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LASD - Lakewood Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Thursday May 31st, 2012 :: 02:57 p.m. PDT


Gang Detectives recover Bellflower stolen pet iguana .

Sheriff’s investigators identify a Downey man through DNA as the suspect in the 2011 commercial burglary of a Bellflower auto shop where the business’ long-time pet iguana was stolen.

Sometime between the evening hours of Thursday, December 9, 2011, and the early morning hours of Friday, December 10, 2011, forced entry was made into Performance 4-Wheel Auto, located at 9817 Park Street, Bellflower. The business owner learned of the break-in after receiving notification from the business alarm company. The victim responded to his business and found forced entry was made into his business through a window and his pet iguana of more than 17 years, “Lizard,” had been stolen. Nothing else appeared to have been stolen.

Department personnel utilized advanced invesitgative techniques and identifed Suspect Alacaraz. Operation Safe Streets Bureau gang investigators assigned to Lakewood Station were familiar with Suspect Alcaraz from previous contacts. Investigators authored a search warrant on Alcaraz’s residence in Downey. Investigators recovered the victim’s pet iguana and delivered it back to the pet’s owner. Investigators also seized a loaded handgun that was illegally possessed by Alcaraz, as well as marijuana, hashish oil, and gang paraphernalia.

Suspect Alcaraz was booked into the Lakewood Station jail where he is being charged for burglary, illegal possession of a firearm by a restrained person, cultivation of marijuana, and possession of hashish oil. Investigators will also seek gang enhancement charges.

Any questions or requests for follow-up information should be directed to Operation Safe Streets Bureau Lieutenant Steve Sciacca. He may be reached at (323) 376-0808.

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Lt. Dan Beringer
Lakewood Sheriff's Station

LASD - Lakewood Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
5130 Clark Ave
Lakewood, CA 90712

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