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Woman, eight months pregnant, arrested in van burglary

September 12, 2012 |  7:43 am

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

A Los Angeles man and a near-term pregnant woman were arrested early Tuesday after the man allegedly broke into a work van in Glendale and stole power tools, police said.

Ismael Gallegos, 36, and 20-year-old Erica Torres — who was described by police as eight months pregnant — were taken into custody on suspicion of burglarizing the van at about 1:10 a.m. in the 1300 block of East Broadway, according to Glendale police reports.

The pair were stopped when police noticed that Gallegos and his Chevy Impala matched the description of a burglary suspect, police said.

They told police they were dropping off a friend in the area, but they didn’t know the friend’s last name or address, according to police reports.

A witness called police after seeing Gallegos exit the Impala, enter the white work van and then emerge with a toolbox and tools, authorities said. The witness said he saw Gallegos place the valuables in the Impala’s trunk, look around and then drive off, police said.

Torres, also of Los Angeles, was a passenger in the Impala and acting as lookout, police said.


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Image: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.