K-9 helps police nab Pasadena burglary suspect

PASADENA — Police, aided by a K-9, found and arrested a burglary suspect hiding in a residential garage Saturday afternoon, officials said.
Vincent Acero Diaz, a 42-year-old transient known to frequent the Pasadena area, was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary following the incident, which kicked off about 5 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Busch Garden Drive, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police were first summoned to the neighborhood by a witness who reported seeing a window open at a neighbor’s house, which he knew to be unoccupied, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. The window closed when the witness approached, leading him to believe an intruder was still inside.
Officers arrived and set up a search perimeter, Clawson said. A short time later, a neighbor told police that she believed someone was hiding in her garage.
After ordering anyone inside to come out with no response, police sent in a K-9, which quickly found Diaz hiding underneath a car, the lieutenant said. “The suspect was armed with a large saw.”
The dog bit Diaz in the arm, causing him to drop the saw, Clawson said. Officers then took him into custody.
After being treated for dog bite injuries, Diaz was booked on suspicion of burglary, officials said.
According to county booking records, he was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Woman startled by would-be burglar in Pasadena

PASADENA — A woman was startled by the sound of breaking glass late Thursday before police responded and confirmed an intruder had tried to force his way into her home.
A woman in her 40s heard the noise shortly before midnight at a home in the 600 block of South Grand Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
She immediately called the police, who responded and searched the home, he said. Officers found that a window on the house’s rear door had been smashed.
Nothing was found missing, and it did not appear the would-be burglar made it into the home, Clawson said. Police searched the area with the help of a helicopter, however no suspect was found.

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Police: Arcadia burglary dismantled after early-morning raids in Pasadena, Altadena

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Investigators following up on a burglary arrest from earlier this month carried out early-morning search warrants Thursday, arresting two more members of an alleged burglary ring, authorities said.
The multi-agency West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force and A.B. 109 Team arrested Shawn Ashton Sykes, 21, of Altadena and Koreana Channise Muhammad, 19, of Altadena early Thursday as they performed searched at five locations within Altadena and Pasadena, according to Arcadia police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Sykes was booked on suspicion of residential burglary, while Muhammad was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property and being an accessory to burglary, Arcadia police officials said in a written statement.
Thursday morning’s searches followed the arrest of Kenneth Wayne James, 21, of Altadena at the scene of March 13 residential break-in in the 1100 block of West Foothill Boulevard.
Three suspects were seen fleeing from the burglarized home, but only James was captured, Arcadia police Lt. Bob Anderson said at the time. But the suspects’ car was found abandoned in the area.
The car was found to belong to Muhammad, officials said. She reported it stolen shortly after the bungled burglary on March 13.
“Through investigation, the task force Detectives were able to identify all of the suspects, including the female who owns the suspect vehicle, as Pasadena/Altadena Blood gang members,” according tot he police statement. “The Task Force Detectives also uncovered that they were a burglary crew that is suspected of targeting several Arcadia homes in the past year.”
Further details of the alleged Arcadia burglaries were not available Thursday.
Property recovered during Thursday-morning’s searches yielded suspected stolen property, including a big screen TV reported stolen in a burglary in Los Angeles, police added.
James pleaded “no contest” to a charge of residential burglary during his initial appearance in Pasadena Superior Court on March 17, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
He received a two-year prison sentenced, which was suspended, along with 90 days in jail, three years of probation and 300 hours of community service, Santiago said.
James was released from custody March 19, six days after his arrest, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Sykes, who was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, and Muhammad, who was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail, were both scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court, according to booking records.

PHOTO courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department

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VIDEO: Pasadena police seek serial pharmacy burglars


PASADENA >> Police released video footage of two burglars believed to be responsible for half a dozen pharmacy break-ins and attempted break-ins in Pasadena over the past six months.
The series of pharmacy burglaries began in September, with the most recent crime reported March 8, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said.
All of the pharmacies linked to the series occurred near Huntington Hospital, near the intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and California Boulevard, Ibarra said. All of the break-ins took place during overnight hours while the businesses were closed.
The burglars successfully forced their way into four of the businesses, while they apparently abandoned attempts to burglarize two other nearby pharmacies, the lieutenant said.
Each of the pharmacies was equipped with an alarm, and the intruders spent only a short time in each one, Ibarra said.
“Various” medications were taken in the burglaries, Ibarra said. An accounting of what types of drugs and how many had been stolen was not available.
“They’re opportunists,” Ibarra said. “They grab what they can.”
In at least some of the cases, the burglars targeted medications that had been left unlocked for the following day’s customers, Lt. John Dewar said. And in at least one of the break-ins, the burglars fled empty-handed.
Dewar advised pharmacies to always leave all medications locked up overnight.
Police described one of the burglars as a white man of about 30 years old, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. The second burglar was described as a Latino man in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 pounds.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Pasadena police Detective Robin Stinson at 626-744-7097, or police dispatch at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously by contacting L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Two teens accused of Pasadena daytime burglary

