Police: Suspects From Triple Burglary Have Street Gang Affiliation

Mug shots provided by the Glendora Police Department.

Glendora Police are continuing to investigate the eight suspects involved in the March 31 series of residential burglaries in the north portion of the city.

Three homes were burglarized by four individuals, with property stolen from a home in the 600 block of East Northridge Avenue and the 800 block of West Leadora Avenue. All the stolen property from the homes was recovered, including wallets, cash and jewelry.

The third home in the 600 block of East Palm Drive was entered through an open window, but no property was taken, police said.

Detectives determined the eight suspects have affiliations with the East Coast Crips, a faction of the infamous LA-based Crips street gang. Despite their origins, East Coast Crips gang members operate in areas of Los Angeles.

The burglary suspects arrested in Glendora were operating out of Inglewood and L.A., police said.

So far, police have not tied the crew to any other burglaries in Glendora other than the three that took place March 31.

Glendora detectives notified San Gabriel Valley police agencies with an “arrest of interest” flyer in hopes of identifying other burglaries that might have been committed by the suspects, said Detective Lt. James DeMond of Glendora Police.

One of the suspects, Anthony Moore, was on parole for burglary. With two strikes on his record, Moore could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted, DeMond said.

Police referred to the suspects as a burglary crew by certain hallmarks of their operation.

“Based upon our experience … these burglary rings come out and hit homes just like they did, three in one day,” Demond said. “They have lookout drivers, they have getaway drivers and the fact that they all belong in the same street gang.”

Glendora police filed three counts of residential burglary and criminal street gang allegations against six of the suspects: Anthony Moore, 34; Erica Whitson, 23; Jeremiah Mitchell, 25; April Stephan, 21; Courtney Adkins, 19; and Bobby Bolton, 32.

Mitchell, Moore and Whitson were additionally charged with resisting an officer. Moore was also charged with assaulting a police K9 after throwing down and attempting to spray Glendora’s police dog, Bo, with mace.

Moore, Mitchell, Whitson and Stephan were the four suspects arrested after breaking into the Palm Drive address. Stephan was the getaway driver.

Adkins, Bolton, Paulette Gordon, 21, and Jasmine Lawrence, 21, were the occupants of two vehicles involved in an attempt to rescue the burglary suspects.

Four of the suspects, Gordon, Mitchell, Stephan and Lawrence were released on bond.

Lawrence and Gordon have not had charges filed against them yet, pending further investigation, DeMond said.

DeMond wants to remind residents to secure their homes, property and to report suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

“These people are looking for an opportunity to commit burglaries. When you see something suspicious, call the police,” DeMond said.