By Kevin Park
A series of burglaries struck South Pasadena between Tuesday, October 28 and Monday, November 10. According to the police, the robberies hit 11 different houses in the northern area of South Pasadena.
Four robberies occurred between the 300 block of Oaklawn and the 200 block of Grace. Two suspects seen during one the burglaries were described as African-American males about age 20. In a possibly related incident, two other suspects were described as African-American males wearing black clothing and driving a black Mercedes Benz (CLK 320) with a broken right rear taillight.
Two burglaries also happened near Monterey Hills. One suspect was seen trying to pry a window open on the 2000 block of Alpha; however, the suspect failed to reach the inside of the residence. In the other incident suspects stole a checkbook, purse and watch after entering the house through a window of a house on the 1900 block of La Fremontia.
In another incident, on the 2000 block of Crestlake several male suspects were seen attempting to carry out a “distraction theft,” where one suspect distracts the house owners, while the other suspects furtively begin to loot the house. There were also reports of alleged robberies of mailboxes on the 500 block of Alta Vista.
On Saturday, November 8, parolee Michael Keith Trujillo, 22, of Highland Park was detained by the police for allegedly committing a burglary and breaking into a home in the 300 block of North Carmelo Ave. at 10:30 a.m. On Monday, November 10, Donald Holden, 20, was arrested in connection with a different burglary at a home in the 100 block of South Roosevelt Avenue, according to Pasadena police.