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Posted on: April 25, 2020

MEDIA RELEASE ~ Burglary Investigation Results in Arrest of Armed and Wanted Felon

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Irwindale, CA:  On Friday, April 24, 2020, Irwindale police officers responded to the report of a commercial burglary in progress at a self-storage facility located in the 2200 block of Central Avenue in the city of Irwindale.  On arrival, officers detained a male subject inside the location. Further investigation revealed the suspect had broken into a locked storage unit and was in the process of removing items from inside.  

At the time he was detained, officers found that the suspect was armed with a concealed and loaded semi-automatic handgun and extra ammunition magazines, as well as Methamphetamine and a security officer badge.  It was also learned that the suspect was a convicted and wanted felon who had absconded from parole. He also had several additional warrants for his arrest from both Los Angeles and San Bernardino County.

The suspect, Joseph Edward Butkiewicz, a 30-year-old transient from the city of San Bernardino, was arrested for commercial burglary, possession of a concealed firearm, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a controlled substance, giving false identity information to a peace officer and for several outstanding warrants, including a no-bail warrant for being a Parolee-at-Large.

Follow-up investigation by detectives from the Irwindale Police Department connected Butkiewicz to a previous burglary to a storage unit at the same facility in mid-March.  Using information obtained during this arrest, detectives were able to locate and impound the vehicle used in the March burglary.

Butkiewicz was booked at the West Covina City Jail, where he is being held on $50,000.00 bail and a hold from the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitations. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to Detective Manuel Campos by phone at (626) 430-2239 or by email at 

Media Contact:

Detective Sergeant Rudy Gatto, Public Information Officer

Phone: (626) 430-2245 / Email:

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