Suspect jailed following Sierra Madre break-in

SIERRA MADRE — Police jailed a 32-year-old Sierra Madre man Sunday after he broke into an occupied home in the middle of the night, officials said.
Benjamin Charles McMillan was booked on suspicion of burglary following his arrest shortly after 1 a.m. in the 400 block of East Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre Police Chief Larry Giannone said.
Police received a call from a woman reporting that there was an intruder inside her home, the chief said.
“Officers actually arrived in less than a minute and set up a containment,” he said.
About the same time, the woman’s husband encountered the intruder inside the home, and the alleged burglar ran out the back door.
Officers searched the area and found McMillan hiding in the backyard of the home. He was taken into custody without a struggle.
It was determined he accessed the home through an unlocked side door, the chief added.
According to county booking records, McMillan was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Cash register stolen in overnight break-in at Pasadena dry cleaning business

PASADENA — A burglar smashed the window of dry cleaning business and fled with the cash register early Saturday morning, officials said.
The break-in took place just before 2:30 a.m. in the 700 block of East Green Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“The suspect smashed the window with a piece of concrete,” Clawson said. “Once inside, he took the cash register and left through the same smashed window.”
The register contained an undisclosed amount of cash.
The burglary triggered an alarm, which notified police of the crime, he added.
The intruder’s image was captured by a security camera, the lieutenant said.
He was described as a white man between 30 and 40 years old, of medium height and build and balding with a comb-over hair style. He wore a tan jacket, jeans and dark shows.

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Woman pepper sprayed after interrupting burglary in Walnut

WALNUT — A burglar or burglars sprayed a senior citizen in the face with pepper spray when she walked in on a break-in at her Walnut home Wednesday, officials said.
The crime took place shortly after 9 a.m. at a home near Creekside and San Nicholas drives, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Perez said.
The woman, estimated to be in her 60s, had no idea there was a burglary going on in her house when she walked through the front door, the sergeant said.
She was immediately doused in the face with pepper spray, preventing her from getting a look at her attacker or attackers, Perez said. The burglar or burglars then fled.
There was evidence of some ransacking inside the home, however it was not clear what may have been stolen, he said.
The woman was treated at the scene but was not hospitalized, Perez added.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station were handling the investigation.

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South Pasadena High School students accused of stealing iPads in elementary school break-in

SOUTH PASADENA — Police Wednesday arrested three South Pasadena High School students accused of breaking into Marengo Elementary School and stealing iPads over the weekend, officials said.
The three teenage boys are suspected of a weekend burglary, which was first discovered Monday at Marengo Elementary School, 1400 Marengo Avenue, South Pasadena police Sgt. Brian Solinsky said. All three were 17 years old. Their names were withheld due to their age.
Police responded to the elementary school campus shortly before 1 p.m. Monday to investigate a break-in, Solinsky said.
“It was determined someone entered two of the classrooms over the previous weekend and stole five Apple iPads,” the sergeant said.
“During the investigation, several witnesses came forward to provide information, which led to the identification of three south Pasadena High School students,” Solinsky said. They were arrested Wednesday either at school or at home.
“Three of the missing iPads were located and recovered,” he said. “The other two were discarded by one of the students shortly after the theft.”
The teens were arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and released to their parents with court dates, officials said.

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Boys accused of stealing money from restaurant in San Dimas

SAN DIMAS — Deputies arrested two teenage resident’s of a San Dimas boys’ home Friday after they allegedly stole money from a table at a restaurant.
The 15-year-old boys, both residents of the McKinley Children’s Center, were booked on suspicion of burglary following the 2:30 p.m. incident at Roady’s Restaurant, 160 W. Bonita Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Rebecca Rodriguez said.
One of the boys distracted a waitress while the other snatched about $40 that had been left on a table by a patron to pay a bill, the sergeant said. Both young suspects then ran away.
Responding deputies found both teens in the area and took them into custody, she said. One was apprehended by sheriff’s San Dimas Station Capt. Don Slawson, who was assisting deputies on patrol.
The boys were sent to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey.

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Burglars break in to Pasadena pawn shop through roof

PASADENA — Two burglars broke into a Pasadena pawn shop through the roof early Saturday before fleeing with stolen goods, police said.
An alarm went off about 1 a.m. at the pawn shop at southwest corner of Colorado and San Gabriel boulevards, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. But the alarm was set up to notify the owner, not police.
The owner arrived to investigate and found the store had been broken into, the lieutenant said.
The burglars appeared to have climbed up a fire escape and entered the pawn shop through the roof, Clawson said.
It was not yet clear what items had been stolen, he said, however no guns were believed to be missing, and expensive jewelry had been left behind.
Police initially described the burglars as wearing heavy clothing, however a detailed description was not available.

