PASADENA >> Police arrested an alleged burglar and auto thief after he fell asleep in a stolen car early Wednesday, officials said.
Samuel Stokes, 34, of Pasadena is accused of auto theft, auto burglary and receiving stolen property, after being arrested shortly after 3:45 a.m. in the 400 block of South Mentor Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Police responded to the street after neighbors complained that a Mercedes-Benz was parked and idling loudly, he said.
Officers arrived and contacted the suspect, who was asleep inside the vehicle,” Goodman said. Officers soon realized the car had been reported stolen out of Van Nuys.
“Further investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of additional stolen property, some of that was taken from a vehicle that was burglarized in the area prior to officers’ arrival,” the lieutenant said.
Stokes was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
DIAMOND BAR >> Deputies arrested three teenage burglary suspects Sunday afternoon after they broke into a Diamond Bar home occupied by another teenager, officials said.
The break-in occurred about 12:10 p.m. in the 800 block of Leyland Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Buckner said.
A teenage boy was home alone when the burglars knocked at the door, then forced their way into the house after receiving no response, the lieutenant said.
The victim called 9-1-1 to report the burglary while the teenage suspects were still inside the home, Buckner said. They had fled in a blue Honda Civic before deputies arrived, however.
A neighbor managed to take down the license plate number of the car, and deputies soon found it nearby and pulled it over, Buckner said.
Deputies arrested the three teens of about 17 years old and recovered several hundred dollars believed to have been stolen in the break-in, he said.
SAN MARINO >> Police shot a dog in a residential backyard while searching for a home-invasion robber in San Marino early Thursday, officials said.
The robber also stole the victim’s SUV in the 7:45 a.m. incident in the 900 block of Winston Avenue, according to San Marino police officials.
A woman estimated to be in her 30s working as a nanny at the home had just returned to the house after dropping children off at school, Police Chief John Incontro said.
“The suspect had ransacked the home and made additional demands for property,” police said in a written statement. “The victim then ran to the second floor where she locked herself in a room and called 9-1-1. The victim could hear the suspect yelling at her to get off the phone.”
Officers rushing to help made their way through the backyard of a home facing Sierra Madre Boulevard when they were confronted by a large dog, police said.
“One officer shot two rounds, one striking the dog.”
Police did not identify the involved officer.
Officers found the frightened victim still hiding upstairs, Incontro said. The woman’s Mercedes-Benz SUV was gone. It was unclear what was stolen from the house.
Investigators found the SUV abandoned on a Ventura Boulevard offramp of the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, Incontro said. The suspect remained at-large.
The chief added that the city has offered to pay the veterinary bills for the wounded dog.
After two surgeries and the successful removal of a bullet, the 6-year-old pit bull-terrier-boxer mix, named “Wheezy,” was expected to recover, said Rana Abdelal, a member of the family that owns the animal. One of the bullets grazed the dog in the head, while the other struck Wheezy in the chest.
Though saddened by the dog’s injury, Abdelal said they were not angry with the police.
“Because of the circumstances, we understand,” she said.
“They came, they apologized and they said they’d take care of it,” Abdelal said.
Authorities described the intruder as a black man, 28 to 30 years old, wearing a blue and black shirt and dark pants. He also wore a fanny pack.
PHOTOS: (Above) Photo of Wheezy the dog – courtesy. (Below) A San Marino police officer talks to neighborhood residents after an officer shot and wounded a family dog while responding to a home-invasion robbery in the 900 block of Winston Avenue early Thursday, Feb, 19, 2015.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a burglary suspect Saturday after a homeowner spotted the man inside his home via a remote camera system, authorities said.
Joseph Anthony Scorza, a 25-year-old homeless man who is already on probation for felony theft, is accused of residential burglary, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The homeowner called police about 9:45 a.m. after he saw an intruder inside his home in the 2900 block of East Del Mar Boulevard while monitoring a remote camera system from a different location, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Officers arrived to find the suspect riding away from the burglarized home on a bicycle, Luna said.
