COVINA — Police jailed four people on suspicion of crimes including auto theft, burglary, commercial burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana for sales following an investigation that began when a police officer spotted two suspicious vehicles, authorities said.
Alejandro Campos, 27, of Baldwin Park, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, as well as an outstanding warrant stemming from a public intoxication case, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
Frank Monreal, 36, of Sherman Oaks, was booked on suspicion of auto theft, receiving stolen property, residential burglary and credit card fraud, police said.
Juventino Marquez, 28, of Baldwin Park, was suspected of possession of marijuana for sales and auto theft, and also had two outstanding traffic warrants, Doonan said.
David Nguyen, 34, of West Covina, was jailed on suspicion of auto theft, the lieutenant added.
A Covina police officer was on patrol just after 4 a.m. when he spotted two vehicles stopped in the middle of the street with their headlights blacked out.
The officer circled back to check, but the cars quickly parked in the driveway and on the street in front of a nearby house, and the occupants went inside, the lieutenant said.
A check of the vehicles parked near the home indicated both had been stolen, police said.
A 2010 Honda Accord was taken during a Sept. 7 “hot prowl” – a burglary when the resident is home – in the 100 block of West Redwood Court, Doonan said. A pickup truck parked in front of the home had been reported stolen out of West Covina in August.
Officers knocked on the door and made phone calls to the home for about an hour with no response, he said. Six adults and three young children finally emerged from the home once a loudspeaker announcement was made.
After investigating, officers arrested the four suspects, Doonan said. Police also found several ounces of marijuana, “already packaged for sale,” in Marquez’s possession.
According to police and county booking records, Monreal was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, while Marquez was being held in lieu of $49,930 bail. Campos and Nguyen were being held without bail due to holds placed on them by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.