Israel Valenicia, 33, was stopped Monday on 10 Street, at Ohio Avenue, where police found the allegedly stolen property; officers believed the items may have been taken in three burglaries that had just occurred on Redondo Avenue, near Anaheim Street, police said.
Victims were contacted, identified their possessions, and agreed to prosecute, police said.
Valencia was booked on suspicion of vehicle burglary and receiving stolen property, police said.
On Wednesday, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which six counts of burglary against the defendant. The next court appearance is set for Wednesday.
Valencia is suspected in at least 40 burglaries in the area, based on investigators' evidence and surveillance video taken from Redondo Avenue.
“There’s a small percentage of people in the city committing an inordinate amount of crime and this a great example of how one person can so negatively impact a neighborhood and skew the crime statistics for the whole city,” said Chief of Police Jim McDonnell. “I’m proud of the diligent work our officers undertake to apprehend these career criminals.”
Anyone with information regarding auto burglaries committed in Long Beach is asked to call the Auto Theft Detail at 562 570-7362.
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