Police arrest 2 Long Beach suspects in connection with Beverly Hills smash-and-grab burglary

Two suspects wanted for a March smash-and-grab burglary at a Beverly Hills jewelry store were arrested Wednesday following searches across three different locations in Long Beach, police said.

Long Beach resident Deshon Bell, 20, was taken into custody on suspicion of commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. His bail was set at $20,000, inmate records show. A  minor from Long Beach, whose name was not released because they are underage, was also arrested and booked on suspicion of commercial burglary.

Police say Bell and the minor were part of a crew of up to six masked suspects who, on March 22, exited a vehicle in the 200 block of South Beverly Drive while wielding axes, sledgehammers and crowbars.

The six suspects then proceeded to use the tools to smash a storefront window and take several pieces of high-end jewelry from a display case, authorities said.

After gathering security footage, investigators managed to identify the getaway vehicle and the suspects involved in the case, police said. With the help of FBI agents and the United States Attorney’s Office, Beverly Hills police secured arrest warrants for three suspects, police said.

While serving a warrant Wednesday at around 6 a.m. in Bixby Knolls, officers, along with an FBI tactical team, arrested Bell, police said. During their search, they also seized a 9-millimeter handgun and a high-capacity magazine from the area, police said.

Two other suspects believed to be involved in the burglary are already in custody, police said.

“Evidence connecting the suspects to the South Beverly Drive crime was recovered during today’s operations,” police said Wednesday. “The investigation is ongoing and will not conclude until all remaining suspects are arrested and booked.”

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