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Two 18 Year-old Burbank Residents Arrested for Stealing Packages from Porch

On July 18, 2017, at about 3:10 P.M., Burbank Police responded to the 600 block of South Griffith Drive to investigate two packages stolen from the front porches of two different homes. A witness reported seeing two males stealing the packages and then running from the area.

When police officers arrived, they located and detained two men who matched the description provided by the witness. The men were out of breath and admitted to police officers that they’d just stolen packages from nearby homes.

During the investigation, police officers learned the suspects had stolen a package from one home, carried it away, and then left it behind before stealing a second package from another home.

The suspects have been identified as Sage Del Castillo, an 18-year-old resident of Burbank and Angel Herrera, who is also 18 from Burbank. During a search, a portable GPS device was found in Herrera’s possession. Herrera admitted to stealing the GPS device from an unlocked vehicle earlier in the day. Both were placed under arrest and booked into the Burbank City Jail.

On July 19, the Burbank City Attorney’s Office filed two counts each of petty theft and receiving stolen property against Del Castillo and Herrera. They both appeared before a judge in the Burbank Courthouse and pled no contest to the charges, accepting responsibility for the crimes. Since neither suspect had any prior criminal history, both qualified for a court diversion program consisting of community service and informal probation.

Burbank Police Seek Public’s Input for CALEA Re-Accreditation

Since 2014, the Burbank Police Department has been recognized as an accredited law enforcement agency by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®). Achieving this accreditation requires voluntary compliance with over 480 law enforcement standards established by CALEA® based on best practices.

The Burbank Police Department is seeking re-accreditation by CALEA® and is scheduled for an upcoming on-site assessment. Verification by the Assessment Team that the Burbank Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of the voluntary process to achieve law enforcement accreditation—a highly valued recognition of public safety professional excellence.

“CALEA accreditation demonstrates the Department’s commitment to excellence and professionalism and is intended to increase community and staff confidence in the Department,” said Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse.

The CALEA® on-site assessment will occur during the week of July 24, 2017. Once assessors complete the review of the Department, they will report back to the full Commission which will decide if the Burbank Police Department is to be granted re-accreditation. The accreditation is for a three year period, during which the Department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited.

As part of the on-site assessment, Department employees and members of the public are invited to attend a Public Information Session to offer comments. The Public Information Session will be held on July 24, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in the City of Burbank Community Services Building, Room #104, which is located at 150 North Third Street in Burbank.

Copies of the standards with which the Burbank Police Department must comply will be available at the front counter of the Burbank Police Department and electronically via www.burbankpd.org.

Questions about the Burbank Police Department’s accreditation process may be directed to the Department’s Accreditation Manager, Captain Armen Dermenjian, at (818) 238-3217. For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please contact to the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155, or by phone at (703) 352-4225, or email: calea@calea.org

Police Looking for Walgreens Cigarette Bandits

The Burbank Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying at least three suspects wanted for several thefts of cigarettes from Walgreens stores in the San Fernando Valley, including Burbank.

Since June 7, 2017, mostly in the early morning hours, the suspects pictured below have entered various 24-hour Walgreens locations in Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Arleta and Burbank. Once inside, the suspects have walked behind the cash registers and stolen large quantities of cigarettes. There have been eight reported incidents involving these same suspects with losses reaching into the thousands of dollars.

On June 22, 2017, at about 4:00 A.M., two of the suspects entered the 24-hour Walgreens located at 1028 South San Fernando Boulevard in the City of Burbank. The suspects approached a cashier and demanded that she “stay back” as they selected several packages of cigarettes from behind the counter, shoveling them into a pillow case. The suspects then left the store to a getaway vehicle driven by a third suspect. The car was described as a four door sedan, possibly gray in color.

Police Investigating Attempted Armed Robbery / Home Invasion

Photo By Ross A, Benson

Burbank Police are investigating what could have been a robbery or possibly home invasion that occurred on the 3600 block of Viewcrest Drive in Burbank Saturday night at 10:25.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

According to Sergeant Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department, three men approached a man in his 60’s in his garage, along with several friends. All three suspects were wearing masks and armed with guns.

There was a brief struggle between the suspects and victim, at which point all three suspects ran to a nearby vehicle, described as a dark, 4-door sedan.

Police on the scene that night reported that the suspects had an AK-15, a shotgun and a handgun. It was not reported what was said or demanded by the masked men or if there was any relationship between the suspects and victims.

Viewcrest Drive was also the scene where a brush fire threatened homes recently and residents were evacuated.  It was reported that two homes in the area were burglarized during the evacuations. Police have not said if there is any link between the two incidents and all are still being investigated.

There were no injuries reported at the scene.

Photo By Ross A. Benson


Man Pointed a Replica Gun at Police Before Being Shot

Burbank Police press release:

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

On June 29, 2017, at about 8:35 am, the Burbank Police Department was notified of an officer involved shooting (OIS) involving detectives from the South Pasadena Police Department. The incident occurred in the 1400 block of Broadway, in the City of Burbank.

Burbank Police Department Detectives responded to the scene and initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Members of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office also responded and are working with the Burbank Police Department.

Photo supplied by Burbank Police Department

The South Pasadena Police Department Detectives were at the location investigating an identity theft case. While inside the residence, 41 year-old Marco Cardoza, pointed a handgun at the investigators and an officer involved shooting took place. Cardoza was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured. The suspect’s gun was later determined to be a replica firearm.

