Police Arrest Four Suspects in a Pair of Burbank Burglaries

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BURBANK (CNS) - Authorities arrested four of the six men suspected of a commercial burglary in Burbank, authorities said Thursday.

The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. at Burbank Sportscard, at 1610 West Burbank Blvd., according to Burbank police.

The six suspects set off the burglary alarm during the alleged heist, alerting a resident who reported hearing banging noises in the rear of the business and seeing a blue truck speed away, according to police. A further description of the vehicle was not provided.

The truck was spotted eastbound on Burbank Boulevard at Front Street, where police attempted to stop the driver, who continued northbound on the Golden State (5) Freeway before exiting at Sunland Boulevard, stopping in the 8400 block of Wheatland Avenue in Sun Valley.

A short pursuit ensued after six occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Four were apprehended.

Detectives later determined that the vehicle had been stolen and contained merchandise reported stolen from Burbank Sportcards.

The suspects were identified as 30-year-old Tony Pineda of Huntington Park, 26-year-old Francisco Mena of Los Angeles, 20-year-old Diego Erazo of Tujunga and 19-year-old Henry Flores of Tujunga.

They were booked for burglary among other charges, and are due to appear in court on March 13.

Detectives are investigating the possibility that the suspects are responsible for an additional burglary of a sportscard store in Burbank on March 1 around 1:30 a.m., when Burbank Police responded to Bullpen Burbank, at 920 Hollywood Way after an alarm was triggered. They said the business lost more than $230,000 in cash and merchandise.

On Thursday, detectives conducted a pair of probation searches at two of the suspects' homes and allegedly discovered evidence linking them to the prior burglary.

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