Two men and one woman who were arrested in connection with a residential burglary in Redondo Beach last month may also be responsible for a residential burglary in Playa del Rey, in which two of the suspects’ images were captured on security cameras, police said.
Redondo Beach police arrested Daryl Jackson, 19, of Inglewood, Charles Johnson Jr., 19, of Hawthorne, and Markeisha Reed, 20, of Los Angeles, August 27th, in connection with a residential burglary and attempted residential burglary in Redondo Beach August 21st, Sgt. Phil Keenan said.
Police believe Jackson and Johnson, who are suspected gang members, are the same two suspects whose images were captured on cameras while they allegedly burglarized a home in the 7900 block of 81st Street in Playa del Rey August 17th, Keenan said.
The two male suspects allegedly broke into a home in the 1900 block of Speyer Lane in Redondo Beach while an 18-year-old girl was sleeping upstairs. While the suspects were inside, the girl’s mother returned home, at which point the suspects pushed her down and ran from the house, taking a flat-screen TV, a DVD player and jewelry, Keenan alleged.
The suspects were last seen fleeing the area in a vehicle allegedly driven by Reed, he said. The two men are also suspected of trying to break into another home on the same street earlier in the day but were interrupted by a resident, he said.
Detectives identified the male suspects after finding fingerprints at both residences. Redondo Beach Special Investigations Unit detectives set up a surveillance at Jackson’s home and arrested him and Reed as they were leaving in a vehicle. Police also set up surveillance at Johnson’s home and arrested him as he was trying to escape through a window, Keenan said.
Police served a search warrant and recovered property, including laptop computers, TVs and jewelry, he said. The suspects are expected to be charged with burglary, and bail for each was set at $50,000.
“We believe they are suspected for multiple burglaries,” Keenan said. “The investigation is still ongoing.”
Still images, allegedly of Jackson and Johnson, captured on security cameras at a home on 81st Street in Playa del Rey were displayed on the blog westchester parents.org/.
Images taken from the video security system at the Playa del Rey home show a white vehicle outside, the two male suspects looking into the home and one suspect inside. Keenan said the “high quality” images allowed Redondo Beach police to identify the suspects as the ones they arrested.
Karen Kanter, a Playa del Rey Neighborhood Watch block captain, noted how residents were surprised at the “boldness” of the suspects to enter a home during the day. In seeing the images, residents expressed more anger at the incident than panic, she said.
“I got a sense that people were angry,” Kanter said.
While many community members feel safe in their neighborhood, Playa del Rey resident Heather Lemmon said “it was pretty frightening” to see the burglary pictures. Another Playa del Rey burglary was reported only two days later at a home near Trask and Manchester Avenues, she said.
A number of community members had already installed similar security cameras that have proven to be effective, Kanter said. After learning of the incidents, residents became vigilant and double-locked their doors, she said.
“Everyone kind of hunkered down and went into safe-mode behavior,” she said.
Kanter and Lemmon said they were pleased to learn of the burglary suspects’ arrest and to know the community has fully functioning Neighborhood Watch groups.
“This has been a very tight-knit community for a long time,” Kanter said.