The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) Detective Bureau and Crime Impact Team has made an arrest in the robbery of two Beverly Hills High School (BHHS) students. The robbery took place on April 26, at approximately 4:20 p.m. at Lasky Drive and Moreno Drive. According to BHPD, two female students reported that two female suspects stole a gold necklace from one victim’s neck and attempted to steal a cellphone from the other victim. No weapons were used during the incident.
On April 29, BHPD identified one of the suspects as Chakyra Sanford, 20, of Compton, California. Sanford was arrested in Compton without incident and charged with PC 211 Robbery. Sanford’s bail has been set at $50,000.Her court date is April 30, in Department 30 at the Airport Courthouse. According to BHPD, a search warrant of Sanford’s car and home led to the recovery of the stolen property. The department is still looking to identify the second suspect.
Shortly after the robbery took place, BHUSD Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy sent an email to parents, stating:
“Today, students were returning to the high school for an afterschool activity and as they were approaching the perimeter of the school, they were accosted by thieves who stole an item from one student and attempted to steal additional items,” said Bregy. “We applaud our students who handled the matter in the safest and most effective way possible throughout this incident. I personally attended the scene soon after and have subsequently remained in close contact with the Beverly Hills Police Department. Both BHUSD and BHPD are conducting a thorough investigation into this incident. I would like to thank BHPD for arriving on the scene in approximately two minutes.”
Bregy relayed that no indication of any further danger or threat to the community was uncovered, and the victims were chosen at random. “Tomorrow, and for the immediate future we will have additional security patrolling BHHS by both marked and unmarked officers,” Bregy wrote.
“Anytime anything like that happens, it’s a concern for us as a community and for our students and for their safety,” BHUSD Board of Education President, Rachelle Marcus, told the Courier.
After the arrest announcement, Bregy sent an additional notice to the BHUSD community. “We are grateful to the Beverly Hills Police Department for operating quickly to make an arrest and for recovering the stolen property. Both the City of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Police Department work tirelessly to keep our community safe and we thank them for their ongoing partnership,” he said.