Or as pro-crime zero-bail activists call this sort of thing, “awkward”.
The Glendora Police Department said Friday on Facebook that 24-year-old Dijon Landrum from Monterey Park racked up three citations between 8:28 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. on Wednesday after three incidents in the city located about 23 miles east of Los Angeles.
According to police, the first incident happened around 8:28 a.m. when officers responding to a call of a man who was attempting to break into a vehicle on the 1400 block of South Grand Avenue.
When officers arrived at the scene, they contacted Landrum, who was attempting to drive away in a stolen vehicle from the East Los Angeles area. In addition to driving a stolen vehicle, police said the 24-year-old had stolen property and narcotics with him.
“Landrum was arrested,” police said. “Due to the California Zero-Bail Policy, he was issued a citation and released.”
He was driving a stolen car and had drugs. In the happy bygone days of zero tolerance, he might have spent months, maybe even years in jail, while the ACLU wailed like banshees.
But no more in this brave new world where the only punishable crime is going to the beach while being a citizen.
One hour after Landrum was released, officers received a call around 2:20 p.m. of an unknown man carrying a box and walking through the front yards of homes.
“It appeared that the male was placing items in this box as he was walking through the properties,” police said.
An hour after being freed while being caught driving a stolen car, he was stealing stuff.
When officers arrived on the scene, they encountered Landrum for the second time, reportedly with a box of stolen property. He was issued a second citation and released.
Several hours later around 8:50 p.m., officers received a call of a vehicle that had been stolen out of a parking lot on the 1300 block of South Grand Avenue.
Officers tracked the vehicle and located it heading along the westbound 100 freeway in La Puente, with assistance from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol.
A pursuit eventually ended in Pasadena, where Landrum was once again arrested, this time for allegedly being in possession of a stolen vehicle and for evading officers.
“Due to the California Zero-Bail Policy, Landrum was released with his third citation of the day,” police said.
Can you blame Dijon? He decided to see just how far he could push this zero bail policy. And he got away with a car chase.
It’s a glorious time to be a criminal.