Men attack, rob elderly coin store clerk in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Two men attacked and robbed an elderly coin shop clerk Thursday, fleeing with a loaded revolver and about $15,000 worth of cash and collectible coins, police said.
The crime occurred about 5:50 p.m. at Universal Coin Galleries, 1190 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Two robbers entered the store and one of the distracted the clerk, an 81-year-old man, Luna said.
“The second suspect wrestled the victim over the counter and onto the floor,” the lieutenant said.
Luna said the victim was wearing a handgun, which the robbers stole. They also helped themselves to cash and coins before fleeing the store on foot.
The robbers were last seen running east along Walnut Avenue toward Hill Avenue, Luna said. No getaway car was seen.
Police said the elderly victim, a Glendora man, suffered injuries including cuts and bruises, but declined to be taken to a hospital. Officers conducted an “extensive search,” but did not find the suspects, Luna said.
Both robbers were described as white or possibly Russian men in their early-20s, Luna said. They had a backpack with them. One stood about 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and was of slender, muscular build. The other stood 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall.

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Pasadena police to crack down on distracted driving

PASADENA >> Police plan to field extra officers next week to crack down on distracted drivers throughout Pasadena, officials said.
The extra enforcement campaign will take place April 17, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said in a written statement.
While most people know that using a cell phone or electronic device is dangerous, “Many drivers see distracted driving as risky when other drivers do it, but do not recognize how their own driving deteriorates,” Hettema said.
“Pasadena Police Department is focusing on ways to change the behavior of drivers through enforcement, public awareness and education — the same activities that have curbed drunk driving and increased seat belt use,” the lieutenant said.
Funding for the campaign is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Pasadena store employee robbed of $8,000 Rolex watch

PASADENA >> An employee of a Pasadena home accessory store lost her $8,000 Rolex watch to a robber Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The victim, a 55-year-old Pasadena woman, was working about 12:30 p.m. at Salutations Home, 900 Granite Drive, when the robber made his move, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“She was standing inside of the front door when the suspect approached and forcible removed her wristwatch,” Luna said. The woman suffered no injuries.
The watch turned out to be a Rolex, valued at about $8,000, he said.
The robber was last seen running southeast through a parking lot, Luna said. Police described him as a Latino man between 20 and 30 years old, of medium build, with a reddish-colored complexion and a mustache.

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Pasadena condominiums scorched in fire

PASADENA >> Two condominium units sustained significant damage in a fire Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
No one was hurt during the fire, which ignited out about 5:15 p.m. at a five-unit strip of condominiums in the 600 block of North Wilson Avenue, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Firefighters declared a second alarm before extinguishing the fire about 30 minutes after it began, she said. The cause remained under investigation.
The two burned units were expected to remain uninhabitable for an extended period of time, Derderian said. The Red Cross responded to help the displaced residents find temporary lodging.
The residents of the other three units were expected to be able to return to their homes once utilities had been restored.
PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department
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Pasadena man suspected in two recent robberies

PASADENA >> Police arrested a Pasadena man already sought for robbing one woman after he robbed another woman early Sunday, authorities said.
Tredon Marquis Thomas, 22, was booked on suspicion of robbery and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
After approaching on a bicycle, Thomas used a water hose nozzle to simulate a handgun as he confronted a man and woman in their 20s about 12:05 a.m. at Del Mar Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. He demanded property from the victims.
The woman threw her purse at the robber and ran, Mercado said. Thomas took the purse and rode off on his bicycle.
The victims called 9-1-1, and officers soon spotted Thomas nearby in the area of Colorado Boulevard and Oak Knoll, the lieutenant said. Police arrested him following a brief foot chase.
In addition to Sunday morning’s crime, Thomas is also accused of robbing a woman of her cell phone about 1:20 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of North Meredith Avenue, police said.

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Fire scorches Pasadena garage


PASADENA >> A fire tore through a residential garage late Friday, causing $165,000 worth of damage but resulting in no injuries, authorities said.
The fire was first reported about 7 p.m. in the garage of a home in the 700 block of South San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
About 20 firefighters quickly doused the flames, according to Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.
The fire did not spread from the detached garage to the home, and the residents were not displaced, officials said. No injuries were reported.
Officials estimated the fire caused $100,000 worth of damage to the garage, $50,000 in damage to items stored inside and $15,000 in damage to a vehicle.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.

PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department

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Tires of 22 vehicles slashed inside Pasadena parking structure

PASADENA >> A vandal or vandals slashed the tires of 22 vehicles parked in a Pasadena parking structure early Wednesday, police said.
The tire-slashing spree was first reported about 3:30 a.m. at a parking structure in the 200 block of South Raymond Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Luna.
“A parking structure security officer observed 22 vehicles on the first two levels of the parking structure had flat tires that appeared to be punctured,” he said.
The targeted vehicles each had between one and all four tires flattened, Luna added.
No suspect information was available. The investigation was ongoing.

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Two sought in home-invasion robbery at Pasadena sober living home

PASADENA >> Police are seeking two masked gunmen who carried out a home-invasion robbery at a Pasadena sober living home early Tuesday, officials said.
The crime took place about 3:40 a.m. at a sober living home in the 100 block of East Montana Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Two robbers, described only as male suspects wearing masks, entered the home through an unlocked door, the lieutenant said.
When the victim confronted the intruders, “He was ordered to the floor at gunpoint,” Luna said.
The robbers demanded money and fled with about $2,000, he said. The victim was unhurt.
No further details were available.

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Suspect photos released in attack, robbery of elderly Pasadena man near Rose Bowl


PASADENA >> Police released surveillance photos this weekend of four suspects who used the credit cards of an 87-year-old man after he was assaulted and robbed near the Rose Bowl Friday morning, authorities said.
The crime took place about 5:10 a.m. at West Drive and Salvia Canyon Road, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.
The elderly man was out for his morning walk when robbers snatched a fanny pack from his waist, knocking him to the ground, police said.
The robbers fled with the man’s belongings, Goodman said. Police found the victim lying face down in the pedestrian lane of the road when they arrived on scene.
0329_NWS_PSN-L-SUSPECTS2He was taken to a hospital, where he remained listed in critical but stable condition Saturday, police said.
As detectives investigated the robbery, they learned that suspects had used credit cards taken from the robbery victim at a Pasadena service station shortly after the crime.
Police released surveillance camera images of the suspects in hopes of generating leads.
Police described the one robber as a Latino man in his 20s, of medium build, with dark hair and a beard, wearing a white T-shirt, light-colored shorts and tennis shoes. The second robber was a Latino man in his late-teens to early-20s, skinny, with short black hair, wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt with a circular design on the front, light-colored shorts and black-and-white tennis shoes.
The third robber was a stocky Latino man in his 20s with thick eyebrows, police said. He wore a white T-shirt and dark pants.
The fourth and final suspects was described as a Latina teenager with long brown hair. She wore a dark hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front.
The suspects were driving a black 2003 to 2004 Honda Accord coupe with a sunroof.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

PHOTOS of suspects courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department.

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Pasadena police to crack down on traffic violations Friday

PASADENA >> Police will be out in force Friday hunting for traffic law violators during a traffic safety crackdown, officials said.
The traffic enforcement program will take place from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. city-wide, according to Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema.
“Officers will be deployed at various locations throughout the city to look for violations including, but not limited to, primarily collision factors involving speed or red signals,” the lieutenant said.
“The need for driver education and enforcement is constantly on the rise due to the increased volume of traffic within the City of Pasadena,” Hettema added. The enforcement campaign is geared toward reducing crashes involving serious injuries and deaths.
Funding for Friday’s operation is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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