Stating that he was armed with a handgun, a Riverside juvenile allegedly broke into homes in San Marino and South Pasadena before authorities arrested him this weekend.
The first incident happened in San Marino, said South Pasadena Police Sgt. Brian Solinsky. The 17-year-old allegedly used a brick to smash the window of a home in the 2000 block of Winthrop Road on Sunday, shortly after 10 a.m. Unbeknownst to the teen, the owner was home and caught him removing valuables, Solinksy stated in a press release.
Startled, the teen fled before police arrived and ran to a nearby residence in the 1300 block of Garfield Avenue in South Pasadena.
There, the teen confronted a caretaker on the property and attempted to rob him of a cellular telephone, stating he had a gun, Solinsky said. Unsuccessful, the suspect again fled, this time to the 2000 block of Edgewood Drive, where a bystander called police, suspecting something was amiss.
South Pasadena officers were already in the area after learning about the burglary in San Marino, said Solinsky, so they were able to quickly locate the suspect and take him into custody. Authorities did not find a gun.
Police arrested the teen on suspicion of attempted robbery and burglary.