MONTEREY PARK — Police are seeking a wanted parolee and a second man in connection with a series of auto break-ins targeting the cars of parents as they drop their children off at San Gabriel Valley day care centers, authorities said.
Brian Gilbert Renteria, 25, and Jerry Angelino Ristich, 27, have been linked to three such burglaries at Alhambra day care centers in January and February, and were being investigated in connection with additional crimes in other cities including Arcadia and Chino, Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazelin said. Renteria is described as a transient believed to be staying in San Gabriel Valley motels, while Ristich is a Monterey Park resident.
Renteria, who has previously been convicted of kidnapping, has absconded from parole supervision and is considered armed and dangerous, officials said.
An alleged accomplice of the men, 20-year-old Tamara Rios of West Covina, was arrested Feb. 13 in connection with one of the auto burglaries, which took place in the 300 block of North Alhambra Avenue, according to Monterey Park police and Los Angeles County booking records. She has since been released on bond.
In the day care center burglaries, the thieves smashed the windows of vehicle of parents whowere escorting their kids to day care and left valuables, such as designer purses, in plain sight, Mazelin said.
After identifying Renteria and Ristich as suspects in the crimes, police recently found and impounded Renteria’s 1999 Dodge Durango, in which more apparently stolen property was recovered, Mazelin said. Police were still working to locate the victims.
After stealing items from cars, the suspects used stolen credit cards throughout the San Gabriel Valley, officials said.
Renteria is described as Latino, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 230-300 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, police said. He has the letters “SSG” tattooed on the right side of his face.
Ristich is described as Latino, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is advised not to approach the men, but to call police immediately.
PHOTOS of Brian Renteria and Jerry Ristich courtesy of the Monterey Park Police Department.
The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a “heavily armed and dangerous” serial bank robber known as the AK-47 Bandit, who began his multi-state criminal career with a Chino bank heist in which he shot a police officer.
The reward for the robber was increased from $20,000 to $50,000 following what was believed to be his his fifth crime Wednesday in Idaho, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
The bandit earned his moniker because of the weaponry he has carried during the crimes — an AK-47 style rifle fixed with a large drum magazine. He’s also been seen wearing a black ski mask, body armor and a vest emblazoned with the word, “Sheriff.”
“This suspect is considered heavily armed and dangerous, and individuals who may come into contact with him are advised to contact law enforcement immediately and refrain from taking independent action to apprehend the suspect,” Eimiller said.
In Wednesday’s heist in Rexburg, Idaho, the bandit ordered employees and customer into a vault while brandishing his trademark weapon, FBI officials said.
The AK-47 Bandit has also been linked to a Vacaville bank robbery on March 12, a North Bend, Washington robbery on July 6 and a failed March 9 heist at a Sacramento bank.
FBI officials described the bandit as a white man between 25 and 40, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 to 220 pounds and of stocky build. In addition to his body armor and sheriff’s vest, the robber has been seen wearing a black coat with a hood, black gloves and baggy Levi jeans during the crimes.
At least three different getaway vehicles have been reported in connection with the robberies.
In the Chino robbery, which is believed to be the first in the spree, someone called police to make bomb threat at the south end of town, Chino Police Chief Miles Pruitt said in the days following the heist and shooting.
The call was made from a pay phone in the vicinity of the bank, Eimiller said.
“Investigators believe the suspect employed a diversionary tactic in an attempt to delay officers responding to the Chino bank robbery,” she added.
It was not clear if the bomb threat was made by the bandit himself or an accomplice.
Recognizing the bomb threat may have been a distraction, other patrol officers also began checking on local banks, Pruitt said.
A Chino patrol officer spotted the assault rifle-wielding bandit exiting the California Bank & Trust about 10:50 a.m., officials said.
The bandit immediately opened fire, striking his patrol car numerous times and wounding the officer, Pruitt said.
The officers was seriously wounded, though the injury was not life-threatening, police said. He remains on light duty as a result of the injury.
Anyone with information regarding the AK-47 bandit is asked to contact their local FBI office or call 9-1-1 immediately.
From the Associated Press:
CHINO — Authorities say a man who was hit in the head with a golf ball at a Southern California country club has died.
The San Bernardino County coroner’s office said on its website Sunday that 69-year-old Hiroshi Tango of Brea died at a hospital Saturday.
On Oct. 7, Tango was playing golf at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino when he was hit in the head by a ball.
The coroner says he complained of head and neck pain after he was hit and he was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he “succumbed to his injuries” on Saturday, nine days after he was struck by the stray ball.
CHINO HILLS — A 19-year-old man has been killed after he was run over by two vehicles following a fight in Chino Hills.
Authorities say Raymond Jimenez died at a hospital early Saturday after witnesses say a van and a sedan hit him. San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies had responded to the area because they received a report of people fighting in the street.
No arrests have been made.