A man and woman were arrested Friday in Burbank after being pulled over for a missing front license plate and being found with 20 vehicle batteries the trunk, most of them allegedly stolen from residents of senior living facilities, police reported.
Officers stopped the suspects’ vehicle about 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Olive Avenue and determined the driver, identified as 28-year-old Devontie Banner of Long Beach, had a suspended license, according to Burbank Police Department Sgt. Derek Green.
Banner was cited and the vehicle was impounded and, while taking an inventory of the car’s contents, officers found the 20 batteries in the trunk, Green said.
“Within a relatively short time of making this discovery, the Burbank Police Department began receiving calls from nearby citizens reporting the theft of their car batteries,” he said.
Both Banner and the woman who was in the car — Julie Perez, 27, of Belize City, Belize — were arrested and booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property, with bail set at $20,000 apiece, Green said.
“All 20 victims have been identified and have since had their batteries returned to them,” Green said. “The majority of victims resided in senior living facilities located in the 300 block of East Harvard Road and (the) 600 block of North Glenoaks Boulevard.”
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