Blotter: Recoil Buffer Mistaken for Bomb

The following information was supplied by the Redondo Beach Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Officers from the dealt with car break-ins, a person threatening suicide and a suspected pipe bomb, among other incidents, during the week of Oct. 31, according to the Recent Law Enforcement Events news release.

Police arrest suspects in car break-ins

With a little help from the Manhattan Beach Police Department, Redondo Beach police arrested four people on suspicion of breaking into multiple cars near 160th Street and Vargas Way in North Redondo Beach.

The arrests occurred Nov. 2 after officers received a call about a group of people burglarizing cars, according to a news release from the Redondo Beach Police Department. When officers arrived, the four ran off.

Manhattan Beach officers detained the suspects, and the Redondo officers identified, arrested and transported them to the Redondo Beach jail for booking, police said.

Don't make vague threats

An office building at 2005 Manhattan Beach Blvd. was evacuated and a man was arrested Nov. 3 on suspicion of making criminal threats, police said.

A business reported that one of the employees had "made vague threats to another employee about ending his life and taking others with him," police said.

Upon officers' arrival, they found the employee in a meeting and detained him, police said. No weapon was found when police searched the area.

After the man's arrest, he was evaluated by mental health professionals, police said.

It wasn't a bomb

Police called in the Los Angeles County Bomb Squad on Nov. 3 after employees at the on Torrance Boulevard discovered what looked like a pipe bomb in a box of donated items, according to a news release from the police department.

Redondo Beach officers couldn't figure out what the object was, and the Bomb Squad eventually "determined that the object was not a bomb, but a recoil buffer for a rifle," police said.

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


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