A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with dozens of car break-ins in the La Crescenta area after investigators matched his DNA to crime scene evidence and also recognized him from surveillance video recorded at a restaurant drive-through, police said Thursday.
Raymond Gardner of Ontario was arrested Wednesday at a home in Covina, where investigators learned he had been staying, Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles said.
The case dates back to the early morning hours of Jan. 31, when at least 30 cars were broken into in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue and Montrose Avenue, Suttles said.
One man — identified as Andrew Cordia, 27, of Irwindale — was arrested on Feb. 1 in connection with the burglaries and remains in county custody, Suttles said.
Gardner was identified through DNA evidence collected in one of the vehicle burglaries and also was linked to another vehicle burglary after the victim’s credit card was used at a restaurant drive-through window, according to the sergeant.
“The surveillance footage captured by the restaurant was given to the detectives and they immediately recognized the suspect as Gardner,” Suttles said.
When detectives went to the home in Covina on Wednesday morning, they saw Gardner looking out of a window, but when they spoke with other occupants in the residence, they were told he wasn’t there, Suttles said.
“Because the detectives had already verified the presence of Gardner at the home, they were able to enter the home to look for him,” Suttles said. “Upon doing so they were able to locate Gardner and take him into custody. The detectives also located additional stolen property in the home.”