Police presence to increase near businesses following Belmont Shore robbery

The Long Beach Police Department aims to increase its officer presence in business and entertainment districts throughout the city, the department announced Saturday.

The announcement comes after a business at 5011 E. Second St. was robbed on Saturday afternoon at around 4:56 p.m., Long Beach Police Department spokesman Brandon Fahey said in an email. The business, which was listed as McCarty’s Jewelry, did not respond to phone calls from the Post as the business is regularly closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Four unknown male suspects carrying blunt, metallic objects entered the business and removed multiple items of property,”Fahey said. A good Samaritan tried to intervene and was struck by a metallic object in the upper body by one of the suspects, he said. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, and the Long Beach Fire Department responded and treated the victim for non-life-threatening injuries at the scene, Fahey said.

“The inventory of lost items and approximate value of the business’s property is still being determined,” Fahey said.

In Saturday night’s announcement, the LBPD said that it will be deploying more “patrol and investigative resources” to business and entertainment districts in Long Beach, particularly identifying Belmont Shore.

Officers are also connecting with the local business community to raise awareness and have members report suspicious activity, police said.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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