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Looters Caught Cold by Pasadena Police

Published on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 | 5:51 am

A group of women preparing to loot the Pasadena Bev-Mo! liquor and wine store Monday night were stopped in the act by Pasadena police and chased in a car onto the nearby SR-110 freeway, where they were cornered and arrested.

Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said a citizen approached a patrol officer monitoring traffic at Arroyo Parkway and Glenarm Street at 8:52 p.m. and told him he just saw a people lined up in front of the closed nearby BevMo! store.

As the officer arrived at the BevMo! at 885 S. Arroyo Parkway he saw a getaway car and “four subjects armed with tools at the front door of BevMo!,” Hettema said.

The officer flashed his emergency lights. The suspects froze, then ran to the parked vehicle.

Hettema said the four suspects were ordered to stop, but they ignored the commands and fled in the vehicle south on Arroyo Parkway, and onto the 110 “Pasadena freeway.”

The officer pursued them onto the freeway where they were apprehended between the Fair Oaks Avenue and the Orange Grove Boulevard offramps.

Police found hammers and other tools which could be used for breaking into buildings in the car, Hettema said.

He said all four were booked for attempted commercial burglary and attempted looting.

Looting is classified as a felony and does not qualify for no-bail release.

Arrested were Alexandria Williams, 32, of Inglewood; Brieshanay Ford, 29, of Gardena; Raichel Crosswell, 25, of Compton; and Cherice Thomas, 31, of Los Angeles, Hettema said.

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