Police dogs subdue two men in mail heist
Mercurynews.com - Associated Press -
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - Police dogs subdued two men who allegedly robbed a Manhattan Beach mail carrier and led police on a chase to Rancho Palos Verdes.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokesman Randy DeGasperin says a mail carrier was unloading his vehicle in a residential area just before noon Tuesday when three men jumped out of a red pickup truck and confronted him.
Police Sgt. Steve Tobias says one of the men pretended to have a gun and the thieves fled with hundreds of pieces of mail.
The pickup was spotted a short time later by a Redondo Beach police officer and he gave chase, reaching speeds of 80 miles an hour on residential streets as the pursuit traveled through Torrance to Rancho Palos Verdes.
The pickup driver lost control and crashed into an embankment near Mustang Road and the three men fled on foot.
Seven dogs joined in the hunt with officers from Redondo Beach, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Hawthorne, Gardena and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which brought in a helicopter.
A Manhattan Beach dog caught 19-year-old Jorge Alfonzo Diaz and a Hawthorne dog subdued 19-year-old Jesus Martinez. They were booked for investigation of robbery.
The third suspect eluded capture.
The purloined mail was recovered.
Posted on 07/02/08
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