Parolee accused of burglarizing home of elderly Pasadena residents as they slept

PASADENA — A Pasadena man already on parole for burglary was again behind bars Thursday on suspicion of breaking into an elderly Pasadena couple’s home as they slept last week and stealing valuable, police said.
Investigators arrested Angel Luis Tapia, 23, shortly after midnight in connection with the “brazen” burglary, which took place in the early-morning hours on Feb. 19 in the 1300 block of North Catalina Avenue, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“The suspect in this burglary was able to enter the house as the elderly residents slept,” according to the police statement. “Once inside, the suspect removed items including a wallet, a cellular telephone and jewelry. A surveillance camera within in the residence captured the suspect’s image and actions.”
Detectives began investigating and identified a possible suspect, officials said.
Footage from the home surveillance camera was aired on a television news broadcast Feb. 23, police added. “As a result, the Pasadena Police Department received an anonymous tip through ‘Crime Stoppers’ that confirmed the suspect as Angel Luis Tapia.”
Police tracked Tapia to a motel in the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, where he was arrested early Thursday.
Officials continued seeking items stolen in the burglary.
Tapia, who was already on parole for burglary, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, according to county booking records.

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