Recently, patrol officers were dispatched to a Burglary in Progress at a pawn shop. Officer B.Benson was the first officer to arrive on the scene. Officer Benson observed several broken ceiling tiles inside the business and observed movement on top of the remaining ceiling tiles. Officer Benson advised the dispatcher and the other patrol units that a suspect was inside the business. Senior Police Dispatcher L. Lugo dispatched additional units to the scene. Officer P. Villanueva and Officer J. Medina arrived on the scene and advised the other officers still heading to the scene that a perimeter needed to be set up and directed the officers where they needed to go to prevent the suspect from escaping. (Numerous officers were needed on the scene to secure the perimeter since the business was part of a large shopping plaza.)
Sergeant E. Peter was on the southwest corner of the perimeter and observed the suspect running on the roof of the business in an attempt to escape, however since the perimeter of the shopping plaza was secured the suspect had nowhere to run and surrendered without incident.
Officer Villanueva and Officer Medina located and recovered the suspect’s backpack on the roof that contained six stolen pistols and approximately two hundred pieces of stolen jewelry that had been taken from the business valued at over $150,000.
The suspect has numerous arrests in his criminal history, including three previous burglary arrests. The suspect was also currently wanted in a different county for burglary as well.
HPD would like to commend these officers, supervisors, and dispatcher for an outstanding job on arresting a serial burglar and the recovery of stolen property. They displayed excellent teamwork and cooperation with each other throughout this dangerous situation.