Huntington Beach Police Investigate Long Beach Break-Ins

At least 20 burglaries in Huntington Beach blamed on South American gang HUNTINGTON BEACH City officials are investigating at least 20 burglaries in Huntington Beach in recent weeks attributed to the South American drug…

Huntington Beach Police Investigate Long Beach Break-Ins

At least 20 burglaries in Huntington Beach blamed on South American gang

HUNTINGTON BEACH City officials are investigating at least 20 burglaries in Huntington Beach in recent weeks attributed to the South American drug cartel.

Detectives are looking into the possibility that thieves are targeting wealthy homes, and there’s suspicion that one of three suspects responsible for five break-ins in Long Beach in just five days may be involved in the burglaries in Huntington Beach.

The crime wave began in Long Beach in early May and appeared to have a connection to the violent drug war in South America, according to Detective Dan Bales with the Long Beach Police Department.

In late May, a man broke into a Huntington Beach residence, tied up neighbors and took the owner’s cellphone. Shortly after that, someone broke into another house in Long Beach, tied up and robbed an occupant.

Detectives believe the burglaries appeared to be connected but the motive is not known.

In early June, a woman received a ransom note, and thieves broke into her home at night, tied her up and stole her purse.

Police have identified the suspect in most of the burglaries. Police have not said if police have arrested him in any of the burglaries.

The suspect in the Long Beach burglaries allegedly ties victims up and threatens them. He takes their property and then leaves, according to a Huntington Beach police report. The reports, obtained by The San Francisco Chronicle, show that police found a cell-phone, a small television, a laptop computer and a camera inside a refrigerator in the Long Beach burglaries.

In the May Long Beach burglaries, the burglar forced a woman and a man out of their home and into the attic. In each case, the burglars told the victims that they had no identification and that they were being held hostage, according to police reports.

In five of the Long Beach burglaries last week, the burglar took the victims’ property and left without taking anything, according to police.

After the Long Beach burglaries, Huntington Beach police officers responded to a report about a burglar breaking a window at a Huntington Beach home. Police called officers in Long Beach and they went to the scene, and discovered that a woman in the home had been tied up and robbed. Police returned to the Huntington Beach burglar but they have not yet apprehended him.

Bales said the burglaries appear to

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