Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach Police Beat

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Residential burglaries

A rash of residential burglaries was reported during the last week of January, according to the Manhattan Beach Police Department. Overnight Jan. 24,  someone entered a home under construction on the 300 block of 17th Street and stole copper wire; that same night, wire was also taken from an unfinished home on the 600 block of Bayview Drive. On Jan. 28, a home on the 600 block of Crest Drive was broken into between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; electronics, purses, a wallet, and clothes were reported stolen. Two burglaries were reported Jan. 30; the first occurred between 3:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at a home on the 1200 block of 3rd Street, where access was gained access through a rear window and undisclosed property was stolen; between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., on the 1100 block of Duncan Drive, suspects smashed a window and took jewelry and a watch.

Thefts from vehicles

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Four vehicles were broken into during the last week of January, according to Manhattan Beach Police Department reports. The first occurred at a place where car burglaries frequently occur —  the El Porto parking lot, where many surfers are in the habit of hiding car keys somewhere on or around their vehicle while they are in the ocean. On Jan. 24 sometime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. this practice resulted in the theft of a wallet and a cell phone. Overnight Jan. 26, fencing gear and a pair of ice skates were reported stolen from an unlocked car parked on the 1800 block of Poinsettia Avenue. Three vehicle burglaries were reported on Jan. 27. On the 300 block of 12th Street, two parked cars were broken into between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A laptop, tablet, clothing, a backpack, and cash were stolen. Two suspects were arrested. During the same timeframe, a car’s window was shattered on the 1000 block of Manhattan Avenue and hair styling equipment was reported stolen. A suspect was arrested.

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