LONG BEACH — Two East Long Beach schools were locked down Wednesday morning while police searched an area just south of the 405 Freeway for two bike theft suspects who were eventually arrested.

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The campuses, Stanford Middle School at 5871 E. Los Arcos St. and William F. Prisk Elementary School, 2375 Fanwood Ave., which are next to each other, were reopened later that day.

 

Police officials said two suspects found nearby at 5700 E. Vernon St. were arrested on suspicion of bike theft. The pair had run across eight lanes of traffic on the San Diego (405) Freeway before they were caught.

10/10/12 - Two men suspected of bike theft, were taken into custody by Long Beach Police, Wednesday morning. The two men ran across all 8 lanes of the 405
10/10/12 - Two men suspected of bike theft, were taken into custody by Long Beach Police, Wednesday morning. The two men ran across all 8 lanes of the 405 freeway before being caught in a backyard of the 5700 block of E. Vernon Street. Nearby schools, Prisk Elementary and Stanford Middle School were temporarily placed on lock down. Photo by Brittany Murray / Staff Photographer

The suspects, whose names weren't released, were ages 15 and 18, according to police.

Two bikes had been reported stolen from Stanford Middle School, police said. Officers located the bikes at the end of the tunnel that passes under the freeway, near Albony Avenue and Vernon Street.

Lt. Eric Ledesma of the Long Beach Police Department's North Division said this was the second theft reported at the school in a week. There has been a rash of bike thefts in the area recently, he said.

"We are investigating the theft and looking into any possible link between the recent thefts and today's incident," Ledesma said.

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