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Don’t Spend the Holiday Weekend in Jail Because of Drunk Driving

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police were called to Pass Avenue and Hefron Street in the middle of the night Thursday evening after reports that a car came crashing into the apartment complex located on the corner.

The driver was out of the car when police arrived, and he reported he had recently dropped off a friend a couple of blocks away.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The driver appeared not to be injured while he was being administered a field sobriety test. He failed and was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center prior to being booked for drunk driving.

The car received substantial damage while the building only suffered minor damage.

A word to the wise- don’t drink and drive tonight or EVER! Be safe and enjoy your holiday weekend with proper reasoning and judgement.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)



Alert Citizen Reports Suspicious Pair Burglarizing Cars in Downtown

Burbank Police dispatch received a call from a citizen who reported she was witnessing two males burglarizing a couple of cars in the parking structure in the 100 block of East Orange Grove late Friday evening. She supplied the dispatchers a description of the suspects and the SUV they were about to leave in as well as the license plate on the vehicle.

Auto Burg Suspects-4Several Burbank Police units converged on the area within seconds, and one of the patrol officers saw the car matching her description leaving the structure westbound on Orange Grove Avenue heading toward the Northbound I-5 Freeway. While the officers waited until they had enough backup and a helicopter overhead, they initiated a felony traffic stop of the SUV on the Buena Vista off-ramp.

Once the suspects were taken into custody, a visual inspection of the Ford Explorer saw plenty of what appeared to be stolen property inside.Auto Burg Suspects-3

Glendale residents Arman Shakbazyan, 37, and Omanov Djasur, 29, were positively identified by the witness and booked for auto burglary. They are being held at Los Angeles County Jail with a $20,000 bail and will appear in Burbank Court on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

Evidence from the rented Ford Explorer was booked and the vehicle was impounded as well.  Auto Burg Suspects-5Auto Burg Suspects-6


Two Burbank Residential Burglary Suspects Arrested

Two Los Angeles men were arrested for burglary Wednesday afternoon after police stopped their vehicle on Frederic St., south of Magnolia Boulevard and saw women’s purses and two rifles in the back seat, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

Police had been searching the area after two residential burglaries on the 400 block of N. Catalina St. and the 400 block of N. Buena Vista St. were reported earlier in the day. Officers pulled over the suspects’ black Lexus with paper plates, as it matched a witness description of a vehicle from a previous Burbank residential burglary.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The occupants of the black Lexus, Marc Smith, age 21, and Terry Jones, age 24, were arrested for burglary after victims from a nearby residence on the 400 block of N. Catalina St. identified the property in the back seat as items stolen from their home earlier Wednesday, May 28.

“Based on information from previous residential burglaries in the area, we are investigating these suspects’ possible involvement in the recent string of daytime burglaries in the western part of Burbank,” said Ryburn. “Additional charges could be filed.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

At 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the 400 block of N. Catalina for a residential burglary. The victim had been away from her home between 12:30 p.m. and 1:50 p.m. Upon her return, she saw the side door open and the house had been ransacked.

A checkbook, multiple pieces of jewelry and other items were reported stolen. The victim may have left the side door unlocked, through which thieves gained entry.

Officers, detectives and investigators descended upon the area, added Ryburn, to investigate the burglary scene and canvass the area. Police were looking for the suspect vehicle, a black Lexus with paper plates.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Police were also looking for a male Black suspect, who was seen during one of several residential burglaries reported on Monday, May 19, continued Ryburn.

On May 19, homes on the 700 block of N. Ontario and the 300 block of N. Cordova were burglarized. An attempted burglary was made at a home on the 800 block of N. Catalina.

Additionally, a burglary suspect entered a home on the 600 bock of N. Lima on May 19 at 3:15 p.m., but he ran away without taking anything. A 71-year-old woman was at home and heard a knock on the front door and did not answer the door. She then heard the rear sliding door being opened. The woman yelled out and heard the suspect run out of the house, said Ryburn.

Another residential burglary was reported on the 800 block of N. Buena Vista on Tuesday, May 27.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

While police were looking for the residential burglary suspects on Wednesday, May 28, officers responded to a home burglary alarm on the 400 block of N. Buena Vista St. at 2:08 p.m., which had been triggered at 2:00 p.m.

The police airship responded to the location ahead of officers and reported an open window on the south side of the house and a window screen lying on the ground, said Ryburn. Officers cleared the house.

Jewelry, belts and diamond earrings were reported stolen from the Buena Vista house and entry was made through an open window.

Police continued to work both residential burglary sites at Catalina and Buena Vista. A third residential burglary on Niagara Street in the same Magnolia Park neighborhood Wednesday afternoon was unable to be confirmed by police Thursday morning.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

At 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, officers noticed and pulled over the vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description, with Smith and Jones inside, along with the property identified as stolen from the Niagara St. home.