PASADENA — Police arrested two teenage boys Saturday afternoon after finding them in the midst of a home burglary, authorities said.
The suspects — a 15-year-old Pasadena boy and a 16-year-old Rancho Cucamonga boy — were taken to juvenile hall following the 2:15 p.m. break-in at a house in the 100 block of South Craig Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A witness called police to report seeing two intruders breaking into the home, Clawson said. Officers arrived to find “what appeared to be a kicked-in front door” and immediately surrounded the home.
Officers ordered anyone inside the home to surrender, and one of the teens complied, the lieutenant said. But the second teen ran from the home.
Police caught up with the fleeing teen and arrested him in a nearby yard, Clawson said.
The home had been ransacked, but it did not appear anything had yet been stolen, he added.

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Police: Man terrorizes Covina family during meth-fueled hallucination

COVINA — A man believed to be hallucinating under the influence of methamphetamine terrorized a Covina family and attempted to stab a man with a metal stake Saturday, police said.
Jeffrey Benjamin Jimenez, a 37-year-old transient, was ultimately booked on suspicion of attempted murder and burglary in connection with the bizarre incident, which unfolded shortly before 10 a.m. at a home in the 1300 block of North Glenfinnan Avenue, according to Covina police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Jimenez, who later admitted to police to using methamphetamine earlier in the day, was walking in the neighborhood when he apparently began hallucinating, Covina police Lt. Ric Walczak said.
“He believed that he heard the voice of a family member coming from inside a home,” the lieutenant said.
The home in question was occupied by a man, woman and their two sons, Walczak said.
“He walked into their home and asked to search their home,” he said. “He began looking around. Then he left for a short period of time.”
The startled family locked their doors when Jimenez left.
“He came back,” Walczak said. “He kicked in the front door. He had armed himself with a metal garage sale sign stake. He began chasing the father around the inside of the residence, attempting to stab him with the stake.”
Jimenez ultimately smashed several windows at the home before leaving, police said. No injuries were reported.
Responding officers detained Jimenez nearby and ultimately arrested him.
According to county booking records, Jimenez was being held in lieu of $1.05 million bail pending his scheduled arraignment Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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Three burglary suspects jailed in Alhambra

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ALHAMBRA >> Police jailed three alleged burglars Friday with help from several tipsters, authorities said.
Tristan Alex Morris, 23, of Ladera, Kenny Xaver Warren, 27, of Los Angeles and Kendal Rayshaun Calloway, 24, of Los Angeles were booked on suspicion of burglary following their arrests, which took place shortly after 6 p.m. in the area of the 2300 block of Midwick Drive, according to Alhambra police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police first responded to the 200 block of West Ross Avenue after a woman called police to report several would-be intruders had just tried to enter her home before fleeing, Alhambra police Sgt. Jim Hammond said.
“A short time later, dispatch received a second call from a driver of a parcel delivery company, who advised he saw a suspicious vehicle in the area of the 2300 Block of Midwick (Drive),” Hammond said. “Officers located the vehicle in the area and detained the two occupants of the vehicle. 0316_NWS_PSN-L-BURGLARS2The third subject fled on foot.”
After several hours of searching, police found and arrested the third suspect after a resident called police to report seeing a man running through a backyard, police said.
Investigators recovered property from the suspects believed to have been stolen from an earlier break-in in the 1600 block of South Date Avenue, Hammond said.
Morris was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and Calloway was being held in lieu of $55.629 bail, while Warren, who had pre-existing cases, was being held without bail, according to booking records.

PHOTOS: (Top to bottom) Tristan Alex Morris, 23, of Ladera, Kenny Xaver Warren, 27, of Los Angeles and 0316_NWS_PSN-L-BURGLARS3Kendal Rayshaun Calloway, 24.

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Neighbor helps police nab Arcadia burglary suspectl; two more sought

ARCADIA — Police jailed one alleged burglar and sought two more after a witness reported seeing the intruders in the backyard of a neighbor’s Foothill Boulevard home, officials said.
Kenneth Wayne James, 19, of Altadena was booked on suspicion of burglary following a neighborhood search, which kicked off shortly after noon in the 1100 block of west Foothill Boulevard, according to Arcadia police Lt. Bob Anderson.
The witness called police to report seeing three men he did not recognize in a neighbor’s backyard.
“Upon arrival, three male suspects ran from officers,” Anderson said. Their car was found in the driveway of the burglary victim’s home and seized as evidence.
James was found and arrested during a search of the area, Anderson said. The other two men remained at-large.
“Investigation reveals the suspects had forced a hole in the back door, however, no entry was made to the home because of the keen observations and action by the neighbor,” Anderson said.
James was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, officials added.

