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Three California men detained in alleged home burglary

Three men were detained in Pasadena on suspicion of burglary. Claremont police were alerted of the alleged break-in when a housekeeper called 911 to report a possible intruder at a residence in the 3700 block of Hollins Avenue. The call was placed at approximately 1 p.m. The housekeeper told police that she was hiding at the time of the call.

Officers arrived at the residence and saw one man driving away in a silver sedan. Police chased the vehicle, which later crashed into a boulder at a residence on Westminster Place. The driver then exited the vehicle and ran away on foot. Police pursued the man and eventually cornered him at another residence in the area. A police dog was used to help take the man into custody after he reportedly refused to surrender.

According to police, two other suspects left the residence on Hollins through the back door. Both were detained by police later that day after break-ins at other homes. Two of the men were parolees at the time of the alleged break-ins. All three men were booked on home invasion, suspicion of residential burglary and resisting arrest. One of the men was being held in Los Angeles in lieu of bail. The men who were out on parole were being held in Claremont City Jail without bail.

Many crimes can be categorized as either felonies or misdemeanors depending on the circumstances of the crime. When a crime is considered a felony, the typical consequence is a year or more in a federal prison as opposed to a local county jail. Those who are charged with misdemeanors may still be able to retain their right to vote and own a firearm. A lawyer may be able to help an individual charged with theft and property crimes reduce the federal charges to a misdemeanor and receive a reduced sentence.

Source: Pasadena Patch, "2 Pasadena Burglary Suspects Captured: Cops", Ashley Ludwig, 03/01/2019

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