Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach Police seek input on body cameras

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The Hermosa Beach Police Department is seeking input from residents about the possible impacts of equipping its officers with body cameras.

The department is in the process of seeking grants to pay for body-worn cameras for its officers. They have partnered with Cal State Fullerton in a study of citizen attitudes toward the use of body-worn cameras by police officers and the effect of the devices police interactions with the public.

The last day to complete the survey is Thursday. It will take about five minutes to complete over the Internet. To participate, go to:http://fullerton.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_efdI3DF8clXBYDr.


Thwarted robbery

An attempted robbery in downtown Hermosa last Sunday had unexpected results, with the thief surrendering a laptop apparently taken during a previous crime.

A man had parked his vehicle near the intersection of 14th Street and Beach Drive and was returning to his car about 9:30 a.m. when he noticed a suspect near the vehicle, according to police reports. The suspect was attempting to take the man’s wallet from the vehicle, and the man confronted the suspect. The man recovered his wallet, and the suspect fled.

During the struggle, the suspect dropped a laptop, police said. The victim turned in the laptop, which police records indicated had previously been reported stolen, and the computer was returned to its owner.

The suspect remains at large, and both victims seek to press charges. He is described as a man  between 30 and 40 years old with dreadlocks, a mustache and a beard, last seen wearing a blue and black tracksuit.

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