INDUSTRY — Deputies arrested an alleged auto thief Friday following a brief car chase and foot pursuit, authorities said.
Joaquin Garcia, 38, was arrested following the incident, which began shortly after 5 p.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. James Beamon said. His city of residence was not available.
A deputy spotted him driving a 2000 Hyundai that had been reported stolen near Amar Road and Baldwin Park Boulevard, at the northwest edge of Industry, the lieutenant said.
Garcia refused to pull over for the deputy, initiating a pursuit that ended in the 400 block of Santa Mariana Avenue in the unincorporated county area of Bassett, where the suspect abandoned the car and continued fleeing on foot, Beamon said. He was quickly apprehended by deputies.
According to county booking records, Garcia was being held in lieu of $80,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in El Monte Superior Court.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS — Deputies arrested a man and woman Wednesday after they abandoned a stolen car and fled into a Hacienda Heights neighborhood, authorities said.
An automated license place reader alerted deputies that a car heading north on Hacienda Boulevard through Hacienda Heights had been reported stolen Monday in La Habra, Sgt. R. Thurlo of the sheriff’s Industry Station said.
A sheriff’s helicopter quickly arrived overhead and deputies on board watched a man driving the car and a female passenger abandoned the vehicle on La Subida Drive, just west of Hacienda Boulevard, and flee on foot, the sergeant said.
Deputies set up a search perimeter and soon found the driver down in a nearby wash area, Thurlo said. He was arrested without a struggle and taken to a hospital for treatment of a foot or ankle injury apparently suffered as he fled into the wash.
The female suspect was found hiding in some nearby bushes and also arrested without a struggle, Thurlo said. Both were expected to be booked on suspicion of auto theft.
Their names were not available Wednesday pending the booking process.
PHOTO courtesy of the sheriff’s Industry Station.
PASADENA — Police jailed an Altadena man Saturday after he allegedly crashed a stolen car into a retaining wall, then fled the scene.
Manuel Navarro, 31, was booked on suspicion of auto theft and hit-and-run following the 6:30 p.m. crash at Colorado Boulevard and Annandale Road, just west of the Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. He was treated for injuries suffered in the crash prior to being taken to jail.
Police responded to a report of a car crashing into a retaining wall, followed by several people running from the crashed vehicle, he said.
After a search of the area, police found Navarro — who was believed to be the driver — in a nearby yard, Clawson said.
Officers also detained a 20-year-old Los Angeles woman who was believed to have fled from the crashed car, Clawson said. She was taken to a hospital for injuries suffered in the crash. It was not immediately clear if she would face charges.
At least one other passenger believed to have run from the car was not found, the lieutenant added.
The car had been reported stolen Friday in Pasadena, and Clawson said police were also looking into the possibility that gardening equipment found inside the car was also stolen.
According to county booking records, Navarro was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA — A teen robbed a woman of her jewelry early Thursday before leading police to a stolen car, authorities said.
A 43-year-old woman was speaking with someone about 9:05 a.m. in the 100 block of West Claremont Street when the young suspect walked up behind her, snatched two gold necklaces from her neck and ran, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Police spotted a young man matching the description of the robber a short time later in the 200 block of North Lake Avenue, Clawson said.
Not only was the suspect found to have the stolen necklaces, but officers also found a car key in his pocket that belonged to car parked nearby, the lieutenant said. The 1997 Honda Accord had been reported stolen in Pasadena.
The teen suspect was taken to juvenile hall on suspicion of robbery and auto theft, he said. His exact age was not available.
PASADENA — A Pasadena parolee was behind bars Thursday after he was found driving a stolen U-Haul van while in possession of a loaded gun, police said.
Ismael Carrasco, 21, was booked on suspicion of auto theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm following his arrest shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Avenue and Maple Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Officers were on patrol when an automated license plate reader system mounted on their patrol car alerted them that the U-Haul van had been reported stolen, Clawson said. The time and place when the auto theft was reported were not available.
The officers pulled over the U-Haul and detained Carrasco, the lieutenant said. They then discovered a loaded rifle-caliber pistol inside the van, he said. “That gun was stolen 15 years ago out of Montclair.”
A search of Los Angeles County court records shows that since 2010, Carrasco has been convicted of crimes including carrying a concealed firearm, child endangerment, unlawful taking of a vehicle, drug possession and possession of drugs while incarcerated.
According to county booking records, Carrasco was being held without bail Thursday pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA — Police arrested a woman and 16-year-old girl Sunday after pulling them over in a car that had been reported stolen earlier in the day in Kern County, officials said.
Cynthia Alvarez, 18, of Bakersfield, who was riding as a passenger in the car, was arrested along with the teenage driver, also from Bakersfield, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
The arrest took place about 8:50 a.m. at California Boulevard and Hudson Avenue, after an automated license plate reader mounted atop a patrol car detected a license plate from a vehicle that had been reported stolen, police said. The car had been reported stolen shortly after midnight in Bakersfield.
The teenage driver pulled over, Lt. Jason Clawson said, and she and Alvarez were arrested without a struggle. Both were booked on suspicion of auto theft.
