BREAKING NEWS: Burglary Duo Arrested After Short Pursuit

Burglars broke through the front doors of Cosmo's Bistro the morning of April 14, stealing a cash register and leading police on a chase. Photo by Zak Bushey.

Police arrested a man early Thursday morning after a lengthy search, accusing him and his female accomplice of taking a cash register from a restaurant and leading police on a chase.

The duo allegedly burglarized Cosmo’s Bistro. The duo fled police in a short pursuit, which ended a few blocks away. The woman was immediately arrested and the register recovered while officers searched for the male suspect, police said.

Officers found the suspects behind Cosmo’s, 1031 East Route 66, before 4 a.m. and attempted to make contact with them when they sped off. Responding officers discovered the suspects smashed through the front doors to the restaurant, said Tricia Ayers, Public Information Officer for Glendora Police.

During the chase a stolen cash register was thrown from the moving vehicle, Ayers said.

Photo by Zak Bushey.

Photo by Zak Bushey.

The pursuit ended outside the closed Custer Christiansen Mortuary, 363 W. Route 66, where police apprehended the female suspect. The male suspect fled on foot. The cash register was recovered, Ayers said.

Glendora officers, the Foothills Special Enforcement Team and a helicopter established a containment to find the hiding suspect whom police later learned he was armed, Ayers said.

Around 7:45 a.m. the suspect was located and arrested, Ayers said.

Officers are still searching for a handgun the suspect may have been armed with, Ayers said.

Less than a few hundred dollars was in the register when it was taken. Most of the money was recovered from the register except for a little over $100.

Ryan Maurice Lewis, 32, was booked on suspicion of burglary and fleeing an officer. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail in the Glendora jail.

Also arrested was Ronisha Shani Butler, 24. She was booked on suspicion of burglary and felony reckless evading. She is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Zak Bushey contributed to this story.

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*This story was updated to include booking information for the female suspect.