Police Investigate Possible Connection Between Smash-and-Grabs in Long Beach, Westminster

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Two men were taken into custody Friday after allegedly burglarizing a Westminster business in a smash-and-grab incident that was similar to two crimes in Long Beach earlier that morning, authorities said.

Burglars fled after smash-and-grab incidents at GameStop and jewelry stores in Long Beach on Friday, July 3, 2015, police said.  (Credit: KTLA)

Burglars fled after smash-and-grab incidents at GameStop and jewelry stores in Long Beach on Friday, July 3, 2015, police said. (Credit: KTLA)

The first burglary occurred about 2:20 a.m. at a jewelry store in 4600 block of Los Coyotes Diagnol, said Lt. Jeffrey Berkenkamp of the Long Beach Police Department.

The occupants of a stolen red pickup truck crashed through the front of the business, then exited the vehicle and stole a "significant" amount, the lieutenant said. It was unclear whether jewelry or cash was taken.

About 3:55 a.m., police received a report that the same truck had smashed into a GameStop store in the 400 block of West Anaheim Boulevard.

The thieves made off with an undetermined amount of cash and merchandise, according to Berkenkamp.

Shortly afterward, the truck was located in the 1400 block of Chestnut Avenue. Investigators believe a second vehicle was involved in the incidents.

No one was in custody in connection with the Long Beach thefts, authorities said.

In nearby Westminster, officers responded about 4:30 a.m. to a Sprint store in the 6700 block of Westminster Boulevard, where callers reported suspicious activity, said Cmdr. Cameron Knauerhaze of the Westminster Police Department.

The officers arrived to find three men, in their early 20s, taking property from the business in a smash-and-grab burglary, the commander said. The burglars fled and a brief foot pursuit ensued.

Two were taken into custody, according to police. The third man remained at large. He is described as black, wearing dark clothing.

A dark-colored BMW was recovered after being involved in the incident, which was possibly was related to the earlier break-ins in Long Beach, Knauerhaze said. An investigation is ongoing.

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