MONTEREY PARK — Two young men and a teenager are accused of burglary after a South Alhambra resident reported seeing them breaking into a neighbor’s home earlier this week, officials said Thursday.
Michael Smyer, 23, of Riverside, Rafiki Smith, 19, of Los Angeles and the juvenile suspect were arrested shortly after the burglary, which took place just before 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of South Alhambra Avenue, according to Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazelin.
Smith was already on probation for an assault conviction, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
A witness reported seeing three people hopping a fence as they fled from a neighbor’s home, Mazelin said.
The witness provided police with a description of the suspects’ car, which was found and stopped by officers a short distance away, the lieutenant said.
“Further investigation revealed the suspects were in possession of property stolen from the burglary,” she said.
Smyer and Smith were both released following their arrests pending their initial court appearances after posting bonds, records show.
PHOTOS of Michael Smyer and Rafiki Smith courtesy of the Monterey Park Police Department