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Riverside police charge three in 2013 residential burglary case

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 2:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:33 a.m. CDT
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Antonio Lemusa
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Damien Romero
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Julio Guzman

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Police Department arrested three suspects in a 2013 burglary after assistance from the Burbank Police Department, according to a news release.

The previous case took place at 1:15 p.m. Dec. 31, 2013, in the 3500 block of Harlem Avenue. During the burglary, the home’s rear door had been kicked in by offenders, who also used a pick hammer to damage the rear window, bending the frame to gain entry, according to the release.

At the scene, Riverside officers and evidence technicians gathered tool mark impressions and shoe impressions left in the snow – which later played a key role in the suspects’ arrest – according to the release.

At 10:50 a.m. Jan. 15, the Burbank Police Department responded to a residential burglary in the 7700 block of South Lotus Avenue. After arresting three offenders, Burbank Police contacted neighboring departments to inform them of shoe impressions left at the scene.

After collaborating with Burbank police, Riverside detectives found the shoe impressions to be an exact match with the ones left at the Burbank burglary. Along with the shoe impressions, the pick axe used in the Riverside burglary was found among the offenders at the Burbank burglary, according to the release.

Julio S. Guzman, 18, of the 2500 block of South Keeler, in Chicago, was arrested at 11 a.m. Feb. 19 in his home. Guzman, who was on electric monitoring for the Burbank arrest, gave a full confession to committing the Riverside crime. Guzman, who provided additional suspect information, was charged with one count of felony residential burglary.

With assistance from the WEDGE Gang and Drug Task Force, the Riverside Police Department arrested the final two suspects at 2 p.m. Feb. 27.

Antonio Lemus, 21, of the 2300 block of South Wesley Avenue, in Berwyn and Damien S. Romero, 18, of the 4000 block of West 25th Place, in Chicago, were charged with one count of felony residential burglary.

All three defendants are self-admitted 26th Street Gang members, according to the news release.

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