Theft in South Gate Leads to Pursuit in Long Beach, Suspect Still At Large

The pursuit of a man who stole items from a South Gate Target store led to the closure of streets near Cherry Avenue and 64th Street after the suspect led officers into Long Beach.

The Long Beach Police Department announced at about 10:27AM the closures of Southbound Cherry from 6th Street to Harding Street and 64th between Cherry Avenue and Rose Avenue. The streets were closed while LBPD assisted the South Gate Police Department with a possible felony suspect investigation, LBPD spokeswoman Marlene Arrona said. 

At around 12:30PM, the streets were reopened to traffic and the public.

Lieutenant Frank Rivera of South Gate PD said the investigation began at about 9AM when an officer noticed a man running out of Target with obviously stolen items.

The suspect then ran into a truck, which he had parked behind the store, and fled from the officer, leading to a pursuit that ended up in North Long Beach. Described as a man in his 20s wearing a dark hoodie, the suspect then fled on foot, leaving the truck behind, which officers discovered was reported stolen.

Rivera said the suspect is still missing, and police are working to identify the suspect. He said the stolen items were recovered inside the truck.

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