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Unusual Burglary, Parolee at Large in Hermosa

Hermosa Beach police go on alert for a violent rape offender and try to track down a burglar who took money from an unusual source, say police.

A commercial burglary at the Arco gas station in Hermosa Beach is pretty unique, said Detective Mick Gaglia of the Hermosa Beach Police Department.

The 13-year department veteran has never seen a coin-operated tire inflation coin box burglarized, which is the crime that was committed at the gas station around 10:43 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The criminal used a drill to punch the locks on the box.

The burglar got away with $188 and damaged the coin box for the pay air compressor. "I don't think there's anyone truly watching a tire inflation coin box," said Gaglia of the crime and the fact it took place in broad daylight.

The crime is being investigated.

On Saturday, Aug. 18, HBPD was alerted to a "parolee at large" who might be in the city. Patrol units were notified and when officers found the man at 1st Street and Manhattan Avenue around 6 p.m., he fought with them but was taken into custody without any injuries, according to Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch. The man is on parole for a violent rape that occurred in Redondo Beach 3 years ago. 

Gaglia said a parolee at large is someone who was convicted of a crime and released from prison early and placed on parole. An individual on probation has not served time; instead being placed on probation as a condition of their sentence. Violations while on parole or probation can lead to a warrant being issued for one's arrest.

Gaglia said that typically a parolee at large has not checked in with their parole officer or has a warrant out for their arrest on suspicion of another crime.

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