PASADENA — A tip from a concerned resident led police to recover a stolen van containing hundreds of pieces of stolen mail and other suspected stolen property late Saturday, officials said.
Three thieves — two men and a woman — were being sought following the discovery, which was made about 11:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of South Chester Avenue, just south of Green Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“A caller stated they believed someone had been tampering with the mailbox at an apartment complex,” he said, adding that mail had been stolen from the box in the past.
Three people were reported to be involved in the possible mailbox tapering, Clawson said. Witnesses reported seeing them place a bicycle into a van parked near the apartment complex before walking away.
The trio was gone when police officers arrived, the lieutenant said. Officers quickly discovered the white Ford van had been reported stolen and fitted with stolen license plates, or “cold plated.”
“Upon searching the vehicle, they found property that may have been stolen and hundreds of pieces of mail stolen from residents from throughout Pasadena and Altadena,” he said. The bicycle mentioned by the caller, which was believed to be stolen, was among the recovered items.
Police continued seeking the three alleged thieves Sunday, Clawson said.
One was described as a Latino woman between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 1 inch tall, 130 pounds, with a shaved head and tattoos on the back of her neck. She wore a black basketball Jersey.
The second thief was described as a black man between 25 and 30, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 180 pounds, with a short Afro-style hair and a mustache, police said. He wore a black Orlando Magic basketball jersey.
Officials described the third suspect as a white man between 30 and 35 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and between 180 and 200 pounds. He had short brown hair, which he wore slicked black, and wore a white T-shirt.
PASADENA — A Pasadena woman awoke to find an intruder in her home early Saturday, police said.
The woman, who is in her 40s, woke up about 5:15 a.m. at a home in the 1100 block of Palm Terrace and discovered a burglar in her living room, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“The suspect realized he had been noticed and ran out of the front door,” he said.
After looking around the home, the residents discovered several “minor” items missing, Clawson said. It was not clear exactly what was stolen.
The startled woman was only able to described the intruder male and wearing a red hooded sweat shirt.
IRWINDALE — Police arrested a man and two women Thursday in connection with a residential burglary, officials said.
Dustin Michael Shirey, 21, of West Covina, Nicole Victoria Richardson, 21, of Glendora and Sara Ouaddi, 18, of Walnut were arrested in connection with the break-in, according to Irwindale police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Shirey was booked on suspicion of burglary, while Richardson and Ouaddi were booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary, Irwindale police Sgt. Rudy Gatto said. Richardson was also being held on a pre-existing warrant, and Ouaddi was additionally accused of being under the influence of drugs.
A tipster called police about 12:40 p.m. to report seeing someone climbing through the side window of a home in the 1600 block of Martinez Street, Irwindale police Sgt. Rudy Gatto said.
Officers happened to be in the area and arrived in less than a minute, he said. They noticed a suspicious Saturn SUV parked in front of the home, and detained two women down the street as they walked away from the home.
As police were in the process of surrounding the home, Shirey emerged carrying a backpack found to contain items taken from the house, Gatto said.
Investigation determined that the two women and the car were involved in the break-in as well, the sergeant said.
According to county booking records, Shirey and Ouaddi were being held in lieu of $20,000 bail at the Glendora Police Department jail, while Richardson was being held in lieu of $45,000 bail. All three were scheduled for arraignment Monday in West Covina Superior Court.
ARCADIA — Police jailed four people suspicion of burglary Wednesday after a woman confronted three of them inside her home, authorities said.
Mario Dasean Weicks, 19, of Irvine; Quatrelle Jaquin Carroll, 19, of Long Beach; Milton Keith Sanders, 20, of Long Beach; and Jasmine Monique Douroux, 21, of Lakewood were arrested shortly after the 1:40 p.m. break-in at a home in the 00 block of West Palm Drive, according to Arcadia police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The three male suspects knocked on the door of a house, but a woman inside did not answer, Arcadia police Lt. Tom Le Veque said in a written statement.
“One of the men made his way to the back sliding door and made entry to the home through the unlocked door,” the sergeant said. “The resident saw the man inside the home and yelled at him. The suspect fled, along with his cohorts, to an awaiting vehicle being driven by a female.”
The resident reported the intrusion to police, who spotted a car matching the description in the area and pulled it over, Le Veque said.
Police found items in the car that were determined to have been stolen earlier in the day during a break-in in Los Angeles, he said. Electronics, jewelry, cash and other items were those seized as evidence.
The investigation was ongoing, and police were working to link the group of alleged burglars to additional crimes.
According to county booking records, Sanders, who had a previous case pending, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, while Weicks was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Carroll and Douroux were both released from custody Thursday after posting $50,000 bail, records show. All four suspects were due to be arraigned Friday in Pasadena Superior Court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.