Manhattan Beach police released surveillance images Wednesday in hopes of identifying two suspects in a beachfront home burglary and urged residents to be more vigilant about locking doors and windows in light of a spike in residential and vehicle break-ins.
The burglary occurred at a multi-story home in the 100 block of The Strand, at First Street, on Feb. 7 about 5:30 p.m., said Detective Traci Navarrette of the Manhattan Beach Police Department.
“There was nobody home at the time and they attempted to force entry and were unsuccessful, but then they found an unlocked door,” Navarrette said. “Unfortunately, that’s a common theme. We’re getting reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles or residences where windows or doors were unlocked.”
Both of the suspects are believed to be in their 20s, according to Navarrette, who said surveillance footage captured a clear image of one of the men and a side view of the other.
One of the suspects was described as Hispanic or black with a light complexion, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the logo “Crenshaw Boxing Club” on the front, dark brown shorts and carrying what appears to be an umbrella.
His accomplice was described as black, wearing dark-colored pants, a light-colored hat and bright green shoes. He was carrying a dark-colored backpack.
Navarrette said the entire South Bay region “has had a spike in residential burglaries, as well as thefts from vehicles.”
“We can’t hit the point home enough — people are busy and (some of) these homes are large, but we’re asking that people lock their doors and windows when they’re not home. And if you have an alarm, start using it.”
Anyone with information was asked to call Navarrette at (310) 802-5125.
— City News Service