PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — Pasadena Police on Thursday announced the arrest of four suspects wanted in connection with a home burglary last month where the perpetrators were alleged to have gained access to the house via a doggie door.
Police said the four suspects — all teens — broke into the home located in the 900 block of North Madison in the early afternoon of December 20, 2013.
The four, now identified as 18-year-old Alex Canela and three juveniles (one 17, the other two 16 years of age), reportedly spent two hours cleaning out the residence of electronic equipment (including tablets and computers), DVDs, televisions, Christmas presents, jewelry, cash, medals, the cremains of the homeowner’s parents and money out of his children’s piggy banks.
Authorities said all of the suspects are Pasadena residents.
Canela is being held in the Pasadena Jail on $50,000 bail and scheduled for arraignment Friday.
Police said they recovered some of the electronics allegedly stolen in the burglary. It was unclear how much of the stolen property was recovered.
KCAL9 spoke to the devastated homeowner following the crime. The unidentified homeowner told Cristy Fajardo that he was insured for the property but not entirely sure how he would explain “badness in the world” to his kids — and during the holiday season, no less.
The family has an unusually-large dog, hence why the doggie door was big enough for a teen to crawl through, the homeowner explained at the time of the robbery.
“It’s hard not to give him access to food and water,” he noted.
Pasadena Police Detectives say their investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241.