PALMDALE – A saturation patrol conducted by members of the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative (AVCFI) resulted in 20 felony arrests and 31 misdemeanor arrests, authorities announced.
The crackdown was conducted from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday (Sept, 19) in the city of Palmdale.
In one of the arrests, the thief ran out of a business, with stolen merchandise in his hands, right into the deputies that were patrolling the parking lot, according to Sgt. Kyle Bistline.
Dawshante Smith, 18, of Rosamond was promptly arrested at the business, in the 1000 block of Palmdale Boulevard, Bistline said.
Another arrest led to the execution of a search warrant, which led to the arrest of another suspect and the recovery of narcotics, according to Bistline.
Units that participated in the operation were Palmdale Partners Against Crime Team, Palmdale Crime Suppression Team, Palmdale Narcotics Unit, Palmdale Operation Safe Street, Lancaster LAN-CAP Team, Lancaster Top Core Team, Palmdale COPS Team, Lancaster COPS Team, Aero Bureau, Los Angeles County Probation, City of Palmdale Department of Public Safety, Palmdale Building and Safety and Palmdale Code Enforcement.
One of the components of the operation was to incorporate some probation searches during the sweep, Bistline said.