Family seeks Shih Tzu puppy, named Bandit, stolen in Avocado Heights burglary

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AVOCADO HEIGHTS >> After a burglary this week at their, there’s just one stolen item an Avocado Heights family is desperate to have returned: their 7-year-old daughter’s teacup Shih Tzu puppy.
The 12-week-old male puppy, coincidentally named Bandit, was stolen Thursday during a break-in at the Rangel family’s home in the 600 block of Reburn Avenue, in the unincorporated county area of Avocado Heights, homeowner Roman Rangel said. The burglary took place sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
While the burglar or burglars made off with various items from the home, including jewelry and cash, ““We don’t care as much about the and stuff as we do about the dog,” Rangel said.
“It just blew my mind,” he added. “Really? Take the dog?”
Sgt. Rico Sandoval of the sheriff’s Industry Station confirmed deputies responded the home Thursday and took a residential burglary report. The investigation was ongoing, he said, and no suspects were in custody.
The intruders broke into the home through a bathroom window, Rangel said.
0329_NWS_SGT-L-DOGTHEFT2The dog belonged to Rangel’s 7-year-old daughter, Mariah, he said. “It was a reward for doing well in school.”
The family adopted Bandit four or five weeks ago, Rangel said. “In just a few weeks, we grew really attached to it.”
Rangel asked that anyone who sees Bandit contact the sheriff’s Industry Station at 626-330-3322.
“We’d just really like to get the dog back,” he said. “No questions asked.”

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Band instruments stolen from Pasadena high school recovered

PASADENA >> Musical instruments recovered by sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night are believed to be at least some of those stolen from John Marshall High School in Pasadena last weekend, officials said late Friday.
Burglars stole more than $10,000 worth of musical instruments and equipment from the band room high school, 990 North Allen Ave., late Feb. 28, police and school officials said.
The stolen gear included flutes, trumpets, trombones, saxophones, guitars, amplifiers, sound-mixing equipment and a flat-screen television, Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres said. The theft was discovered Monday. No arrests have been made.
Sheriff’s deputies patrolling in the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard late Tuesday encountered a “suspicious” man rummaging through a 2001 Mercedes-Benz station wagon, according to Lt. Cruz Solis of the sheriff’s Altadena Station.
The man ran as deputies approached, the lieutenant said. He was not found.
“When the deputies looked inside the station wagon, they saw several musical cases and electronic equipment marked ‘Property of Pasadena School District.’” Solis said in a written statement. The deputies impounded the car and detectives are currently working the case.
Sheriff’s officials contacted Pasadena police Friday regarding the recovered instruments, officials said.
Though the instruments were believed to be at least some of those stolen in the high school break-in, school officials had not yet taken a look at them Friday night to confirm it, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A fundraiser website set up by the band to help cover the cost of the stolen instruments garnered more than $12,000 as of Friday night.

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Pasadena police, K-9 arrest teenage burglary suspect

PASADENA >> Pasadena police arrested a teenage burglary suspect from Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday with help from a police dog, authorities said.
A witness called police about 1:18 p.m. after seeing a young man trying to force his way into a neighbor’s house in the 2500 block of Monte Vista Street, just west of Altadena Drive, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
The teenage burglar ran from responding officers when they arrived, he said. Police set up a search perimeter.
An officer spotted the teen running south across Villa Street, Goodman said.
“The suspect refused to comply with the officers,” he said. a police canine was deployed, at which time the suspect was taken into custody.”
Goodman said the teen was treated for a dog bite to his arm and abrasions to his back before his arrest. He was not believed to have removed anything from the home he’s accused of burglarizing.

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Police: Auto burglar caught napping in stolen car in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police arrested an alleged burglar and auto thief after he fell asleep in a stolen car early Wednesday, officials said.
Samuel Stokes, 34, of Pasadena is accused of auto theft, auto burglary and receiving stolen property, after being arrested shortly after 3:45 a.m. in the 400 block of South Mentor Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Police responded to the street after neighbors complained that a Mercedes-Benz was parked and idling loudly, he said.
Officers arrived and contacted the suspect, who was asleep inside the vehicle,” Goodman said. Officers soon realized the car had been reported stolen out of Van Nuys.
“Further investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of additional stolen property, some of that was taken from a vehicle that was burglarized in the area prior to officers’ arrival,” the lieutenant said.
Stokes was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.

