Arrested After Pursuit, Man Charged With Attempted Home Burglary

A Rosamond man who was arrested by San Marino police officers last week is believed to have been an accomplice of two people seen trying to break into a Robles Avenue home, authorities said.
The man, suspected by police of being the lookout and getaway driver for the alleged scheme, was released from the Alhambra jail on bail after being charged with attempted residential burglary and evading police by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Officers arrested the 28-year-old man shortly after responding to a call by the home’s owners at 3:08 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, said that two people dressed in black were trying to break through the residence’s back door. The victims, who were away, said they were alerted to the pair’s presence by motion-detecting cameras.
“The motion on their camera alerted them that someone was in the rear yard, and their yard was gated, so there’s no reason for anyone to be there,” said Sgt. Candice Torres of the San Marino Police Department.
According to Torres, an officer who arrived saw the Rosamond man fleeing in a dark gray Hyundai Sonata and pursued him until he yielded on Sierra Madre Boulevard.
She said the car had been parked in front of the home and sped off as soon as the officer arrived.
“When the officer turned around the catch up, the car was already accelerating toward Sierra Madre Boulevard
and failed to yield to the
officer,” Torres said.
Further investigation brought in surveillance footage from neighboring homes that showed the two figures about whom the homeowner initially called police. One was described by the SMPD as a black man, 5 feet, 10 inches or 6 feet tall, who was wearing all-black clothing and red shoes. The second was described as being black, 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall, and wearing all black, but police could not determine a gender.
Torres added those two suspects were seen on the surveillance video running from the home’s back door, scaling the backyard wall and running down Montecito Drive immediately after officers responded to the home. Torres said home intruders generally tend to have getaway drivers on a phone call to alert them of law enforcement or others approaching them.
Police have yet to locate or identify those suspects and the investigation is ongoing.
Torres lauded the homeowners for their vigilance and the responding officer for a quick response time, which was within a minute.
“Had another minute gone by, [the suspects] would have definitely broken into the house,” Torres said.
The SMPD urges anyone with additional information to contact Detective Kevin Cordischi at (626) 300-0726
or L.A. Crimestoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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