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Police Search Fails To Yield Suspects In Burglary Attempt

By Victoria Talbot

An attempted burglary was foiled Tuesday in the 800 block of North Rexford Drive when the two burglars found someone in the residence.

The person, an employee, first phoned the homeowners, which delayed her call to police.

However, BHPD officers arrived within 70 seconds of the call, and set up a perimeter. Unfortunately, it appears to have been long enough for the burglars to get away. Police received a call at 2:52 p.m., according to Lt. Elisabeth Albanese, BHPD public information officer.

Officers searched the area for suspects, with air support from LAPD.

Burglary suspects typically “target daytime or early evening hours when residents are usually at work or out for dinner,” explained Albanese. “If anything appears suspicious or unusual, it is best to call police first. Then, if everything turns out to be ok, call us back. It is better to be safe first.”

During the search, Hawthorne Elementary School was locked down. It was after school hours, so students had left the campus. The roadway was officially reopened at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday evening.

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