Over the weekend, a series of burglaries took place in El Segundo, targeting several businesses on Main Street. The businesses that were hit include Big Mike’s, Fantastic Cafe, Gelato Go, Pho Dreams, I Love Teriyaki, and Richmond Bar and Grill. An unspecified amount of cash and valuables were taken from some of the businesses.
El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles called the break-ins “unacceptable” and attributed them to Prop 47, a ballot measure passed in 2014 that allows for the reduction of felonies to misdemeanors. Boyles believes that this law has led to an increase in crime and that it is difficult for police agencies to hold people accountable for their actions. He expressed his frustration and concern for the affected businesses and stated that local representatives are working to combat the damage caused by the law.
The police are investigating the burglaries in El Segundo as well as a string of burglaries that took place in Manhattan Beach and Hawthorne around the same time to determine if they are possibly connected.
These types of smash-and-grab burglaries have become increasingly common in recent years, with thieves breaking windows or doors to gain access to businesses quickly and steal cash and valuables. They often target small businesses, as they may not have sophisticated security systems in place.
Business owners and law enforcement officials have expressed concern about the rise in these types of crimes and are working to find ways to prevent them. This includes increasing patrols and surveillance, encouraging businesses to install security cameras and alarms, and educating the public about the importance of reporting suspicious activity.
While the investigation into the burglaries in El Segundo and the surrounding areas continues, residents and business owners are reminded to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police. It is also important for businesses to take steps to secure their premises and protect their assets.