SAN DIMAS — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Fontana man for burglary early Sunday after finding him hiding in the closet of a Via Verde home, sheriff’s officials said.
Kaleb Cooper, 18, was booked on suspicion of burglary following his 8:15 a.m. arrest at a home on Paseo Marlena, just east of Via Esperanza, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
Officials first received a report of a possible trespasser in a nearby backyard just after 6:45 a.m., however he was gone when deputies arrived, sheriff’s Sgt. Rebecca Rodriguez said.
But a woman called the sheriffs San Dimas Station about an hour later to report hearing noises in her home, and finding a screen had been removed from a window, the sergeant said.
Authorities advised the women to get out of her home, which she did. Rodriguez said. Deputies then searched the house and found Cooper hiding in a closet.
He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in Pomona Superior Court, records show.
SOUTH PASADENA — Police jailed two women and a man after they were found driving around with stolen property and burglary tools early Wednesday, officials said. Among the suspects were a woman on parole for carjacking, as well as a documented member of the Mongols motorcycle gang.
Andrew Duarte, 32, Michelle Armenta, 37, and Rachelle Galarze, 35, all of Los Angeles, were booked on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and identity theft in connection with the early-morning incident, South Pasadena police Sgt. Brian Solinski said in a written statement.
Armenta was already on parole for carjacking, and Duarte is on probation and a known member of the Mongols, Officer Spencer Louie said.
An officer was on patrol about 1:55 a.m. at Huntington Drive and Maple Street when he spotted a black Honda Civic stopped in the middle of the road with it’s headlights off, Solinski said.
“As the officer went to investigate, the Honda drove off, refusing to stop for the officer,” the sergeant said. “The Honda eventually stopped a half-mile away in the 55000 block of Berkshire Avenue in Los Angeles.”
The three suspects were detained without a struggle, he said.
Inside their car police found stolen credit cards and identification, handheld radios and tools used for burglary, Solinski said.
According to booking records, Duarte and Galarze were being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending their initial court appearances, while Armenta was being held without bail.
The investigation was ongoing, and anyone with information was asked to contact South Pasadena police detectives at 626-403-7270.
UPDATE: Prosecutors reviewed the case against Jesse Runge on Nov. 15 and declined to file charges against him citing, “insufficient evidence.” Jeremi Weber remained in custody Nov. 18 in lieu of $200,000 bail and was scheduled for arraignment Nov. 19 in Pasadena Superior Court on burglary and drug-related charges.
MONROVIA — A Monrovia man whose home was burglarized by a friend late Tuesday armed himself with a sword in an attempt to take justice into his own hands, officials said. Both he and the alleged burglar, who suffered a minor cut in the confrontation, were behind bars Wednesday.
Jesse Roland Runge, 35, of Monrovia was booked on assault with a deadly weapon following the incident, while Jeremi Hoover Weber, 29, of Monrovia was booked on suspicion of burglary and drug possession, according to Monrovia police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Runge returned home shortly before midnight Tuesday and found his home in the 200 block of Valle Vista Avenue had been burglarized, Monrovia police Lt. Michael Lee said. Among the missing items was Runge’s iPad.
The tablet computer was equipped with tracking software, which Grunge used to determine the iPad was located at the home of his friend, Weber, in the 400 block of East Foothill Boulevard, Lee said.
But instead of notifying police, Lee said, Runge allegedly armed himself with a sword and a pocket knife and headed to the home of his friend to get his property back.
He confronted Weber at his home and began chasing him with the sword and pocket knife, Lee said. Weber suffered a minor cut to his forearm from the knife.
As Weber fled his home, he took with him a backpack which contained the allegedly stolen property, as well as heroin and prescription pills not prescribed to him, Lee said.
Police arrived to reports of a fight, detained both men and seized the backpack, Lee said. Weber was treated at the scene for the cut to his forearm before being taken to jail.
According to county booking records, Runge was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, while Weber was being held in lieu of $25,00 bail.
PASADENA — Police jailed a Pasadena man early Saturday after he broke into a woman’s car, stealing an iPad and various other electronics, officials said.
