In the doghouse
Police catch alleged doggy door burglars
By André Coleman 01/09/2014
A Pasadena man has pleaded not guilty to one count of first degree residential burglary on Friday in connection with a case dubbed the doggy door burglary.
Pasadena resident Alexander Canela, 18, and three teenagers are accused of using a dog entrance on Dec. 20 to gain access to a home on North Madison Avenue, near Mountain Street, in Pasadena. The names of the minors were not released due to their ages.
Once inside, the group allegedly stole electronics, Christmas presents and the cremated remains of the homeowner’s relatives. A nearby surveillance camera captured footage of the four suspects as they made several trips back and forth pilfering the family’s items, including war medals and the urns containing the remains of family members.
That footage proved to be their undoing as police were able to identify several of the suspects and recover several electronic items stolen from the home. The remains have not been recovered, according to a statement released by the Pasadena Police Department.
“We want to remind neighbors to keep their residence secure and to keep an eye out for each other and to report anything suspicious,” said Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra.
Canela, who is due back in court on Jan.16, is being held on $50,000 bail. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum of six years in state prison.