SAN MARINO (KTLA) — A homeowner in San Marino almost missed out on Christmas this year after a pile of gifts were stolen by a group of young holiday Grinches.
Julio Ahumada, 19, Christian Flores, 19, Jose Vargas, 18, and two juveniles were arrested late Saturday night and are facing a number of burglary charges.
Officers had pulled the men over around 11:15 p.m. in the area of Sherwood and Palmas after noticing their car matched the description of a suspicious vehicle in the area.
At the same time, the officers received a report of a nearby home burglary in the 1600 block of West Drive. The resident told dispatchers that many of the stolen items were Christmas gifts.
While talking to the driver, the officers noticed a large number of wrapped presents strewn about the inside of the car.
The men inside the car were unable to account for the stolen gifts and were arrested and taken to a local jail. The two juveniles have been released to their parents.
The gifts were returned to the homeowner, who was able to positively identify them.
Other stolen goods were also found inside the car, including a cell phone, digital camera, jewelry, clothing and a large amount of loose change, all of which have not been claimed.
Burglary tools were also found inside the vehicle.
Any potential victims or witnesses are asked to call police at (626) 300-0726.