Two burglary rings busted in Pasadena

December 21, 2011 3:46:01 PM PST
A Pasadena neighborhood terrorized by not one, but two groups of burglars. Police say they've put an end to a crime spree that had homeowners living in fear.

We first told you about the spike in burglaries in the Pasadena area less than two weeks ago. At the time, there were 10 burglaries in just one week's time.

Pasadena police say those 19 burglaries look to be the work of two separate burglary crews who didn't know each other and now four people have been charged in that rash of crime.

On the quiet streets of the Crenshaw Park neighborhood in Pasadena, there is a sense of relief.

"It's just crazy that somebody would even think about that; somebody would do that around Christmas time when people are trying to get money together," said resident Quincey Daniels.

On Wednesday, Pasadena police announced the arrest of four people in connection with 16 burglaries in the Crenshaw Park area -- and 19 burglaries overall -- between November 20 and December 18.

Damon Kent Marshall and Veronica Marie Villareal are both charged with burglary of a habitation. And brothers David and Alonzo Gonzalez are both charged with felony theft. Police say Marshall and Villareal made up one burglary crew and the Gonzalez brothers made up another.

"Marshall and Villareal were companions so to speak, but we don't know about any connectivity between those folks and the Gonzalez brothers," said Assistant Chief Bud Corbett with the Pasadena Police Department.

Officers say on December 15 they spotted the Gonzalez brothers casing a house on Dorsetshire. They fled on foot, then in a vehicle occupied by a third suspect. Two were apprehended and found to be in possession of stolen property including a TV, camera, jewelry, computer and copier equipment from two separate residences, one on Kenwick and one on Palm Spring in Houston.

Marshall and Villareal were arrested after information from neighbors led them to the home where the pair lived, not too far from the neighborhood.

"That allowed the suspects quick access," said Asst. Chief Corbett.

On December 18, police say Marshall was apprehended on a hike and bike trail near Crenshaw Park and found to be in violation of parole. Police say they converged a South Circle Park residence and found a large quantity of stolen property including jewelry, electronics, cameras, computer equipment, DVDs and a video game system.

Most of the burglaries happened on side streets off of Parkland Road, and in some cases, the burglars hit one home, then hit another right next door.

As the neighbors prepare for Christmas, they hope their homes are no longer targets for serial thieves.

"I feel relieved that everybody can have a great Christmas," said Daniels.

Marshall, 29, is charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation. He is in jail without bond. Marshall has multiple prior convictions for burglary, criminal mischief and unlawful carrying of a weapon. No bond has been set for Marshall.

Villareal, 36, is also charged with burglary of a habitation. Back in October, she was charged with criminal mischief in an unrelated case. She has a previous burglary conviction as well. Bond has been set at $40,000.

David Ray Gonzalez, 25, is charged with felony theft. He has a previous conviction for engaging in organized criminal activity. Bond has been set at $5,000.

His brother, Alonzo Gonzalez, 22, is also charged with felony theft. His bond has been set at $15,000.

Villareal is the only suspect charged who is not in custody.

Pasadena police say there was a third suspect who got away when they arrested the Gonzalez brothers. That suspect is still at large.

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