Updated with more info on how he was caught, including that the suspect had a Maserati. Really.
In our copy of the How To Be A Criminal Handbook, page 6, paragraph three, is this: “Never, ever commit crimes while on parole and while wearing a court-ordered, ankle-bracelet GPS tracker. Ever.”
Of course, one Perry Pemberton, a 29-year-old violent felon who was indeed on parole allegedly didn't do his homework.
We'll see you after class young man.
Because cops today said that Mr. Pemberton …
… committed at least two burglaries late last year while wearing said ankle bracelet.
How do they know? The LAPD says it used Vericheck, a statewide tracking system for parolees with the ankle bracelets, to pinpoint him at the scenes of the crimes:
-About 9 p.m. on October 24 jewelry was taken from a ransacked home in the 15400 block of Huston Street in Sherman Oaks. Cops say a resident was asleep as Pemberton and, possibly, an accomplice got the goods.
-Same day, same area, but this time it was 10 p.m. at a home in the 15600 Royal Woods Place when Pemberton allegedly struck, possibly with a colleague. The LAPD alleges in a statement that he …
… forcibly opened a sliding glass door, but was confronted by the victim shortly after entering. Pemberton shined a flashlight in the victim's eyes to cause momentary blindness and ran from the home.
The tracking system found him the next day playing football at a park in Hawthorne, police say: He was arrested but soon posted $500,000 bail.
In December burglary charges were filed against him. But here's where the story gets mysto: Cops today are wondering aloud if he's been doing some more of this alleged activity. And even with the tracking data, they're asking for your help.
We called a detective to see if we could find out more but had yet to hear back.
In the meantime, if you know anything about this guy's alleged crime spree, call 818-374-7769.
[Added at 6:35 p.m.]: LAPD Det. William Dunn tells us that, no, they didn't suspect this guy at first — that police checked the system for parolees that could be tracked to the area at the time of the crimes and that Pemberton's name came up as being in the wrong place at the right moments:
We can't check every crime against the system. At this point that would be too labor intensive. But hot prowls, burglaries when people are at home, are one of the crimes we pull all the stops out on. We did not suspect him. We checked all the parolees with those devises for their whereabouts at that time. He popped up. We then found him with the system, and found he had stolen goods in his Maserati.