WEST COVINA >> Police arrested a man and woman early Sunday after they led officers on a pursuit through West Covina in a stolen car, officials said.
Paul Martin Velasquez, 25, of Covina was ultimately arrested on suspicion of auto theft, felony evading and hit-and-run, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said. His passenger, 20-year-old Esmeralda Vasquez of Glendora is accused of auto theft.
Police spotted a stolen car about 10:30 a.m. at Garvey Avenue and Citrus Street and tried to pull it over, the lieutenant said. The driver failed to stop, initiating a pursuit.
The fleeing vehicle struck another car during the chase, resulting in property damage but no injuries, Patton said.
The chase came to an end when the car lost control at the corner of Hollenbeck Street and Vine Avenue, jumped a curb and came to a stop in a residential front yard, police said. Both driver and passenger ran but were quickly apprehended.
Velasquez, who is on probation due a narcotics conviction, was being held without bail pending his arraignment hearing, Patton said. Vasquez was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a woman late Tuesday after an automated license plate reader alerted police that the car she was driving through Pasadena had been stolen in Monterey Park, officials said.
An officer was on patrol about 11:45 p.m. at Foothill Boulevard and Madre Street when an automated license plate reader mounted on his vehicle indicated a nearby car had been reported stolen in the , Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The officer pulled the car over and arrested Candida Figueoroa, a 39-year-old transient, on suspicion of auto theft, as well as two outstanding drug-related warrants, Luna said.
A teenager riding in the car with her was released to a parent, he added.
SAN DIMAS >> Deputies arrested one man and sought another after the suspects fled from a stolen car in San Dimas Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Marcos Hernandez, 27, was booked for auto theft following the incident, which began about 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said. He was a passenger in a stolen 1995 Honda Accord deputies spotted in the 400 block of East Bonita Avenue, Edwards said. Hernandez and the driver abandoned the car and ran through a residential neighborhood when deputies approached, according to the lieutenant. Hernandez was quickly found and captured, however the driver of the stolen car remained at-large, she said. Officials described him as a Latino man with a letter “P” tattooed on his face. He was about 5 feet 7 inches tall and of average built, with a shaved head.
SOUTH PASADENA >> Three South Pasadena residents helped police capture a man police said stole a bicycle and tried to steal a delivery van early Saturday, police said.
Edwin Lopez, 32, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, attempted auto theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia, South Pasadena police Cpl. Craig Phillips said. It was Lopez’s fourth arrest over the past month, according to county booking records.
The incident began about 8 a.m. when a resident of the 1000 block of Magnolia Street spotted a burglar leaving an underground parking structure of a condominium complex with a neighbor’s bicycle, the corporal said.
The witness told the bike owner of the theft and ran after the thief, Phillips said. The owner and the witnesses’ wife jumped into a car and followed.
Phillips said the three caught up with the fleeing bike burglar in the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue. After grappling with the suspect and briefly holding him for police, Lopez ultimately broke free of his captors and ran, leaving behind the bicycle and his backpack.
Lopez then jumped into an Amazon delivery van, which had the keys in the ignition, and started the car before realizing he was not alone, Phillips said. The 17-year-old daughter of the delivery driver, who was sitting in the passenger seat, screamed, and Lopez jumped out of the van and continued fleeing on foot.
Police arrived within a minute and captured Lopez without a struggle, Philliips said.
The backpack Lopez dropped contained burglary tools and a methamphetamine pipe, Phillips added.
No injuries were reported to either the suspect, victim or the good Samaritans.
Lopez has already been arrested twice this month by South Pasadena police on suspicion of theft- and drug-related crimes, Phillips said.
He was also arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau deputies Aug. 16, records show.
Lopez was being held in lieu of $50,00 bail at the Pasadena Police Department jail pending his initial court appearance, records show.
WHITTIER >> A Whittier man fleeing from police in a stolen van crashed violently into a tree before being arrested Sunday morning, police said.
Ruben Torres, 23, is accused of auto theft and resisting police, Whittier police Lt. Steve Dean said.
An officer spotted Torres driving a van that had been reported stolen Saturday in Whittier in an alley to the rear of Penn Street, near Milton Avenue, the lieutenant said.
The van sped away before the officer could turn on his lights and sirens to pull it over, Dean said. As the van sped around the corner, the driver lost control and the van careened into a tree in front of an apartment building, uprooting the tree and causing major damage to the van.
Police quickly apprehended the driver, who was taken to a hospital for examination before being booked into jail.
The same neighborhood was the scene of a shooting late Friday, though Dean said there was no indication the incidents were related.
GLENDORA >> Police are asking the public to keep an eye open for two classic cars — a 1968 Pontiac GTO Convertible and a a 1931 Chevrolet 5-Window Coupe and — stolen in Glendora in separate incident over recent months.
The Pontiac GTO, valued at about $30,000, disappeared from the parking lot of L.A. Fitness, 820 S. Grand Avenue, between 7:10 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. on June 29, Glendora police Detective Zach Houser said. The car was gray with chrome trim and has a California license plate of 7EDM237.
The Chevrolet Coupe, which was valued at about $20,000, vanished from a locked residential garage in the 200 block of South Sunflower Avenue between the evening of May 26 and May 27, the detective said. An unknown thief or thieves pried a pedestrian entry door to get into the garage before fleeing with the antique automobile. The coupe was primer black with a California license plate of 7GQX857.
No solid link had been established between the two thefts.
“We don’t have any evidence that they’re other than they’re not your typical stolen car,”’ Houser said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Houser at 626-914-8286, or via email at email@example.com.
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PICO RIVERA >> Deputies jailed two suspected gang members who ran from a stolen car after a crash, leaving a gun behind, after a neighborhood search Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The incident began shortly after 5 p.m., when a deputy spotted a car that had been reported stolen driving in the area of Paramount and Beverly boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Sergio Escobedo said.
The driver realized the deputy was following and crashed into another car in opposing traffic as the car maneuvered to get away from the deputy, Escobedo said. The driver of the other car, a pregnant woman, was taken to a hospital as a precaution but appeared unhurt.
Two men exited the crashed car and ran, Escobedo said. Deputies apprehended the driver almost immediately. A gun was found inside the stolen car.
The passenger ran into a nearby mobile home park, where he was found hiding about an hour later, officials said.
Both suspects, whose names were not available pending booking, we’re believed to be gang members, he said. They were expected to be booked on suspicion of auto theft, hit-and-run and weapons charges.
AZUSA >> An intruder broke into a woman’s home, snatched her car keys from inside and drove off in her SUV Friday afternoon, police said.
A woman of about 20 years old was home alone about 2:30 p.m. at a house on Azalea Way, just north of Ruby Lace Way, when she heard her garage door open, Azusa police Sgt. Rick Hayden said.
She went downstairs and discovered someone had forced their way into her home through a window, the sergeant said.
Missing was the woman’s keys, along with her black, 2015 Honda CRV with a California license plate of 7MHC57.
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.
PASADENA >> Police caught three Pasadena teens who are not old enough to get a driver’s licenses in the act of stealing a car Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
A resident of the 1900 block of Queensberry Road called police about noon to report three teenagers breaking into his car, which was parked in a driveway, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodwin said.
The man exited his home to confront the teens as the car began moving down the driveway, who abandoned the car and ran, the lieutenant said.
A police helicopter arrived overhead almost immediately, an d officers on board spotted the fleeing teens, Goodman said.
Officers set up a search perimeter and quickly found the young suspects.
Two 15-year-old boys and a 14-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of auto theft, police said.