Suspect Arrested After String of Thefts in Rancho Palos Verdes Leads to Hourslong Standoff

A Rancho Palos Verdes resident was arrested in connection with a late-night series of thefts that ended in a five-hour standoff with sheriff’s deputies, authorities said Friday.

Steven Pack was detained early Thursday on suspicion of committing a burglary at a home on Top Rail Lane as well as numerous thefts from unlocked vehicles on Rocking Horse Road and Stirrup Road, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

An investigation of the crimes led  detectives to Pack’s residence, where he barricaded himself inside his garage until deputies were able to force him out with tear gas.

Upon searching the garage, detectives found a “plethora of stolen property” from thefts that occurred early morning Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators expect to link Pack, who has an extensive history of theft, to additional crimes, the release stated. His age was not given by authorities, but an inmate record for a man by his name arrested Thursday by Lomita Station deputies indicates he is 25.

He will be arraigned in Torrance court on Monday, Sept. 12, on suspicion of first degree residential burglary and grand theft.

Detectives are seeking any other victims who live in the area.