GLENDORA — Police Thursday announced the arrest of the last of three suspects linked to a series of more than a dozen auto burglaries in which car windows were shattered with pellet guns over the past two weeks, authorities said.
Detectives were led to the suspects after one of them came to the attention of law enforcement for allegedly shooting a homeless man in the back with a pellet gun during a dispute, according to Glendora police.
Through a week-long investigation, investigators arrested Jeremiah Weiden, 27, of Covina, Timothy Ingles, 26, of Glendora and James Graffius, 36, of Covina, police said in a written statement.
“The suspects used pellet guns to shoot out vehicle windows and steal property from the vehicles,” according to the statement.
Weiden was arrested at his home Nov. 2 and has since been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle burglary, possession of stolen property, commercial burglary and being a felon in possession of ammunition, police said.
Officers arrested Ingles Nov. 3 after spotting him and pulling over his car in Glendora and he has been charged with six counts of vehicle burglary and possession of stolen property.
Graffius was arrested at his home Nov. 7 in connection with the string of car break-ins, however he was transferred from a jail to a hospital due to a medical condition, according to Glendora police. Charges against him were pending.
Police began investigating Weiden after he allegedly shot a homeless man in the back with a pellet gun Oct. 26 during an argument at South Hills Park in Glendora, Summers said.
The alleged victim suffered a superficial wound to his back, and investigators soon identified Weiden as a suspect in the assault, according to the police statement.
During a Nov. 2 search of Weiden’s home in the 200 block of North Darfield Avenue in Covina, officers found pellet guns, bullets and property reported stolen from recent area auto burglaries, officials said.
Evidence was also recovered from Weiden’s home that implicated the other two suspects in the series of auto burglaries.
Ingles was arrested without incident after officers stopped his car in the 500 block of West Baseline Road and found a pellet gun, along with items stolen in recent burglaries, police said.
A Nov. 7 search of Graffius’ home in the 1900 block of East Tudor Street yielded numerous pellet guns, more stolen property and other evidence linking him to the vehicle burglaries, officials added. He was then arrested.
According to county booking records, Weiden was being held in lieu of $125,000 bail, while Ingles was being held in lieu of $195,000 bail. Both have pleaded not guilty to their charges and were scheduled to appear in West Covina Superior Court Nov. 29. Due to his hospitalization, an update on Graffius’ case was not available Thursday.
PHOTOS: (Top to bottom) Jeremiah Weiden, Timothy Ingles, James Graffius, evidence seized from Graffius’ home. (courtesy of the Glendora Police Department)