LONG BEACH — A 17-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of burglary, and police on Thursday credited an alert resident with tipping officers to the crime.

Long Beach Police Department patrol units were called to the area of 68 th Street and Lemon Avenue at about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday after a resident noticed two youths, both male, knocking on doors of homes that appeared to be vacant, said Sgt. Aaron Eaton, a police department spokesman.

Police arrived and saw two people who matched the suspects' description in a nearby alley as they were fleeing.

A perimeter was set up and police quickly confirmed one of the homes was burglarized, Eaton said.

Based on information given by the tipster, police were able to find a suspect vehicle and third suspect, a 17-year-old Long Beach girl, who was arrested. Her name was not released because she is a minor.

They also recovered most of the items stolen from the home and returned them to the victim, Eaton said.

The other two suspects remained at large Thursday, he said.

"The main thing here is the resident who saw something suspicious and called us right away," Eaton said. "Our officers were able to get out there, get a perimeter set up and recover the victim's belongings."

The investigation remains ongoing, he said, and police are asking residents in surrounding neighborhoods to come forward if they have been victims of unreported thefts or burglaries.


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Residents are urged to:

Meet neighbors. It makes it easier to recognize a person who doesn't belong in the neighborhood and neighbors who talk are more likely to look out for one another.

Report loitering, which can be criminals casing a neighborhood.

Keep windows, doors, and gates locked at all times.

Ensure your address is visible from the street. If appropriate, have your house number and street name visible in the alley.

Keep porch lights on at night and install motion sensor lights.

Always report suspicious people or activity immediately via 911 or Long Beach Police Dispatch, 562-435-6711.

Anyone with information regarding Wednesday's incident is asked to call Juvenile Investigations Section Detective David Rivas at 562-570-1425.

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