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Off-duty investigator stops alleged bike theft

October 02, 2013

A 35-year-old man was arrested Sunday after an off-duty private investigator allegedly saw him stealing a bicycle and held him at gunpoint until police arrived at the scene, officials said.

David Plutae, who was once a Glendale resident, was taken into custody about 5:45 a.m. on suspicion of burglary and possessing burglary tools and a crack pipe in the 1800 block of South Brand Boulevard, according to Glendale police.

The off-duty investigator reportedly spotted Plutae cutting a lock on a bicycle in the carport of an apartment building on Brand, police said.

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The investigator was armed with a weapon and detained Plutae at gunpoint until officers arrived to arrest him.

Plutae has previous convictions for trespassing, violating a protective order and, most recently, burglary, according to records at the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

He remained in police custody on Tuesday.

-- Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA.

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