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UPDATED: Alhambra hospital facility burglar escapes from Los Angeles jail

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LOS ANGELES >> A man escaped from a Los Angeles jail facility following his sentencing for stealing laptop computers laden with sensitive data from an Alhambra-based hospital chain, officials announced Thursday.
Christopher Lee Brown, a 37-year-old transient known to frequent the Alhambra area, walked out of the Inmate Reception Center, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
“As a result of the inmate’s actions, and that it appears that mandated security practices may have not been followed, the inmate was able to escape through the jail Inmate Reception Center release door,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said in a written statement. “Identified security concerns were immediately remedied.”
Brown was believed to have impersonated another inmate to slip past his guards, officials said. He was found missing during an inmate count overnight.
“This led to a search of the jail and ultimately the discovery of jail CCTV video showing the inmate leaving through the release area at 10 p.m. Wednesday, which confirmed the inmate had escaped,” according to a statement issued Thursday afternoon by the Sheriff’s Headquarter’s Bureau.
Brown was sentenced to 4 years and 8 months in prison Wednesday for stealing two laptop computers and three flash drives laden with the personal information of 729,000 patients from an AHMC Healthcare Inc. facility in Alhambra in October, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials. The laptops were never recovered, however no identity theft issues related to the computer theft have been reported.
A jury convicted Brown in march of burglary and receiving stolen property.
In addition to the crimes he’s already convicted of, Brown is now also accused of felony escape from jail, sheriff’s officials said.
He is described as 6 feet 3 inches tall and 200 pounds.
He has numerous theft-related convictions and has been tied to areas including El Monte and Newport Beach, sheriff’s officials said. Brown was arrested in 1997 and later convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in the San Luis Obispo area.
As officials reviewed the possible errors that led to Brown’s escape, the IRC was placed on lockdown Thursday, along with the Men’s Central Jail and the Twin Tower Correctional Facility, sheriff’s officials said. Medical and mental health services continued.
“A comprehensive review of jail systems, especially related to releases are continuing,” Parker said.
Anyone who spots Brown was advised not to approach him and to contact law enforcement immediately.
Wednesday’s incident was not the first time an inmate supposed to be in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had walked through the release doors at the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles, where inmates are processed and held before transfer to other facilities.
Deputies continue seeking murder suspect Johnny Mata, 33, who was accidentally released at the IRC on April 4, 2013.
Mata was awaiting trial for the fatal shooting of David Anthony Deandrea on Christmas Eve of 2010 in Baldwin Park. After more than a year on the run, he was arrested by El Monte police in late May of 2012.
Officials released Mata to due to a clerical error, sheriff’s officials said. Though a murder charge had been filed against him, a clerk had not yet entered a “hold” on Mata to prevent his release from custody.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Police: Stolen van, mail, other items recovered in Pasadena

PASADENA — A tip from a concerned resident led police to recover a stolen van containing hundreds of pieces of stolen mail and other suspected stolen property late Saturday, officials said.
Three thieves — two men and a woman — were being sought following the discovery, which was made about 11:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of South Chester Avenue, just south of Green Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“A caller stated they believed someone had been tampering with the mailbox at an apartment complex,” he said, adding that mail had been stolen from the box in the past.
Three people were reported to be involved in the possible mailbox tapering, Clawson said. Witnesses reported seeing them place a bicycle into a van parked near the apartment complex before walking away.
The trio was gone when police officers arrived, the lieutenant said. Officers quickly discovered the white Ford van had been reported stolen and fitted with stolen license plates, or “cold plated.”
“Upon searching the vehicle, they found property that may have been stolen and hundreds of pieces of mail stolen from residents from throughout Pasadena and Altadena,” he said. The bicycle mentioned by the caller, which was believed to be stolen, was among the recovered items.
Police continued seeking the three alleged thieves Sunday, Clawson said.
One was described as a Latino woman between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 1 inch tall, 130 pounds, with a shaved head and tattoos on the back of her neck. She wore a black basketball Jersey.
The second thief was described as a black man between 25 and 30, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 180 pounds, with a short Afro-style hair and a mustache, police said. He wore a black Orlando Magic basketball jersey.
Officials described the third suspect as a white man between 30 and 35 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and between 180 and 200 pounds. He had short brown hair, which he wore slicked black, and wore a white T-shirt.

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