Arcadia package theft suspect nabbed with help of GPS ‘bait package’


ARCADIA >> Police used a GPS-tracked “bait package” to nab a package theft suspect in Arcadia early Sunday, as part of an ongoing initiative launched by police in the weeks leading up to the holiday season, officials said.
Johnny Tang, 24, of El Monte was arrested on suspicion of grand theft following the 8:40 a.m. sting, according to Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores.
Police received notification that one of their GPS-equipped decoy packages had been snatched in the southwest portion of the city, Flores said.
Officers quickly tracked the package to a neighborhood several miles away where they recovered the parcel and arrested Tang, the lieutenant said.
Tang, who also being sought due to a pre-existing warrant, was being held in lieu of $70,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court.
Police have arrested numerous alleged package thieves through the use of the GPS bait packages in recent months.
Under the program, police partner with residents and business owners to place the packages, laden with GPS tracking equipment, throughout the city as bait for opportunistic criminals.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to report it to Arcadia police at 626-574-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously through L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Police: Men busted trying to steal hundreds of feet of wiring from Pasadena cell tower

PASADENA — Police arrested two men late Saturday after they were caught trying to steal hundreds of feet of copper wiring from a Pasadena cell phone tower, authorities said.
John Michael White, 51, of Fontana and Donald Robert Fish, 44, of Hesperia were booked on suspicion of grand theft of copper wire following the incident, which was first reported about 8:50 p.m. in the 300 block of West Washington Boulevard, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers responded to a report that someone was stealing wire from a cell tower located on the property of a cement company, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
They encountered Fish and detained him near the cell tower, the lieutenant said. “The second suspect fled into the brush along the 210 Freeway.”
Pasadena police, with help from a police helicopter and California Highway Patrol officers, searched the area and found the second suspect, later identified as White, hiding in some bushes, Clawson said.
The wiring, which the men had allegedly been trying to load into a truck when caught, was recovered, he said.
After cutting locks with bolt cutters, “They were pulling out hundreds of feet of cable out of the boxes,” Clawson said. “It appears that three different companies had copper wires pulled from the vault at that location,” he added.
Clawson said the failed theft caused more than $50,000 worth of damage to the cell tower.

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