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Suspects arrested in Signal Hill for liquor-theft spree

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments · News

Several individuals linked to a liquor-theft spree have been arrested in Signal Hill, according to the Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD).
On Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, SHPD officers were dispatched to the Food-4-Less grocery store at 1600 E Willow St. regarding the shoplifting of several cases of high-end alcohol by several suspects who had fled the scene after committing the crime.
According to SHPD, patrol officers located the get-away vehicle and detained the occupants of the vehicle. Food-4-Less loss-prevention employees positively identified the occupants, who were subsequently arrested for commercial burglary.
Upon further investigation by SHPD detectives and Food-4-Less loss-prevention employees, it was determined that the same suspects had committed liquor thefts at many other grocery stores in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
A task force headed by the Seal Beach Police Department was created to investigate the series of liquor thefts. In total there were nearly 100 commercial burglaries attributed to this liquor-theft crew, according to the SHPD.
On April 16, six separate SWAT teams from varying agencies issued a total of 10 search warrants. One of the search-warrant locations was in Signal Hill and resulted in some of the suspects being taken into custody.

Source: SHPD

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