Man surrenders in connection with 3 burglaries
PICO RIVERA – An 18-year-old man surrendered to deputies the day after his photo appeared in this newspaper in connection with three burglaries at a skate shop in the Town Center. Omar Esparza, 18, of Santa Fe Springs is charged with three counts of burglarizing a store, At the Beach, at 8762 Washington Blvd. Esparza and two others allegedly broke into the store July 14, Aug.16 and 24. Clothing, skateboards and other merchandise were taken, Sgt. Art Chavez said. Esparza was escorted to the sheriff’s station by his mother the morning after his picture – taken by surveillance cameras at the store – appeared in this paper Sept. 21. “I received a call on Friday morning at about 10:30 a.m.,” Chavez said. “The mom identified herself and said it was her son in the photo. She wanted to bring him in.” Two hours later, Esparza arrived at the station and said he committed the burglaries, Chavez said. “He admitted to doing it because it gave him a rush,” Chavez said. “He said he sold the \ merchandise.” Two other suspects were also identified, but have not yet been charged, Chavez said. Chavez said he will also seek charges against Benito Iniguez, 18, of Norwalk and a juvenile male from Santa Fe Springs. The burglars used rocks and a baseball bat to smash the store’s front glass doors in the early morning hours. Fred Anton, the store’s owner, said he lost about $4,500 in merchandise and said there was $2,650 in damage to his glass doors. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!