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Robber Flees with 2 Boxes of Cereal, Caught

May 25, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday May 22 at about 10:31 at night Blythe Police responded to the Smart & Final store on Main Street, regarding a merchandise theft. The caller reported that a male had taken two boxes from a group of boxes stacked outside the store, and was last seen walking into Todd Park.

A man matching the description was located crossing Broadway at Stewart Street, and fled when arriving officers attempted to contact him. Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and officers and deputies from B-NET responded to assist. The suspect ran through alleyways, back yards, parking lots, and across roof tops in the area of the 200 and 300 blocks of north Broadway, First Street, and Second Street. The suspect was able to elude officers at several points during the chase, but officers would find the suspect and the chase would continue.

The chase ended when the suspect attempted to hide in a trash dumpster at the north end of the hospital. He was located, and removed from the dumpster, and taken into custody. The stolen boxes, which were found to contain cereal, were recovered.

The suspect was identified as Helma McBeth, age 30, of Blythe. McBeth was also found to have an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

“This case is somewhat ludicrous” said Chief Steve Smith “we wasted all these resources and time trying to apprehend the suspect only to find that he took two boxes of cereal. But the officers did not know that at the time, for all they knew it was very expensive merchandise in those boxes, but a theft is a theft and this guy has done this before so I am very pleased we caught him and I thank the other agencies that helped us and our officers for doing an outstanding job”, Smith said.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information about this or any criminal activity is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at (760) 922-6111. Information can be given anonymously by calling (760) 921-CARE.

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