Roundhouse Aquarium burglary
Two laptops were stolen from the Roundhouse Marine Lab located at the end of the Manhattan Beach pier over the Thanksgiving holiday, Manhattan Beach police said.
On the morning of Nov. 25, a former employee, who was helping staff the aquarium during his Thanksgiving break from college, arrived at work and noticed an interior door had been kicked in. Soon after, it was discovered that two laptops were stolen. Surveillance cameras captured images of two suspects, but their identity is unknown.
Roundhouse staff lost five years of work saved on the laptops, said Valerie Hill, co-director of the aquarium.
The non-profit has three full-time and four part-time staff members and is open seven days a week. Volunteers were helpful in working extra hours to compile and recreate lost documents, Hill said.
Staff members had reserved projects, like building new tank displays, for December, when the staff had a break from hosting school field trips. Because of the burglary, the projects were put on hold. “We had to postpone starting some of those projects. Now they’re going to run into when school starts back up again,” she said.
Hill was particularly disappointed that the burglary occurred on Thanksgiving. “It’s never an appropriate thing to do, but especially on the day of Thanksgiving, it seems really inappropriate,” she said, adding that staff members had to come in on their one day off. “I lost a whole day of spending time with my family, in addition to all the time that we’ve lost at the aquarium.”
The aquarium staff was able to replace the laptops using little of the aquarium’s funds due to community support and donations, Hill said. “We really appreciate community getting behind us,” she said.
Police ask that anyone with information on the identity of these suspects call Detective John Nasori at 310-802-5133.
Raleigh Studios burglary
On the evening of Oct. 18, multiple offices in Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach were burglarized, according to a Manhattan Beach police statement.
Surveillance footage captured the suspect on tape, but his identity remains unknown. Among the items stolen was a cowboy hat, which the suspect is wearing in the surveillance footage.
Based on the police investigation, a male suspect used a pry tool to break into the offices.
Police ask that anyone with information on the identity of the suspect call Detective John Nasori at 310-802-5133.
On Oct. 22, a vehicle burglary occurred in the parking lot of 24 Hour Fitness, at 1500 Rosecrans Ave., according to a Manhattan Beach police statement.
The victim parked her car in the lot at 7:40 p.m. and subsequently entered the gym to work out. Upon returning to her car an hour and a half later, she noticed her car had been broken into and personal belongings were missing.
She learned later that her credit card had been used at a gas station in Hawthorne, police said.
Surveillance cameras captured footage of the suspect vehicle, which police say is likely a 2000-2005, two-door Tahoe or Yukon.
Manhattan Beach Police Officer Stephanie Martin urged residents not to leave valuables in their cars in plain sight. “People normally don’t break into a car if they don’t see anything, because it’s high risk for low return,” she said.
Police ask that those with any information on the suspect or the owner of the vehicle pictured call Detective Mike Rosenberger at 310-802-5127.
To report crime anonymously, call 800-222-8477 or text 274637 starting with “TIPLA.”