LONG BEACH (CNS) - A Pomona man suspected of vandalizing several Southland buildings -- including breaking the window and spray-painting anarchist symbols at a Pasadena bank -- was behind bars today, police said.
Matthew Ryan Willert, 29, is also suspected of trying to shoplift ammunition, said Sgt. Tom Tardif of the Covina Police Department. He was held in lieu of $20,000 bail for an alleged crime spree that began Thursday night at a Covina Walmart, 1275 N. Azusa Ave.
At around 10:30 p.m., Willert allegedly used a bat to break a glass case containing bullets, loaded his shopping cart and tried to walk out of the store before store security scared him off, said Sgt. Tom Tardif of the Covina Police Department.
On Friday night, he reportedly pulled up to One West Bank at 888 E. Walnut Street in Pasadena at 11 p.m. in his truck. There, he spray-painted anarchist symbols on the building's exterior walls, said Lt. Jason Clawson of the Pasadena Police Department.
``Then he retrieved a brick from his truck and threw it through the bank's front window,'' Clawson said. ``He fled the scene and a witness was able to capture his license plate number.''
That's how he was connected to the Covina theft, Clawson said.
The spree came to an end around 12:30 a.m. today when Veterans Affairs police in Long Beach arrested Willert as he was allegedly trying to vandalize the exterior of the VA Hospital there with spray paint, the lieutenant said.
Clawson said the suspect may be connected to a similar incident in Duarte.
Willert's motives were unknown and that detectives from the affected communities would soon meet to organize charges to be filed against the suspect, the lieutenant said.
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