Crime Report for December 2013

By On December 22, 2013

Note: All suspects are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Updated:   12/22/13

Indecent Exposure Suspect Caught With Help From Glendale PD

A citizen called police on December 15, at 9:25 p.m. to report that a man was lying on the sidewalk at 750 S. San Fernando Blvd., exposing himself and masturbating.   Before officers could get to the scene, the suspect headed south into Glendale.  The victim then contacted Glendale Police Officers who detained the suspect at Glenoaks Blvd. and Justin Ave., in Glendale.

Burbank officers then arrested James Escobedo, 39, of Burbank for indecent exposure and booked him into the Burbank Jail.

Bicycle Patrol Catches Suspected Auto Burglar

Burbank Police Officers patrolling the parking garages of the Burbank Town Center, came upon at man they believed might be breaking into cars in the structure located at 550 N. First St., on December 14, at 8:20 p.m.   The suspect was standing next to a car with the trunk open, using a flashlight to illuminate the interior.

After talking to the suspect, he consented to be searched.  They found a spring-loaded knife and a window punch in the pockets of his shorts.  When they searched the man’s vehicle, they found drills, flashlights, tire irons, window punches and other tools consistent with those used to break into vehicles.

The suspect, Ian Kuh, 21, of Tujunga, was arrested for possession of burglary tools, and booked into the Burbank Jail.

Thieves Can’t Keep Their Stories Straight

When police stopped a 1991 Toyota for vehicle code violations shortly after 2 a.m. on December 13, in the 2800 block of Lincoln St., they got a little suspicious when the two occupants couldn’t get their stories straight — especially when they didn’t know which one of them owned the car.

It turns out that neither of the men were the car’s owner.  It was a stolen vehicle.  A call to the registered owner in Glendale revealed that the car had been stolen from his home.  The Glendale Police Department sent an officer to take the stolen car report.  The driver of the car, David Gonzalez, 23, of Pacoima, was arrested for receiving stolen property, and booked into the Burbank Jail.  His passenger was not arrested.


Technology Aids In Capture of Armed Felons

An automated license place reader in a patrol car tipped off police to a possible stolen car December 13, in the area of San Fernando Blvd. and Magnolia Blvd.  An officer spotted the 1013 Dodge Van traveling in the area and conducted a stop at Olive Ave. and Lake St. at 6:40 p.m. The two men inside the van were detained as officers conducted an investigation.

It was determined that the van had been stolen from Orange County. A search of the van recovered two stolen handguns, a stolen computer, narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia, as well as identity theft evidence and counterfeit US currency.

The two suspects, Daniel Kingsley, 42, of San Pedro, and Donald Ratzlaff, 32, of Santa Ana, were both arrested for receiving stolen property, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance while armed. In additon they were booked for possession of counterfeit currency.  Kingsley was also charged with auto theft.

It Doesn’t Pay To Lie To The Police

A man tried to fool Burbank Police Officers after they contacted him in the Burbank Town Center parking structure located at 550 N. First St. on December 13, around 10:30 p.m.

Officers contacted Michael Hauck, 44, of Simi Valley, regarding Burbank Municipal Code violations.  According to police, he provided the officers with false identification information.  A search of the suspect resulted in the recovery of a glass pipe commonly used to ingest narcotics.  Hauck then revealed his true identity and the fact that he had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation regarding possession of a controlled substance, and burglary.

Hauck was arrested for providing false identification and the warrant.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail.

Bad Driving Lands Bad Guys In Jail

A 2001 Nissan with two men in it was heading out of town shortly after 2 a.m. December 7, when it caught the attention of a Burbank Police Officer.   As the officer pulled the car over for a traffic violation at Glenoaks Blvd. and Hollywood Way, one of the occupants was observed tossing out identification and credit cards.

Littering was the least of their offenses.   In plain view in the car was narcotics paraphernalia.  A search of the vehicle turned up stolen property, burglary tools, identity theft items, and drugs.   The two occupants, Brandon Honaker, 21, of Reseda, and Brian Anthony Garcia-Melara, 19, of Tarzana, were arrested and transported ot the Burbank Jail.  A search of Garcia-Melara found suspected methamphetamine on his person, and he was also charged with bringing drugs into a jail.

Three Arrested After Police Find Drugs In House

Narcotics, and identity theft information found in a Burbank home resulted in the arrest of three people November 6.   As part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, Burbank Police served a search warrant on the house at 3206 W. Chandler Blvd. at around 5:30 p.m.  Inside the residence they recovered narcotics, drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, and identity theft information.

The three suspects, Peggie Wilson, 53, Jessica Klein, 25, and Kelly Rolph, 33, were all arrested for possession of a controlled substance.  Wilson and Klein were also arrested for possession of stolen property.

Thief Caught In The Act

A Burbank Police Officer on patrol November 6, in the parking structure at the Burbank Town Center, noticed a man using his cell phone’s flashlight to light up the interior of a car’s trunk.  As the officer approached, the man quickly shut the trunk and bean to walk away.

When the officer stopped him, the man, Sarkis Serob Hovakimyan, 19, of Burbank, said it was his friend’s car, and he was meeting him in the mall.  The friend was contacted, and his story did not match that of the man. Based on items in the trunk, the officer determined that it was not his friend’s car.   After it was discovered that the suspect had attempted to open other parked cars, he was placed under arrest.

A search of the suspect turned up cash, and a search of his car resulted in the recovery of stolen property and prescription narcotics.  One vehicle owner was contacted, and reported that the cash had been stolen from his car.  Another victim identified property stolen from their car.  Hovakimyan was booked into the  Burbank Jail for receiving stolen property, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, drug possession, and taking or damaging parts of a vehicle.

This Guy Went To Hooters For The Food, And Went To Jail For The Bill

A group of friends went to Hooters at 600 N. First St. on December 6, for a late lunch/early dinner.  Apparently utilizing the “dine and dash” method, some of the people left the restaurant, but one man was left behind.  Apparently he was too busy looking at the waitresses and didn’t see everyone leave.

According to police Osvaldo Macias, 18, of Phoenix, Arizona, also attempted to leave, but was spotted by the staff.   When he refused to pay the tab for the $60 worth of food and beverages, he was placed under citizen’s arrest.  Burbank Police transported him to the Burbank Jail where he was booked for defrauding an innkeeper.  His bail was set at $500.  No word if his “friends” bailed him out.

Express Check Out Line To Jail

One shopper must have thought waiting in line to check out wasn’t to his liking, as he simply walked out of the Burbank Target store Wednesday afternoon — with a shopping cart full of merchandise.

According to Burbank Police, Albet Grigorian, 44, of Glendale, a loaded up a shopping cart with everything from cleaning supplies to a small refrigerator. Rather than go through the check out line and pay, Grigorian simply walked out of the store with the merchandise.   He was stopped by store security outside the exit.

Grigorian’s shopping cart contained a basketball hoop set, DVD’s, children’s clothing, toiletries, and an X-Box game system, as well as windex, paper towels, and the refrigerator.  The value of the merchandise totaled $976.  He was placed under arrest for grand theft, and booked into the Burbank Jail.  His bail was set at $20,000.  He is due in court next month.