The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) announced Thursday that two individuals were arrested over the last two weeks in connection with numerous commercial burglaries, several of which occurred along the East Anaheim St. corridor.
The first suspect identified during the ongoing investigation was 52-year-old Norman Mainville of Buena Park. Detectives worked closely with East Division Patrol and provided officers with a photo of Mainville. On April 1, 2015, Mainville was located by patrol officers in the area of 10th Street and Coronado Avenue and was taken into custody.
Through their follow-up investigation, detectives connected Mainville to nine commercial burglaries that occurred in 2014 and 2015. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and the suspect accepted a plea, which resulted in an eight-year sentence. According to the LBPD, investigators believe he may be responsible for additional burglaries. The investigation will continue.
The second suspect was identified as 19-year-old Nathan Favela of Covina, who was located on Wednesday in the area of Anaheim Street and St. Louis Avenue and was arrested by East Division Directed Enforcement. Favela was connected through evidence to a commercial burglary at a bank on the 3100 block of E. Anaheim Street, which occurred on March 25, 2015. Investigators believe he may also be responsible for additional burglaries and will continue to investigate.
The LBPD wrote that Patrol’s quick response to requests for assistance from detectives was vital. "A team where patrol officers and detectives are working together towards the same goal creates results like those accomplished through this investigation," said Detective Division Commander Paul LeBaron in a statement.
According to the LBPD, the string of burglaries could have been motivated by small businesses leaving a few hundred dollars in cash in their tills overnight. Burglary Detail Sergeant Brandon Deis recommended that businesses secure their cash each night and leave their tills empty and open after closing. Doing so alerts potential burglars to the fact that unsecured money isn’t easily accessible.