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Thursday, 18 August 2011

17 reputed gang members arrested in robbery ring crackdown

Long Beach police and other law enforcement officers swarmed 47 locations Wednesday, arresting 17 people and seizing cash, weapons and drugs as part of an operation targeting street gang members suspected in a string of robberies.

The reputed gang members allegedly were involved in home-invasion robberies, burglaries and thefts in the Long Beach area and Orange County. They were charged with felonies including forgery, fraud, drug possession, possession of stolen property and parole violations, the Long Beach Police Department said. Their names were not released.

The suspects are part of five different Asian street gangs, some of them former rivals, who are "teaming up with the sole purpose of committing lucrative crimes," the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement.

Evidence seized included handguns, methamphetamine, forged checks, personal profiles for alleged identity theft and Rolex and Movado watches, police said.

The four-month investigation involved state parole agents and officers from the Long Beach, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove and Westminster police departments. Deputies from the Orange County and Los Angeles County sheriff's departments also were part of the operation.




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