LANCASTER – Lancaster Station’s three specialized teams have had a busy year so far.
In the first six months of the year, the teams took down nine separate burglary rings, made 520 arrests, recovered stolen property totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars, and solved 73 separate robbery crimes, according to a report released Thursday by Lancaster Station spokesman Michael Rust.
Burglary Suppression Team
From January to June, Lancaster Station’s Burglary Suppression Team made 242 arrests and served 55 search warrants and 83 arrest warrants, Rust said.
Several of the suspects arrested were involved in nine separate “burglary rings” operating in the Antelope Valley.
The Burglary Suppression Team also recovered 33 firearms, three stolen vehicles and stolen property valued at approximately $272,000.
Robbery Suppression Team
During the first six months of the year, Lancaster Station’s Robbery Suppression Team arrested 96 suspects and served 7 search warrants.
Based on this, they were able to solve 73 separate robbery crimes, Rust said.
Parolee Compliance Team
In response to California’s “Prison Re-alignment” program (AB109), which created a class of parolees to be supervised by the county, the sheriff’s department created “Parolee Compliance Teams” to assist with monitoring the parolees, who are now referred to as Post-release Supervised Persons (PSPs).
Since the re-alignment program began on October 1, 2011, the total number of PSPs living in Lancaster Station’s patrol area has grown to 332.
During that same time frame, the Parolee Compliance Team, working with Lancaster Station’s TOP/CORE deputies, have conducted 28 special operations, 315 compliance checks, 68 address verifications and 33 “no show” checks.
The operations and compliance checks have resulted in 182 arrests and the seizure of 13 firearms.
Many of the PSPs have been arrested multiple times since the program began, and all the arrests were for new crimes or “fresh charges,” Rust said.
Lancaster Station will continue to actively monitor the PSPs, as well as all other parolee and probationers living in the area, to ensure that they are in compliance with the terms of their release; and specialized units will continue to aggressively pursue those who choose to commit crimes, said Lancaster Station Captain Bob Jonsen.