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Trio arrested for allegedly burglarizing several Palm Springs businesses Friday morning


Three Long Beach residents accused of burglarizing several businesses in Palm Springs Friday morning are now in custody.

The first burglary was reported at approximately 2:39 a.m. at a restaurant within the 2500 block of North Palm Canyon Drive.

Watch: Victims speak with News Channel 3 about the burglaries

Witnesses told officers they saw three subjects wearing dark clothing removing items from the restaurant and placing them into a black vehicle. Officers at the scene reported seeing a female running from the restaurant and into a black Nissan Sentra.

Shanya Johnson (Courtesy of PSPD)

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the driver, Shanya Johnson, 19, would not yield leading to a short pursuit that ended on outbound Highway 111, just east of Chino Canyon. Johnson and another occupant of the vehicle, Mashayla Curry, 20, were detained without incident.

According to PSPD, inside the vehicle a safe from the business containing an undisclosed amount of currency.

Mashayla Curry (Courtesy of PSPD)

Surveillance video showed that there was a total of four subjects involved in the burglary. Two other suspects fled the area.

Video surveillance of burglary at a business on the 1700 block of E Palm Canyon Dr.

At approximately 6:00 AM, the Seal Beach Police Department became involved in the investigation and assisted PSPD investigators. SBPD officers located the vehicle involved in the burglary and detained five occupants. Two of the individuals, an adult male and a juvenile male, were identified as suspects in the Palm Springs burglary.

The adult male was identified as Kaelem Gonzalez, 22, of Long Beach. Gonzalez was transported to PSPD for processing. The juvenile has been released to family members and charges will be filed with the juvenile courts.

Kaelem Gonzalez

SBPD found that the other occupants inside the vehicle were allegedly involved in other burglaries around in the Long Beach area. SBPD is currently questioning those individuals about the cases in Long Beach.

Additional burglaries were reported at two businesses in the 1700 block of E. Palm Canyon Drive. According to PSPD, video surveillance and additional investigation led to the Curry, Johnson, and Gonzalez to be identified as the suspects in these two burglaries.

Surveillance video of the burglary on E Palm Canyon

Johnson faces charges of Conspiracy, Possession of Stolen Property, Evading a Police Officer. Curry faces charges of Conspiracy and Possession of Stolen Property. Gonzalez faces charges of Burglary and Conspiracy.

PSPD's investigation remains active and additional arrests will be made if other suspects are identified.

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