Suspect Arrested In San Pedro Attacks On 99 Cent Store, Other Businesses

SAN PEDRO (CBS) — A man suspected in dozens of vandalism attacks on businesses in San Pedro over the last six weeks was behind bars on Thursday.

Jason Bonilla, 24, was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon of using a BB gun, a brick, and other unidentified objects in a series of 17 vandalism attacks in the area.

The first incident occurred July 14 at British European Auto at 1525 S. Pacific Avenue. All the crimes occurred between 7 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.

Other businesses targeted in the attacks include 99 Cent Store at 938 South Gaffey Street, Black Diamond Tattoo at 403 West 6th Street, and Action Property Mgmt at 225 West 5th Street.

Detectives recovered surveillance video showing a four-door, dark colored compact vehicle that may be connected to the crimes.

Bonilla is being held at the LAPD’s 77th Street Division in lieu of $20,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County jail records.

Anyone with information on the vandalism was urged to call LAPD Detective Ricardo Rivera at (310) 726-7850.

Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”

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