Burbank Police Officers responded to the 400 block of S. California St. this past Sunday night regarding a theft, just occurred, from an unlocked vehicle. The victim gave dispatchers a description of a person he’d seen in his car and who he’d confronted. Responding officers detained a person fitting the description of the suspect at Olive Avenue and Riverside Drive.
The victim was able to identify the suspect, 26 year old Matthew Stevenson of Hollywood, as the person he’d seen in his vehicle. The victim reported a purse, personal documents and cash had been stolen from his car.
A search of Stevenson revealed he was in possession of items belonging to the victim and a significant amount of cash. The purse was located nearby, apparently discarded by Stevenson before being detained by the officers.
The victim placed Stevenson under arrest for petty theft. He was booked into the Burbank City Jail for the petty theft and an outstanding drug warrant.
The Burbank Police Department reminds folks to always hide their valuables and lock their vehicles. A significant number of thefts from vehicles occur because the victims leave their cars unlocked. Crooks will commonly check car door handles in search of unlocked and easy targets. Make yourself a harder target! Hide it. Lock it. Keep it!