Teens arrested in connection with Pasadena doggie door burglary; cremated remains of homeowner’s parents among stolen items

Police Thursday announced the arrests of four local teens suspected of stealing numerous items, including the cremated remains of a homeowner’s parents, after breaking into a Pasadena home through a doggie door last month.
Alex Canela, 18, of Pasadena was arrested Monday in connection with the burglary, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Also arrested in connection with the Dec. 20 burglary in the 900 block of North Madison Avenue were three other Pasadena teenagers — two 16-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy, officials said. The dates of their arrests were not available late Thursday.
The group is accused of forcing their way into the home through a large doggie door at the back of the house about 1 p.m., police said.
“Once inside, the suspects removed numerous electronic items including television, computers and tablets; sports memorabilia; jewelry; and the cremated remains of the victim’s parents,” Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres said in a written statement.
A neighbor’s security camera captured images of the young intruders outside of the home, Lt. Jason Clawson said at the time.
Detectives immediately launched an investigation into the crime, armed with the surveillance footage of the burglars.
“As a result, Pasadena police detectives identified several of the suspects involved in the burglary and recovered several stolen electronic items,” Torres said. But there was no word on the stolen cremated remains.
Detectives continued seeking more of the stolen items, as well as any possible additional suspects.
According to county booking records and police, the adult suspect, Canela, was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance Friday in Pasadena Superior Court.

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