5 arrested in connection to theft of fire hydrants across city, police say

Five people have been arrested in connection with the theft of fire hydrants in Long Beach over the past several months, authorities said.

Paramount resident Jorge Miranda, 34, and Hawthorne resident Damarion Anthony Haynes, 35, were taken into custody and booked for one count each of grand theft and knowingly receiving stolen property. Los Angeles resident Darain Dove, 37, was arrested and booked for one count each of knowingly receiving stolen property, entering a posted property and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Los Angeles resident Marissa Hernandez, 42, was taken into custody and booked for one count each for receiving stolen property and possession of unlawful paraphernalia, as well as two counts of loitering. Long Beach resident Bradley Schreiner, 61, was arrested and booked for one count of theft, police said.

The arrests come after a months-long investigation by burglary detectives who identified two vehicles that were each separately involved in several incidents, police said.

A busted fire hydrant following a theft. Photo courtesy of the Long Beach Police Department.

On Jan. 11, officers responded to the 1400 block of Gaylord Street following a report of a suspicious person, police said.

There, officers discovered a car matching one of the suspect vehicle descriptions in the thefts and subsequently arrested one of the suspects, police said.

That same day, another set of officers located a second vehicle in the area of 17th Street and Cedar Avenue that matched the description of a car used in a separate set of thefts, police said, adding that as a result, two more suspects were arrested.

The final two suspects were arrested the following day by patrol officers, police said.

All five were jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail, however, court records show they’ve since been charged and had their bail increased. Miranda’s bail was upped to $30,000, Haynes’ to $40,000, Dove’s to $50,000, and Hernandez’s to $60,000.

Court records fail to indicate if Schreiner remains jailed or whether he was charged.

The investigation into the thefts is still ongoing, police said.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.