PASADENA >> Police arrested two convicted felons from Mission Hills in connection with a Pasadena auto burglary early Saturday and seized a loaded handgun from their car, officials said.
Officers conducting a “directed patrol” aimed at suppressing burglaries about 4:50 a.m. spotted a parked car that had been broken into at Colorado and San Gabriel boulevards, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The also saw another car driving in the immediate area and pulled it over, suspecting it may have been related to the break-in, he said.
Both the driver, Cornelio Felix, 33, and passenger, Giovanni Prado, 21, were wearing gloves, Mercado said. Police soon discovered that Felix was an ex-convict, and Prado was on Post-Release Community Supervision following a robbery conviction under California’s AB 109 guidelines, which allows “non-violent, non-serious and non-sex offenders” to be dealt with by county jails and probation agencies, rather than state prisons and parole agents.
Mercado said police found a loaded handgun under the passenger seat of suspects’ car, along with burglary tools in the back.
Felix and Prado were both booked on suspicion of burglary, Mercado said. Prado was additionally accused of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
According to county booking records, Felix and Prado were released from custody later in the morning pending their initial court appearances after posting $20,000 and $50,000 bail, respectively.
NORWALK >> A intruder or intruders attacked an elderly woman after she confronted them in the process of burglarizing her home Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The victim, an 85-year-old woman, was punched during the crime and suffered a bump to her head, but did not appear seriously injured following the 2:30 p.m. crime in the 11500 block of Mapledale Street, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials. She was taken to a hospital for examination and treatment.
Someone had broken into the woman’s home, likely believing it to be empty, sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
At some point, the woman came face-to-face with the burglar or burglars.
“She was punched in the face,” the lieutenant said. The intruder or intruders then fled.
The woman’s son emerged from the shower to discover his mother lying on the floor, Smitson said. He then noticed a room in the house had been ransacked.
Smitson said the elderly victim was conscious and speaking with officials while taken to a hospital.
It was unclear what, if anything, had been stolen from the home.
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE >> Deputies jailed one suspect and sought another after interrupting a residential burglary Wednesday morning, authorities said.
A resident of the 5500 block of Castle Rock Drive called 9-1-1 about 10 a.m. after seeing two men breaking into neighbor’s house, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Bill Jaeger said.
“We were there within a minute,” Jaeger said. “As a result of that response, we were able to quickly apprehend one suspect running from the location.”
The second suspect got away, prompting a neighborhood search that continued for more than three hours, the lieutenant said.
The second suspect remained at large, he said.
Deputies recovered items stolen from the home that were dropped by the suspects as they fled, Jaeger said. Investigators also recovered the car the suspects had driven to the neighborhood.
Deputies withheld the name of the arrested suspect Wednesday as they continued searching for his alleged accomplice, Jaeger said.
PASADENA >> A tip from a neighbor led police to arrest three teenagers following a Pasadena home break-in and a short car chase Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The break-in was first reported about 12:45 p.m. at a home in the 1600 block of Paloma Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“A citizen reported three suspects were in the process of burglarizing a residence, Goodman said.
Officers arrived to see three teenage boys driving away from the home in a 1994 Acura Integrta, the lieutenant said. The driver refused to pull over, starting a 90-second chase that ended when the driver lost control and crashed into the side yard of a home along nearby Allen Avenue.
The young suspects continued fleeing on foot, Goodman said. Police quickly apprehended two of them, but the third eluded immediate capture.
Police found him hiding behind a shed, but he refused to surrender, Goodman said. Police dog “Figo” helped subdue the 17-year-old burglary suspect, who was taken to a hospital for treatment of a dog bite to his arm before being booked.
Electronics and jewelry stolen from the Paloma Street home were found inside the suspects’ car, which had been reported stolen to Los Angeles police Tuesday, Goodman said.
GLENDORA >> A pair of burglars smashed their way into three neighboring businesses along Route 66 early Friday, police said.
Officers first responded to reports of smashing window glass at the Frozen Ropes Baseball and Softball Training Center, 2244 E. Route 66, just before 3 a.m. and discovered the front glass had been shattered, Glendora police Lt. Scott Strong said.
They also soon discovered that two neighboring businesses — Mauricio’s Mexican Food and A&J Cake and Candy Supplies — had also been burglarized in the same fashion.
The two burglars stole cash from at least one of the three businesses, officials said.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
PASADENA >> A woman returned to her SUV to find a man rummaging through it late Tuesday, police said.
