A 17-year-old was in custody Friday afternoon after Santa Monica Police searched for hours for two burglary suspects not far from the beach between California and Idaho avenues.
Police believe two people broke into a home in the 1000 block of Fifth Street, and fled after they were spotted by a resident who then called 911. The resident was alerted to the break-in after hearing something hit the window, according to Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis.
A police officer was already in the area and spotted the men as they fled, sparking a pursuit that involved K9s and a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s helicopter. The juvenile in custody was found by a K9 hiding in the neighborhood, Lewis said.
"No one was injured and there were no weapons seen," he said.
The 17-year-old was arrested and booked into juvenile hall.
Lewis said the teen was bit by one of the K9s.
More than 15 police vehicles were scatted across the neighborhood and several blocks were cordoned off. Dozens of residents were left to watch the activity, unable to get into their homes.