UPDATED: Burglary Investigation Continues; Lockdown of Kennedy Elementary Lifted

The arrest of a suspected residential burglar and search for another suspect has forced the school on lockdown.

Updated at 2:50 p.m.: lockdown no longer in place, but search continues.

Cerritos Sheriff's deputies investigating a residential burglary have detained one person and are continuing to search for another, which forced nearby Kennedy Elementary School in Artesia on lockdown earlier today.

The investigation began just before 1 p.m. near Semora Place and Cortner Avenue -- just a few blocks from the elementary school located at 17500 Belshire Ave. in Artesia, said Cerritos Sheriff's Station Lt. Jeff Deedrick, who oversees the station's residential burglary team.

One man is in custody, but deputies have set up a containment in the area and are continuing to search for at least one other person.

Students at Kennedy were kept inside their classrooms while deputies carried out a search of the area, a school clerk told Patch. The lockdown was no longer in effect as of 2:45 p.m., according to sheriff's Lt. George Berumen.

Todd Johnson March 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM
It looks like all the Sheriff are gone. Kuddos to Kennedy school for keeping my nephew in the office until an adult picked him up since his normal walk home was closed due to the investigation
j March 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM
As a parent I was very impressed with the way the staff at Kennedy ES handled the lockdown this afternoon. Noon supervisors quickly and efficiently escorted the students from the playground into classrooms and then teachers took the children into their care and waited for instructions. The office staff kept teachers notified of information as it came and law enforcement were close by maintaining the safety of the students and of all others at the school. The principal, Melissa Valentine had just had a lockdown drill at the school recently and so the students and staff were well prepared and followed the lockdown protocol to a "T". District administrators were also on sight quickly to oversee the situation. So glad my child goes to a school where safety is a priority.


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