After detaining Scorza, officers found him in possession of camera parts from the victim’s home, Luna said. Police jailed him on suspicion of burglary after confirming he was the same man pictured in the home surveillance video.
Scorza was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to booking records.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a man on suspicion of assaulting a party bus driver early Sunday before discovering the suspect had also just broken into a nearby home, officials said.
Mario Anjel Caraveo, 22, of Pasadena is accused of assault with a deadly weapon and residential burglary following hi 8:30 a.m. arrest at Colorado Boulevard and Craig Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records
Officers first responded to a report of a burglary just after midnight in the 1800 block of Monte Vista Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 62-year-old man returned home from a bike ride to find an intruder inside his home, Luna said. The resident went to a neighbor’s house and called the police.
The burglar was gone when officers arrived, and he was not found during a search of the area, the lieutenant said. Several items, including a replica handgun, were stolen in the break-in.
Police responded to a second report of an alleged assault about 3:35 a.m. in the 1900 block of East Foothill Boulevard.
A party bus driver, 51, told police a man had approached him and pointed what appeared to be a handgun directly at him, Luna said. But the man ran off when another person approached the bus. It was not clear whether the incident was an abandoned robbery attempt.
Police did not find the suspect immediately following the crime, Luna said. However, an officer spotted a man matching the description of the assault suspect walking in the area of Colorado Boulevard and Craig Avenue about 6:30 a.m. and took him into custody.
Not only did officers identify Caraveo as a suspect in the assault on the bus driver, but they soon discovered that a replica handgun he was carrying had been taken in the Monte Vista Street burglary, Luna said.
Officer arrested Caraveo in connection with both crimes.
According to county booking records, Caraveo, who already has a previous criminal case pending against him, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> A Pasadena man confronted a car burglar at gunpoint, fought with the alleged criminal and chased after him early Sunday before police arrested the suspect, authorities said.
Alfonso Vasquez, 20, of Pasadena was arrested on suspicion of burglary and taken to a hospital for treatment of an arm injury he suffered while fighting with the victim, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The victim, a 45-year-old Pasadena man, saw Vasquez breaking into his vehicle about 3:10 a.m. in the 800 block of North Catalina Avenue, Luna said.
The car owner went outside with a handgun and confronted the burglar, the lieutenant said.
Luna said the victim initially held the suspect at gunpoint, but a struggle between the two men ensued after the victim placed the gun in his pocket.
Vasquez ran from the area, Luna said. A neighbor who heard the struggle called police.
The victim chased after the fleeing man for several blocks before responding officers nabbed him, Luna said. The victim was not injured.
The incident was the second time in less than a week that an armed Pasadena resident confronted a burglar.
A Pasadena man discovered a man trying to break into his home Wednesday night in the 500 block of North Pasadena Avenue, Lt. Kelly Evans said.
The resident held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived to arrest him.
SOUTH PASADENA >> Police jailed a man early Saturday after he broke into a South Pasadena home occupied by a terrified woman and her 94-year-old grandmother, officials said.
Micah Darrell Everett, 22, of Los Angeles was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers arrested him following a lengthy search in connection with the 12:30 a.m. break-in at a home in the 700 block of Monterey Road, South Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“The homeowner had locked herself in the basement while her 94-year-old grandmother was asleep in the residence above her,” according to the police statement.
The burglar had removed a window of a sunroom and made his way in, but was apparently unable to remove the window to the main home, officials said. The intruder then made his way into the home’s attached garage.
Police searched the home and escorted the woman to safety, police said. Officers encountered the suspect — later identified as Everett — in the backyard of the home.
Everett ran from officers, officials said. He darted into a nearby neighborhood as officers rushing to assist in the capture were delayed by a passing train.
About 30 officers from the South Pasadena, Pasadena, San Marino, Alhambra and Monterey Park police departments joined the search, along with two helicopters and two police dogs.
