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Manhattan Beach

Residential burglary

Copper wire was stolen from two homes under construction between Jan. 23 and 24. The homes were located in the 300 block of 17th Street and the 600 block of Bayview Drive.

Electronics, purses, a wallet and clothes were stolen from a home in the 600 block of Crest Ave. on Jan. 28.

Jewelry and a watch were stolen from a home in the 1100 block of Duncan Drive on Jan. 30. A window was smashed to gain entry to the residence.

Miscellaneous property was stolen from a home in the 1200 block of 3rd Street on Jan. 30. The burglar used a rear window to gain entry.

Car burglary

Fencing gear and a pair of ice skates were stolen from an unlocked car in the 1800 block of Poinsettia Ave. between Jan. 26 and 27.

Two suspects were arrested for burglarizing two cars in the 300 block of 12th Street on Jan. 27. A laptop, tablet, electronics, clothing, backpack and cash were stolen, but the property was returned when the suspects were arrested.

Hair styling equipment was stolen from a car in the 1000 block of Manhattan Ave. on Jan. 27. The suspect shattered the rear window and stole the property. The suspect was later arrested and the stolen items were returned.

A wallet and cell phone were stolen from a car in the El Porto parking lot on Jan. 24. A hidden access key was used to break into the car.

Redondo Beach

Illegal narcotics manufacturing

A man was burned during an apartment fire reportedly while he was making “weed” on Jan. 21, in the 700 block of Pacific Coast Highway. When the fire department arrived, the single story apartment was engulfed in flames. The suspect was being treated for third degree burns to his arms and hands. He reportedly told police that he was inside his residence, using butane tanks and wax to “make weed” when the tank caught fire. He was transported to Torrance Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Drug smuggling

Six suspicious subjects were taken into custody by the U.S. Coast Guard after they were reportedly caught unloading 55 gallon barrels from a boat at 200 Portofino Way on Jan. 21. When officers arrived, it appeared to them it was a possible drug smuggling situation. Three of the six Mexican nationals had prior convictions for drug trafficking, according to police.

Illegal firearm possession

A man was arrested at Inglewood Avenue and 152nd Street on Jan. 24 for illegal firearm possession. When an officer conducted a traffic stop for no license plates, he reportedly noticed two loaded pistol magazines in plain view in the glove box. The driver reportedly admitted to being in possession of a pistol under his seat and was detained. An unloaded 9 mm pistol was recovered during a search and the driver admitted to possessing the pistol for self-defense.

Suspect water rescue

After vandalizing a store in the 200 block of S. Pacific Coast Highway, a man reportedly tried to evade police by jumping off the Redondo Beach Pier on Jan. 25. The suspect was reportedly damaging products in the store by throwing things off the shelves. When police arrived, the man fled on a bike. He was pursued onto the pier where he jumped. Baywatch and Harbor Patrol responded and took him into custody. He was transported to a hospital where he was treated for minor complaints of pain. He was also evaluated for a psychological committal.

Psychiatric committal

A woman was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation after soliciting herself for food and money in the 1800 block of Hawthorne Blvd. on Jan. 26. When officers arrived they attempted to detain her but she refused to cooperate. She reportedly was talking nonsense to herself and verbally threatened the officers. The officers used force and took her into custody.

Shoplifting

Two suspects were arrested for shoplifting at Target in the 1600 block of Kingsdale Ave. and other crimes on Jan. 14. Target Loss Prevention reportedly witnessed the suspects select two cell phones and a television and left without paying for the merchandise. The suspects were detained outside. A search revealed the stolen merchandise, stolen credit cards, drug paraphernalia and an illegal knife, according to police.

Vandalism

A wall near the Redondo Beach Police Pier Sub Station in the 100 block of Torrance Blvd. was vandalized Jan. 12. A witness reportedly saw the suspect spray a large area on a wall near the station. Officers located the suspect a short time later. The suspect had fresh paint on his hands, along with cans of spray paint, according to police.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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