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Good Samaritan Helps Police Nab Thief

South Pasadena Police had some help from a passerby who witnessed a theft at Mission Street and Meridian Avenue.

A 53-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on suspicion of theft after a passerby allegedly saw him steal a bicycle tire, according to a South Pasadena crime report. 

The incident happened at approximately 5 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Mission Street and Meridian Avenue. The witness saw the man take the front bicycle tire and walk away. The witness then called police, who found the suspect nearby with the tire, the report said. 

Other reported thefts in South Pasadena from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5: 

• Feb. 1, 7 PM to Feb. 2, 9 AM, 400 block of Monterey. Suspect(s) enters victim’s unlocked vehicle and takes loss. LOSS: Portable GPS and handbag.

• Jan. 31, 2 PM to 2:14 PM, 800 block of Mission (Orange Grove Park). Victim places loss on table and plays basketball. Suspect(s) takes loss that is left unattended. LOSS: Cell phone.

• Jan. 30, 10:45 AM, 1700 block of Garfield (Ralphs). Witness sees suspect loading unbagged loss into a vehicle. Witness believes suspects did not pay for loss and grabs shopping cart and returns it to store.Employee reviews surveillance video which shows suspects exiting store with loss, without paying for it. LOSS: Groceries. SUSPECT VEHICLE: Lexus. SUSPECTS DESCRIPTION: S1 – Female, 20-30 years, 508, 170, wearing white sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. S2 – Female, 18-25 years, 506, 120, wearing a black sweater and dark pants.

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