Jose Solis, 34, of Pasadena was suspected of burglary following the 2 a.m. crime in the 800 block of North Wilson Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
A 26-year-old woman called police to report her car had just been burglarized, and the thief was walking south on Wilson Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“A police officer saw the suspect. He was detained without incident,” Clawson said. He was found to be in possession of an iPad and other electronic devices stolen from the woman’s car.
Clawson reminded residents not to leave valuables in their cars, especially overnight, as it may create temptations for opportunistic car burglars.
Solis was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to booking records.
Police Wednesday arrested a transient accused of stealing laptops computers containing private patient information from a regional hospital chain earlier this month, however the pilfered computers remained missing, police said.
Christopher Lee Brown, 36, was booked on suspicion of burglary after police spotted him in a transient encampment near the 710 Freeway and Valley Boulevard, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said.
But the laptop computers he’s accused of stealing in an Oct. 12 break-in at AHMC Healthcare Inc.’s facility in Alhambra were not found.
“They searched his personal belongings by where he was camped out. They couldn’t find the computers,” Johnson said.
The machines, which contain information of about 729,000 patients of AHMC, were taken about 11 a.m. from the sixth-floor of the building at the 1000 S. Fremont Ave, which is monitored by both security cameras and a security guards, AHMC officials said.
The information contained on the two password-protected laptops includes names, Medicare and insurance identification numbers, diagnosis and procedure codes and record of insurance and patient payments, officials said.
Affected patients on Medicare, which amounts to about 10 percent of the affected group, potentially had their social security numbers compromised by the security breach.
Patients who received treatment at Garfield Medical Center, Monterey Park Hospital, Whittier Hospital Medical Center, Greater El Monte Community Hospital, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and Anaheim Regional Medical Center are among those whose information was stored on the computers, according to AHMC.
The theft took place on a Saturday and was not discovered until two days later when employees returned to work Oct. 14. A review of security camera footage allowed officials to narrow down the timeframe of the burglary and identify Brown as the suspect, Johnson said.
Police had been checking locations known to be frequented by transients and following up on reports of possible sightings from the public when officers spotted Brown shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, Johnson said. He was taken into custody without a struggle.
According to county booking records, Brown was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his arraignment, scheduled Friday in Alhambra Superior Court.
Police had received no indication Wednesday that information taken from the stolen computers had been used for identity theft, Johnson said. But many AHMC patients contacted police and expressed worry about that possibility.
Those concerned that their information may have been compromised can reach AHMC’s Privacy Department at 855-977-6678 for more information.
PASADENA — Police arrested two men Saturday in connection with a string of car burglaries that’s been plaguing a parking structure for the past week.
Christopher Shackerford, 19, and Jose Algaza, 26, both of Pasadena, were booked on suspicion of burglary shortly before 3 a.m. after they were spotted leaving an underground parking structure in the 200 block of North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The parking structure has seen eight car burglaries or thefts from cars over the past week, he added.
A nearby resident spotted the two men leaving the underground parking structure on bicycles, Clawson said. “Due to the recent burglaries in the area, a witness called police.”
Two officers found and detained Shackerford and Algaza a few blocks away.
They were arrested after officers found one of them in possession of items believed to have been stolen from a car parked in the structure, the lieutenant said. Burglary tools and garage gate remote activators from the facility were also found in the men’s possession, Clawson said. Garage remotes had been stolen from cars at the structure in previous burglaries.
A search warrant carried out later in the day recovered additional items believed to have been stolen from cars, as well as additional burglary tools, Clawson said.
Though the investigation was ongoing, he said, “Hopefully, this (arrest) will solve eight burglaries. A lot more follow-up needs to be done.”
WHITTIER — A man suffered a severe injuries and may lose a hand after he was shocked while allegedly trying to steal wiring from an abandoned juvenile hall facility in Whittier early Saturday, authorities said. The incident was the second time this week an accused wire thief has been badly shocked in the Whittier area.
