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Blotter: Death Threats, Stolen iPods

The following information was supplied by the Redondo Beach and Torrance police departments. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The investigated burglaries—commercial, residential and vehicle—and a couple of car thefts, according to the department's Recent Law Enforcement Events news release and the Part I crime recap covering reports received Aug. 9 through last Thursday.

In addition, the Torrance Police Department handled a vehicle burglary in the Hollywood Riviera on Aug. 6, according to its weekly crime recaps.

Pastor tips off police about death threats

A parishioner of the church in the 100 block of North Francisca Avenue in South Redondo Beach was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats after the church's pastor spoke with police.

Officers were called to the church last Saturday at about 8:45 p.m., where the pastor told police that one parishioner had made death threats over the Internet and by phone against another parishioner.

"The suspect said that he was going to come to church on Sunday and kill the parishioner," according to a report in the the Recent Law Enforcement Events news release.

The parishioner suspected of making the threats was arrested without incident in Torrance.

Commercial robbery in Redondo Beach

A man escaped with an unidentified amount of cash from the safe at On The Rocks Sports Bar the afternoon of Aug. 10, according to a report in the Recent Law Enforcement Events news release. Apparently, he snuck into the restaurant through the rear delivery doors and found the room with the business' safe.

He grabbed "large sums of money" from the unlocked safe before he was confronted by an employee, police said. He struggled with the employee, then fled the restaurant in a black Lexus with gold trim, license plate No. 5YFV126.

The culprit left some of the cash behind when he fled. The investigation is ongoing.

Commercial burglary in Redondo Beach

Police aren't sure how a burglar entered a business in the 500 block of North Prospect Avenue between Monday night and Tuesday morning and ransacked the office desks. No loss was reported.

Residential burglaries in Redondo Beach

Someone walked into an open garage in the 2100 block of Harriman Lane and stole a Trek bicycle at some point between late Monday night and Tuesday evening.

A person somehow entered a residence in the 200 block of Rockefeller Lane between 1 a.m. Aug. 10 and 12:30 a.m. last Saturday. No loss was reported.

A thief stole jewelry, an iPad, a dress and cash from a residence in the 200 block of Avenue C at some point between July 24 and Aug. 9.

Vehicle burglaries in Redondo Beach

Someone pried open the driver's-side window of a 1997 Nissan Sentra parked Tuesday evening in the 1800 block of the Esplanade. The thief made off with a purse, cash and credit cards.

A purse and its contents, glasses and gift cards were stolen after someone smashed the passenger window of a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero parked in the 600 block of South Prospect Avenue at some point on Aug. 10.

An iPod Nano was stolen between Sunday evening and Monday morning from a 2003 Ford Focus parked in the 1600 block of Haynes Lane.

A thief stole a briefcase, sunglasses, a DVD player and an iPod Nano between the evening of Aug. 10 and last Saturday morning from a vehicle of some sort parked in the 800 block of Camino Real in South Redondo Beach.

Someone smashed a rear window of a 2010 Toyota Camry and reached in to remove a briefcase. The theft occurred between the evening of Aug. 10 and last Saturday morning, and the vehicle was parked in the 600 block of South Prospect Avenue.

A thief smashed the passenger-side window of a 2006 Ford Explorer on the evening of Aug. 10 to steal an iPad. The car was parked in the 100 block of North Harbor Drive.

Vehicle burglary in the Hollywood Riviera

Someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Paseo de la Playa at some point between Aug. 5 and 6. The thief defeated the door lock, then ransacked the car and stole CDs.

Stolen vehicles

A black 2009 JMSTA Moped, license No. 20H2312, was stolen from the 500 block of Avenue G between Monday morning and Tuesday evening.

A blue 2000 Honda Civic, license No. 4MCE079, was stolen from the parking lot of the South Bay Galleria at some point last Saturday.

A black 1991 Chrysler Lebaron, license No. 3HCL381, was stolen from the 2300 block of Artesia Boulevard at some point between Aug. 4 and Aug. 7.

Questions on this blotter should be addressed to editor Nicole Mooradian at nicole.mooradian@patch.com.

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