Photo by Alexander Nguyen
Photo by Alexander Nguyen

A surveillance video footage helped police the arrests three suspects in early Monday morning’s string of restaurant burglaries, according to the Covina Police Department.

Officers responded to a burglar alarm and a call of suspicious people at 4:41 a.m. near Azusa Avenue and San Bernardino Road, said Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson.

Surveillance video showed three suspects burglarizing one of three restaurants early Monday morning, including a shot of one suspect looking right into the camera, Peterson said.

A civilian also reported seeing people with crowbars getting into a Mercedes-Benz SUV.

Officers stopped three men inside a silver Mercedes-Benz SUV near the area where three restaurants had been burglarized, Peterson said. Inside the car, the officers saw crowbars, gloves, money and other burglary tools.

They checked the restaurant that was the source of the alarm call and others in the area and found three restaurants with smashed windows and evidence of forced entry into internal offices, drawers and cash registers, he said.

In one restaurant, they found surveillance video of the suspects, with one looking right into the camera, Peterson said.

The suspects were booked into the Covina jail on suspicion of commercial burglary pending arraignment in a West Covina court Wednesday, he said.

They are identified as 40-year-old Compton resident Brian Lyshay Watson, 19-year-old Detron Eugene Turner Jr. of Downey and 24-year-old Richard Lee Johnson of Compton.

— City News Serice

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