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South Pasadena Police Issues Residential Burglary Alert

Following two recent hot prowl incidents, the city police asks that residents be vigilant against burglaries.

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The South Pasadena Police Department issued the following communiqué Tuesday:

Recently, we had two hot prowl residential burglaries in the Monterey Hills area. 

The first occurred on Saturday, Dec. 7 at about 2:15 p.m. in the 5000 block of Collis. The victim was asleep when she heard knocking on the front door but did not answer it. Minutes later the victim heard noises from the kitchen. The victim walked to the kitchen area and saw the suspect halfway through the kitchen window. The suspect immediately fled out the window. 

The suspect is described as a male, Black, 18-20 years, 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, dark blue nylon pants with two white stripes on the pant leg. There was no loss. A neighbor said that the male suspect had knocked on their door earlier asking for directions when the victim answered the door. 

The second incident occurred on Monday, Dec. 9 at about 11:21 p.m. in the 1900 block of Alpha. The victim was asleep on the second floor when victim heard noises coming from the first floor. The suspect fled the house as the victim called the police. A suspect was seen by a helicopter running away from the victim’s residence but lost sight of the suspect in the heavy bushes around the area. A box containing victim’s property was recovered, but some costume jewelry may be missing. The suspect had pried open a kitchen window to gain entry.

Remember to use your alarm even when you are home sleeping. Most alarms can still be activated while you are home, the interior motion sensors are just disabled but the perimeter doors are still active. Also, remember to call the police on any suspicious activity. The non-emergency number is 626-403-7297.

Justanotheropinion December 11, 2013 at 03:02 AM
For those of us that don't have an alarm system, does a double pump shotgun have the same effect? Not trying to be funny, but it might be a deterrent for an in home invasion/robbery while the resident is present. Double gauge doesn't do you any good trying to enter your home as my neighbor found out recently (alarm & dog), but if you are already home, my guess is that it can't hurt. Other neighbor had a home alarm. I went to check the house (based on neighbors call while away on travel). Set off alarm when doing the home check, it went off for 15mins, then alarm co. disabled alarm. Police never showed up. It appears that you can't/shouldn't wait on the police and invaders seem to be ever-present. What is a homeowner to do?
Justanotheropinion December 11, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Not trying to bash SP Police - this is a small area with even less police to patrol it. What the heck are residents suppose to do? Praying you don't become a victim and hoping that police get to you in time seems almost naive and at best, hopeful.
Alan Reynolds December 11, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Most alarm companies do not connect directly to the police anymore...
Betty Jean December 11, 2013 at 10:02 PM
SP residents are far more busy obsessing on the 710, "the children" / SPUSD and how cute SP looks to be concern with SPPD. We need more officers. End of story.
Justanotheropinion December 14, 2013 at 03:17 AM
@Alan Reynolds - that might have been the case with my neighbor. Which begs the question: how many homeowners with alarms think they have this advertised 'perk' with their alarm company, only to find out the local police don't respond when your alarm goes off. Brings you full circle to my original post: a double pump shotgun may be more effective and realistic.

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