Crime Report for February 2013


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

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Updated 2/26/13

Charge Your Cell Phone At Home

A patron at the AMC Burbank 16 Theater who left their cell phone charging in the hallway entrance to one of the theater, was shocked to find the phone wasn’t there when they returned.   The theft occurred on February 22, sometime between 10:15 and 10:20 a.m.   At least they weren’t talking on the phone while watching the movie.

Lock Your Cell Phone In A Locker Next Time

A patron at the Defiant Gym, located at 43 E. Palm Ave., found out the hard way that a duffle bag isn’t all that secure.  They left their cell phone in the bag on February 21, at 7:30 p.m.  When they returned to the locker room of the gym, which specializes in Muai Thai and boxing, at 8:45 p.m., the phone was missing from the bag.

Grand Theft Auto

Jeffries Ave. & Manning St.
February 21, at 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. February 23
Vehicle:   1994 Honda
Suspects:   Unknown

3800 block Heffron Dr.
February 22, at 11 p.m. to 7:15 a.m. February 23
Vehicle:   2004 Jeep
Suspects:   Unknown

600 block Rosemary Ln.
February 22 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. February 23
Vehicle:   1993 Honda
Suspects:   Unknown

Residential Burglaries

1000 block N. Catalina St.
February 22, between 3:45 and 4:30 p.m.
Entry:   Front door
Loss:   Jewelry

1800 block Hollywood Way
February 22, between 7:50 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Entry:   Front door
Loss:   Laptop computer, cash, gift cards

Auto Burglary

100 block E. Orange Grove Avenue
February 22, between 9:15 and 11 p.m.
Vehicle:   2011 Nissan
Entry:   Pried window
Loss:   Laptop computer, iPad, wireless mouse


Shoplifted Cane Lands Man In Jail For Robbery

A man reportedly walked into the CVS store at 101 E. Alameda Ave.

101 East Alameda CVS Pharmacy, shortly before 9 a.m. on February 17, at took a walking cane.  While exiting the store, he is stopped by an employee.  The man raises the can as if to strike the employee, causing the employee to back off in fear of being injured.  The suspect them fled the area.  Police officers located the suspect a short time later and took him into custody.  Jim Riggins, 51, of El Monte, was arrested for robbery.  In addition to the cane, several item from CVS were recovered from his person, and returned to the store.  His bail was set $50,000.

Speeding Drivers Caught With Possible ‘Speed’

When police pulled over the driver of a gold-colored 1987 BMW for speeding on Glenoaks Blvd. at Cedar Ave.,February 17, at 5 a.m., they discovered the driver had a warrant for his arrest for marijuana possession. As officers were doing an inventory search of his car hey located approximately 47 pills in an unmarked bottle, believed to be Ecstasy and Adderal (a form of methamphetamine).  The driver, Derek DeCastro Palma, 21, of Burbank, was booked into the Burbank jail, with bail set at $10,000.

Thief Targets Gym Lockers

In two separated incidents, patrons of 24 Hour Fitness reported that their valuables had been stolen from lockers at the business located at 1903 Empire Ave.

In the first incident a woman entered the gym around 10 p.m. on February 16, and placed her purse in one of the secured lockers in the women’s locker room.  When she returned from her workout, she discovered that her purse, containing cash, crecit cards, and car keys, was missing.

In the second incident the following day at 5 a.m., a man placed his gym bag in a locker and secured it with a lock.  When he returned from his workout, the lock is still on the locker, but his gym bag containing his wallet, credit cards and keys is missing.

Underage Drunk Driver

Officers on routine patrol at 1:25 a.m. on February 15, stopped a vehicle at Harvard Rd. and Sunset Canyon, for failing to stop at the stop sign.  When they contacted the driver, David Sonek-Delgado, 20, of Burbank, the officer detected the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage.  The driver failed to satisfactorily pass “Field Sobriety Tests,”and was arrested for driving under the influence under the age of 21.

