The Long Beach Police Department praised a local citizen for helping stop a burglary in progress on the morning of September 26th.
At approximately 10:34 AM, a man noticed that a suspicious person was knocking on the door of his neighbor’s residence, which was located on the 3300 block of Los Coyotes Diagonal. Knowing that her neighbor was not home, the man called authorities and began to report what he saw.
As the situation progressed, the man witnessed two other unknown male suspects approach his neighbor’s house. This was shortly followed by a loud noise, as the man who had been knocking on the door used a recycling bin to jump over the neighbor’s backyard fence.
As these events transpired, the witness continued to keep dispatchers apprised of the situation, which allowed the Long Beach Police Department to set up a perimeter around the residence three minutes after the call had been broadcast to patrol units.
Upon responding to the scene, an officer was able to match the two suspects acting as lookouts to the description that the witness gave to police. Additional officers were able to arrive on the scene and arrest the final suspect in the backyard just as he finished removing a window screen from the residence.
After arresting them, the police identified the suspects as 18-year-old Donovan Lee Steverson of Carson, 18-year-old Teyrin Laron Johnson of Bellflower, and 20-year-old Thadduas Lamar Sistrunk of Long Beach. Even though the robbery was foiled, all three are being charged for residential burglary because of their intent to commit theft.
Long Beach Police Department Chief Jim McDonnell spotlighted this arrest as an example of how a community can help stop crime.
“The community is the first line of defense when it comes to preventing crime in neighborhoods, and we can’t stress enough the importance of citizens looking out for each other and serving as the eyes and ears of the police,” stated Chief McDonnell. “Keeping our neighborhoods safe is a team effort and we thank this community member, and all others who choose to get involved, for their partnership.”
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