A TV news-generated anonymous tip has led to the arrest of a 51-year-old parolee dubbed the “Office Creeper,” who was wanted for a string of wallet and credit card thefts throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Burbank.
Pasadena police detectives, a detective from the Glendale Police Department and state parole agents arrested Anthony Fierro of Huntington Park on Wednesday.
A career criminal with nine prior violent felony convictions, Fierro had been called the Office Creeper because of “the stealthy manner in which he crept through office hallways, stole wallets from women’s purses and later fraudulently used their credit cards, costing victims and retailers thousands of dollars in losses,” Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A break in the case came when Glendale Police Department Detective Kelly Kramer received an anonymous tip identifying Fierro, after the tipster saw Glendale’s wanted suspect information on the TV news.
After Fierro was identified as a parolee, Pasadena Detective Victor Cass took the lead in organizing the multi-agency arrest and search teams, according to Luna, who said Fierro was taken into custody at a parole office in El Monte.
Investigators then searched Fierro’s home, where “crucial evidence” was found, Luna said.
Fierro was being held without bail and was due to be arraigned Friday on 14 felony counts, police said.
–City News Service