Smith and Jones are being held on $50,000 bail and are due in court tomorrow.

“We are making every attempt to identify and locate property stolen from residents here in Burbank and return items to their rightful owners,” said Ryburn.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Residential Burglary Reported On Buena Vista

Between 4:30 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, a residence on the 800 block of N. Buena Vista was burglarized by unknown suspects.

BPD New Police Car -2Thieves got away with at least nine items of jewelry including diamond and gold pendants, gold and silver rings and gold bracelets, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. They also took an undisclosed amount of cash.

The victim returned home to a ransacked house and called police. The thieves are believed to have made entry through an unlocked second-floor window.

Nearly 25 Holiday Weekend Thefts From Vehicles Reported

Nearly 25 thefts from vehicles were reported over the weekend spanning Friday evening, May 23, to Sunday morning, May 25. The majority of the thefts were reported in the western end of Burbank and were from unlocked vehicles. A few window smash auto burglaries were also reported during that time frame.

BPD police Car Logo-2During the evening and early morning hours of Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday, at least 20 of the thefts were from unlocked cars, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. Besides easier access to would-be thieves, an unlocked car means police must classify the incident as a petty theft, not an auto burglary.

“We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for people to lock their cars,” said Ryburn.

Three vehicles on each of the 600 block of N. Florence Street and the 1400 block of N. Pass Avenue were hit, along with one vehicle on each block of 700 N. Florence, 900 N. Maple, 800 N. Griffith Park, 800 N. Niagara, 1000 N. Niagara, 800 N. Reese, 800 N. Sparks, 900 N. Pass and 1000 N. Catalina Streets.

Two vehicles on the 900 block of N. Lima and three in an apartment complex on the 200 block of W. Verdugo were also targeted.

Three vehicles were reported with windows smashed to gain entry: one on the 200 block of W. Verdugo, one on the 1800 block of N. Rose and one on the 700 block of E. Cypress.

Losses included five iPods, a makeup bag, a wallet, a backpack, a face plate to a car stereo, two seat head rests with video screens, three GPS units and coins and change from the cars’ consoles. added Ryburn.

Police are reviewing security camera footage that shows the suspects and may release that footage to the public.

The two suspects are described as male Hispanics. One, age 20-25, is heavyset and wearing a dark T-shirt. The other suspect appears to be age 19-25 with brown hair. The suspects were last seen fleeing southbound on Pass Avenue.

Police encourage anyone who may have information related to these crimes or who may have seen something during the evenings and early morning hours of May 23-24 and 24-25 to contact the BPD at 818-238-3210.

Four Residential Burglaries Reported Friday

Four residential burglaries were reported to police on Friday, May 16, resulting in a loss of thousands of dollars worth of items including computers, gaming consoles, gift cards, cash, electronics, cigars and alcohol.

BPD Patch -1A policeAt 3:30 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of N. Maple Street, after the resident returned home to find his master bedroom ransacked and some of his wife’s jewelry on the floor, said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

Entry was made through the master bedroom window. The screen had been removed and placed against the wall outside. The victim had left the house between 12:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day.

A MacBook Pro, an external hard drive, an iPad and a messenger bag were all reported stolen, in addition to currency and gift cards worth about $1300.

At 3:42 p.m. Friday, officers went to the 300 block of N. Lima Street to take a report on burglary that occurred sometime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 15. The victim returned home to find the front gate ajar.

An Xbox 360, six games, a controller and headphones, along with headphones from an upstairs bedroom, were taken. Nothing else was taken from the home, including laptops, cameras and computers.

There were no signs of forced entry, as a door had been left unlocked for the children to enter the home, said Ryburn.

At 5:15 p.m. Friday, police were called to the 500 block of N. Cordova Street after the residents returned home to find the exterior security door closed but not locked and the front door open.

Entry had been made through a bedroom window, with the screen taken out and set against the exterior of the house, Ryburn said.

A flat screen television, a 12″ by 24″ humidor with cigars and three bottles of alcohol, along with a large duffel bag, were reported stolen.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, officers went to the 300 bock of N. Avon Street for another residential burglary report. The victim had left the residence between 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. that day.

The victim had returned to find a television from the rear bedroom missing, along with Xbox 360 and Wii consoles. Several drawers and cabinets had been rummaged through.

Entry was made through an unlocked rear door, added Ryburn.

There are no suspects in the four burglaries at this time, but police encourage anyone in the area who may have seen something or know something about the thefts to contact the department at 818-238-3210.

Woman Allegedly Hits Car Driven By Fleeing John

A female suspect was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon after she allegedly struck a car driven by a fleeing john with her own vehicle on Friday, May 16, on the 2300 block of N. Buena Vista Street.

