A search for multiple burglary suspects in the residential area of Beverly Hills north of Sunset Boulevard on the evening of Dec. 30 resulted in multiple arrests by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and may be related to other cases in and around the Beverly Hills area.
According to the LAPD Media Relations Bureau, the Dec. 30 investigation began with reports of a vehicle sought in connection with a recent burglary spotted in the area of Carla Ridge and Haynes Avenue, and Coldwater Canyon and Heather Road.
The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) issued alerts at 7:35 p.m. and later at 9:19 p.m., indicating that its units were in the area searching for burglary suspects, and urging the public to avoid the area.
The search lasted well into the evening and involved at least two helicopters. During that time, anxious Beverly Hills residents eager for news communicated with each other via social media.
Some residents told the Courier that they heard officers issuing commands to drop their weapons from loudspeakers on the aircraft as several people were taken into custody in the predawn hours of New Year’s Eve. At 1:47 a.m., the BHPD issued an alert indicating that “all suspects have been located and taken into custody.”
Preliminary reports suggested there were three people in the suspicious vehicle, however LAPD officials declined to confirm the number of people arrested or disclose their identities as of press time.
The arrests in Beverly Hills were part of a “larger operation,” LAPD officials told the Courier in an email. They were collaborating with multiple agencies and preparing to share further details about their investigations at an upcoming press conference.