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Caught July 11, 2009

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From the Pasadena Star-News, 7/10/09

PASADENA – Police arrested four men believed to be connected with a string of car break-ins following a brief car chase on Friday, officials said.

Jeffrey Morquecho, 18, Adrian Bernhardt, 18, Sean Marshall, 18, and Brent Gorman, 24 face charges of vehicle burglary and grand theft. Gorman will face an additional charge of felony evading an officer, Pasadena Police Lt. Keith Jones said.

About 6 p.m. on Thursday, a motorcycle officer observed four people in a car at Pasadena Avenue and California Boulevard. The officer made a traffic stop.

The driver pulled over the car, which was reported stolen out of the La Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver sped away.

After gaining a small lead, the driver parked the car at Fair Oaks Avenue and California Boulevard. The men them jumped out of the car and ran away.

They were all caught and arrested, Jones said.


Celebrate July 6, 2009

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A note from the Pasadena Police Department:

Greetings to all and I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.
Pasadena Police Officers arrested burglary suspects after a concerned citizen telephoned our Communications Center reporting suspicious activities of several young men.  These young men were going door to door in his neighborhood, but then the citizen observed the men coming out of a neighbor’s back yard, and the citizen knew that the homeowner was away.  The citizen relayed pertinent information to our dispatchers.  Police stopped the suspects and recovered stolen property taken from the residence of an absent homeowner.  This was excellent action on the part of the observing citizen, and Detective Sergeant Lomeli has told me that it is greatly appreciated when our folks contact PPD regarding suspicious activity, solicitors, etc.
Also of interest, arrests of suspects in other cities’ burglaries were made by South Pasadena Police and La Crescenta Sheriff.  While they are not all the same suspects as the persons involved in the PPD arrest, there are some related threads, and PPD detectives are attempting to determine if any of these other suspects were responsible for Pasadena crimes.
Cynthia Murphy
Police Specialist IV
Pasadena Police Department
Community Services Section

National Night Out on August 4th, 2009 July 5, 2009

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Cynthia Murphy, Police Specialist IV of the Pasadena Police Department wants you to know:


Magazine Subscription Scams July 1, 2009

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From MSNBC’s site, 7/1/09:

This summer, like every summer, deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are out in full force across the country. They are mostly high school and college-age kids who are taught to use a number of phony pitches. They say they’re raising money for a local hospital, school or charity. They’re earning points toward a school trip. Some even claim to be supporting the troops in Iraq.

In the last 12 months, the Better Business Bureau has received 1,100 complaints against more than 50 companies that sell magazines this way. Many of the victims were so moved by the fictitious pitch they paid hundreds of dollars for subscriptions.

Read the full article here: ConsumerMan – Subscription rip-offs