UPDATED: 3 jailed, 1 sought in La Habra pharmacy break-in


LA HABRA >> Police jailed three suspects and sought another following a break-in targeting prescription drugs at a La Habra pharmacy early Friday morning, authorities said.
An alarm activation at 3:30 a.m. first attracted the attention of police to Central Drugs, 520 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
The first officer to arrive on-scene spotted a suspicious silver Hyundai Sonata near the pharmacy, but it immediately sped away once the driver spotted the patrol car, according to the statement.
The driver of the Honda fled, but soon crashed into a wall at a dead end in the 700 block of West First Avenue, police said.
The driver, later identified at Daniel Estrada, 29, of Apple Valley, allegedly put the car into reverse and rammed the police car. He and passenger Lina Medina, 24, of Rialto, where then taken into custody.
“While this was occurring, two additional suspects, who had still been in the business when the officers arrived, fled the area on foot,” according to the statement.
Officers searched the area and found Gabriel Pille, 23, of Fontana behind a nearby supermarket and arrested him. The fourth and final suspect evaded police, but officers recovered “numerous pieces of evidence,” including recovered prescription drugs.
Police recovered thousands of prescription painkillers such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone from the suspects, Sgt. Ron Hurst said.
The investigation was ongoing.
Estrada and Pille were booked on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy, police said. Estrada is additionally accused of assault on a peace officer. Media was booked on suspicion of conspiracy.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online at www.tip411.com.

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Body found inside car in La Habra identified as that of Sierra Madre woman

La Habra Police and Orange County Coroner's Investigators examine the car where the body of a woman in her mid-30's was found in the parking lot on the West 1200-block of Imperial Highway in La Habra on Friday August 5, 2016. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

La Habra Police and Orange County Coroner’s Investigators examine the car where the body of a woman in her mid-30’s was found in the parking lot on the West 1200-block of Imperial Highway in La Habra on Friday August 5, 2016. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

LA HABRA >> Coroner’s officials have released the identity of a 34-year-old Sierra Madre woman who was found dead inside a parked car at a La Habra shopping center Friday morning.
Megan Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene after a man walking his dog discovered her unresponsive inside the front seat of a car parked outside a shopping center in the 1200 block of West Imperial Highway, near Idaho Street, Orange County coroner’s officials said in a written statement.
Her cause of death was yet to be determined through an autopsy.
It was not clear how long the woman may have been dead before her body was discovered. Police declined to comment on whether there were signs of trauma on the body.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300.

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Police seek missing La Habra woman

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LA HABRA >> Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for a missing 18-year-old La Habra woman, as well as her ex-boyfriend, who investigators described as a “person of interest.”
Emily Casillas was last seen about 8 a.m. Thursday at the Molcasalsa restaurant, 2340 W. Whittier Blvd., La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
She was in a black, four-door, 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante sedan with a California license plate of 5BNS284, police said.
“Emily may be in the company of her ex-boyfriend,” according to the statement.
Police identified the ex-boyfriend as 22-year-old Francisco Corral.
Further details regarding the circumstances of Casillas’ disappearance were not available Friday afternoon.
Casillas is described as Latina, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 120 pounds, with black hair with green tips and brown eyes. She has a tattoo of the word “Edgar” on her upper back, and was last seen wearing pajamas of an unknown color.
Anyone who spots Casillas, Corral or the Mitsubishi is asked to contact local police, or the La Habra Police Department at 562-383-4300.

PHOTOS courtesy of the La Habra Police Department.

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Anaheim teens arrested in Covina, accused of stealing $3,000 in razors, baby formula, Rogaine

COVINA >> Police jailed three Anaheim teenagers Saturday amid an alleged massive theft spree in which they collected more than $3,000 worth of razors, baby formula and Rogaine from stores in Covina, Glendora and La Habra, authorities said.
Jailed were Mirabela Stoican, 18, of Anaheim, as well as a 17-year-old Anaheim girl and a 15-year-old Anaheim girl, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
Security guards at Rite Aid, 139 N. Grand Ave., first called police about 3 p.m. to report three young women had just tried to steal a large amount of razors from the store, but dropped the goods and fled empty-handed, according to the lieutenant.
Security watched as the trio went across the street into a Vons supermarket and pointed them out to arriving police officers as they left, the lieutenant said. Police pulled over the suspects’ car and detained them. Stoican’s infant child was also in the car.
A large amount of baby formula believed to have been stolen from the Vons was recovered from the car, Doonan said.
“A further search of the car located six 30-gallon trash bags filled with stolen property,” he said. The items were primarily baby formula, razor blades and the hair regrowth product Rogaine.
“The property we recovered is valued at about 3,000,” Doonan said..
Investigators suspected the items had been stolen previously during the day during visits to at least one other store in Glendora, and two in La Habra, he said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Stoican was released from custody later in the day pending her initial court appearance after posting $20,000 bail.
The two underage suspects were taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey, Doonan said.

