Busting Bandits Before Breakfast


On July 31, 2014, at about 9:38 a.m., officers responded to a Burglary in Progress call at 730 W. Ninth Street. Senior Corporal Christopher Wagner called the witness who told him what type of car the crook was in and which direction he went. Senior Corporal Wagner then put that information out over the police radio for all to hear and asked the other officers in the area to check the local pawnshops nearby.

 Shortly after, Deputy Chief Cadena and Lieutenant Nabors spotted the suspect vehicle. They observed the driver of the suspect vehicle, 21-year-old Michael Rivera, pull up to a pawnshop on West Jefferson Boulevard.  Officers performed a traffic stop and detained Rivera and two juvenile suspects. 

 The burglary victim wasn’t home when the burglary happened, but officers were able to call her to inform her of the burglary. They were also able to assure her that they caught the crooks and retrieved her stolen items. This meant a great deal to the woman because among the stolen items was a family heirloom that’s dear to her heart.

 Suspect Rivera admitted to the crime, was arrested, and charged with a 2nd degree felony, Burglary of a Habitation. Both juveniles were also arrested and transported to the Youth Division.

 Good work by all of the officers involved in this great arrest!