Early Sunday morning, December 6, 2015, an alert Sierra Madre resident reported suspicious activity to the rear of the businesses on Montecito Court. The 3:00 a.m. call raised the awareness of the responding officers after a recent burglary at the pharmacy located on north Baldwin.
Responding officers saw a vehicle driving out of the area as they arrived. Officers continued to the rear of the businesses and located two suspects attempting to break into the rear door of the pharmacy. The suspect fled on foot. While the two suspects fled, the vehicle returned to the area. The driver was detained and eventually taken into custody.
Police units from Arcadia and Monrovia Police Departments arrived to assist Sierra Madres units. Another alert citizen spotted one suspect hiding in her side yard and called the police department. The suspect was taken into custody. The third suspect had taken refuge on the roof of the Bean Town Coffee House and when the assisting units arrived, jumped off the roof in an attempt to flee the area. He was quickly taken into custody after fracturing his leg from the fall.
Due to the alert citizens of Sierra Madre, the quick police response, and the help from our neighboring police agencies, these criminals were taken into custody with no loss of property to the pharmacy, which had been victimized by burglaries in the past. Further investigation by SMPD Detectives revealed that these suspects had burglarized other businesses outside of Sierra Madre earlier that morning.
Director of Public Safety, Chief Larry Giannone, stated The moto of See Something, Say Something works. This was a great team effort by the alert citizens and police officers to put these criminals back behind bars.
Lebron and Brooks were booked at the Pasadena Jail for suspicion of commercial burglary and possession of stolen property. Shaw was booked at the LACO USC Medical Center on the same charges. The three suspects reside in Long Beach. Bail for all three was set at $20,000.
Anyone that may have witnessed this incident or has any additional information are urged to contact the Sierra Madre Police Department at (626) 355-1414.