SWAT Officers Called to Gardena Shopping Center in Search for Suspected Burglars

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SWAT officers were called to a shopping center in Gardena after burglars struck a discount store Thursday morning, police said.

SWAT officers are seen outside a dd's Discounts store in Gardena on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
SWAT officers are seen outside a dd’s Discounts store in Gardena on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The burglary occurred just before 5 a.m. at the dd’s Discounts store located in the 2400 block of West Rosecrans Avenue (map), according to Lt. Steve Prendergast of the Gardena Police Department.

One suspected burglar was detained initially but authorities were searching for other possible burglars who may have remained inside the store, Prendergast said.

An armored vehicle surrounded by several SWAT officers could be seen in the shopping center parking lot, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

Surrounding businesses were not being allowed to open until further notice, the Gardena Police Department stated in a news release.

Crime scene tape and barricades are seen in a driveway at a shopping center in Gardena on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
Crime scene tape and barricades are seen in a driveway at a shopping center in Gardena on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Crime scene tape and barricades were placed across a driveway keeping vehicles from entering the shopping center, video showed.

There was no immediate word on any injuries as a result of the incident, Prendergast said.

Traffic in the area was not restricted, according the news release.

The Police Department sent an updated news release stating that police activity had concluded and business were cleared to open at 10:19 a.m.

There was no word on any further arrests.

KTLA’s Justin Burton contributed to this report.

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