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Burglary suspect had public officials' home addresses, police say

November 29, 2011 |  7:09 am

Thomas_DandurandA Pomona man is accused of about 20 San Gabriel Valley burglaries in which he used a police scanner to work off a list of potential victims, including public officials, police said Tuesday.

Thomas Gordon Dandurand, 32, was arrested early Thanksgiving Day at a home on the 900 block of North Bender Avenue in Covina.

Police said an accomplice, Anthony Ray Arce, 27, of Baldwin Park, escaped the home and was being sought.

Officers later arrested Susana Chaidez, 28, Dandurand’s wife, as an alleged accessory to the burglaries.

They also arrested Dandurand’s nephew, Phillip Gordon Dandurand, 18, on suspicion of assisting in disposing of stolen property; Henry Arce, 21, on suspicion of possessing of stolen property; and Thomas Arce, 42, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine.

Henry and Thomas Arce, of Baldwin Park, are brothers of Anthony Arce, police said.

Anthony_ArceThe case began to unfold about 7:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day in Covina, when a man went to the home of vacationing relatives to feed some pets.

He noticed a vehicle parked outside the house with a door forced open. The man drove off and alerted deputies he saw meeting in a nearby parking lot.

They secured the house and alerted Covina police.

When the call to officers went out over the police radio, Dandurand allegedly ran from inside the house with stolen property and was arrested by sheriff’s deputies.

He was found to have a police scanner tuned to the Covina police frequency and heard the call dispatched, police said. They also allegedly found stolen property inside his car.

Covina detectives said they later determined Anthony Arce had also been in the house and escaped.

Over the next few days, they searched several homes in Pomona, Duarte and Baldwin Park and recovered stolen property from burglaries in Covina, San Dimas and Glendora, police said.

Dandurand admitted to committing at least 20 burglaries in the Covina area over the last two weeks, and detectives were trying to identify property found in his home, police said.

In his home in Pomona, investigators found a list of potential burglary victims that Dandurand had allegedly put together, with personal information acquired over the Internet about their houses and family members.

Among those listed were public officials, whom Covina police declined to identify.


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Photo: Thomas Gordon Dandurand, top, and Anthony Ray Arce. Credit: Covina Police Department.