Officers and Detectives from the Los Alamitos Police Department made a noteworthy arrest on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 that resulted in several burglary and theft cases being solved. As a result, numerous stolen items, including a vehicle were returned to the victims.
On Sunday, October 18, 2020, the storage unit at Casa Youth Shelter was burglarized during which clothing, masks, gloves, cleaning supplies, and various other items were stolen. Officers responded and initiated an investigation which included the Detective Bureau immediately reviewing the case for leads. Meanwhile, Patrol personnel continued with proactive patrols within the city.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Patrol personnel located a suspicious vehicle at the Best Western Inn & Suites on Los Alamitos Boulevard. A records check revealed it was a stolen vehicle from within our city several days prior. Patrol personnel, along with Detectives, set up surveillance and ultimately detained several subjects staying at the hotel. The suspects were from Los Angeles County and each had an extensive criminal history for crimes such as manslaughter, auto theft, identity theft, and robbery.
The vehicle and hotel room were searched and numerous stolen items were recovered, including some of the items stolen from Casa Youth Shelter. The suspects were also in possession of the cut lock from the storage unit which significantly bolstered the case. This piece of evidence connected the suspects to the actual burglary versus mere possession of the stolen items. The suspects were also in possession of a sawed-off shotgun which will result in additional charges being filed as the suspects are on active probation.
The recovered items were returned to the victims in not only the Casa Youth Shelter case, but in other theft cases in neighboring cities.
The collaborative and proactive work of our Patrol personnel and Detective Bureau resulted in several crimes being solved with three career criminals being arrested. The fact they were in possession of a sawed-off shotgun elevates the significance of the arrest and work by our department.
Los Alamitos Police Chief Eric R. Nuñez commented, “This is a great example of the work being done every day by the dedicated and committed members of the Los Alamitos Police Department”.
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This article was released by the City of Los Alamitos.