LONG BEACH - Alert neighbors phoning in tips led to the capture of two 17-year-old Long Beach youths arrested for burglary after breaking into a home on the Peninsula, police said Wednesday.

The incident occurred at about 1:36 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the 6600 block of Seaside Walk when the victim returned home and saw a suspect fleeing, said Marlene Arrona, a Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman.

Neighbors saw both suspects running through the area and gave that information to police, who were able to track the teens down and arrest them shortly after arriving, Arrona said.

The teens fled with several items taken from the home, which were found by officers and returned to the victim, Arrona said.

The preliminary investigation revealed one of the suspects was able to get into the home through a window that was left slightly open.

Police officials stressed that residential burglaries spiked 19 percent last year, and Chief Jim McDonnell noted last week that more than 40 percent of the property crimes committed in 2012 could have been avoided by people taking some simple precautions.

That includes:

Meet your neighbors and participate in Community Watch.

Always report suspicious people or activity immediately by calling Long Beach Police Dispatch at 911 or 562-435-6711.

Report loiterers, who could be burglars casing the area.

Keep gates to backyards locked at all times.


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Be sure your address is visible from the street.

Record serial numbers on property and photograph valuables, which helps in reclaiming stolen items.

Consider installing surveillance cameras and other security devices to deter suspicious activity around your home.

When away for extended periods use timers on lights and ask someone to clear away newspapers and fliers.

Request a free "vacation check" by calling the LBPD Senior Police Partner volunteers at 562-570-7212.

Anyone with information regarding the burglary is asked to call Juvenile Investigations Detective Frank Romero at 562-570-1456 or 562-570-1425. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or go to www.lacrimestoppers.org/.

tracy.manzer@presstelegram.com, 562-499-1261, twitter.com/tmanzer