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Gang member, woman nabbed on suspicion of burglary

January 18, 2012|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

A 21-year-old woman and a reputed gang member who was recently released on unsupervised parole were charged Wednesday with receiving stolen property, officials said.

Ryan Ogden, 24, of Canoga Park and Christina Holliday, 21, of Tujunga both face two felony counts of receiving stolen property, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.

The pair, along with a 16-year-old girl, were likely driving around Glendale and breaking into cars early Monday before they were stopped by police, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

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The trio were arrested about 1:48 a.m. Monday after a police officer spotted them inside a Lexus traveling at 60 mph on Honolulu Avenue, according to Glendale police reports. The officer stopped them at Lowell Avenue near the Foothill (210) Freeway.

As the officer walked toward the Lexus, he reportedly noticed a navigation system, a black beanie and two gloves on the back seat.

Ogden told the officer he was on probation and unsupervised parole for vehicle theft violations, which allows police to search a vehicle, Lorenz said.

Last year, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation began releasing nonviolent prisoners without parole supervision to ease overcrowding, cut costs and reduce the burden on overworked agents.

But local authorities expressed concerns that the move would allow for a “revolving door” environment because state parolees have a high rate of recidivism, leading to a higher crime rate in their communities.

While Glendale’s year-end crime rate hasn’t been released yet, violent and property crimes — including auto burglaries — were down for most of 2011, according to the November statistics.

In Monday’s arrest, the officer also reported finding a glass smoking pipe, a screwdriver, two flashlights and another glove inside the Lexus.

He also seized a cell phone, an iPod and Dell laptop computer.

Police said statements given by all three about the electronics and their whereabouts were inconsistent, and they were arrested on suspicion of burglary and possessing narcotics for sale.

Police have linked some of the stolen property to burglaries in Monrovia and La Crescenta.
 
 

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