The Burbank Police Department is the lead agency in this investigation and will handle all media inquiries related to it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Burbank Police Detective Brent Fekety at (818) 238-3210. If you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” or by using the website www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Pasadena Police Nab Burbank Bank Robber

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The suspect named the “Dual Valley Bandit” was arrested in nearby Pasadena Saturday after committing a robbery at a Wells Fargo Bank.  

The accused bank robber, 41 years old Shownee Smith was responsible for over a dozen bank robberies including one here in Burbank at the US Bank on Olive and Orchard.  Here in Burbank, he handed the teller a note and then fled out of the bank and to his car in the Tally Rand parking lot.  

He was taken into custody without incident in the Wells Fargo Bank robbery.

You Can Now Report Crimes Online to Burbank Police

The Burbank Police Department is pleased to announce the newest addition to their online services at www.BurbankPD.org: the Online Police Reporting System. Citizens can now access the Online Police Reporting System free of charge, which allows the public to submit certain qualifying incident reports directly to the Burbank Police Department.

The system can be accessed through the Department’s website under Online Services. Certain criteria must be met in order to file an incident report online, which includes the following:

  • You are not reporting an emergency.
  • The incident occurred within the City of Burbank (which does not include the Cabrini Condominium Complex).
  • The incident did not occur on a freeway.
  • The identity of the suspect(s) is not known.

Only the below-listed crimes or incidents can be reported using the Online Police Reporting System:

  • Graffiti
  • Lost or Stolen License Plates
  • Theft
  • Theft from Motor Vehicle
  • Theft of Bicycle
  • Vandalism

For other incidents not listed above, citizens can continue to file police reports by calling the Burbank Police Department, at (818) 238-3000 (non-emergencies). To report an in-progress emergency, please call 9-1-1.

For more information on the new Online Police Reporting System, visit www.BurbankPD.org and click SUBMIT ONLINE POLICE REPORT under Online Services.

Adult School Students Graduate as Burbank High Prepares For A Change

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Adult School Class of 2017 graduated Wednesday evening in the Luther Middle School Auditorium. There were speeches, scholarships were presented and all the Pomp and Circumstance that those students deserved.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

While across town the Burbank High School football field was being outfitted with a stage, sound system and seating for over 7,000 students and guests.

The school’s administration decided to relocate this year’s graduation exercise from the Starlight Bowl to the school’s football field, saving the school district over $25,000. 

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Logistics have taken months of planning, which included meeting with Crown Development, the owners of the former IKEA site, to use their vacant parking structure to house over 1500 cars.  Meetings were also held with Burbank’s Traffic Engineer and Police Traffic Department to handle the traffic around the school during graduation.

Traffic advisories and postings have been put out that include most streets around the school that  will be closed from 4 pm until 9 pm on Friday.



Have You Seen This Burbank Bank Robber?

The Burbank Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect responsible for a bank robbery at U.S. Bank in Burbank as well as a bank robbery at Wells Fargo in South Pasadena.

Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department

On May 15, 2017, at about 4:20 P.M., a man entered the U.S. Bank branch located at 1750 West Olive Avenue. He approached a bank teller and passed a note demanding cash, threatening to harm people inside the bank if his demands were not met. Fearing for his safety and the safety of others, the bank teller provided the suspect with the money. The suspect then exited the bank on foot and possibly entered a Ford Flex parked nearby.

About 45 minutes later, the same suspect committed a bank robbery in the city of South Pasadena (1000 Fair Oaks Avenue). He again produced a demand note to a Wells Fargo teller and stole money from the bank.

The suspect is described as a male, possibly of Armenian descent. He’s about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing roughly 200 pounds. The suspect was wearing a gray baseball hat with a white stripe along the brim and aviator-style sunglasses. At the time these crimes were committed, the suspect had facial hair. The Ford Flex, which is believed to be the suspect’s vehicle, is black in color with a silver top. It also has a moon roof and aluminum paneling on the tailgate.

Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department

At this time, the total monetary loss is not being disclosed.

Anyone with information about these robberies, or information that might lead to the identity of this suspect is asked to call the Burbank Police Department Detective Bureau, at 818-238-3210. If you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP,” or by using the website www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department

Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department

Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department

Don’t Let Celebrating Cinco De Mayo Land You in Jail

Cinco de Mayo is a time for fun and celebration but sadly, has also become a deadly holiday due to impaired driving-related vehicle collisions.

Each year, thousands of people are killed in
vehicle crashes attributed to drugs and alcohol. Over the years, hundreds of these deaths were a result of impaired driving crashes during the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

(File Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

This weekend, the Burbank Police Department along with police agencies nationwide will
increase patrol efforts to enforce drug and alcohol-related driving offenses.

The purpose of these enforcement efforts is to reduce the amount of alcohol and drug-related vehicle crashes, injuries and deaths. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, education classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment often associated with arrest.

(File Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank PD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those
with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol and/or other
drugs, and can result in a DUI.
The Burbank Police Department would like to remind the community to enjoy and celebrate Cinco de Mayo by enlisting the help of a designated driver.

Plan your sober ride home before the party begins this Cinco de Mayo. Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free nonalcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.
The Burbank Police Department wishes you a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo along with the
California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.”