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Burbank Man Arrested After Hot Prowl Incident

Burbank Police responded to a “hot prowl” call from a resident on the 4300 block of Sarah St. at 2:24 a.m. on the morning of Friday, February 28. Gregory DiCarlo, a 26-year-old resident of Burbank, was ultimately arrested on several misdemeanor charges after police arrived and took him into custody.

The resident had been awakened by someone in his home, early Friday morning. The resident fled the apartment and called police from outside, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

After police arrived on the scene and as they were approaching the front door, the door opened and the suspect, DiCarlo, exited the residence with his hands held up in the air. During the time that officers had DiCarlo in custody, they noticed he exhibited signs of intoxication. DiCarlo was arrested for being drunk in public, a misdemeanor charge.

DiCarlo had broken in the door to gain entry to the home, breaking the door locking mechanism and the door jamb in the process. The victim also placed DiCarlo under citizen’s arrest on vandalism and trespassing charges.

The suspect thought the residence was his own apartment due to his intoxicated state, explained Ryburn. DiCarlo was cited for the three misdemeanors and released.

District Attorney Files Charges Against Driver Who Struck Child

The District Attorney filed four charges, including three felonies, against Meagan Booth, age 28 and a Lancaster resident, today, February 26. Booth was arrested for DUI and hit and run after she struck a five-year-old boy crossing Victory Blvd. at Fairview St. with his grandmother on Monday, February 24.

BPD New Police Car -2Booth’s two-year-old child was also in the vehicle at the time of the accident, said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

The City Attorney filed a misdemeanor charge for child endangerment and three felony charges related to DUI, DUI with injury and failure of a driver to stop at the scene of an injury accident.

Booth was arrested and booked at the Burbank Jail and her bail was set at $100,000.

The injured five-year-old boy is doing okay, added Ryburn.

Semi Truck Runs Over Bike On Freeway Causing Large Fuel Spill

The Burbank Fire Department responded to a reported motorcycle down at the intersection of Buena Vista St. and San Fernando Blvd. near the railroad tracks on Tuesday evening, February 25. When they arrived on scene, the motorcyclist righted the bike and fled the scene.

Fire Fighters rush to stop a diesel fuel spill from a side tank after the semi truck ran over a bike on the Northbound I-5 around Scott Road, came off the freeway and stopped on Glenoaks near Buena Vista. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters rush to stop a diesel fuel spill from a side tank after the semi truck ran over a bike on the Northbound I-5 around Scott Road, came off the freeway and stopped on Glenoaks near Buena Vista. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Firefighters from Engine 13 discovered a trail of spilled diesel fuel on San Fernando Blvd. running all the way to Glenoaks Blvd., where they found a semi truck parked north of the intersection with diesel fuel spilling from the right saddle tank. Firefighters attempted to plug the leak with a redwood plug but the leak’s location prohibited use of the plug.

Firefighters requested Burbank’s Haz Mat 12  to assist with absorbent and parts to seal the leaking fuel. Quick thinking and several different materials and attempts took some time but the firefighters were able to stop the leak. About only 20 gallons of fuel was able to be recovered. Burbank Public Service was called out with a dump truck of sand to cover the remaining fuel on the ground.

Burbank responded a full Hazmat response to assist with diking and cleanup of some of the fuel that pooled when the truck finally stopped. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank responded a full Hazmat response to assist with diking and cleanup of some of the fuel that pooled when the truck finally stopped. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The California Highway Patrol responded to take a report, as the incident occurred on the freeway. Officers discovered several gallons of spilled diesel on the freeway, requiring CHP to request CalTrans for a cleanup.

The street in the area of the fuel spill may be very slippery over the next couple of days, especially with the impending rain.

The Burbank Police Department assisted with traffic direction around the spilled fuel while the trucks were on Glenoaks Blvd.

No further information is available on the fallen motorcycle on the freeway, the incident with the semi truck or how the motorcycle was removed from Buena Vista St. and San Fernando Blvd. at this time.

Fire Fighters saved several gallons and returned the fuel to another truck. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fire Fighters saved several gallons and returned the fuel to another truck. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fuel Spill on Glenoaks -4

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)






Woman Arrested For DUI Following Felony Hit And Run Of Child

A five-year-old boy was struck by a hit and run driver while crossing the intersection at Fairview St. and Victory Blvd. with his grandmother Monday, February 24, at approximately 1:00 p.m. Officers responded to the call about a child “reported down in the street, bleeding from the mouth,” said Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department.

