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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.

 

Human Remains Found Near Stough Canyon Nature Center

A city worker found skeletal human remains Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1:20 p.m. in a stretch of rough terrain between the entrance gates to Stough Canyon and the Nature Center. The remains were found off the side of the road in the bushes somewhere along the quarter-mile road between the gates and the Nature Center itself, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

Burbank Police and the L.A. County Coroner’s office responded to the area Tuesday afternoon, February 11. Although forensic work came to an end overnight, the area was blocked off. L.A. County cadaver dogs were taken to the area Wednesday morning, February 12, added Ryburn. No other evidence, including clothing, was found at the scene.

“We don’t know if the skeletal remains are male or female,” commented Ryburn. He added that it will take some time, possibly up to three or more weeks, for the L.A. County Coroner to positively identify the human remains.

Fake Beard Bandit Apprehended After Police Investigation

UPDATE (10:45 a.m. February 11): According to Sgt. Ryburn, astute police work by a patrol officer led to catching suspect Joshua Boston in the act at the second gas station robbery; the officer realized the Fake Beard Bandit had hit the same gas station at 439 W. Alameda again and went to the other location of a previous Fake Beard Bandit robbery, catching the suspect as he left the scene at 2501 W. Olive Avenue.

According to Ryburn, the officer witnessed the suspect get into the driver’s side of a running dark gray vehicle and got a partial license plate. Some evidence was left at the second scene. Forensics specialists and investigators worked through the night to determine Boston as the suspected Fake Beard Bandit. Detectives went to his residence at 231 W. Tujunga with arrest and search warrants and were able to arrest Boston without incident Monday afternoon.

Burbank Police are working with the FBI and surrounding law enforcement agencies to determine if Boston and the Fake Beard Bandit are connected to other armed robberies. Boston is due in court Wednesday, February 12. It is the policy of the Burbank Police Department to not release booking photos, except for special circumstances.

After two more reportedly armed robberies on Sunday evening, February 9, Joshua Boston, age 24 and a Burbank resident, was arrested by Burbank Police on Monday February 10 at approximately 3:20 p.m. Boston, also called the Fake Beard Bandit, is suspected of committing six robberies or attempted robberies of Burbank businesses since January 5.

Burbank Police recover physical and forensic evidence from the Chevron Gas Station located at Olive Ave & Buena Vista. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police recover physical and forensic evidence from the Chevron Gas Station located at Olive Ave & Buena Vista. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, Boston allegedly robbed the Chevron gas station at Main St. and Alameda Avenue, which had been robbed by the Fake Beard Bandit a few weeks previously. While police investigated the scene, the suspect allegedly drove to the Chevron at Buena Vista St. and Olive Avenue and attempted to rob that gas station.

“A patrol officer contacted a suspect during the commission of an attempted robbery at the Chevron gas station located at Olive Avenue and Buena Vista Street,” commented Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. “When confronted by the officer, the suspect fled to a running vehicle he had left in the area. Burbank Police investigators and forensic specialists responded to the scene and worked throughout the night.”

Location of first robbery Sunday night Chevron located at Alameda Ave. and Main Street. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Location of first robbery Sunday night Chevron located at Alameda Ave. and Main Street. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The police investigation identified Boston as a suspect in this string of robberies and obtained a warrant for his arrest as well as a search warrant for his residence. In many of the alleged armed robberies, the suspect wore an obviously fake, thick, full dark beard several inches in length.

While there were no reported injuries related to these incidents, the suspect was reported to have brandished or threatened the clerk with a weapon, added Ryburn. Based on the description provided by victims and witnesses, the same suspect was believed to have been responsible for these crimes.

Burbank Police Forensic Specialist Victoria Payson removes forensic evidence from robbery location at the Chevron Alameda Ave. and Main Street.  ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Forensic Specialist Victoria Payson removes forensic evidence from robbery location at the Chevron Alameda Ave. and Main Street. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When Burbank Police located the suspect’s residence, he appeared to not be home but the department used resources to determine Boston remained in the area. When Boston returned to his home on Monday afternoon, February 10, officers took him into custody. Boston was booked at the Burbank Jail and his bail is set at $1,000,000.

Photographer Ross A. Benson contributed to this report.

Chevron Station Mini Mart at Alameda Ave. and Main Street. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chevron Station Mini Mart at Alameda Ave. and Main Street. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Forensic Specialist Victoria Payson records photographic evidence of robbery location at the Chevron Olive & Buena Vista. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Forensic Specialist Victoria Payson records photographic evidence of robbery location at the Chevron Olive & Buena Vista. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Two Residential Burglary Reports Filed

Two more reports of residential burglary were reported over the weekend. Overnight from Friday, February 7 at 7:20 p.m. until 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 8, unknown suspect(s) stole numerous items including two antique shotguns, from an apartment on the 600 block of E. Palm Avenue. The suspect pried the front door to enter the apartment and ransacked the residence.

From 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, until 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 9, an unknown suspect entered the unlocked side door of a garage on the 1300 block of N. Lamer St. and took a set of golf clubs.

While violent Part One crimes such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault are down, property crimes such as arson, burglary, theft and vehicle theft “remain a concern of the department,” according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

“We’re hoping for stronger involvement by people in protecting their homes and vehicles and by being good witnesses and observant of their surroundings. In turn, this will help reduce the opportunity for property crimes and theft,” Ryburn said.

Two Auto Burglaries Reported Over The Weekend

On Saturday, February 8, two auto burglaries were reported, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. No suspect information is available.

At 6:49 a.m. on the 400 block of N. Reese Place, an unknown suspect entered a Fed Ex truck while it was parked at the curb. The suspect stole four packages that were in the truck for delivery and a Fed Ex scanner that was inside the truck.

Sometime between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. that same day, thieves smashed the right rear passenger window in a 2007 beige Toyota and stole a box of speakers. The vehicle was parked in the Islands Parking lot on the 100 block of E. Orange Grove Avenue.