Angeleno Heights burglar might have taken advantage of pleasant weather and an open door

An Angeleno Heights man living in the 800 block of Laveta Terrace awoke early this morning to the sound of footsteps in the hallway and discovered the backdoor open. The resident went outside and saw a man trying to start his car. Police were called shortly before 4 a.m. after the resident tried and failed to catch the suspect, who ran down the street. The officers who responded recalled seeing a man who fit the suspect’s description earlier in the evening at location several blocks away, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division.  Buhrmester describes what happened next:

After their on-scene investigation, they went to where they had seen the man, and found him.  He was detained based on suspect description.  The victim responded to the scene and identified Urizar Pastor, 26, Los Angeles, as the man who had been in his car.  Pastor had not been seen in the house, though.

A search of Pastor pursuant to arrest disclosed foreign currency in his pockets.  The victim advised that his roommate collected such currency, and re-checked the residence.  Ransacking was discovered in the roommate’s room, with similar currency scattered about the floor.  Pastor was arrested for residential burglary.  At the station, he made statements implicating himself in the crime. Pastor was booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center, with bail set at $50,000.
Buhrmester said that “it is believed the victim’s rear door was either unlocked or ajar at the time of the burglary, because of the nice weather.  Unfortunately, we must remain vigilant and lock all doors and windows upon retiring, lest we become victims of opportunists.”

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