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The Tree Section of Manhattan Beach was thrown into upheaval Friday night after a resident gave the wrong address on a food delivery app. 

Local law enforcement responded to a report of a possible residential burglary in the Tree Section of the city at 9:43 p.m. July 21.

A resident said they saw five people approaching and looking into their home from their Ring camera, according to Tim Zins, acting police lieutenant and public information officer.

MBPD detained three suspects in connection with the call, but believed they were still searching for two additional subjects. 

Thus, the department requested support from surrounding agencies, including Hermosa, El Segundo and Redondo Beach to set up a perimeter as well as a Los Angeles County Sheriff helicopter to circle the area. The whole incident lasted roughly an hour and 20 minutes. 

After interviewing the three detained people, MBPD officers determined they were there delivering food and had gone to the wrong address, Zins explained. 

MBPD facilitated the delivery after speaking with the resident who ordered the food and thanked residents for remaining vigilant.

"No call is too small. We encourage residents to call us if they see something suspicious and let us check it out," Zins said. "If it is something, than they've just prevented a crime. Sometimes we get the bad guys and sometimes, like this, it's a misunderstanding."

Zins also advised residents to sign up for which sends alerts of police activity through text message.

"That's how we communicate with the community during emergencies," he added.

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