SB Police Report
Four people have been identified as suspects in a burglary that occurred at the historic Bay Theatre, currently closed to undergo renovation, in downtown Seal Beach. On June 29 at about 3 p.m., the Seal Beach Police Department received a call of a possible burglary at 340 Main St. Contractors working on the property reported that multiple suspects accessed the Bay Theatre during three separate occasions between June 25-26. Video surveillance captured the suspects entering and exiting the building. The suspects appeared to be teenagers or young adults and familiar with the area.
During one of these incidents, suspects took an antique sign and other items from inside the theater. Additionally, the suspects vandalized the inside of the building using markers and spray painting graffiti on various surfaces. This graffiti included a crudely drawn swastika with a circle around it and a line through it.
During the course of this investigation, four suspects were identified, two of whom are juveniles. The involved suspects are cooperating with the investigators, and property that was stolen has been returned.
This is an ongoing investigation, and the identity of the suspects will not be released at this time. Based on information obtained at this point in the investigation, detectives do not believe a hate crime was committed and are working closely with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to review potential charges.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Detective Jorge Muñiz at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1109, or [email protected]