Burglary Suspect Arrested After Standoff in Harbor Gateway

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HARBOR GATEWAY, Calif. (KTLA) — A suspected burglar was taken into custody after a pursuit and standoff in a Harbor Gateway neighborhood on Wednesday.

It started around 3 p.m. when police spotted a stolen pickup truck.


A burglary suspect was taken into custody after a standoff in Harbor Gateway.

During a short pursuit, the driver bailed out of the truck and ran into a house.

Officers with high-powered weapons, search dogs and SWAT teams surrounded the property along 215th Street.

Jane Pistole, 83, lives in the home with her son, Tom.

Tom Pistole said he was on the computer in a back house when he heard choppers overhead and went outside to see what was happening.

That was when a stranger walked right past him and tried to hide in a corner of the main house, Pistole said.

Tom and his mother locked themselves in the back house and called 911.

A dispatcher told them to stay put until police officers on the scene gave them the all-clear, Pistole said.

Officers tracked the burglary suspect to the attic.

The man had kicked open a bolted door and then hoisted himself up into the attic through a small opening in the ceiling, according to LAPD Lt. John Pasquariello.

Officers used a number of tactics, including pepper spray, to bring him down.

Police believed the man was responsible for a recent string of home burglaries in the area, Pasquariello said.

Officials told KTLA that evidence in the case was extensive, including witness accounts from various crime scenes and home surveillance footage showing the getaway vehicle.

In addition, police said they were able to track the alleged burglar through a ping on a stolen iPad.

It was part of an iPhone application called “Find My iPhone,” which sends out tracking signals, authorities said.

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