Officers find robber, but still looking for stolen car involved in home invasion robbery

Visalia police catch Gage Burros after he and at least one other thief ransack a home


VISALIA – Visalia police are still on the lookout for one woman’s car that was stolen in the course of a home invasion.

Last Wednesday, Jan 30 at approximately 5:18 a.m., officers responded to the 3700 block of E. Four Creeks for a Suspicious Circumstance call. Upon arrival, it was discovered that unknown suspects gained access into the victim’s residence. The victim was bound and the suspects proceeded to ransack the residence. The suspects then fled in the victim’s vehicle described as a 2014 Toyota Corolla, four door, light blue in color, with a California license plate of 7JHA909.

The following day at approximately 7:30 a.m., detectives from the Visalia Police Department Violent Crimes and Property Crimes Units conducted probation searches related to the home invasion robbery. During the course of these searches, detectives contacted Gage Burros and arrested him for an unrelated warrant. During the course of the probation search at Burros’ residence, evidence was located tying him to the home invasion. Detectives also located a sawed-off shotgun and additional ammunition. Later that day Burros was booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility for home invasion robbery, elder abuse, and possession of a sawed-Off shotgun.

There are still additional suspect(s) on this case and the victim’s vehicle, which was stolen during the course of the robbery, is still missing. If the vehicle is located, citizens are encouraged to contact law enforcement immediately. If the vehicle is occupied, do not approach the vehicle as the additional suspect(s) are considered armed and dangerous.

Visalia Crime Logs

Tuesday, January 29

At approximately 11:41 p.m. the Visalia Police Department received a report of an assault with a deadly weapon which had just occurred at the Pump House Bar located at 1075 E. Main Street in Visalia. The investigation revealed that a fight had broken out and when the victim attempted to break it up he was stabbed. The victim was sustained several non-life threatening stab wounds to his hand. The suspects involved in the stabbing fled prior to police arrival.

At approximately 10:32 p.m. the Visalia Police Department received a report of a shots fired in the 3700 block of W. Myrtle Ct. Upon arrival in the area officers encountered two subjects in a field, one of which was armed with a rifle. The suspects complied with responding units and were detained without incident. The investigation determined that the suspect was firing the rifle in a vacant field which is adjacent to numerous apartment buildings. The involved suspects were identified as a 13- and 14-year-old juvenile. Both subjects were booked into the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility for negligent discharge of a firearm, and other weapons related charges.

Monday, Jan. 28

Detectives from the Visalia Police Department Violent Crimes Unit were able to identify Mitchell Wright, 31, as the suspect in a robbery committed on Jan. 21 at the Wells Fargo ATM located at 2425 S. Mooney Blvd. During the investigation, it was discovered that Wright was on parole for robbery and had been recently arrested for an unrelated parole violation. Items linking Wright to the crime were found on him when he was booked for one count of robbery.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

At approximately 12:38 a.m. the Visalia Police Department responded to a burglary alarm at the Noble Laundromat located at 1415 E. Noble Ave in the City of Visalia. Upon arrival officers discovered that an unknown suspect(s) had forced entry to the business. They removed an unspecified amount of assets from the business and fled prior to the arrival of police.

At 9:30 a.m. a vehicle was stolen from the 700 block W Kimball. The victim reported the theft within minutes of it being stolen. At 1:30 p.m. an officer assigned to the Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) located the stolen vehicle driving in the area of Ben Maddox and Walnut. The stolen vehicle pulled over before the officer activated his emergency lights. The driver, Giovanni Pimentel, 32, ran from the vehicle, but was quickly apprehended by the officer. Pimentel was booked at the Tulare County Jail for vehicle theft charges and resisting arrest. The stolen vehicle was returned to the owner.

At 9 a.m., the Visalia Police Department’s Narcotics Unit and with the assistance of the Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) and the Tulare Area Regional Gang Enforcement Team (TARGET) served a Narcotics Search Warrant at a residence in the 800 block W. Murray. As a result, officers located drug paraphernalia inside the residence. David Ray Moore, 65, was released at the scene on a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. William Joseph Moore, 55, who was contacted just outside of the residence and found in possession of 1.3 grams of methamphetamine was released at the scene on a citation for being in possession of methamphetamine.

Saturday, Feb. 2

At 9:28 p.m. a patrol officer observed a vehicle driving recklessly in a parking lot at Mooney and Whitendale. When the officer attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed, nearly striking multiple people. A short pursuit ensued until the driver, David Lastra 33, finally yielded at Whitendale and County Center. Lastra was arrested and booked for Reckless Driving and Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle.

At 1:25 a.m., patrol officers responded to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in regards to a stabbing. The victim advised that he had been walking in the area of Houston and Court when two unknown suspects attacked him from behind. The victim suffered a non-life threatening stab wound to his back. The case has been forwarded to the Violent Crimes Unit for further investigation.

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