Long Beach police are prepping to deploy extra officers on Election Day this year because of the possibility of civil unrest, according to the department.
Police say that since February there have been two petty thefts and one burglary from vehicles at the station, which is on Peterson Avenue near 14th Street.
The lizards, which are Australian Lace Monitors worth over $75,000, were stolen from JTK Reptiles on the afternoon of Nov. 29 last year.
Of the top 150 cities with highest auto theft rates, Long Beach ranked No. 37, coming in ahead of Los Angeles, which ranked 57.
Officers at the North Division police station heard the gunshot in Scherer Park around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, authorities said.
A nearly 90-minute pursuit of a stolen U-Haul moving truck that began in Orange County ended when the vehicle came to rest in a park in Long Beach and the driver and a passenger were taken into custody.
Police say they’re trying to determine whether there’s a connection between gunfire in Central Long Beach Sunday evening and a man who said he was wounded by a bullet about three blocks away.
Police were called to a local hospital about the victim at about 1:50 a.m., where he told them two men had approached him in the area of 28th Street and Pacific Avenue.
He told officers that a group of men approached him and tried to rob him near Seventh Street and Long Beach Boulevard. When he tried to flee, they shot him, said police spokeswoman Allison Gallagher.
The victim told the officers he had been stabbed by a man after an argument with a group of people inside a liquor store on Atlantic Avenue and 53rd Street, about a mile from the substation.