On Tuesday, January 8, Glendale Police officers arrested three male suspects in relation to a burglary at Papa John’s Pizza, located at 904 S. Glenoaks Blvd.
While GPD officers were on patrol near the border of Burbank and Glendale at 3:40 a.m., they witnessed three men carrying a safe who proceeded to load it into a vehicle. Officers also observed that the front window of a nearby Papa John’s Pizza had been shattered.
After police approached the scene, they detained one of the suspects and took him into custody. Meanwhile, the two other suspects fled to a nearby neighborhood. Burbank Police responded to the incident and joined GPD to establish a perimeter to locate the suspects. After several hours conducting an extensive search, both BPD and GPD were unable to find the alleged burglars.
At 7:00 a.m., a concerned citizen reported discarded clothes, possibly belonging to one of the suspects, on the 400 block of E. Cedar Ave. Officers searched the area and located a man who was identified as a suspect.
Around 8:00 a.m., police responded to reports of a man running down the 1100 block of E. Elmwood Ave. Officers located the man and identified him as the third suspect who had previously fled the scene.
All three suspects are now in custody and have been identified as Rupert Lewis, 21 of Long Beach, Amil Campbell, 21 of Long Beach, and Tramell Gaines, 27 of Los Angeles. They have been booked on suspicion of commercial burglary.
On January 10, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of burglary against each suspect.
“The members of our community are our extra sets of eyes. Because we can’t be everywhere all the time, we rely on the citizens in our community to be good witnesses,” said BPD Sgt. Derek Green.
Both Burbank and Glendale Police Departments have expressed their gratefulness for the aid of concerned citizens who reached out. They urge the public to always report suspicious activity as it can ensure the safety of the community.
“More often than not, it’s the citizens themselves who point us in the right direction and help us to locate suspects and solve crime.”