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Teens arrested in Diamond Bar home burglary

DIAMOND BAR >> Deputies arrested three teenage burglary suspects Sunday afternoon after they broke into a Diamond Bar home occupied by another teenager, officials said.
The break-in occurred about 12:10 p.m. in the 800 block of Leyland Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Buckner said.
A teenage boy was home alone when the burglars knocked at the door, then forced their way into the house after receiving no response, the lieutenant said.
The victim called 9-1-1 to report the burglary while the teenage suspects were still inside the home, Buckner said. They had fled in a blue Honda Civic before deputies arrived, however.
A neighbor managed to take down the license plate number of the car, and deputies soon found it nearby and pulled it over, Buckner said.
Deputies arrested the three teens of about 17 years old and recovered several hundred dollars believed to have been stolen in the break-in, he said.

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UPDATED: Police shoot dog during search for San Marino home-invasion robber

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SAN MARINO >> Police shot a dog in a residential backyard while searching for a home-invasion robber in San Marino early Thursday, officials said.
The robber also stole the victim’s SUV in the 7:45 a.m. incident in the 900 block of Winston Avenue, according to San Marino police officials.
A woman estimated to be in her 30s working as a nanny at the home had just returned to the house after dropping children off at school, Police Chief John Incontro said.
“The suspect had ransacked the home and made additional demands for property,” police said in a written statement. “The victim then ran to the second floor where she locked herself in a room and called 9-1-1. The victim could hear the suspect yelling at her to get off the phone.”
Officers rushing to help made their way through the backyard of a home facing Sierra Madre Boulevard when they were confronted by a large dog, police said.
“One officer shot two rounds, one striking the dog.”
Police did not identify the involved officer.
0220_NWS_PSN-L-SMSEARCH2Officers found the frightened victim still hiding upstairs, Incontro said. The woman’s Mercedes-Benz SUV was gone. It was unclear what was stolen from the house.
Investigators found the SUV abandoned on a Ventura Boulevard offramp of the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, Incontro said. The suspect remained at-large.
The chief added that the city has offered to pay the veterinary bills for the wounded dog.
After two surgeries and the successful removal of a bullet, the 6-year-old pit bull-terrier-boxer mix, named “Wheezy,” was expected to recover, said Rana Abdelal, a member of the family that owns the animal. One of the bullets grazed the dog in the head, while the other struck Wheezy in the chest.
Though saddened by the dog’s injury, Abdelal said they were not angry with the police.
“Because of the circumstances, we understand,” she said.
“They came, they apologized and they said they’d take care of it,” Abdelal said.
Authorities described the intruder as a black man, 28 to 30 years old, wearing a blue and black shirt and dark pants. He also wore a fanny pack.

PHOTOS: (Above) Photo of Wheezy the dog – courtesy. (Below) A San Marino police officer talks to neighborhood residents after an officer shot and wounded a family dog while responding to a home-invasion robbery in the 900 block of Winston Avenue early Thursday, Feb, 19, 2015.

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Remote camera system helps capture Pasadena burglary suspect

PASADENA >> Police arrested a burglary suspect Saturday after a homeowner spotted the man inside his home via a remote camera system, authorities said.
Joseph Anthony Scorza, a 25-year-old homeless man who is already on probation for felony theft, is accused of residential burglary, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The homeowner called police about 9:45 a.m. after he saw an intruder inside his home in the 2900 block of East Del Mar Boulevard while monitoring a remote camera system from a different location, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Officers arrived to find the suspect riding away from the burglarized home on a bicycle, Luna said.
After detaining Scorza, officers found him in possession of camera parts from the victim’s home, Luna said. Police jailed him on suspicion of burglary after confirming he was the same man pictured in the home surveillance video.
Scorza was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to booking records.

