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Brazen Thieves Burglarize Radio Shack

Quick-thinking samaritan calls Glendora Police, who apprehend suspects after brief chase.

Two burglars will be spending Independence Day behind bars after burglarizing Radio Shack earlier today and leading officers on a brief chase through Glendora.

Arrested were Rebecca Wechter, 29, and Cesar Morales, 32, both from Whittier, on suspicion of burglary. Wechter, the driver of the getaway vehicle, was additionally booked on suspicion of evading an officer, while Morales was additionally charged with obstructing police for running from officers.

Among the loot allegedly taken were numerous iPhone 4s, an XBox 360 and memory cards in the window smash burglary. The suspects also reportedly used fake license plates covering the real plates on their black SUV, police said.

Officers received a call at 8:52 a.m. from a samaritan in the parking lot next to Radio Shack, 830 South Grand Avenue, and described a man running into a waiting SUV, which sped northbound on Grand Avenue. Responding officers where in the area and caught up to the SUV less than a mile away, said Sergeant Mike Randazzo.

Police attempted to pull over the SUV, but the suspects refused to stop and kept driving at a slow rate of speed, winding their way northbound. The suspects heavily used alleyways to evade police, eventually stopping in the alley behind the 100 block of North Vista Bonita Avenue.

The male suspect fled and ran about a block away with officers following behind. Police eventually caught the suspect, who tried to hide in some brush and climb up a tree, Randazzo said. The female suspect remained in the SUV and was quickly arrested.

The suspects had much more property in the SUV and officers are trying to determine if it may have been stolen from other stores, police said.

Wechter and Morales are scheduled to appear in West Covina Superior Court July 6.

v johnson July 05, 2012 at 12:42 AM
With everyone keeping an open eye and paying attention to our surroundings, together we can continue to have Glendora be a safe place...thank you Good Samartian!
Terry July 05, 2012 at 02:21 AM
That Radio Shack is responsible for about 100% of smash n' grab burglaries in this city.
Charles Stauffer July 05, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Again????
carolyn July 05, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Thank You Good Samartian..Good Job..God Bless!
Sheryl July 05, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Thanks to the GPD and to our wonderful community who are willing to "get involved." We are right to be proud of Glendora.
Janelle July 06, 2012 at 12:04 AM
This is about the 4th or 5th (at least) time they have been burglarlized. Is there a 'reason' they will not put up bars when they are not open. ??
Robert July 06, 2012 at 03:29 AM
I hope no business in Glendora, especially one like Radio Shack that has been in Glendora longer than most businesses ever has to put up bars, or temporary bars on their windows. This is Glendora, not East Los Angeles. Let's prosecute with more severity, and show that our community will stand against those that want to come in and terrorize.
Ron July 06, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Thanks to GPD and the "Good Samaritan" we need all of the Good Samaritans we can get.
Janelle July 06, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Those 5 or 6 robberies at Radio Shack 'before' this recent attempt were never apprehended....so they could not be prosecuted, as you suggested. I live way above Bennett, & even in the Vons Foothill/Grand small shopping center, two (2) stores have them up 'every night'. Reality is what you counter against, not 'wishful thinking'.
Alex April 27, 2013 at 03:08 AM
I used to work there, for about a year. We got robbed 3 times, twice within three days. When I quit I got a call 3 days later saying we got robbed again.

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