PASADENA >> Police jailed a burglary suspect earlier this week with the help of an alert neighbor armed with a cell phone camera, officials said.
Francisco Ricardo Tafolla, 18, of Pasadena who was already being sought for violating his probation stemming from a previous theft-related conviction, was booked on suspicion of burglary, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The break-in occurred about 4 a.m. Friday at a house in the 1900 block of East Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A neighborhood resident spotted a man leaving his neighbor’s house with an oversized bag and became suspicious, the lieutenant said. The witnesses snapped a photograph of the man, which was was passed along to police about 7 a.m. once the homeowner confirmed the house had been burglarized.
An officer recognized Tafolla from a previous arrest, Clawson said. Officers soon tracked down the suspect at his Pasadena home.
Electronics and other items allegedly taken from the Villa Street home were recovered, along with, “other evidence,” Clawson said.
The arrest highlights the successful outcomes that occur, “when people are working together to keep their neighborhoods safe,” Clawson said. “If you see something, say something.”
According to county booking records, Tafolla was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a Rosemead man early Sunday after catching him with a van full of items allegedly stolen from Southern California home improvement stores, officials said.
Pablo Armando Valencia, 37, was booked on suspicion of burglary and drug possession following his arrest shortly after midnight in the parking lot of a motel in the 2000 block of E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Officers were patrolling when they noticed Valencia standing next to a “suspicious vehicle”,” he said. A second person was standing near Valencia, but that person was not arrested.
“Upon contact, officers noticed several new objects in the rear of the van the suspects were next to,” Luna said.
Police determined the items had been stolen from several large Southern California home improvement stores, the lieutenant said.
Officials then found further evidence of burglary, as well as some suspected methamphetamine,inside Valencia motel room, Luna said.
No further details were available Sunday.
According to county booking records, Valencia was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
SOUTH PASADENA >> Police jailed two residential burglary suspects Thursday following an extensive search of a South Pasadena neighborhood, authorities said.
Kenny Franklin, 22, of Lakewood and Michael Ward, 26, of Los Angeles were ultimately arrested following the failed break-in about 1 p.m. at a home in the 800 block of Rollins Street, South Pasadena police Sgt. Matt Petersen said.
A witness called police after hearing a neighbor’s security alarm sounding, then seeing two men running away from the home, the sergeant said.
The two suspects fled down a nearby pathway known as the Snake Trail before emerging on Flores De Oro, Petersen said. Franklin was immediately captured, but Ward continued to run.
With help from other nearby police agencies, South Pasadena police set up a search perimeter to seek the outstanding burglary suspect, Petersen said.
A police dog found and bit Ward about two hours later as he was hiding in a backyard shed in the 1300 block of Meridian Avenue, Petersen said. He was booked into jail after being treated for dog bite injuries.
LONG BEACH >> A Long Beach resident fatally shot an intruder who broke into a home early Sunday morning, in the second fatal shooting of an intruder by a Long Beach resident in three weeks, authorities said.
The break-in and fatal shooting took place shortly before 3 a.m. at a home on 3rd Street, just east of Temple Avenue, Long Beach police Sgt. Megan Zabel said.
Few details were released regarding the incident Sunday as homicide detectives continued investigating the incident.
The alleged intruder, who died at the scene of the shooting, was not identified pending notification of family, Zabel said. Police described him only as a man.
“Officers responded to the 2800 block of East 3rd Street in regards to a burglary in progress where the resident has shot the suspect in the home,” Zabel said.
“Officers arrived along with Long Beach Fire Department paramedics, who pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene,” she said.
There were two adults inside the home at the time of the shooting, Zabel said. Police declined to provide any further description of the shooter or the second person in the home.
Police also released no details regarding the encounter between the shooter and the intruder, including whether the intruder was armed.
The residents had not been arrested Sunday as the investigation continued, Zabel said.
“They were interviewed and released,” she said. “Once the investigation is complete, it will be presented to the district attorney’s office.”
Prosecutors will then determine whether any charges are to be filed, Zabel said.
The residents were not believed to have been injured in the incident.
The shooting comes less than three weeks after another alleged residential burglar was shot by another Long Beach resident July 23 in the 3900 block of Country Club Drive.
Andrea Miller, 28, died after she was shot by 80-year-old Tom Greer, according to Long Beach police and statements Greer made to KNBC.
Miller and her alleged accomplice, 26-year-old Gus Adams, beat Greer when he interrupted their burglary of his home, according to police and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials. Greer, who suffered a broken collar bone among other injuries in the incident, said in a television interview that he shot Miller as she was running away, but still considered the shooting self defense.
Miller shouted out that she was pregnant just before she was shot, but a coroner’s investigation found that was not the case.
Adams has been charged with murder, robbery, elder abuse and other crimes in connection with the incident. His mother, 49-year-old Ruby Adams, has also been charged with burglary, robbery and elder abuse for allegedly serving as a lookout during the crime.
Across Los Angeles County in Diamond Bar, a resident shot at an intruder inside his home in the 400 block of N. Del Sol Lane on Friday afternoon, though the burglar was believed to have escaped uninjured, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
DIAMOND BAR >> A homeowner shot at a burglar during a break-in Friday afternoon in Diamond Bar, authorities said.
A man was at home about 1:30 p.m. in the 400 block of N. Del Sol Lane when he heard a smashing noise, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Frank Rivera said. He soon discovered the noise was created by an intruder bashing his way through the home’s front door.
Investigators suspect the burglar did not realize anyone was home when he forced his way into the house, Rivera said. The burglar and homeowner encountered one another in the living room.
“I think they were both shocked when they saw each other,” the lieutenant said.