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Pasadena man accused of burglary, assault

PASADENA >> Police arrested a man on suspicion of assaulting a party bus driver early Sunday before discovering the suspect had also just broken into a nearby home, officials said.
Mario Anjel Caraveo, 22, of Pasadena is accused of assault with a deadly weapon and residential burglary following hi 8:30 a.m. arrest at Colorado Boulevard and Craig Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records
Officers first responded to a report of a burglary just after midnight in the 1800 block of Monte Vista Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 62-year-old man returned home from a bike ride to find an intruder inside his home, Luna said. The resident went to a neighbor’s house and called the police.
The burglar was gone when officers arrived, and he was not found during a search of the area, the lieutenant said. Several items, including a replica handgun, were stolen in the break-in.
Police responded to a second report of an alleged assault about 3:35 a.m. in the 1900 block of East Foothill Boulevard.
A party bus driver, 51, told police a man had approached him and pointed what appeared to be a handgun directly at him, Luna said. But the man ran off when another person approached the bus. It was not clear whether the incident was an abandoned robbery attempt.
Police did not find the suspect immediately following the crime, Luna said. However, an officer spotted a man matching the description of the assault suspect walking in the area of Colorado Boulevard and Craig Avenue about 6:30 a.m. and took him into custody.
Not only did officers identify Caraveo as a suspect in the assault on the bus driver, but they soon discovered that a replica handgun he was carrying had been taken in the Monte Vista Street burglary, Luna said.
Officer arrested Caraveo in connection with both crimes.
According to county booking records, Caraveo, who already has a previous criminal case pending against him, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Police: Armed Pasadena man confronts car burglar

PASADENA >> A Pasadena man confronted a car burglar at gunpoint, fought with the alleged criminal and chased after him early Sunday before police arrested the suspect, authorities said.
Alfonso Vasquez, 20, of Pasadena was arrested on suspicion of burglary and taken to a hospital for treatment of an arm injury he suffered while fighting with the victim, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The victim, a 45-year-old Pasadena man, saw Vasquez breaking into his vehicle about 3:10 a.m. in the 800 block of North Catalina Avenue, Luna said.
The car owner went outside with a handgun and confronted the burglar, the lieutenant said.
Luna said the victim initially held the suspect at gunpoint, but a struggle between the two men ensued after the victim placed the gun in his pocket.
Vasquez ran from the area, Luna said. A neighbor who heard the struggle called police.
The victim chased after the fleeing man for several blocks before responding officers nabbed him, Luna said. The victim was not injured.
The incident was the second time in less than a week that an armed Pasadena resident confronted a burglar.
A Pasadena man discovered a man trying to break into his home Wednesday night in the 500 block of North Pasadena Avenue, Lt. Kelly Evans said.
The resident held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived to arrest him.

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Los Angeles man jailed following South Pasadena break-in

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SOUTH PASADENA >> Police jailed a man early Saturday after he broke into a South Pasadena home occupied by a terrified woman and her 94-year-old grandmother, officials said.
Micah Darrell Everett, 22, of Los Angeles was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers arrested him following a lengthy search in connection with the 12:30 a.m. break-in at a home in the 700 block of Monterey Road, South Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“The homeowner had locked herself in the basement while her 94-year-old grandmother was asleep in the residence above her,” according to the police statement.
The burglar had removed a window of a sunroom and made his way in, but was apparently unable to remove the window to the main home, officials said. The intruder then made his way into the home’s attached garage.
Police searched the home and escorted the woman to safety, police said. Officers encountered the suspect — later identified as Everett — in the backyard of the home.
Everett ran from officers, officials said. He darted into a nearby neighborhood as officers rushing to assist in the capture were delayed by a passing train.
About 30 officers from the South Pasadena, Pasadena, San Marino, Alhambra and Monterey Park police departments joined the search, along with two helicopters and two police dogs.
“After an extensive hour-and-a-half search for the suspect, he was finally captured and arrested without incident as he ran from the police officers in the 800 block of Orange Grove Place,” the statement said.
Police found allegedly stolen items and burglary tools in a backpack the suspect dropped as he ran from the home, Sgt. Tony Abdalla said. Drug paraphernalia in the form of a glass pipe was found on his person.
The suspect was found in possession of burglary tools, stolen property, narcotics paraphernalia, authorities said. He has changed clothes to alter his appearance while fleeing police.
Everett was scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing Monday in Alhambra Superior Court.
Anyone with information was asked to contact South Pasadena police detectives at 626-403-7280.

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