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Duarte neighborhoods hit by bears and burglars

July 9, 2012 |  4:54 pm

Bears and burglars struck the Duarte area almost simultaneously Monday afternoon, causing a ruckus for Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and residents trying to keep track of things.

A bear cub managed to break a window and enter a garage on Greenbank Avenue about 1:20 p.m., said Sgt. James Long of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department's Temple Station.

State Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan said the cub removed the screen from an open garage window, apparently to search for trash inside as the mother watched from outside. The bears ran away when the home's residents returned, Hughan said.

About 20 minutes later, residents reported spotting another adult bear in the 2400 block of Mount Olive Lane, about a mile down the road in Bradbury. Long said the station received calls about residents taking to the streets to try to snap photos of the animal. Hughan said that bear ran off, too. 

Then about 3 p.m., Long said, three burglars hit a house in the 500 block of Fairwood Street, between the areas where the bear sightings occurred. Long said deputies arrived at the residence and started chasing a suspect, who is now in custody. He added that deputies are still looking for two other men.

Long said he was “not aware” of either bear having an ear tag, and Hughan said there were no reports of one. A bear with an orange “210” tag was tranquilized after visiting the Glendale area multiple times but returned from the Angeles National Forest months later in June.

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-- Matt Stevens

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