Gabriel Rodrigo Vasquez, 18, who was described as transient, was ultimately booked on suspicion of auto burglary in connection with the 9:40 a.m. break-in in the 900 block of East Walnut Street, just east of Lake Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
“The victim returned to her vehicle to find the suspect ransacking the interior, with her purse between his legs,” Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The 46-year-old Palmdale woman called police, who began searching for the burglar.
An officer found a suspect matching the description nearby. The victim was able to identify him as the burglar, and items taken from her Honda CRV were found in his possession, Luna said.
PASADENA >> Police are seeking three burglars who smashed their way into a gas station early Wednesday and stole a safe containing cash and lottery tickets, officials said.
A burglar alarm activation at 4:37 a.m. first drew the attention of police to a has station at the southwest corner of Washington Boulevard and Hill Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Officials soon learned three male burglars had smashed through the glass front door of the business and made off with the businesses’ safe, Luna said.
A detailed suspect description was not available. A dark-colored sedan was used as the getaway car.
PASADENA >> A Chino man is accused of using a car door signal “descrambler” device to target cars for burglary at a Pasadena apartment complex early Friday, authorities said.
Yuzhe Luo, 18, was booked on suspicion of auto burglary following his 3:20 a.m. arrest in the parking structure of an apartment complex in the 100 block of Valley Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
An officer was patrolling in the area, which has seen a spate of car break-ins lately, when he noticed Luo and thought him suspicious, Mercado said.
The officer followed from a distance, the lieutenant said. “He watched as the suspect opened up a door to a car and began rifling through the contents. The suspect then exited that car, went over to another car, and looked inside.” Luo was wearing gloves.
The officer detained Luo without a struggle, Mercado said. Inside a car rented by Luo found nearby, police found an electronic “descrambler” device used to open the doors of cars equipped with remote door locks.
It was unclear if anything was taken from the car Luo was seen rifling through.
He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending arraignment, records show.
SOUTH PASADENA >> Three South Pasadena residents helped police capture a man police said stole a bicycle and tried to steal a delivery van early Saturday, police said.
Edwin Lopez, 32, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, attempted auto theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia, South Pasadena police Cpl. Craig Phillips said. It was Lopez’s fourth arrest over the past month, according to county booking records.
The incident began about 8 a.m. when a resident of the 1000 block of Magnolia Street spotted a burglar leaving an underground parking structure of a condominium complex with a neighbor’s bicycle, the corporal said.
The witness told the bike owner of the theft and ran after the thief, Phillips said. The owner and the witnesses’ wife jumped into a car and followed.
Phillips said the three caught up with the fleeing bike burglar in the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue. After grappling with the suspect and briefly holding him for police, Lopez ultimately broke free of his captors and ran, leaving behind the bicycle and his backpack.
Lopez then jumped into an Amazon delivery van, which had the keys in the ignition, and started the car before realizing he was not alone, Phillips said. The 17-year-old daughter of the delivery driver, who was sitting in the passenger seat, screamed, and Lopez jumped out of the van and continued fleeing on foot.
Police arrived within a minute and captured Lopez without a struggle, Philliips said.
The backpack Lopez dropped contained burglary tools and a methamphetamine pipe, Phillips added.
No injuries were reported to either the suspect, victim or the good Samaritans.
Lopez has already been arrested twice this month by South Pasadena police on suspicion of theft- and drug-related crimes, Phillips said.
He was also arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau deputies Aug. 16, records show.
Lopez was being held in lieu of $50,00 bail at the Pasadena Police Department jail pending his initial court appearance, records show.
- COVINA >> An alert neighbor helped police arrest an alleged teenage burglar and recovered suspected stolen property Thursday in a residential neighborhood in Covina, officials said.
The suspect, a 16-year-old San Bernardino boy, is accused of burglary and resisting or obstructing police, Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said.
A resident of the 1300 block of East Navilla Place called police about 11:20 a.m. to report seeing a suspicious person knock on a neighbor’s door, then walk to the rear of the home and out of sight after receiving no answer, Peterson said.
Responding officers found the suspect, in the backyard of the home, the sergeant said. He hopped a fence and attempted to flee, but was quickly apprehended. Officer searched the area for any additional suspects but found none.
Officers found evidence of a break-in at the Navilla Place home, Peterson said. They also found suspected stolen property in the suspect’s car, including jewelry appearing to be family heirlooms.
The young suspect initially provided a false name to police, Peterson said. Once he was identified by fingerprints, police determined he was already wanted on an unspecified warrant out of San Bernardino County.PHOTO of recovered property courtesy of the Covina Police Department.