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MBPD Captures Burglary Suspect; 2nd One Eludes Police

The burglary prompts security measures at three local public schools.

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
Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. January 16, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Should Manhattan Beach residents feel safer in their homes and public places (malls, restaurants, parks)? Absolutely not! Should residents consider that MB may encounter higher crime rates? Absolutely yes! Recent examples of major crimes include the stabbings at Marine Park; the attempted robbery and hostage taking in the Manhattan Village Mall; the stabbing at Baja Sharkeez; the woman robbed at gunpoint near Office Depot; the robberies from new iPhone purchasers at the mall; the cigar store robbery and attempted murder in which an employee’s neck was slashed; and, multiple home invasion robberies and residential burglaries. MBPD Police Chief Irvine reported that between October 2011 and June 2012, burglaries in MB increased over 34%, car thefts increased over 40%, and grand theft auto 30%. Assaults in MB increased 40%. MB ranks high on alcohol-related vehicular accidents, substantial illegal sales of alcohol to minors, and increases in DUI’s. While overall crime rates in South Bay cities declined in 2011, the overall rate in MB increased. MBPD crime reports suggest trends toward further increases. Yet, the MBPD has failed to establish accountable results-oriented goals at reducing specific categories of major crimes. “Just the facts, ma’am,” evolved as the catchphrase of television “Dragnet” Sergeant Joe Friday. In Manhattan Beach, the facts surrounding public safety are grim. Edward C. Caprielian, Ph.D. Manhattan Beach Resident

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