris, MBPD purposely did not release a description of the man arrested for stalking, etc. to keep any potential cases from being tainted, so to speak. If I have suspect description info, I publish it. I am not always able to get descriptions of suspects.
Liz Spear (Editor) April 05, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Not true, GMT!
Liz Spear (Editor) April 05, 2013 at 08:39 PM
GMT: If you're referring to my comment, you've missed the part where Chris T. took exception to the description of the white male who is wanted for robbing an MB bank.
Carlos Rodriguez April 05, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Good points by Chris T. Our community is best served if all crimes are reported on an equal basis.
Indira M. Montejo Lamas April 05, 2013 at 11:07 PM
"MB Eye Witness News". "MB Breaking News"; next day, later: "Developing News". The impirtancy of et al: the varmint was (is) apprehended, end of the story.-
Christina Y April 06, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Thank You Liz for reporting what our local news papers don't!
Liz Spear (Editor) April 06, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Thanks for saying, Christina! I try to keep up with this kind of news! BTW: Anyone who ever has something they'd like me to look into, police action and otherwise, should email me at liz.spear@patch.com. I do keep up with my twitter account but email is more easily accessible for me. Question for MB Patch readers: What type of stories would you like to see?

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