“After an extensive hour-and-a-half search for the suspect, he was finally captured and arrested without incident as he ran from the police officers in the 800 block of Orange Grove Place,” the statement said.
Police found allegedly stolen items and burglary tools in a backpack the suspect dropped as he ran from the home, Sgt. Tony Abdalla said. Drug paraphernalia in the form of a glass pipe was found on his person.
The suspect was found in possession of burglary tools, stolen property, narcotics paraphernalia, authorities said. He has changed clothes to alter his appearance while fleeing police.
Everett was scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing Monday in Alhambra Superior Court.
Anyone with information was asked to contact South Pasadena police detectives at 626-403-7280.
SOUTH PASADENA >> A woman awoke to find an intruder inside her South Pasadena home, where three small children were also sleeping early Thursday, police said.
While the residential burglar escaped, police hunting for him ultimately ended up apprehending a wanted parolee in connection with a separate car break-in, South Pasadena police Sgt. Matthew Ronnie said.
The incident began about 3 a.m. when the burglar made his way into her home through an unlocked rear door, he said.
“The victim heard noises and woke up to see a silhouette of a person standing in the room holding a flashlight,” Ronnie said. “The victim screamed and the suspect fled with not loss,” the sergeant said. The suspect was described only as a person wearing dark clothes and a baseball cap.
Ronnie said the woman soon discovered her car, parked in front of her home, had been broken into as well, Ronnie said. It was unclear if the same man who broke into the home also broke into the car.
Officers searching the area for the intruder detained two men walking in the neighborhood, police said.
The men could not be connected to the burglaries, and officers let one of them go, Ronnie said. But the second man was taken to jail after he was found to be an “armed and dangerous felon” who had absconded from his parole supervision.
Later Thursday morning, police learned that items such as pocket change and a skateboard the two men had with them when contacted by police had been stolen in another auto break-in along the same street, Ronnie said. The parolee was additionally expected to face a burglary charge, while a warrant was issued for the second 19-year-old suspect who had already been freed before police learned of the second auto burglary.
According to police and Los Angeles County booking records, Thamie Brian Humes, 25, of Los Angeles was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> A good Samaritan helped police chase down a man accused of burglarizing the garage of an elderly Pasadena woman Thursday, officials said.
Police arrested Victor Garcia, 20, of Alhambra, on suspicion of residential burglary following the 3:40 p.m. break-in the 100 block of South Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The incident began when a 47-year-old man saw a burglar fleeing from the garage of his neighbor, an 83-year-old woman, Luna said. “When confronted, (the suspect) fled on foot.”
The witnesses chased after the man, ultimately pointing him out to responding police officers in the area of Del Mar Boulevard and Pasadena Avenue, Luna said. Nothing was believed to have been taken from the garage.
According to county booking records, Garcia was being held in lieu of $55,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Monday in Pasadena Superior Court.
COVINA >> Police Wednesday recovered two laptop computers stolen in an elementary school break-in in September and arrested a local teenage boy in connection with the theft, officials said.
Someone stole the computers the weekend of Sept. 19 to Sept. 22 while breaking into two separate classrooms at Glen Oak Elementary School, 1000 N. Sunflower Ave., Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said in a written statement.
The computers, owned by the Charter Oak Unified School District, were equipped with GPS tracking devices, police said.
“During the investigation, information was obtained from the company monitoring the GPS tracking devices that both computers were being used in a residence in located in the 1300 block of N. Sunflower in the city of Covina,” Peterson said. “Based on this information, a search warrant was obtained for the residence.”
Officers served the warrant early Wednesday and found both computers, Peterson said. Investigators arrested a 17-year-old boy who lives at the home on suspicion of possessing or receiving stolen property. The boy was booked and released to his parents with a court date.
“Both laptop computers were still in working order and will be returned to the Charter Oak Unified School District in the near future,” Peterson said.