The child and his grandmother were crossing Victory Blvd. southbound on Fairview, when the suspect’s vehicle entered the intersection heading westbound on Victory and struck the child, according to Ruiz.

“The suspect stopped briefly, failed to render any aid and fled,” Ruiz added. “A witness who was passing through the intersection observed the incident and followed the suspect.”

The suspect fled the scene, continuing westbound on Victory Boulevard. A witness followed the suspect vehicle to the 7-Eleven at Hollywood Way and Victory. Unconfirmed reports say multiple witnesses blocked the suspect’s vehicle from leaving the area.

The injured child was responsive and appeared to have only minor injuries, said Ruiz. The boy was transported to L.A. Children’s Hospital for further evaluation.

Police officers responded to the 7-Eleven and arrested the female driver of the suspect vehicle, Meagan Booth, age 28 and a resident of Lancaster. She was charged with felony DUI and felony hit and run and was booked at the Burbank Jail.

Booth’s bail was set at $100,000. No further information is available at this time, according to police.

Third Row Seat Thieves Strike Again

Four separate instances of third row seats begin stolen from large SUVs were reported recently, said Burbank Police. Similar entries to the vehicles were made and the thefts were from two separate locations.

Between 11:00 p.m. February 13 and noon on Friday, February 14, a GMC Yukon’s rear glass door was pried open and the third row seat taken while the vehicle was parked at 2200 Empire Avenue.

Between 8:00 p.m. February 13 and 8:00 a.m. February 14, a Chevy Suburban’s rear glass door was also pried open and third row seat stolen as it was parked on the 2100 block of Empire Avenue.

On February 16, a tan 2007 GMC Yukon had its driver’s door lock punched out and third row seat taken between 6:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. while it was parked at 133 E. Orange Grove Avenue.

During the same time period, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., on February 16, a silver 2007 Chevy Suburban parked at 501 N. Third St. also had its driver door punched and third row seat stolen.

Because of the similar times, locations and methods of entry, it is possible the same suspects are responsible for all four burglaries, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

Backing into a spot is one way to prevent thieves from taking the third row seat from a large SUV, he added.

No suspects or suspect vehicle descriptions are available at this time.


Six Auto Burglaries Wednesday Evening May Be Related

On Wednesday, February 19, six auto burglaries occurring between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. were reported to Burbank Police. Several happened in the downtown Burbank area and while others stretch from Olive Ave. and Buena Vista St. to the Burbank hillside community.

“Due to the short time period and the similar M.O., it appears the same suspects could be involved,” commented Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. Rear or side windows were smashed in five of the six burglaries so thieves could gain entry to the vehicles.

Three auto burglaries were reported in the downtown Burbank area. Between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, a 2011 black Chevy Tahoe parked at 148 E. Orange Grove Ave. had a backpack with a handgun, two cameras and miscellaneous papers taken.

Between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., a computer case containing a MacBook Pro, an iPad and computer cables was taken from a 2013 green Ford Focus parked at 107 S. First Street. At 250 N. First St., an iPad and three cases of San Antonio wine were taken from a 2012 blue Toyota Camry between 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.

Near Olive Ave, and Buena Vista St, between 8:20 and 9:45 p.m., a white Chevy Suburban parked at 2828 W. Olive Ave. was broken into an a briefcase containing miscellaneous papers taken. During the same time period, at 2825 W. Olive Ave, a backpack was taken from a 2014 black Cadillac four door vehicle. Officers conducting an area check after the report did find the backpack nearby and was returned to the victim, who reported nothing missing.

Also that evening between 7:25 and 8:35 p.m., a 2009 gray Toyota Camry parked at 2850 Haven Way was broken into and a blue purse and its contents including a wallet with driver’s license and credit cards was stolen.

There has been an uptick in the number of reported auto burglaries, especially in the downtown area, noted Ryburn, with 22 reported auto burglaries and thefts from vehicles in that area alone since January 1.

Throughout the city, vehicles with visible items appear to be easy targets for thieves, as vehicle burglaries have been reported from all corners and neighborhoods of Burbank.

