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Door-To-Door Salesman Arrested For Arson And Brass Knuckles

An 18-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested by police for setting fire to a Pringles can in an alley near Alameda Avenue and Shelton St. on Wednesday, April 23. Around 8:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area when a neighborhood resident called in to alert police.

BPD police Car Logo-2The suspect, Brian Parker, had been going door-to-door in the neighborhood selling chocolates when a resident witnessed him set fire to an item of trash in the alley, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

The witness ran outside, stomped out the fire and watched the suspect walk to the nearby El Pollo Loco at 1150 W. Alameda Avenue, added Ryburn.

Police, following a clear description from the witness, found the suspect at El Pollo Loco. While talking with Parker, officers noticed small burn marks on the table at which he was sitting. It looked like he had lit small pieces of paper on fire on the tabletop and let them burn, said Ryburn.

Parker told police he had been dropped off in the area to sell chocolates as a door-to-door salesman by a company that was not identified in the police report.

Police arrested Parker for arson and possession of metal knuckles. He remains in custody at the Burbank Jail on a $50,000 bail. He is due in court tomorrow.

“It’s things like this, where our neighbors get involved and call us, that is so helpful,” stressed Ryburn. “The witness gave us a good description and watched where the suspect went.”

“We have to thank our residents for being observant,” Ryburn commented.

Burbank Police Department Tests ‘Coffee With A Cop’ Program

On Tuesday, April 22, members of the Burbank Police Department COPS Bureau offered free coffee to the public in front of Priscilla’s, Burbank’s oldest coffee house, for the new “Coffee With A Cop’ program.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The COPS (Community Outreach Policing) Bureau officers, along with a slew of community volunteers, greeted passersby and those interested in talking with BPD officers. They answered questions on a one-to-one basis in a test program to connect better with the public.

Patrol officers also stopped by and answered questions, including those about reports of residential burglaries that have been occurring in a certain neighborhood in town. Another question by a resident was regarding a traffic problem they have been experiencing and wanted to know who to direct the question to within the city.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse stopped by along with Elise Stearn-Niesen a member of Burbank’s Police Commission, to answer questions. They also thanked the owners of Priscilla’s for offering their restaurant for the inaugural Coffee with a Cop program.

The outreach program has been tested with great success in other cities. It’s another way to reach out to the public and be able to answer specific questions along with handing out crime prevention materials. The Department plans to make this a monthly event.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hoof and Woof Walk Brings out Hundreds with Their Pets

This past weekend the Burbank Police Foundation hosted the Second Annual Hoof and Woof Walk fundraiser at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Hundreds of people took advantage of the perfect weather on Saturday, April 19, and participated in the event with their own dogs and horses.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The day had plenty of events including a walk through the Equidome with dogs and horses. Demonstrations were put on by Burbank’s two K-9 handlers with their K-9 partners Kimo and Stevo. Burbank’s lone Equestrian Unit gave demonstrations and let everyone pet the horse.

There were sponsors from several animal-related business, along with Burbank-based businesses and pet rescue organizations.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The funds raised from Saturday’s event will supplement the budgets for the Burbank Police Department’s K-9 and Equestrian Units.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)



Three Arrested After Traffic Stop For Stolen Property

Three people were arrested for possession of stolen property along with other charges after police stopped their 2007 Toyota four-door at 1:00 a.m. Friday, April 18.

An officer on patrol noticed the vehicle driving without lights in the area of Burbank Boulevard and Hollywood Way and conducted a traffic stop, said Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department.

BPD Patch -1A policeJoshua Marsh, age 29 and a Los Angeles resident, Richard Newquist, age 30 and a resident of North Hollywood, and Cindy Kaestle, age 54 and a Saugus resident, were all arrested, while the driver of the vehicle, Marsh, was also taken into custody on a “Parolee at Large” warrant.

“While contacting the driver, the officer smelled burnt marijuana coming from the interior of the car,” said Ruiz. The officer saw a bag containing suspected marijuana on the back seat next to Newquist.

At this point, the front passenger, Kaestle, “became upset and began to move around and yell while in the vehicle against the directions of the officers not to move around. She was asked to exit the car,” explained Ruiz.

