PASADENA >> A Chino Hills man is accused of breaking into a Pasadena pharmacy and fleeing with prescription drugs earlier this week.
Police responded to a report of a “burglary in progress” about 6 a.m. Thursday at Michael’s Pharmacy, in the 900 block of East Green Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“When we arrived, officers saw the suspect run from the location,” the lieutenant said. “They went into a short foot pursuit and caught the suspect.”
The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Joey Baldovinos of Chino Hills, was found to be in possession of prescription medication believed to have been stolen from the pharmacy, Mercado said. The type and amount of recovered drugs was not available.
Baldovinos was booked on suspicion of burglary.
According to Los Angeles County Superior Court and booking records, Baldovinos was convicted of previous burglaries in August of 2016, and again in September of 2016. He served eight months of a 16-month sentence and was released from custody with three years of formal probation supervision in March, records show.
Baldovinos was released from custody hours after Wednesday’s arrest pending his initial court appearance after posting $20,000 bail, records show.
ALTADENA >> Deputies arrested two auto burglary suspects accused of stealing gardening equipment from a gardener’s truck in Altadena and recovered the victim’s livelihood on Wednesday authorities said.
A gardener was working in the area of Pinecrest Drive and Bowring Avenue shortly after 2 p.m. when thieves broke into his locked work truck and fled with about $1,500 worth of landscaping equipment, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Mark Slater said.
A deputy on patrol nearby coincidentally pulled the two suspects over in car nearby for a routine traffic violation, the lieutenant said.
As the deputy had the two men detained, he realized they had gardening equipment in their vehicle matching the description of the items just stolen, according to Slater.
The victim was able to identify his property via unique identifying marks he had made on them, and the two suspects were arrested on suspicion of auto burglary, Slater said.
Deputies catalogued the recovered items and returned them to the victim, he added.
The suspect’s identities were not available late Wednesday pending the booking process.
SOUTH PASADENA >> Police arrested two South Pasadena burglary suspects after they crashed their getaway car in Alhambra on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The incident began about 3:15 p.m. when a witness called police to reports a break-in at a home in the 1000 block of Milan Avenue, South Pasadena police Sgt. Spencer Louie said.
Responding officers caught sight of a vehicle matching the suspect description driving away from the area, he said. As officers attempted to catch up with the car, but before they tried to pull it over, the car crashed into another car at Fremont Avenue and Mission Road in Alhambra, the sergeant said.
Both suspect were arrested at the crash scene, he said. One complained of pain and was examined at a hospital prior to booking.
A man at the wheel of the car the fleeing suspects struck was unhurt, Louie added.
The suspects’ identities were not available pending the booking process.
PHOTO courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department
ALHAMBRA >> Police arrested an auto burglary suspect and recovered a stolen backpack containing a personal items including the cremated remains of the victim’s father on Tuesday, authorities said.
Officer Zachary McFarland as on patrol Tuesday morning when he noticed a man, who appeared to be transient, carrying two backpacks in the area of Atlantic Boulevard and Mission Road, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
The officer approached the man and soon learned he was on probation for robbery and obtained permission to search the backpacks, which contained a laptop computer, documents and other items.
“Additional items and a somewhat unbelievable story from the transient led Officer McFarland to the conclusion that the backpacks may have been stolen. The transient was arrested,” according to the statement.
After working for several hours to determine who the backpacks belonged to, McFarland identified the owner, an area man whose car was broken into the previous night, police said.
“While happy that his computer and work related material were found, the victim was especially concerned about a small box that he had in one of the packs,” according to the statement. The box was recovered along with the other property.
“The reason for the man’s concern for a small box, it contained the cremated ashes of his father. An irreplaceable item that was very dear to the victim’s heart,” the statement continued. “The victim was very appreciative for Officer McFarland’s efforts.”
The suspect’s identity was not available Wednesday.
SAN MARINO >> Police arrested two would-be burglars on Thursday night after a San Marino resident saw them trying to break into his home via a remote surveillance camera, officials said.
Police first received a report of the attempted break-in in the 1200 block of Adair Street about 9 p.m., San Marino police officials said in a written statement. A resident called to report two unknown men were trying to get in his home through the back door.
“The resident was not home at the time, but was looking at his surveillance camera online,” according to the statement.
Officers arrived on scene in about two minutes. They spotted a silver Jeep parked across the street from the involved house.
South Pasadena, Pasadena, Alhambra, and Monterey Park police helped their counterparts in San Marino cordon off a search area.
Officers found the two suspects hiding inside the Jeep and took them into custody.
“Pry marks were located at the back door,” according to the statement. Police searched the home but found no additional suspects.
Milton Sandoval Prada, 47, of Los Angeles and Julio Rojas, 46, of Los Angeles were booked on suspicion of attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools.
According to officials and county booking records, both men were being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Alhambra Police Department’s jail pending their arraignment hearings, scheduled Tuesday in the Alhambra branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, officials said.
GLENDORA >> Police arrested one suspect and sought two more after they burglarized a Glendora sushi restaurant early Saturday, then led police on a pursuit that ended in Compton, officials said.
A burglary alarm triggered about 4:30 a.m. first drew police to the restaurant in the 1800 block of East Route 66, according to Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini.
“Officers responded and immediately confirmed that a burglary had occurred,” he said. Burglars had broken into the business through the back door and stolen cash, but fled before police arrived.
An officer searching the area spotted a suspicious car getting onto the 210 Freeway near Lone Hill Avenue and tried to pull it over, the lieutenant said. The car accelerated away, kicking off a high-speed chase on the 210, 605 and 105 freeways. Suspects inside the car were seen tossing unknown items from the vehicle during the pursuit.
The car exited the 105 Freeway in Compton and came to a stop, Lamborghini said. Two suspects ran from the car and were not found.
