A 62-year-old man, nicknamed the “Two O’Clock Rock” burglar because of the more than 70 commercial burglaries in Los Angeles he was linked to, was arrested last week, authorities said Thursday.
Rueben Virgil Newhouse was taken into custody on March 1 after a concerned citizen reported a cash register dumped on a sidewalk, police said.
He faces 23 counts of second-degree burglary.
Newhouse allegedly targeted dozens of small businesses in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley from October 2020 to February 2022. His criminal history dates back to 1977 and he has been subject to “numerous” burglary and drug arrests, authorities said at a news conference.
This includes 20 felony arrests, eight felony convictions and eight misdemeanors. He was released from parole in July 2021, months after committing the first in a string of burglaries, police said.
He has been on parole “from time to time” four times, authorities said.
Police nicknamed Newhouse the burglar “Two O’Clock Rock” because he allegedly committed his crimes between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. He would enter a business using a rock or hammer to smash the glass door or window, police said.
He always wore a mask and gloves.
Police used surveillance footage from 23 of the 26 robberies to identify Newhouse and authorities used “old-fashioned detective work” to track him down, they said.
Newhouse is estimated to have caused more than $200,000 in theft of money and property damage to small business owners.
Newhouse is being held in the Los Angeles County Jail on $505,000 bond.
New York Post