From the Police: Beware of Distraction Burglaries

Police: Beware of Distraction Burglaries

Jewelry and high-end watches are stolen during a “distraction burglary” in South Redondo Beach.

Police are searching for at least two people who stole high-end jewelry from a home in South Redondo Beach on June 7 in a distraction burglary, according to the Part I Crime Recap released by the Redondo Beach Police Department.

One of the thieves—described as either a Hispanic or black man in his 30s standing 6 feet tall with a medium build—posed as a city worker and took the person at the home into the back yard of a residence in the 500 block of South Gertruda Avenue.

While they were outside, one or more people entered the residence and stole high-end jewelry and watches, including a Rolex and a Bertolucci, police said.

Redondo police Sgt. Shawn Freeman said these distraction burglaries are not new to the South Bay.

“Unfortunately, these types of crimes have been going on for decades,” he told Patch.

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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