The driver, 33-year-old Erika Anette Washington of Redlands, was taken into custody, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. She was booked on suspicion of burglary and evading police.
The money believed to have been stolen from the sushi restaurant was not found.
According to county booking records, Washington was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending her arraignment hearing, scheduled Monday in the West Covina branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
ARCADIA >> Police jailed a Hesperia man Saturday as he fled the scene of a home burglary in Arcadia, officials said.
Refugio Roy Gomez, 51, was arrested in connection with the 7:53 p.m. break-in at a home in the 900 block of Sunset Boulevard, Arcadia police Sgt. John Bonomo said in a written statement.
Officers responding a burglary alarm encountered a man, later identified as Gomez, running from the side yard of the home, according to the sergeant.
“A foot pursuit began, but the suspect soon surrendered to officers and was taken into custody,” he said.
Police recovered items from the suspect believed to have been stolen from the home.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Gomez was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
BOOKING photo of Refugio Roy Gomez courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.
GLENDORA >> Police arrested seven people on suspicion of crimes including home-invasion robbery and being felon in possession of a gun after a break-in in a Glendora neighborhood late Tuesday, authorities said.
Doncell Alize Hannah, 23, of Palmdale; Christopher Tyrone Hicks, 24, of Pasadena; Howard Dennis Vaughn IV, 24, of Pasadena; Elante Lamar Gilliam, 25, of Altadena; Roger Rynell Tillotson, 22, of Adelanto, Jonee Jaquan Barnett, 25, of Lancaster; and Kayla Johnell Hunter, 28, of Pasadena were ultimately arrested on suspicion of crimes including burglary, home-invasion robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Glendora police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The suspects were charged with crimes including residential burglary, home invasion robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest an acting as an accessory, Glendora police Cpl. Shawna Celello said in a written statement.
The incident began about 9 p.m., when a resident of the 200 block of North Greencroft Avenue, when a resident called police to reports seeing suspicious people in ski masks making their way through his backyard via a home surveillance camera system, Celello said.
Responding officers noticed a suspicious, silver Mercedes-Benz SUV driving through the neighborhood, the corporal said. Police stopped the SUV and ultimately arrested two men inside in connection with the burglary.
“At about the same time officers heard a resident screaming inside of her residence and then saw three males run from that home,” Celello said. “Investigation into the incident revealed that these homeowners had just arrived home and interrupted a burglary-in-progress at the same time the Glendora police officers were containing the area from the original call.”
Three men ran from the home, she said. “Several loaded firearms that had just been stolen from the residence were thrown by the suspects in the street and in a nearby yard.”
One of the fleeing suspects was immediately captured, police said.
Another nearby resident’s report of suspicious person in her neighbor’s yard led officers to find the second fleeing suspect hiding in the crawl space of a house and without a struggle.
The third and final fleeing suspect was found hiding in an parked, covered car and arrested with the help of Glendora police K-9 “Bo,” Celello said.
But the arrests continued.
Officers stopped a second suspicious car being driven by a woman. “Investigation revealed she was attempting to rescue the final outstanding suspect and she was arrested for accessory to the burglary,” according to Celello.
Police also stopped a third suspicious car that was driving through the area without license plates. The driver and passenger were both arrested for accessory to the crimes, but the passenger was ultimately released without charges.
Hicks and Vaughn, who are already on probation due to previous convictions, were being held without bail pending their initial court appearances, according to police and booking records. Hannah, Gilliam and Tillotson were being held in lieu of $500,000 bail each, while Barnett and Hunter were released from custody after posting $20,000 bail each.
BOOKING PHOTOS courtesy of the Glendora Police Department
ARCADIA >> Police arrested four suspects in an Arcadia restaurant burglary earlier this week after a GPS tracking device hidden amonf the stolen cash led officers straight to them, authorities said.
The burglary took place early Tuesday at a restaurant in the 1000 block of South Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia police spokesman Tom Le Veque said in a written statement.
“They smashed the glass on the front door, disabled a CCTV camera, and made off with the cash drawer,” he said. The four suspects then fled in a car.
Unknown to the burglars, however, a GPS tracking device was hidden amid the cash in the register.
“The GPS device led officers to the four suspects, parked in their getaway vehicle on Peck Road in El Monte,” according to Le Veque.
Arrested were Draynesha Lanette Williams, 19, Rahmiko Ahnaz Harris, 18, Jordan Eleese Hayes, 19, all of Long Beach, as well as 17-year-old boy, according to Arcadia police and Los Angeles County booking records.
All three adult suspects were released from jail pending the legal process after posting $20,000 bail each, records show.
PHOTO: [left to right] Draynesha Lanette Williams, 19, Rahmiko Ahnaz Harris, 18, Jordan Eleese Hayes, 19, all of Long Beach. (Courtesy, Arcadia Police Department)
COVINA >> Police are seeking a man caught on surveillance video breaking into a downtown Covina jewelry store last month and stealing three Rolex watches valued at more than $10,000.
The crime took place about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 26 at Willy’s Jewelry, 142 N. Citrus Ave., Covina police Detective Ivan Ostarcevic said.
The burglar first disabled an overhead light behind the store before leaving to retrieve a sweatshirt, flashlight and pry bar, the detective said. He then forced open the back door, the detective said.
“He went straight for the three most expensive watches,” Ostarcevic. “It appears he’s been there before.”
Nothing was stolen other than the Rolex watches — valued at a total of $10,600, he said.
Police described the thief as a white man in his 50s, about 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, clean-shaven, with short gray hair and eyeglasses.
Anyone who recognizes the burglar is asked to contact Covina police at 626-384-5595. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
VIDEO/PHOTOS courtesy of the Covina Police Department