“Once outside the car, Kaestle was asked if she had any illegal contraband on her person. She denied possession of anything while reaching into her pocket and removing a glass pipe used to ingest narcotics,” continued Ruiz. “She threw the pipe on the floor in an attempt to break it, but it did not shatter. She attempted to stomp on it, but the officers moved her away.”

Kaestle resisted the officer’s attempts to arrest her but she was eventually taken into custody. A search of her person resulted in the recovery of suspected methamphetamine from her brassiere, added Ruiz.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of tools similar to those used to commit burglaries. Several items of value were located in the trunk which appeared to be stolen including an amplifier, cell phones, gun cases, jewelry and a computer.

Marsh, Newquist and Kaestle were all arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property and booked at the BPD Jail. Kaestle was also arrested on multiple drugs charges.

Marsh is being held on the outstanding parole warrant. Newquist and Kaestle’s bails were both set at $20,000.

Three Arrested On Prostitution Charges Near Extended Stay

Three people were arrested for conspiracy and loitering with intent to commit prostitution at 2:10 p.m. Saturday afternoon, April 19. Jeremiah Ignont, male age 24, Michelle Lindley, female age 26, and Jennifer O’Keefe, female age 29, all from National City, CA, were arrested in the parking lot of the Extended Stay America hotel.

BPD New Police Car -2A police officer patrolling the Empire Center noticed a black SUV parked away from the local businesses with expired registration tags, according to Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department.

“The officer, based on his training and experience in burglaries and vehicle thefts, finds this suspicious,” explained Ruiz.

The officer contacts Ignont and O’Keefe who are in the vehicle and he smells the odor of marijuana coming from inside the SUV. Ignont consents to a search, which results in the recovery of a large amount of U.S. currency from his shorts.

A further search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of condoms, lingerie, high heels and similar items, added Ruiz. “O’Keefe was also dressed in very provocative clothing.”

Ignont and O’Keefe told the officer they were waiting for a third person, later identified as Lindley, who was in Target. However, Lindley exited the Extended Stay and walked to them, continued Ruiz.

“The officer’s investigation led him to believe that Ignont, O’Keefe and Lindley were involved in prostitution activity,” said Ruiz.

All three were arrested on prostitution related charges and booked at the Burbank Jail. Each suspect’s bail was set at $2000.

Police Investigate Threats Made At Burroughs High School

Burbank police officers investigated alleged threats made at Burroughs High School on Wednesday, April 16, after a teacher from the local high school went in to the BPD office to report her concerns around 7:45 p.m.

BPD New Police Car -2“The student apparently was upset over being disciplined and made some comments regarding people dying the following day,” said Sgt. Darin Ryburn in an official community bulletin released by the Burbank Police Department on Thursday, April 17.

Officers immediately followed up on the report and contacted the suspect, a 15-year-old male, at his residence in Burbank.

“The suspect was cooperative during the investigation. Their investigation found no evidence of any plans for carrying out his threats, or the presence of any weapons,” the release stated.

The suspect’s name is not being release due to his age and he was not booked on any criminal charges.

According to the statement, “the case has been assigned to a Burbank Detective for further investigation and consideration of possible criminal charges. California Penal Code section 422 (Criminal Threats), does not require actually carrying out a threat to be considered a crime. The school district could take administrative action against the student, independent of the criminal investigation.”

Unconfirmed reports said Burbank police may have investigated possible threats made by a Muir Middle School student via social media on Thursday, April 16, around 3:00 p.m. When asked about that report, Officer Joshua Kendrick had no information on any such report.

Brother Arrested For Assault With Deadly Weapon After Fight

One brother was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon after a fight with his brother on Sunday, April 13. Fifty-two-year-old Larry Thomsen was arrested on the 200 block of W. Cedar Avenue at 1:20 a.m. after police were dispatched to check on a possible fight at a residence.

BPD police Car Logo-2When officers arrived, they saw a male victim, age 58, holding the left side of his face and bleeding from a one-inch laceration above his left eyebrow, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. The victim is the suspect’s older brother.

The victim told police he was struck by a metallic object, which officers later recovered. They also found blood inside the residence. The type of metallic object was not disclosed.

Paramedics responded and treated the victim at the scene.

The fight occurred because the victim told the suspect he wasn’t going to give him a ride to pick up an undisclosed item, said Ryburn. The fight included pushing and shoving inside the residence.

Thomsen was booked at the Burbank Jail and his bail was set at $30,000.

