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Police: South Pas Man Sets Trap, Catches Burglar Breaking In

Believing his home to have been burglarized several times recently, a resident acted like no one was home and waited for an intruder. Then he saw someone opening his window.

A South Pasadena resident who told authorities someone had been stealing alcohol from his house, set a trap for the would-be burglar Friday and allegedly caught the man breaking into his home. 

The resident hid inside his home and waited with a cell phone and camera when, just before 1 p.m., he heard a loud banging and watched a window being forced open from the outside, according to a press release from South Pasadena Police. 

"The opening of the casement style window parted the drapes and the resident saw the suspect standing directly outside the window. The resident quickly snapped a digital picture of the suspect and yelled, "Got you [expletive]!" the press release states.

Police say the suspect fled the location on foot and the victim called the police. Officers searched the area and located a suspect matching the description and shown in the victim's photo in the 1700 block of Wayne Ave. After the victim positively identified the suspect as the one that broke into his home, police arrested Joshua Rivera, a 27, of South Pasadena on suspicion of residential burglary.

Rivera is being held at Pasadena City Jail on $50,000 bail. There was no property loss from the burglary, police said.

"Generally, we do not recommend people confronting burglars because they are known to carry weapons," South Pasadena Police Sgt. Tony Abdalla said in a prepared statement. "But in this case, nobody was hurt and the burglar was caught. That's a happy ending in my book."

Just My Opinion September 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Take his picture?. Had it been my house, SPPD would be taking him to Rose Hills
Roderick Spilman September 29, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Awesome!!!
Roderick Spilman September 29, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Well, I agree, but you might also have ended up like Zimmerman.
Runner2you September 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
This is not like the Zimmerman case. Zimmerman was following a youth who was staying with relatives in the area. Martin was not breaking any laws. This guy was actually attempting to break into the resident's house. Very different.
drmike5000 September 29, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You can't harm an intruder unless they are actually in your house.
Ron Rosen September 29, 2012 at 11:28 PM
And there might be a question about whether the homeowner could shoot this guy. I'm not up on that part of the law, but he's only stealing alcohol, not everything in sight, and there's no evidence that he's really dangerous.
Judith Trout September 29, 2012 at 11:53 PM
At least by only taking his picture there is no doubt about who was guilty, where as if the owner had shot him there may be a doubt, and the guy was outside the apt. If he had been inside then the owner could have shot him. If he (the owner) had a gun legally.

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