One burglary suspect eluded capture Tuesday and another one, a 16-year-old male, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, Manhattan Beach Police announced in a press release Tuesday.
The burglary incident prompted the lockdown of two public schools and the securing of gates at another. Students were released after MBPD said it was safe to do so.
MBPD mounted a search in a contained area of east Manhattan Beach, roughly from Meadows Avenue to Peck Avenue and 18th Street to 21st Street, according to radio transmissions during the incident. They disbanded the search around 3:15 p.m.
The suspect who was not captured is described as a male Hispanic, 16-20 years old, 5’3”-5'6” with a thin build and black hair wearing a black or gray sweatshirt and shorts.
The burglary happened in the 1300 block of 21st Street. Residents arrived home around 12:20 p.m. to find their home had been burgarized and two suspects were in the backyard, said MBPD in its release. Both individuals fled.
A witness who had followed one of the suspects when he fled and one of the victims identified the male officers captured. The juvenile was found in possession of approximately $5,000 worth of jewelry from the home.
The second suspect, who eluded capture, was seen running between houses.
MBPD was assisted by nearby police departments, including Hermosa Beach, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Redondo Beach, Gardena and Torrance.
Here is the original breaking news article of the incident and subsequent search:
- Precautionary Lockdowns at Two Schools