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Updated: Home Invasion Robbers Posing as Police Strike in Diamond Bar

Photo Credit: Google Maps
Photo Credit: Google Maps

Three suspects, one posing as a police officer, staged a home-invasion robbery in Diamond Bar tonight, at a home shared by a mother, grandmother and three children, a sheriff's sergeant said.

Deputies responded about 8:45 p.m. to the 400 block of Charmingdale Road, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Christina Baker.

"There were three male suspects. One impersonated a police officer. He was dressed in a tactical vest," Baker said."No insignia was seen." She was not sure whether he announced that he was a police officer."   The suspects "herded the family into one room and tied up one female," Baker said.

No physical injuries to the victims were reported, according to Baker.

The amount of the loss was not known because crime scene investigators were working in the home first before the family could check for stolen property, Baker said.

"It looks like (the suspects)  may have gone through (the house) but it's not ransacked," she said.

--City News Service



Vito Spago December 16, 2013 at 05:34 AM
Didn't these guys read that DB/Walnut are on the most safest city list? I know, because there was no bodily injury the sheriff says this crime still keeps DB on the list. Guess these homeowners are relieved that their property values will still be maintained. From the map, this looks like N. Diamond Bar which is essentially Pomona. No surprise at the crime here.
Michael Sherman December 16, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Vito, I'm fairly certain that the homeowners were relieved because they weren't hurt or killed. Not because their home value will be intact. Seriously? You are more intelligent than that. I do enjoy reading your posts, but I have to call a foul when I see one. :-)
notsomuch December 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM
This is happening way too much. These hethens who are so brazen to invade occupied residences need an eye opener.
Vito Spago December 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Mike: I am being sarcastic. This comment is a poke at that article that says that DB/W are among the 50 safest cities. Council members and realtors mention the article in the hopes if promoting the idea that DB/W is a desireable place to live thereby boosting/maintaining RE values.
Michael Sherman December 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Ok Vito, after rereading your post I can now sense the sarcasm. That's one thing about the online forums that needs some improvement. The ability of people to sense sarcasm(or tone of voice if you will) is lacking in the typewritten form. Perhaps a little note for clarity would help(ie:sarcasm)? This would be if benefit for me and other bland readers out there. :-)
GammaUt December 16, 2013 at 01:02 PM
... that, or make points in print without resorting to sarcasm. And as for this area being "essentially Pomona," no, not quite, but its proximity to the confluence of the 57/60 makes it a popular target for crews from LA (according to the Walnut Sheriff).
Ray Russell December 16, 2013 at 01:20 PM
To bad the home owners weren't armed and trained in self defense. Shot a few of these criminals and the crime rate should go down even further! Then the Patch can add to their list of gun incidents. Two stories at once!
Gio Vanny December 16, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I live a couple of blocks away from both home invasions. Last night just a little past midnight someone rang my doorbell. I didnt think much of it i figured i was hearing things. Door bell rings again and they start banging on door. This time around I get up, turn on all my lights, Grab and Load my Second Amendment. Grab my cell phone and call the Sheriffs department. Explain whats going on. While i Have the Sheriffs on the phone, i walk towards my door, but DID NOT OPEN it. And yelled who are you and what do you want. It was a female, maybe in her 20s. She was asking for a STEVE. I told her no one by that name lived here. She just left and drove away in a late 90s Toyota Camry. Neighbors if its late do not open the door. call the sheriffs department. AND REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. This is the number to Walnut/Diamond Bar station 909-595-2264 and if its an emergency dial 911
Vito Spago December 16, 2013 at 01:37 PM
GammaUT: I live in Snow Creek east of Grand and there are only two streets coming into the neighborhood. So easy for cops to block those streets and lock criminals in with a phone call. Crooks that want a quick getaway would be stupid to come here but who said crooks were smart.
DB Mom December 16, 2013 at 04:15 PM
This is getting way out of hand! These LA crews are not just driving by but moving in to empty/abandoned houses. I reported one to the City of Diamond Bar and their response was that there are no code enforcement violations noted. So the fact that an Asian family that lived there for years leaves & now a large group of Hispanics moved in with about 10 cars spread out through the driveway & onto the streets is no type of evidence. They blatantly dismantle vehicles in the front & the streets at all hours of the day & night, it's ridiculous! The street has turned into a ghetto & it has exposed the city to strangers since several people are getting their cars fixed at this home.
Concerned Parent December 16, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Welcome to California of Jerry Brown, DB Mom! Our kid is telling us that we are not allowed to use our second amendment in CA. If we shoot a robber we would get sued and pay for his medical expenses, since we live in CA. Is it true? can anyone confirm?
Vito Spago December 16, 2013 at 11:16 PM
You have to prove you are in danger of great bodily harm and you cannot retreat. (There is no stand your ground law in Calif) If crooks break into your house and you are at home, you could be justified in shooting. If they are outside and stealing your car, you cannot shoot them. If you are justified in shooting them you still will have lots of suspicion on the part of the cops and may have to get a lawyer for civil suits but it is better than being dead. So do not shoot unless you are certain that the alternative is your or your familie's death. Also no warning shots. Legally there is no such thing. A 'warning shot' is a shot to kill that missed. if you shoot, shoot to kill. cool video http://www.caintv.com/video-new-glock-commercial-sur
notsomuch December 16, 2013 at 11:38 PM
That's the mot sense you have ever made Vito! I'm proud of you!!

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