Written by AARON CASTREJON
COVINA - Police announced the arrest of two men who tried, but failed to take a 250-pound bronze statue from a Covina business.
The crime was discovered by police called to a report of suspicious men in the 300 block of East Rowland Street around 2:27 a.m. August 5. Police could only find a tipped-over shopping cart and the statue inside, Covina Police said.
“Officers recognized the statue as one which had previously been affixed to a pedestal in front of a nearby business,” Covina Police said in a written statement.
Officers recognized the two suspects from nearby surveillance footage — suspects who had multiple run-ins with police.
On Tuesday, police located and arrested Robert Johnson, 31, and Dakota McConnel, 23. Both are transients who frequent the Covina area.
The suspects were booked on suspicion of grand theft. McConnel is additionally charged with a warrant from a previous case and Johnson was additionally charged with possession of burglary tools, Covina Police.