Pasadena Gang Members Sentenced for String of Residential Burglaries

Published : Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 4:52 AM

Two members of a Pasadena street gang were each sentenced Monday to more than seven years in prison for reportedly taking part in a series of residential burglaries in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Preston Lee, 24, of Pasadena, and Kendall World, 21, of Covina each pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit residential burglary.

They have also admitted to gang allegations, the District Attorney’s office said.

Judge Teri Schwartz of the Los Angeles Superior Court in Pasadena sentenced Lee to nine years in prison. World was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison.

Lee and World, with six other suspected members of the Pasadena gang, were believed to be involved in a series of residential burglaries at multiple locations in Thousand Oaks and nearby unincorporated areas last year.

Ventura County sheriff’s detectives began investigating the incidents in April 2018 and determined the burglaries occurred mostly in the daytime hours while residents were not home.

A report by City News Services said the LA County Sheriff’s Department believed the suspects conducted surveillance on the homes before committing the burglaries, while other investigators said at least one of the suspects was receiving information from an employee of a residential cable company about homes, the activities of the homeowners, expensive items inside the homes and the location of home surveillance systems.

When authorities served search warrants last August in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, they found at least six rifles, three handguns, a large quantity of ammunition, stolen property, about a pound of marijuana, hundreds of Xanax pills and a large amount of cash – all evidence linking the suspected gang members to various crimes including the burglaries.

At least four more Pasadena residents were either taken into custody or charged following the investigation and the searches. They were identified in the District Attorney’s statement as Terrance Hall, 23; Keith Callum, 26; Charles Smith, 28; and Leslie Hall, 50.

Terrance Hall was charged as a co-defendant in the cases against Lee and World but is awaiting a preliminary hearing in Ventura County on a related case. The status of cases against Callum, Smith and Leslie Hall wasn’t disclosed.

The DA’s office said other persons investigated in connection with the burglaries include John Brown, 21, of Altadena, and Kaela Travers, 23, of Los Angeles. Travers is in custody in Ventura, according to the report.

Authorities said in each of the burglaries, the suspects gained access to the home through a rear window or glass door.

Detectives believe the gang members are responsible for at least eight burglaries in Los Angeles County and five in Ventura County, the report said.

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