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La Habra checkpoint nets one DUI arrest


LA HABRA >> Police made one DUI arrest during a sobriety and driver license checkpoint in La Habra Friday night, officials said.
One driver is accused of driving under the influence of marijuana following the checkpoint, which was held from 10 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday along southbound Beach Boulevard, approaching La Habra Boulevard, La Habra police Lt. Clint Angle said.
A total of 599 cars passed through the checkpoint, he said. Twenty-two of them were singled out for secondary screening.
In addition to the DUI arrest, one person was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, the lieutenant said.
Police cited five drivers for driving without licenses, and one driver for driving on a suspended license, Angle said.
The vehicles belonging to the alleged DUI driver and the driver with a suspended license were impounded, he added.

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La Habra man wounded in shooting


LA HABRA >> A man showed up at an emergency room after being shot in a residential neighborhood in La Habra early Sunday, police said.
The victim, a La Habra man, arrived at an area hospital about 3:20 a.m., La Habra police Sgt. Daniel Barnes said.
He was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening and listed in stable condition, the sergeant said.
“The shooting is believed to have occurred in the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue and is believed to be gang-related,” Barnes said.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting, including a suspect description, were available.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via text message by sending the tip, plus “LHPD,” to TIP411 at 847411.

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Woman killed in La Habra crash identified


LA HABRA >> Authorities have released the identity of a 72-year-old Los Angeles woman who died in a two-vehicle crash in La Habra over the weekend that also left another woman and two children injured.
Ching Liu died at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton shortly after the collision, which took place about 9:50 p.m. Friday at Harbor Boulevard and Arbolita Street, according to Orange County coroner’s records. She was a passenger in a car that collided with an SUV.
La Habra police, who are handling the investigation, released few details about the circumstances of the crash.
Another woman who was riding along with Liu suffered injuries in the crash, as well as two children who were riding as passengers in the SUV, La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
An update on the conditions of those injured was not available.
The crash was being investigated by the La Habra Police Department’s Traffic Unit. Anyone with information can reach police at 562-383-4300.

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Woman killed, another woman and two children hurt in La Habra car crash


LA HABRA >> A woman died in a two-car crash that left another woman and two children injured late Friday, police said.
The fatal collision took place about 9:50 p.m. at Harbor Boulevard and Arbolita Street, La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
“Officers arrived and located a traffic collision involving two vehicles,” according to the statement. “Two adult females from one vehicle and two children from the second vehicle were injured.
All four injured people were taken to hospitals, where one of the women ultimately succumbed to her injuries, authorities said. Her identity was not released Saturday.
Further details regarding the circumstances of the crash were not available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the La Habra Police Department Traffic Unit at 562-383-4300.

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Man shot in the face in La Habra


LA HABRA >> A man remained hospitalized Sunday with a gunshot wound to his face following shooting in a residential neighborhood in La Habra Friday night, officials said.
The circumstances of the 10:05 p.m. shooting in the 700 block of West Rye Avenue remained unclear, La Habra police Sgt. Clint Angle said.
The wounded, a 24-year-old La Habra man, suffered a gunshot wound that shattered his jaw, but was expected to survive, officials said. But his medical condition prevented investigators from communicating with him.
Police first responded to the neighborhood and found the victim after receiving several reports of an argument and a gunshot heard, Angle said.
Witnesses indicated the victim had been chasing two others — described as male teens in dark clothing — down the street prior to the shot ringing out, the sergeant said.
But it remained unclear whether the teens who were being chased fired on their pursuer, or if the man accidentally shot himself, he said.
A single spent bullet casing was found at the scene, but no gun.
Investigators suspected the incident was gang-related.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300.

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Police checkpoint planned in La Habra

LA HABRA >> Police are planning to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint in La Habra next week, officials said.
The checkpoint will take place from 9 p.m. April 15 to 3 a.m. April 16 at an undisclosed location within the city, La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years alone, La Habra police have investigated 146 DUI-related crashes, which resulted in two deaths and 84 injuries, police said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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