Burbank Police ask for anyone who may have noticed suspicious persons or vehicles at the described locations and times to contact the department at 818-238-3210.


Burbank Police Arrest Two Connected To 15 Residential Burglaries

Two transients were arrested by Burbank Police on charges related to at least 15 residential burglaries in Burbank during the past three weeks. Nicholas Caves, age 25, and his girlfriend and alleged accomplice, Tabitha Gallagher, age 24, were taken into custody on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

“Burbank residents experienced a recent rash of residential and garage burglaries,” commented Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. “There have been fifteen reports, primarily of theft of power tools, computers, and sound equipment, in just the past three weeks.”

“Through our investigation of these thefts and with the assistance of evidence recovered by our forensic specialists, a suspect was identified,” added Ryburn.

Police obtained an arrest warrant and when Caves went in to the BPD station on Monday, February 17, for another matter, he was arrested on residential burglary charges that afternoon.

Investigators continued to work on the cases and identified another suspect, Gallagher. She was arrested without incident in the area of the 1300 block of N. Beachwood Drive on Tuesday, February 18.

“A large amount of stolen property was recovered from several locations in the city after the arrest of both suspects,” Ryburn said.

Fifteen separate victims have been identified and Burbank police are in the process of notifying the victims and returning the stolen items to their rightful owners. BPD is also working with other area law enforcement agencies to see if some of their unresolved garage and residential burglaries may be connected.

Caves was arraigned yesterday, February 19, in Burbank Superior Court and continues to be held without bail.

Gallagher is being held on a felony warrant for possession of stolen property and residential burglary and is due in court today, February 20. Her bail is set at $26,000.

Marijuana Grow Operation Raided And One Arrested

A “very sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operation with over 200 plants in various stages of growth” was raided on Friday, February 14, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

Arsen Grigoryevich Sarkisyan, age 39 and a Burbank resident, was arrested for violating section 11358 of the California Health Code. He was booked at the Burbank Jail and his bail is set at $30,000.

Narcotics officers received a tip about a possible marijuana grow near 129 and 131 E. Prospect Avenue, in an industrial area near San Fernando Blvd. and Alameda Avenue. Narcotics investigators and patrol officers served the warrant on February 14 at 3:30 p.m., arresting Sarkisyan.

All the marijuana plants were seized and brought to the station, added Ryburn.

Burbank Man Arrested For DUI After Injury Accident

Joseph Valento, Jr., age 41 and a Burbank resident, was arrested on Friday, February 14, for DUI causing bodily injury to another person after an accident in the area of Bethany Road and Glenoaks Blvd. at approximately 6:15 p.m. that evening.

Burbank Police officers in the area at the time observed smoke coming from a vehicle that had just been in an accident. At the scene, officers interviewed both Valento, the driver of a Chevy Silverado, and the driver of the red Subaru Forester SUV.

According to the driver of the Forester, he had been stopped at a red light and was suddenly rear-ended by the driver of the Silverado, said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

The Forester sustained damaged to the rear end of the vehicle and its driver complained of lower back pain. The injured driver told officers he would seek his own medical treatment, added Ryburn.

Valento “failed to satisfactorly pass a field sobriety test,” commented Ryburn.

Valento is the son of retired Burbank Police Captain Joseph Valento, Sr., and brother to Anthony Valento, also a Burbank Police officer who has been on administrative leave after recently pleading not guilty to federal corruption charges.

Valento was charged with violating section 23153 (A) of the California Vehicle Code and was transferred to L.A. County Jail. His bail was set at $100,000.

Digital Camera, iPad And Flat Screen Among Items Taken In Daytime Burglary

A digital camera, two camera lenses, an iPad, a Sony Playstation 3 and a 29″ flat screen television were reported stolen in a daytime burglary from a residence on the 1700 block of Scott Road on Wednesday, February 12. Sometime between the hours of 5:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., the unknown thieves entered the residence, possibly through an unlocked window, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

When the resident returned at 5:00 p.m., the victim noticed several items missing and the house had been gone through. There are no suspects or vehicle descriptions at this time, and Burbank Police ask for anyone who may have noticed something unusual in the area during the daytime of February 12 to contact the department at 818-238-3210.