South Pasadena Police officers responded quickly to an unfolding commercial burglary Thursday, March 21 and were able to nab the suspect while he was still hiding in the bathroom, police said.

Police arrested 31-year-old Benny Sanchez of Pico Rivera after officers discovered a commercial burglary in progress at the Impressions Hair Salon, 711 Fair Oaks Ave.

“After establishing a parameter, they conducted a search of the business,” according to a statement issued by the South Pasadena Police Department (SPPD). “They were able to locate the suspect, who was hiding in a restroom and take him into custody.”

Interim Police Chief Brian Solinsky applauded the arrest, saying it’s an example of quick action that led to an arrest.

“This is a great example of the fast response times by the South Pasadena Police Department,” Solinsky said in an email to The Review. “In this case, the officers arrived within seconds of the alarm sounding and were able to capture the suspect while he was still inside.”

Solinsky went on to remind business owners as well as residents to take the necessary precautions to prevent against such burglaries taking place.

“I urge residents and businesses to be vigilant and protect their belongings by following basic safety principals,” he said. “Make sure your doors and windows are locked. Turn on your alarms when you leave and let your neighbors know to keep an eye on your home or business if you’re leaving for an extended period of time. Video cameras are also a great tool. Community members can call the Police Department and request safety tips or additional residential and business patrols if needed.”

The investigation into the Impressions Hair Salon burglary is ongoing. If you have any information regarding this crime, please call SPPD Detectives at (626) 403-7280.

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Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.

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