Friday April 18
By Steve Propes
Monday, March 24
2800 block of Mariquita St. As police spotted a burglar making his getaway at 3:45 p.m., other cops came to help the cop who gave chase to the speedy orange tennis-shoed malefactor who got away.
Tuesday, March 25
Bach Library parking lot. At 1:45 p.m., a shoeless man in a black Los Angeles T-shirt on the grass was rubbing his ankles when a nearby turquoise sedan occupied by two males and a female inside began to leave. “Don’t leave,” the shoeless man wailed; the woman got out and let her friend inside. Seemingly suspicious, but why isn’t clear.
Wednesday, March 26
1300 block of Temple. A pair of dispensary robbers called for a delivery of medical marijuana, giving correct identity information just prior to using a gun to rob the delivery person, thus earning their new street names, Dumb and Dumber.
Friday, March 28
Citywide. Many people felt the 9:09 p.m. 5.3 earthquake locally, but not like they did in La Habra and Brea.
5100 block of Pacific Coast Hwy. As opposed to a major decoy, police operated a minor decoy to find those capable of selling alcohol to a minor. Of 14 liquor outlets visited, the decoy operator busted, cited and publicized only one shop, which is what the decoy operation is all about.
Saturday, March 29
Lakewood Blvd. and the 405 Freeway. A motorcyclist lost his bike, literally, at 6:15 p.m., as it exited the freeway off ramp, he didn’t. Cops were dispatched to investigate.
Sunday, March 30
Bellflower Blvd. and the 405 Freeway. Before 8 p.m., a Toyota Sequoia was spotted by the CHP violating traffic laws in Orange County, then removed itself via the 405 Freeway to Long Beach, heading north to Lakewood Village with the CHP wanting local police to take up the pursuit, which the local fuzz refused to do for traffic violations only. However the local cops did monitor it from the streets and from the air.
Rose Ave. and Bixby St. “A beater ‘47 Plymouth” hit a teen on a motorized bike at 11:15 p.m. The teen was taken to the hospital and the bike left at the scene. A witness observed local homeless people waiting for the scene to be cleared and took the bike.
Tenth St. and Redondo Ave. Zaferia’s remaining dispensary was robbed.
Monday, March 31
Zaferia. Police arrested 22-year-old Desmond Pulliam of Long Beach on three counts of robbery, possession of a loaded firearm and unlawful possession of a concealed firearm for his alleged “dumb and dumber” role in a March 26 marijuana delivery man robbery.
1317 Termino Ave. At noon, three gunshots were heard in Zaferia. 911 was called, police responded to the scene, bringing with them their own guns.
Wednesday, April 2
3100 block of Bellflower Blvd. At 10:30 a.m., a fresh burglary was reported with the possibility thieves jumped over a back fence to Marber Avenue to the east, so a perimeter was set up and a search was launched before a final determination that the burglary was a non-starter.
219 Redondo Ave. At 11 a.m., a city fire rig attempting to navigate the narrow street clipped the rear view mirror of a parked vehicle. The city attorney was called out to negotiate a settlement.
Heartwell Park at the flood control channel. At 11:30 a.m., at least three black and whites and a chopper overhead detained a youth in a grey sweatshirt riding a bike and carrying a soccer ball. After questioning, it was determined the youth had no connection to the 10:30 a.m. Bellflower Blvd. burglary that never happened.
Shoreline Village. A true-to-life Bubba Gump Shrimp Company dine and dash happened at 1:55 p.m.
Thursday, April 3
Ximeno Ave. and Pacific Coast Hwy. A group of youths were aggressively pitching newspaper subscriptions to the extent the cops were called in at 8:15 p.m. Not the way to make friends for your publication.
Saturday, April 5
Stearns St. and Bellflower Blvd. A group of teens engaged in a game of street basketball at 5:15 p.m., which necessitates jumping in front of passing cars.
Sunday, April 6
2700 block of E. Second St. Fears of a reported assault between a male and female at 11:30 a.m. were allayed when the action was discovered to be part of a student film.
Monday, April 7
5200 block of Abbeyfield Rd. A pre-noon burglary apparently wasn’t the last in the area.
14th St. and Roycroft Ave. At 1 p.m., police were out in force for an hour searching for a juvenile suspect in connection with a possible burglary, but ended up with suspect zero.
Palo Verde Ave. at Willow St. Three brands of transportation, a GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot and Dodge Durango did the head-on crash at 8:50 a.m., meaning all traffic on Willow was deemed diverted.