Glendale man pleads not guilty to auto burglaries

A 23-year-old Glendale man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to two counts of burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools after he allegedly broke into three cars, according to police.

Responding to a call around 5 a.m. on Friday, Glendale police officers reportedly saw Roberto Agustin Balsach hiding behind an electrical box in the 1700 block of East Chevy Chase Drive, police said.

“He was within 100 feet of three cars that had been broken into,” Glendale Police Department spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said.

Police found a burglary tool in Balsach’s jacket pocket that he allegedly used to break into the three vehicles to take a new vehicle headlamp, a remote control and a cellphone, Lightfoot said.

On the ground near Balsach, police found more burglary tools, a speaker and two black gloves.

“One victim indicated an iPod had been stolen and the two other victims were unsure if anything was stolen as all the cars had been ransacked,” Lightfoot said.

A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 8 in Glendale Superior Court.

Balsach is being held on $40,000 bail.


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