Detectives Return Champ’s Belts, Taken in Burglary

Detectives Return Champ’s Belts, Taken in Burglary

The Razor, Belts Returned.

Jennifer Barber, had her belts returned by police, after fingerprints, were left on a mirror, in her burglarized home in Mission Hills. The boxing champion, coined “The Razor” Barber, felt it was the knockout punch, that clinched it for detectives in the case of the missing championship belts.

“The smile on Jennifer’s face says it all,” said Det. William Cooper, who investigated the burglary. “We were glad we were able to return her belts.”

The two belts were found inside the home of convicted burglar, 20-year-old, Jose Pedraza. He had just finished serving time in county jail for two other local burglaries. Pedraza, has been transferred from jail, to ICE custody,  pending an uncontested deportation to Mexico.

“When the finger print report came in, we had to act fast,” Det. Cooper, explained. “Unlike the other burglaries, Pedraza, was not copping out to this one, and it seemed like he was in a hurry to get out of the country, like he was trying to avoid something.”

Det. Cooper, obtained an arrest warrant for, Pedraza, based on the positive print identification, which was the only way to stop the deportation. It was then that detectives, went to, Pedraza’s, home in Sylmar and conducted a probationary search.

“After I interviewed, Pedraza, my gut told me he seemed like a guy, that might hold onto the belts, rather than hawk them,” Cooper said.

Detectives found both belts, at the bottom of a clothes hamper in, Pedraza’s, home. Unfortunately, detectives were not able to find Jennifer Barber and her husband’s wedding rings, which had also been taken in the March 20, 2012 break-in.

Pedraza’s deportation has been delayed, as he faces this latest charge of burglary, his third in one year. Interestingly, Pedraza, was also caught by his finger prints being present at the scene of two earlier burglaries. They too were committed in Mission Hills, both dating back to December 2011. When detectives caught up to him for those two cases, he was working off a community service charge, at the Mission Police Station for a DUI conviction.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call, Detective William Cooper, Mission Burglary Unit, on (818) 838-9866. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers on 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Jennifer Barber, is available for comment to media on this release. Please call LAPD Media Relations to obtain contact number.

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