BPD New Police Car -2The impact caused the vehicle driven by the john, a silver Jeep, to crash into a beige Chrysler parked on Buena Vista, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

A neighbor near the accident scene called police at 11:30 p.m. The witness heard two vehicles and saw one was a Jeep as they left the scene at a high rate of speed.

While police were investigating the accident, BPD received a call from a man who told police he had been forced to hit the parked Chrysler on Buena Vista Street. The man had stopped his Jeep at San Fernando and Avon Street.

The male driver told police he had been at the Extended Stay hotel near Empire Avenue and Buena Vista Street with an alleged prostitute he met online, added Ryburn. The male refused to pay the female for services and fled the hotel in his Jeep.

His vehicle was followed by an Audi, which rammed his Jeep from behind while driving north on Buena Vista Street. Then the Audio pulled alongside and struck the right rear of the Jeep with the left side of the car, causing the Jeep’s driver to lose control and strike the parked Chrysler, explained Ryburn.

The driver of the Jeep told police he followed the Audi onto the 5 Freeway north but then decided to pull over and call police.

When the police went to the Extended Stay to follow the investigation, a female driving an Audi arrived on scene.

The female allegedly told police she was driving the vehicle and struck the Jeep. The male victim identified the female suspect.

Based on the suspect’s statements and the evidence, police determined the Audi struck the Jeep causing it to hit the parked Chrysler.

Since the Audi was used to intentionally cause an accident, police arrested 26-year-old Stephanie Tresca-Archie from Sacramento for assault with a deadly weapon and for multiple warrants for soliciting prostitution.

Tresca-Archie’s bail is $90,000 and she was booked at the Burbank Jail.

Peeping Tom Sought After Possible Repeat Incident

Two sisters, ages 23 and 17, are the reported targets of a peeping tom after a witness saw the unidentified man looking in the sisters’ apartment on the 600 block of E. San Jose Avenue around 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14.

BPD police Car Logo-2The witness observed a white male, age 35-45, peering into the victims’ window, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. The suspect then alternated looking into the apartment between two windows.

The witness then reportedly yelled at the suspect and asked him what he was doing, added Ryburn. The suspect fled in a nearby vehicle, a late model dark blue sedan.

The older victim reported the incident to police on Thursday, May 15. She also noted a neighbor witnessed an unknown male walking around her apartment about three weeks previously.

Burbank Bicyclist Struck By Vehicle

A 38-year old Burbank man a bicycle was struck by another Burbank resident driving a vehicle at the intersection of Hollywood Way and Pacific Avenue Sunday evening, May 18, at 11:21 p.m.

Police determined that the bicyclist was heading southbound on Hollywood Way in the northbound bike lane, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The driver of the 2011 Toyota Corrolla had been traveling westbound on Pacific Avenue and was turning right to go north on Hollywood Way, when he struck the bicyclist, Ryburn added.

The bicyclist was unconscious and non-responsive. He was transported to L.A. County Medical Center with significant head trauma. He was conscious at the hospital for a police interview after the accident, Ryburn also said, but he remains in critical condition.

While the driver of the Corolla, 18-year-old Jonathan Rheume, was arrested for possession of cocaine and his vehicle impounded. there is “no indication the driver was under the influence at the time of the accident,” said Ryburn.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rhueme was booked at the Burbank Jail and his bail was set at $10,000 and he is due in court Tuesday, May 20.

Police ask for anyone in the area around the time of the accident, who may have seen something to please contact Det. Robarts in the Traffic Bureau at 818-238-3100.

Burbank Police Lt. Matthew Ferguson looks at the car that struck a bike rider on Hollywood Way and Pacific late Sunday evening. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Lt. Matthew Ferguson looks at the car that struck a bike rider on Hollywood Way and Pacific late Sunday evening. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)





Two Arrested At Burbank Costco For Burglary

Two men were arrested on Wednesday, May 14, after Burbank police responded to Costco at 1051 W. Victory Boulevard. Loss prevention officers called police to assist with two suspected shoplifters.

BPD police Car Logo-2Police, following descriptions of the suspects, stopped one man as he exited the store, Jonathan Phan. Phan gave a false name to officers and told them his name was An Pham, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

Officers discovered a Leatherman tool in the Phan’s front pocket. They also found parts from a Dyson vacuum cleaner and headphones in his pockets, said Ryburn.

Phan was allegedly seen by loss prevention officers cutting open packages and putting items in his pockets.

Officers located the second suspect, based on witness descriptions, sitting in a vehicle in the Costco parking lot. The vehicle, a four-door gray Kia, was registered to An Pham.

The second suspect, Christian Benitez, age 22 from Pasadena, was detained by police after officers saw drug paraphernalia in plain view in the car, added Ryburn.

Officers recovered pliers and gloves and possible stolen items from the vehicle.

Phan, age 32 from Fullerton, was arrested for burglary and for falsely impersonating another person. His bail was set at $50,000.

Benitez was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property and his bail was set at $20,000.