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Burglary suspect falls at feet of sheriff's deputies, but jewels remain missing

A suspected burglar was arrested at a Pico Rivera shopping center Saturday after he fell through the ceiling of a jewelry shop and landed at the feet of sheriff’s deputies who were searching for him, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a burglar alarm triggered at a boot repair shop on Whittier Boulevard shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday morning, when they discovered that a hole had been cut in the wall leading into a jewelry repair shop next-door, according to Sgt. John Adams.

Deputies with canines were searching for the suspected burglar when they heard sounds coming from an attic-like space in the ceiling, and sprayed pepper spray to try to force him out, Adams said. The suspect appeared to scurry to avoid the spray, then fell through the ceiling, according to Adams.

Jose Parada, 23, was taken into custody and faces burglary charges. About $2,000 worth of jewelry, including gold chains and necklaces, was reported missing, but none was found on Parada, and deputies were unable to locate it in the immediate area, Adams said.

Parada was taken to a hospital and treated for minor scrapes, Adams said.

-- Victoria Kim

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