Authorities are still working to prosecute the alleged burglary ring accused of breaking into several Glendora homes March 31.
Anthony Moore, Jeremiah Mitchell, Erica Whitson, Courtney Adkins and Bobby Bolton were arraigned on three counts of first degree residential burglary recently and pleaded not guilty, said Sarah Ardalani, public information officer for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
April Stephan is scheduled to be arraigned on the above charges at the West Covina Courthouse June 4.
Mitchell, Whitson, Adkins and Bolton return for a pre-preliminary hearing at the Pomona Courthouse May 28.
Moore was additionally charged with one count of assault on a police animal and one count of delaying a peace officer, the latter charge was also brought against Mitchell.
Moore, who was on parole for burglary and is looking at 25 years to life in prison if convicted, is scheduled for further proceedings May 13 in Pomona.
Jasmine Lawrence and Paulette Gordon, two of the four suspects who drove into the police containment in an attempt to rescue their friends, have yet to have charges brought against them.
“The District Attorney’s office asked for additional investigation to tie Lawrence and Gordon directly to the burglaries and the other suspects,” said Lt. James DeMond, head of investigations with Glendora Police. “They still have a pending court date, but investigation is continuing to better tie them to the crime.”
Three homes were burglarized March 31, 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.
Two of the four suspects actively burglarizing the home on Palm Drive, Moore and Mitchell, fled into the nearby hillsides, triggering a massive police search. The other two suspects were immediately caught.
Detectives believe 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.