ABOVE (L to R): Gonzalez, Curry, Johnson | Long Beach PD
Police have arrested four individuals in connection to multiple recent burglaries in and around Long Beach.
On Friday, January 3, a witness witness reported seeing three subjects in dark clothing taking items from a restaurant on the 2500 block of North Palm Canyon Drive and loading them into a vehicle.
Around 2:39 AM, police responded to a restaurant on the 2500 block of North Palm Canyon Drive just in time to see an adult female running from the business and getting into a black Nissan Sentra, which then fled the scene.
Officers attempted a traffic stop but the driver, 19-year-old Shanya Johnson, led police on a short pursuit before finally stopping on outbound Highway 111 just east of Chino Canyon. She and a second individual, 20-year-old Mashayla Curry, were detained without incident.
A safe taken from the restaurant containing an undisclosed amount of currency was recovered from the vehicle.
Investigating officers reviewed surveillance video from the crime scene and discovered that four subjects were involved in the burglary and, as such, two suspects remained outstanding.
The suspect vehicle was eventually found by local police in Seal Beach and its five occupants detained. Two of said occupants, an adult male identified as 22-year-old Kaelem Gonzalez and an unidentified juvenile, were recognized as suspects in the burglary.
Gonzalez was taken into custody and the juvenile has since been released to family members pending charges in juvenile court.
The remaining occupants all turned out to be suspects in a series of burglaries in the Long Beach area.
Around 6:30 AM on January 3, additional burglaries were reported at two business on the 1700 block of East Palm Canyon Drive. Video surveillance and additional investigation identified the suspects as Curry, Johnson, and Gonzalez.