The homeowner grabbed a handgun and fires a single shot at the intruder, Rivera said. “He felt his life was in danger.”
The burglar fled, getting into a burgundy Toyota Camry with tinted windows and a waiting driver.
The burglar was not believed to have been struck by the resident’s gunfire, though it could not be ruled out Friday evening, Rivera said. Officials checked area emergency rooms for gunshot victims that may be linked to the crime with no success.
A detailed description of the burglar was not available.
GLENDORA >> Glendora police Wednesday jailed an alleged residential burglary ring comprised of five Los Angeles gang members, officials said.
The four men and a teenage boy are accused of three burglaries in Glendora Wednesday, as well as at least one additional burglary in Covina, Glendora police Lt. James De Mond said. And detectives continued working to link them to additional crimes.
The burglars primarily stole jewelry from the homes, the lieutenant said.
The arrests came after Glendora officers police responded to a report of a burglary in the 700 block of East Essex Street, the lieutenant said. A resident had arrived home to find the front door kicked in and the home ransacked.”
“As officers were investigating this burglary, a resident in the 1100 block of East Dover Street called to report seeing five males attempting to get in a screen door of a residence,” De Mond said.
Police rushed to Dover Street where officers spotted two young men running between homes in the neighborhood, as well as a white Toyota Camry with paper license plates driving away, De Mond said.
Police stopped the car and arrested Jaime Estrada, 26, of Maywood, who was on parole for burglary, De Mond said. Stolen property from all four burglaries was found in the Camry. Some items found in the car had been stolen in another residential burglary in the 1000 block of East Bradford Drive that was not reported until later in the day.
Officers searched the neighborhood and found Martin Sanchez, 26, of Hacienda Heights and Junior Valdez, 25, of Los Angeles hiding in a nearby garage, police said. Two other suspects, identified as Jerry Castro, 21, of Los Angeles and a teenage boy from Cudahy, hiding in a side yard and trying to break into a garage.
A Pasadena police helicopter and two Pasadena police K-9s took part in the search.
“All of the suspects have been identified as 38th Street gang members out of South Central Los Angeles,” De Mond said.
Estrada was being held without bail while the three other adult suspects were being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County booking records. All four were scheduled to be arraigned Friday in West Covina Superior Court.
The teenage suspect was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall.
WEST COVINA — Two Ontario men were behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of burglarizing the home of an elderly West Covina man as he slept inside earlier this week, officials said.
Robert Perich, 22, and Luis Santana, 19, were arrested Monday in connection with the 9:40 a.m. break-in in the 1100 block of South Montezuma Way, according to West Covina police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
A third suspect, a 23-year-old Ontario man, was also arrested along with Perich and Santana, but was released from custody Wednesday without charges, records show.
Police responded to a call reporting a possible burglary when they noticed a Chevy S-10 pickup truck parked in front of the home, West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez said in a written statement.
A 23-year-old Ontario man was found hiding in the back seat area and was arrested on suspicion of burglary, though he was ultimately released without charges Wednesday, according to police and booking records.
After setting up a search perimeter, police saw two men running from the home, Lopez said. One, later identified as Santana, was quickly captured in a nearby backyard.
The other fleeing suspect, later identified as Perich, ran onto the golf course at South Hills Country Club, where police caught up with him and took him into custody.
“A 78-year-old male resident was inside the location asleep in his bedroom during the burglary,” Lopez said. “Of the items stolen and recovered, many were taken from the room the resident was sleeping in.”
All of the allegedly stolen items were recovered, and no injuries were reported in connection with the incident, Lopez said.
Perich was ultimately booked on suspicion of burglary, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest, as well as on two outstanding warrants, Lopez said. Santana was jailed on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property, police said.
According to county booking records, Perich was being held in lieu of $195,000 bail, while Santana was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
PHOTOS of suspects Robert Perich, above, and Luis Santana, (below) courtesy of the West Covina Police Department.
PASADENA — Police jailed a man Friday after he was spotted burglarizing Mar Vista Avenue home, officials said.
Justin Hampton, a 31-year-old transient known to frequent Pasadena, was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary in connection with the break-in, which occurred shortly after 9 p.m. in the 1300 block of Mar Vista Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A witness called police after seeing a man — later identified as Hampton — leaving the home of neighbors who were on vacation, he said.
“Officers found one of the doors had been smashed. Someone had been inside,” Clawson said.
Hampton was found during a search of the neighborhood and taken into custody without a struggle, the lieutenant said. It was not clear what, if anything, had been taken from the burglarized home.
Hampton was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
MONROVIA >> Two “shadowy figures” escaped with $7 after breaking into a Monrovia pet shop early Thursday, authorities said.
The burglary took place about 1:30 a.m. at PetSmart, 745 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia police Lt. Michael Lee said.
A witness reported hearing the front window of the store shattering, then two “shadowy figures” fleeing from the area, according to the lieutenant.
Police discovered the intruders had entered the store and gone through the cash registers, Lee said. They obtained $7 in the felony. No animals were taken or injured.
Detectives were checking area surveillance cameras for clues, he added.
PASADENA — A man awoke in his Pasadena condominium early Sunday to find an intruder rifling through his belongings, police said.
The break-in took place about 3:20 a.m. as the victim and his roommate were asleep in their condo in the 1000 block of East Del Mar Avenue, near the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. It was not immediately clear if the roommates were students at the university.
“During the night, the victim woke up and saw that there was somebody in his residence,’ Clawson said. Upon being notives, the intruder fled. He was only described as a man between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall.
The victim looked around and realized items within his home had been moved around, and a “small amount” of cash was missing from his wallet, the lieutenant said.
The burglar had gotten into the home through a door left open by the residents overnight, he added.