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LAPD Sergeant Charged in Second Burglary Case

SAN BERNARDINO - LAPD Sergeant Lucien Daigle has been charged in a second case of burglary after his arrest last week in Highland.

Daigle's lawyer, Pasadena-based Ira Salzman, said Friday evening that his client plans to resign from the Los Angeles Police Department.

"He intends to submit his resignation and realizes that he has to separate himself from the department," Salzman said by telephone.

Daigle was arrested for a second time on Jan. 24 in Highland on suspicion of residential burglary, while he was out of custody on his first case, also a burglary, on Oct. 23 in Mentone.

An 18-year veteran of LAPD, Daigle appeared on both burglary cases Friday before Judge Bridgid McCann in San Bernardino Superior Court.

"It's sad that an otherwise good person has ended up in this situation," Salzman said. Daigle is on leave from the department.

The defense lawyer said he could not discuss the newest case against his client, which was filed Jan. 26 in San Bernardino Superior Court. Salzman substituted Friday for the public defender in the second case, and he had not yet seen any police reports, he said.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Daigle at 8:54 p.m. on Jan. 24 on Cloverhill Drive, north of Base Line in Highland, according to sheriff's inmate logs. He remains in custody at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

Bail was increased to $250,000, from the $125,000 bail set in Daigle's first case, prosecutors said.

Daigle, 44, is accused of taking a mountain bike valued at more than $950 from a Highland residence, according to the criminal complaint. Prosecutors have alleged that a person was present at the time of the burglary.

In the Highland case, the defendant has been charged with first-degree burglary and grand theft of personal property, according to the complaint.

However, Deputy District Attorney Jamie Adams explained the second count is "in the alternative," and both counts apply to the same act.

Adams had no comment about Daigle's new case.

Daigle's first case in Mentone made national news after authorities reported that the victim had doused a man who burglarizing her home with an ultra-powerful, pepper spray bear repellant.

Prosecutors allege Daigle broke into an apartment on Oct. 23 in the 8900 block of Tres Lagos Drive. A woman confronted a stranger in her home when she returned from walking her dogs, authorities said.

The man fled after being sprayed with the repellant.

Minutes later, deputies responding to a car crash in Highland smelled the extra-strong spray and found items from the burglary inside the car, authorities said.

Daigle is charged with one count of burglary in the Mentone case. He returns to court March 5 on both cases.

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