Man Arrested For Armed Robbery After Repeated Attempts At CVS

Burbank police arrested 25-year-old Thomas Taylor of Los Angeles on Monday, April 7, for armed robbery. Officers stopped Taylor as he was exiting CVS at 511 Hollywood Way around 4:00 a.m., as they were responding to a call about a third attempt by the same suspect to take prescription medication from the pharmacy while brandishing a knife.

BPD New Police Car -2The male suspect first displayed a large knife and demanded a bottle of Xanax from the CVS pharmacist on duty at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

In that incident, the female pharmacist ran to the back of the pharmacy and the suspect, described at that time as a male, white and approximately 25 years old, left the drugstore.

Just a few hours later, at 5:40 a.m. on Sunday, April 6, officers were called to CVS for a suspect matching the description of the suspect in the first attempted armed robbery.

The male pharmacist on duty was aware of the attempt from the previous evening. When the suspect approached the counter and demanded a bottle of Xanax, the pharmacist ran to the back of the room.

The suspect, later identified as Taylor, climbed over the gate to the secure area. The pharmacist, fearing for his safety, pointed to the shelf containing Xanax, explained Ryburn.

Taylor then picked up one bottle of Alprazolam (generic for Xanax), climbed over the security gate and walked out of the store.

On Monday, April 7, at 3:57 a.m., officers were dispatched to a theft in progress call at the same CVS, with the suspect demanding narcotics from the pharmacist on duty. When the pharmacist didn’t give the suspect the narcotics, he left the drugstore.

The suspect was identified as the same suspect from the previous two incidents and officers contacted the suspect, Taylor, as he exited the store, said Ryburn.

Taylor was arrested for commercial burglary and armed robbery and booked at the Burbank Jail with a bail of $50,000. Taylor was released on April 8 and is due in court on April 29 to answer the charges.

Two Arrested At Safari Inn On Identity Theft And Drugs Charges

Two people were arrested by Burbank police at the Safari Inn on Wednesday, April 9, for burglary, identity theft and drugs charges. Stephen Min of Alhambra and Lisa Han of Porter Ranch, both 34 years old, were in a guest room at Olive Avenue hotel when officers arrived to investigate charges of fraudulent credit card use.

BPD New Police Car -2Burbank police received a call from Antioch Police Department, located where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers meet east of San Francisco. A woman in the area had reported three fraudulent charges to APD, all made at the Safari Inn in Burbank, located at 1911 W. Olive Avenue, on Tuesday, April 8.

Burbank officers called the Safari Inn and verified the fraudulent charges, said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. Officers were told the room was still occupied.

Police went to the location, and based on the fact the room was paid for using a stolen credit card, contacted the occupants of the room in question. When police officers explained their visit, the male suspect attempted to close the door but was unable to do so.

Officers detained the male and female occupants of the room, later identified as Min and Han. While talking with the suspects, officers noticed several pieces of mail in the room with a different female names from the name Han gave police, added Ryburn.

Drug paraphernalia, including a pipe, was also seen in the room.

Additional personal identifying information was recovered from the white Toyota Camry Min and Han had parked at the hotel. The vehicle was impounded.

BPD has confirmed three different victims of identity theft connected to Min and Han’s arrest, said Ryburn.

Min and Han were each arrested on five charges connected to burglary, identity theft and drugs. Their bail was set at $250,000 each and they were booked at the Burbank Jail. Min and Han are due in court tomorrow, April 10.

Burbank Man Arrested For Drug Possession At Jail

Burbank Police arrested Vartan Samani, a 37-year-old resident of Burbank, for charges related to possession of methamphetamine, including a charge for bringing drugs into the Burbank Jail, on Thursday, April 3.

BPD Patch -1A policeOfficers on patrol near the 300 block of E. Elmwood Avenue first spotted Samani in the area just before 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

“The officers were aware that Samani was on current probation with search and seizure,” commented Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department.

When officers approached Samani, he allegedly dropped a container containing suspected methamphetamine and a search of his person resulted in the recovery of narcotics paraphernalia and marijuana, added Ruiz.

Samani was arrested and transported to the Burbank Jail.

“During a booking search, the officers recovered a straw with suspected methamphetamine hidden on his person,” said Ruiz.

Samani was then booked for violations of 11377(A) HS, 11365 HS and 4573.6 PC. His bail was set at $25,000.