PASADENA — A man was arrested after he allegedly broke into a building housing the city’s public health department and two clinics then wreaked havoc inside Tuesday night.
Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said the man smashed windows, broke into different rooms, threw laptops out windows, spread printer toner all over the place and set off fire extinguishers.
Police didn’t have damage estimates yet but expect it to be high.
The burglary in the 1800 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue was reported at 9:51 p.m.
A cleaning crew saw a man use a bicycle to break into the building then drag the bicycle inside, Hettema said.
“He’s still breaking windows when we get there,” the lieutenant said.
Officers surrounded the building and ordered the man to come out. He surrendered.
James Ray was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary. Police say he could face additional charges such as felony vandalism.
He was taken to a hospital because his hands were reportedly bruised and bleeding.
Ray’s age and city of residence weren’t available since he hadn’t been booked at the police station as of 12:30 a.m.
Police said the city owns the building and leases space to two clinics.
– Ruby Gonzales