The incident took place about 5 a.m. at the Fred C. Nelles Youth Correction Facility site, 11850 Whittier Blvd., California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
The injured suspect, a Downey man in his 50s, was expected to survive but suffered severe burns to both hands, CHP Sgt. Charles Quijada said. “Last we heard, he may lose a hand.”
The man’s name was not available Saturday as he remained hospitalized.
Whittier police first responded to the facility and discovered the man in an electrical room toward the rear of the campus, which it appeared he had broken into, Quijada said. Panels had been removed from an electrical vault, wires had been cut and tools were found near the injured man.
He was expected to face burglary charges once his medical condition improved.
The value of the damage done to the facility was still being ascertained, Quijada added.
Whittier police turned the investigation over to the CHP, which patrols state facilities.
Last weekend, another man suffered major burned and was hospitalized in critical condition after receiving a 12,000-volt shock while trying to steal wiring from a Southern California Edison site in the 9900 block of Beverly Boulevard in Pico Rivera, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robert Smith.
Billy Ray Owens, 51, of Whittier was discovered badly burned next to a pair of bolt cutters and a large piece of electrical equipment shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday, Smith said. The incident briefly shut off power for more than 20,000 SCE customers in Pico Rivera and unincorporated Whittier and caused an estimated $45,000 worth of damage to the equipment, officials said.
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE — Thieves made off with about $7,000 worth of heavy-duty copper wiring being used to create the La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s 2014 Rose Parade float earlier this week, officials said Thursday.
The missing wire was first discovered Tuesday when workers arrived at the construction site in the 4500 block of Hampton Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Randy Forney said.
Based on the scale of the heist, it appeared to involved more than one burglar, Forney said. “It would almost have to.”
The thieves cut a padlock on a storage unit to access the wire, he added.
The theft was believed to have taken place sometime between Friday night and Tuesday morning, Forney said.
No description of the culprits was available.
The La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association has been building its float, titles “Dog Gone,” to enter in the 2014 Rose Parade.
Donations to help the nonprofit organization replace the stolen equipment are being accepted at the http://www.lcftra.org.
PICO RIVERA — An alleged would-be copper thief received a 12,000-volt shock and severe burns while attempting to steal wire from a Southern California Edison breaker station over the weekend, authorities said.
Billy Ray Owens, 51, of Whittier was hospitalized in critical condition after he was found unconscious Sunday morning at the utility equipment site in the 9900 block of Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robert Smith said.
The failed heist also caused a power outage that affected thousands of SCE customers in Pico Rivera and nearby West Whittier for nearly two hours, the lieutenant said.
The outage affected 20,548 SCE customers, SCE spokeswoman Susan Cox said.
A SCE supervisor went to the site to check on an alarm that had been triggered about 4:40 a.m., Smith said.
“When he arrived, he found the suspect semi-conscious, lying on the ground,” Smith said. The suspect, later identified as Owens, suffered severe burns running up his arm.
It was believed Owens was using a pair of bolt cutters which were found nearby to steal copper wiring when he received a 12,000-volt shock, Smith said. He was hospitalized in critical condition.
Burglary charges were expected to be filed when Owens’ condition improves, Smith added.
SCE workers had to de-energize the breaker station for about two hours to allow for the rescue of the injured man and repair of the damaged circuits, officials said. Smith said the incident caused an estimated $45,000 worth of damage to the SCE site.
All power was restored to affected customers by 6:52 a.m., Cox said. The official cause of the outage remained under investigation by SCE officials.
ARCADIA — Police conducted a search of an Arcadia Burlington Coat Factory early Wednesday after an employee arrived to discover a jewelry display case had been smashed open, police said.
Police received a call shortly after 7 a.m. reporting the burglary at the store, 1201 S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
An employee arrived to work and immediately exited the store and called the police after seeing a jewelry display case on the first floor of the store had been smashed, the lieutenant said.
Police surrounded the store as a team of officers searched the interior in case any burglary suspect remained inside, Castro said. Officers completed their search about 9:25 a.m., finding no one inside the store.
Investigators were still trying to determined what time the overnight burglary took place, he added.
It was not immediately clear what, if anything, other than the jewelry from the display case had been stolen, Castro said.