Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Community police arrested three men Wednesday, May 23rd, in the area of 79th Street and Osage Avenue in Westchester who had allegedly been involved in a residential burglary in Norwalk, police said.
The three suspects, believed to be in their early 20s, were initially followed by police as they left a Westchester residence and went to Norwalk, where the officers observed the men allegedly commit a residential burglary, LAPD Pacific Lt. Richard Mossler said.
Police initially did not have enough resources to make an arrest following the alleged burglary in Norwalk and followed the men through traffic but later lost sight of their vehicle, Mossler said.
Items taken in the alleged Norwalk burglary included TVs, guns, jewelry and money, he said.
Officers then waited for the men to return to the Westchester residence at about 1 p.m. and when police approached the men near their vehicle, they fled, Mossler alleged.
Two of the suspects were immediately apprehended but a third suspect ran into the neighborhood.
School police officers were called to a nearby school to inform administrators of the search that was being conducted.
Officers then began to search for the suspect on foot and a police canine also aided in the search, eventually locating the suspect in the 8100 block of Winsford Avenue, Mossler said. A gun that the suspect allegedly dropped was found in a backyard, he said.
Police served a search warrant at the Westchester residence, where they recovered seven plasma TVs, jewelry and other items that are believed to have been stolen, police alleged.
Three other suspects were arrested at the residence for probation violation, Mossler said.
Police suggest that people keep a record of the serial numbers on their electronic equipment, which will help locate the items in the event that they are stolen.