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Teens arrested in connection with Pasadena doggie door burglary; cremated remains of homeowner’s parents among stolen items

Police Thursday announced the arrests of four local teens suspected of stealing numerous items, including the cremated remains of a homeowner’s parents, after breaking into a Pasadena home through a doggie door last month.
Alex Canela, 18, of Pasadena was arrested Monday in connection with the burglary, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Also arrested in connection with the Dec. 20 burglary in the 900 block of North Madison Avenue were three other Pasadena teenagers — two 16-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy, officials said. The dates of their arrests were not available late Thursday.
The group is accused of forcing their way into the home through a large doggie door at the back of the house about 1 p.m., police said.
“Once inside, the suspects removed numerous electronic items including television, computers and tablets; sports memorabilia; jewelry; and the cremated remains of the victim’s parents,” Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres said in a written statement.
A neighbor’s security camera captured images of the young intruders outside of the home, Lt. Jason Clawson said at the time.
Detectives immediately launched an investigation into the crime, armed with the surveillance footage of the burglars.
“As a result, Pasadena police detectives identified several of the suspects involved in the burglary and recovered several stolen electronic items,” Torres said. But there was no word on the stolen cremated remains.
Detectives continued seeking more of the stolen items, as well as any possible additional suspects.
According to county booking records and police, the adult suspect, Canela, was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance Friday in Pasadena Superior Court.

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Up to $230,000 in jewelry, designer purses stolen in Arcadia Nodstrom store break-in

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ARCADIA — Police are seeking three burglars who broke into a Nordstrom store at a shopping mall in Arcadia Tuesday and stole as much as $230,000 worth of jewelry and designer purses.
Police responded about 4:10 a.m. to an alarm at the store, inside the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall at 400 S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said in a written statement.
0102_NWS_PSN-L-NORDSTROMBURG2cropOfficers found a window on the west side of the department store had been smashed out.
Inside the store, the jewelry cases were smashed and an unknown amount of jewelry was stolen,” Castro said. Nordstrom officials initially estimated the thieves made off with between $100,000 and $200,000 worth of jewelry.
The burglars also helped themselves to designer purses, initially valued at between $20,000 and $30,000, Castro said.
“Nordstrom surveillance video shows three suspects wearing dark clothing entering the store,” Castro said. “The suspects exited an emergency exit that activated the alarm.”
0102_NWS_PSN-L-NORDSTROMBURG4cropA further description of the burglars was not available Wednesday, Sgt. Kollin Cieadla said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5150. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Burglars enter Pasadena home through doggie door

PASADENA — Police are seeking four young men who burglarized a Pasadena home by breaking in through a doggie door Friday afternoon.
The crime took place about 1 p.m. at a home in the 900 block of North Madison Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Four burglars entered the home through a doggie door and helped themselves to electronics and other valuables, he said.
But a nearby security camera captured images of the burglars, the lieutenant said.
All four were Latino and between 16 and 20 years old, he said.
One wore a black short sleeve shirt and silver and black plaid shorts. The second wore a gray hat with a black rim and a hooded sweat shirt. The third wore a black beanie and a black T-shirt. No further description of the fourth burglar was available.
Clawson recommended the installation of security cameras, saying they are valuable tools for investigation which increase security not only for the home where they are installed, but for the surrounding neighborhood.

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Monrovia burglars captured on surveillance footage

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MONROVIA — Police sought help from the public Thursday in cracking a residential burglary case.
The break-in took place about 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at a home in the 200 block of Evergreen Avenue, Monrovia police officials said in a written statement. Images of the two burglars and their car were captured on surveillance footage, which investigators hope will lead to their capture.
The two men arrived in a silver, four-door sedan similar to a Lexus 300-series wit tinted windows, exited and went into the backyard, police said.
“They entered the residence by breaking the rear glass door,” according to the police statement. The silver car drove up and down the street as the burglars were inside the home.
The men fled with cash and jewelry just as the resident arrived home, officials said. The resident did not see the intruders.
Similar burglaries have been reported elsewhere in the area, and police advised residents to be alert.
“This incident is similar to many other burglaries that have recently occurred in the San Gabriel Valley,” according to the police statement. “Several of the incidents involve suspects using luxury model rental vehicles. The suspects knock on the front door, after no answer, they proceed to enter the rear yard and force entry into a rear door or window of the residence.”
Anyone who sees anything suspicious is encouraged to contact local police immediately.
Anyone with information regarding the Monrovia burglar is asked to contact Detective S. Bushmeyer at 626-256-8047, or via email at sbushmeyer@monrovia.laclen.org.

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