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First in a series of police operations a success

September 08, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — In the first of a series of operations to follow up on arrest warrants, the Police Department here conducted a six-hour warrant sweep Friday.

According to Westmorland police, several warrants were executed during the sweep, for offenses ranging from petty theft and traffic violations to terrorist threats and armed robbery.

"This operation continues the Westmorland Police Department's motto of dedication to the community we serve," stated Police Chief Fred Beltran in a press release.

"Our officers will engage in these operations on a random basis in order to keep the community of Westmorland safe and keep the process of justice for the offenders moving swiftly," Beltran added.


In addition to the warrant arrests, police made new arrests on drug counts, executed a warrant from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and arrested a suspect in possession of a stolen vehicle.

The operation also led to the arrest, with the assistance of the Calipatria Police Department and the county Sheriff's Office, of a fugitive reportedly on the run since May.

The fugitive, a juvenile, also had a warrant for his arrest in connection with an armed robbery in Brawley. That robbery occurred while the juvenile was a fugitive, according to the press release. The identity of the juvenile was not released.

Beltran stated in the press release, "All offenders need to be held accountable for the crimes they choose to commit. If they choose to run from those responsibilities in Westmorland, our operations will continue to bring them back to justice."

Westmorland police involved in the sweep included the chief, corporals Eric Trevino and Fred Beltran Jr., officers Steve Mistriel and Luis Aguilar and Reserve Officer David Vasquez.

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