ARCADIA — Arcadia Police are looking for the brazen burglar with flower tattoos on both sides of her face who broke into an apartment on June 16, prepared a snack for herself and took a shower.
She was still in the shower when the 70-year-old resident returned home. And when ordered to leave, it was 10 minutes later that the intruder walked out. She also took the victim’s keys.
It seems nothing else was taken.
Arcadia police on Wednesday asked for the public’s help in finding the burglar. Police said no similar break-ins have occurred since the burglary in the 1100 block of West Duarte Road on Saturday afternoon.
The resident was gone for about three hours that day and returned home around 2:30 p.m.
She found the front door chained from the inside and saw a rear window screen removed with the window now open, according to Detective Lt. Tom Le Veque.
“The victim climbed inside the open window, heard water running in her shower and found her bedroom television turned on. The victim called out and was met by a female voice from the shower asking what she wanted,” Le Veque said.
He said the resident told the suspect to get out and went outside to call a friend for help. The suspect walked out via the front door 10 minutes later. She also grabbed the resident’s keys but said nothing.
It wasn’t just the shower the burglar hit.
Sgt. Kirk Petersen said the suspect took a bag of cherries from the refrigerator and poured herself a glass of apple juice.
“(The food) was sitting there, kind of like waiting for her after the shower,” he said.
Police also said the burglar “lightly ransacked the master bedroom.” It’s not known how long the intruder was in the apartment before she was discovered by the resident.
The suspect was described as a 40-year-old black woman with black hair, flower tattoos on the sides of her face, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. She wore a blue or green shirt and capri pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia Police at 626-574-5156. Tipsters can also submit tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
– Ruby Gonzales