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Police Search for Home Burglary Suspect

Police from several agencies aid in an effort to locate the man a resident found burglarizing his home.

Manhattan Beach police have been searching door to door on specific streets in the Tree Section looking for a suspect wanted in conjunction with a reported residential burglary attempt, according to police chatter on scanners and tweets from locals.

According to several tweets, a male child of the homeowner arrived home to find a black male in his mid-20s inside his home. MBPD set up a command post and perimeter around Palm and Maple avenues in the 3600 and 3500 block, later expanding their coverage to include the same areas on Pacific Avenue. Police dogs were used in searches in which police entered residential backyards.

A helicopter focused a spotlight on Palm and Maple from Rosecrans Avenue to 35th Street for at least 30-40 minutes, at one point telling the suspect to give himself up after telling residents to lock windows and doors.

A Mira Costa junior was not allowed back into the neighborhood after leaving to attend an evening class. When he returned, he was told he could not walk to his home on Pacific Avenue since the canine unit was at work.

Consequently, his mom made arrangements for him to drive to a friend's house to spend the night.

As of 11:25 p.m., police have called off the search after scouring the area.

How did the search in the Tree Section impact you? What was your personal experience during the time the helicopter and multi-police agency effort was at work?

Sheplerwill October 09, 2012 at 08:20 AM
It made me very happy to know that mbpd would respond in force to this kind of threat. There had to have been about 30 cuisers on that perimeter. Nice work guys! Thanks for working to keep us all safe
Kathy Sena October 09, 2012 at 01:52 PM
We were very impressed with the police presence and with their hard work. We had four officers and a police dog check our backyard. Thanks very much to the MBPD and for officers from other areas who responded and helped in the effort. We appreciate you all.
Patricia Quagletti October 09, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Thank you to the MBPD and the other officers who helped secure the tree section last night. Thank goodness this type of situation is rare in our community; thanks again for keeping us safe and protected. I am definitely going to be more diligent with locking all my doors and windows every time I come and go from my house and will put my house alarm on at all times.
Margie F October 09, 2012 at 05:02 PM
What/who do we need to follow on Twitter to find out about these neighborhood police actions when they are happening?
Liz Spear (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Hi Margie, Thanks for your question. Follow MB Patch on twitter @ManhattBchPatch. I tweet such situations when I'm aware of them. People can alert me to such situations via liz.spear@patch.com, call or text to 310-435-6010 and on twitter. Thanks, and thanks for reading Manhattan Beach Patch. Also, sign up for breaking news email alerts and our daily newsletter on the MB Patch homepage.
Jackie October 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
So, did they ever catch the guy?
Liz Spear (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 07:39 PM
No. Full story on this burglary and another one yesterday here: Two Home Burglaries in MB Monday Night, appearing now on homepage.
Anne Lopez-Gallego February 26, 2013 at 04:35 AM
How did the burglars get into the houses - back door/window??? Please give more info. Was anyone at home?

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