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iPhone, Checkbook, In-Dash Stereo Stolen from Cars in Manhattan Beach

Thieves appeared to target vehicles on Wendy Way.

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Credit: Getty
Thieves and burglars continue to steal items from vehicles in Manhattan Beach, according to a police report.

In two instances, the vehicles were broken into, and in the other two cases, the vehicles were left unlocked. Other car owners who found their unlocked vehicles ransacked but nothing significant missing in the area surrounding the 1600 block of Wendy Way did not file reports with the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

"Vehicles left unsecured and valuables left in plain view continue to contribute to our residential crime," wrote Crime Prevention Officer Stephanie Martin in an email. "Personal property is just that, 'personal'. Please make every effort to secure your personal property and reduce crime. Remember... Lock it or lose it!"

The one person who did file a report had a bag containing several miscellaneous items stolen from their unlocked vehicle that was parked on the street sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 28 and 29. The incident happened in the 1600 block of Wendy Way; the unreported incidents took place in the 1700 and 1900 blocks, according to police.

Then, on Dec. 29, police took a report of a stolen checkbook from a center console in an unlocked vehicle parked on the street in the 2200 block of Wendy Way between 2 and 5:30 a.m. Other items were missing from a rear compartment.


A stereo was removed from a vehicle dashboard sometime between 10 a.m. Dec. 24 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 29, said police. The suspect punched a door lock to enter the vehicle which was on the 1600 block of Artesia Blvd.

Another vehicle was broken into sometime between 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 9 a.m. on Dec. 25 in the 1600 block of 22nd St. The suspect smashed the driver's side window and stole an iPhone form the center console. The vehicle was parked on the street.


Kathy Sena January 07, 2014 at 12:51 PM
"Vehicles left unsecured and valuables left in plain view continue to contribute to our residential crime," according to Officer Stephanie Martin. Yep. And she said the same thing at our recent neighborhood watch meeting. Why are so many people in MB not listening? By leaving windows unlocked, garage doors open, cars unlocked and valuables in plain sight in cars, many of our residents are contributing to the problem. When the police ask thieves, when apprehended, why they come here, the reply is often "because people in Manhattan Beach never lock anything up." That's also per Officer Martin. Years ago, when I was a parent of a grade school kid, I'd see so many moms leave their purses on the front seat of the car, along with other valuables, while they went to pick up their kid at school. Sure enough, we had a rash of thefts from the cars one year. And the parents were up in arms, wanting to blame the school, the city, the police, etc. Are you kidding me? Take your purse and valuables. Lock your doors. Let's take some responsibility for our own safety and for the protection of our valuables, folks. Of course, there are horrible crimes that take place, such as the boys being robbed at gunpoint near Costa, that definitely don't fall into this category, of course. But MANY of the crimes in MB can be prevented by just being smart about hiding valuables and locking up your property. Why is this so hard to people in MB to do? I truly don't get it. The police reports say the same things every week. I'd love to hear others' perspectives on why so many of our residents don't follow through on this simple task. Thoughts?
Kathy Sena January 07, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Well, there were paragraphs in that long comment, but most of them didn't show up in the formatting. Sorry it's so long.
Helen Saplala Pena Onusconich January 08, 2014 at 01:25 AM
Just because we live in a safe environment does not mean we have to be so careless. Are we too lazy or too trusting? We need to stop this trend,
Ness Valles January 09, 2014 at 07:52 PM
The first problem MB (and the Beach Cities) have is the fact that to Helen's point, you beach residents are always first to say, "Not in my neighborhood" "Things like this don't happen". News flash: money, race, city aside---CRIME HAPPENS EVERYWHERE. Honestly, I'm an implant from the Inland Empire. Moved here five years ago and I'm amazing how lax residents are here.

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