According to county booking records, Alvarez was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail pending her initial court appearance.
Deputies following the signal from a LoJack vehicle anti-theft system found and arrested a man and woman in a stolen car, authorities said.
The names of the suspects, initially described as a man and woman in their 20s, were not immediately available pending the booking process, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Perez said.
The incident began about 8:45 a.m. when deputies from the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Statin picked up on the signal in the Rowland Heights area, Perez said.
Deputies closed in on the SUV and spotted it getting onto the eastbound San Bernarindo (10) Freeway from the Orange (57) Freeway heading into Pomona, the sergeant said.
When the SUV exited the 10 Freeway at Garey Avenue and headed south, deputies attempted to pull it over, but it sped away instead, Perez said.
Deputies did not pursue the SUV due to safety concerns, Perez said.
“He started driving a little erratically,” he said. A sheriff’s helicopter kept track of the car from above.
After travling a short distance south on Garey Avenue, the SUV came to a stop near Pearl Street, Perez said.
The female suspect was arrested without a struggle near the SUV, while the man fled into a nearby apartment complex, officials said.
Witnesses pointed out which apartment the fleeing suspect ran into, Perez said. Deputies found him inside and took him into custody.
PICO RIVERA — Deputies jailed an auto theft suspect Sunday following a pursuit after a man reported spotting his truck, which had been stolen, parked in a Pico Rivera neighborhood, authorities said.
Suspected Lynwood gang member Daniel Gomez, 44, was booked on suspicion of auto theft, reckless driving and felony evading of police following the incident, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
A man called sheriff’s officials shortly before 2 p.m. to report seeing his red Ford F-150 pickup truck, which had recently been stolen, parked in the 6600 block of Baquette Avenue, Mendoza said.
On arrival, deputies saw a man — later identified as Gomez — and a woman standing beside the truck, the lieutenant said.
As deputies approached, the man jumped into the truck and drove off, initiating a chase, Mendoza said. The woman did not get into the car. She could not be found later.
Deputies chased the truck south on Rosemead Boulevard until it crashed into a curb near Rex Road and the driver got out and ran into a nearby neighborhood.
As officials were working to set up a search perimeter, Gomez made his way back to the truck and again led deputies on a brief vehicle chase, Mendoza said.
Gomez crashed the truck into the gate of an apartment complex in the 9000 block of Burma Road before exiting the vehicle and forcing his way into an apartment. The apartment was later determined to be the residence of an acquaintance of Gomez’s.
Deputies followed Gomez into the apartment, found him hiding in a closet and arrested him without further incident, Mendoza said.
Information regarding Gomez’s bail and initial court appearance was not available Sunday afternoon.
GLENDORA — Police arrested three men at a Pomona scrap yard Saturday after they were found with a trailer and other items stolen from a Glendora business earlier in the day, authorities said.
Luis Salazar, 30, and Daniel Saldana, 26, were booked on suspicion of auto theft, burglary and possession of stolen property following Saturday morning’s break-in at a business in an industrial neighborhood in the 1100 block of South Nicole Court, according to Glendora police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Alexander Torres, 22, was also arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, though he was not accused of taking part in the initial burglary, Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said.
The investigation began about 8 a.m. when police received a report of a break-in at the Nicole Court business, the lieutenant said.
“The suspects stole a trailer registered to the company, they loaded it up with pallets, propane tanks, scrap metal and other items before they hitched a truck to it and drove away,” he said.
At the suggestion of the investigating officer, a business employee began checking area scrap yards to see if he could find any of the stolen scrap, Lamborghini said.
“He located the stolen trailer and the suspects at a scrap yard in Pomona,” the lieutenant said.
Glendora police responded and arrested the three men.
Some of the scrap metal was recovered, while other items remained missing, Lamborghini said.
According to county booking records, Salazar was being held in lieu of $45,000 bail, while Saldana was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. Both were scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
A man driving a stolen pickup truck was arrested after a car chase and foot pursuit Wednesday night.
The culprit abandoned the pickup which ended up hitting a parked car.
Covina Police Sgt. Jim McDonough said the officer found an EBT or Electronic Benefit Transfer card in someone else’s name in the stolen vehicle. A shaved key was also used to get the ignition started, he added.
The incident started around 11 p.m. on Vincent Avenue and San Bernardino Road when Officer Mario Corona saw a 1997 black Nissan pickup truck with no taillight.
The officer ran the license plate and found out the vehicle was reported stolen to the LAPD on Dec. 27, according to McDonough.
Corona followed the pickup. The chase began at Edna Place and Vincent Avenue.
It hit a top speed of 75 mph and lasted about two minutes. McDonough said the driver also drove on the wrong side of the street and ran two “Stop” signs.
After a mile and a half, the driver ditched the pickup and headed for a relative’s home.
McDonough said the man was trying to jump a fence to get into the
relative’s backyard when he was tackled by the officer.
Ruben Barcena, 40, from Glendale was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto, felony evading police, possession of a burglary tool and possession of stolen property.
He was booked at Covina jail and his bail is $75,000.
- Ruby Gonzales