Bar Fight Leads To Drug Arrest

Police officers responded to The Office Bar and Grill located at 3516 W. Victory Blvd. shortly before 2 a.m. on February 16, after receiving a report of a fight with weapons possibly involved.  Upon their arrival, witnesses reported that a dark colored truck that had just fled the scene, was involved in the fight.    Officers were able to locate the truck, and stopped it at Vanowen St. and Tujunga Ave. in North Hollywood.

A search of the truck revealed a loaded handgun and narcotics.  The two occupants, Maria Trujillo, 24, of Sylmar, and Isais Reyes, 36, of Sylmar, were arrested for drug possession while armed with a gun.  They were transported to the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $50,000 each.

The victim of the fight, a 41 year-old Glendale man, had redness to is face but no other injuries.  He did not request paramedics.

Man Beats  Child With Belt

Witness reported seeing a man beating a child and people chasing each other  around a van parked near Burbank Kawasaki, 1329 Hollywood Way,  around 2:15 p.m. on February 14. .  Witness observed the male adult striking the boy with an object.  The two adults seen chasing each other were later determined to be the boy’s mother and her boyfriend.  When officers arrived at the scene, the van had an left the area, but was located a short time later at Magnolia Blvd. and Lima St.

Officers determined that the man, Davariay Hawthorne, 20, of Sacramento, was the boyfriend of the boy’s mother.  He reportedly struck the boy several times about the body with a belt.  The boy had no obvious signs of injury.  Hawtorne was placed under arrest for child endangerment and giving false identification to a police officer.  He was transported to the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $100,000. 

Drug Bust At Ramada Inn

Officers conducting routine patrol in the Ramada Inn located at 2900 N. San Fernando Blvd., contacted a woman in the parking lot at 12:05 a.m. February 13.  They determined she was on probation for narcotics violations.  When they went to the room she had rented at the hotel, they found numerous other people inside.  The officers detected the odor of marijuana and observed paraphernalia in plain sight. Narcotics were located inside the room. Five adults and two juveniles were subsequently arrested for a variety of narcotics violations.  The adults were also arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Arrested were Anthony Pereda, 23, Ti Dixon, 32, Michell Bejar, 20, all of Burbank; Vahe Kesishyan, 30, of Glendale; Sarah Sullivan, 23, of Crowley Lake; and a male and female juvenile.  The adults were booked into the Burbank Jail, and the juvenile were cited and released to their mothers.

Thefts from Unlocked Vehicles

824 N. Valley St.
February 17 to February 18
Vehilcles:   2006 Honda, 2007 Acura
Loss:   Coins

Residential Burglary

300 block Via Montana
February 18, between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Entry:   Unlocked kitchen window
Loss:   Laptop computer, camera, jewelry, and three weapons


Auto Theft

Seventh St. & Tujunga Ave.
February 12, at 8:50 p.m.
Vehicle:   2005 Chevrolet Avalanche
Entry:   Unknown, vehicle has keyless entry
Suspects:   Unknown

Auto Burglary

600 Block E. Cypress Ave.
February 10, at 7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. February 12
Vehicle:   1996 Nissan Altima
Entry:   Rear passenger window
Loss:   Misc. papers

Commercial Burglary

3000 N Bel Aire Dr.
February 8 – February 12
Entry:   Cut portions of perimeter fence and padlocks to individual sheds
Loss:   Power tools, aluminum, copper wires.
Suspects:   Unknown

Auto Burglaries

600 block Hollywood Way
February 5, between 12:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Vehicle:   2004 Toyota
Entry:   Convertible top cut
Loss:   Clothing, CD’s, valued at $60

700 block Whitnall Hwy. (attempt only)
February 4, at 7 p.m.  to 3 p.m. February 5
Vehicle:   1995 Nissan
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   No loss reported, vehicle ransacked

Road Rage  Leads To Arrest

Police arrested a man for brandishing a weapon, after a road rage incident Sunday evening.

According to Burbank Police, (Name Removed)a 22 year-old Glendale man, was involved in the incident with another motorist shortly after 5 p.m., at Victory Blvd. and Parish Pl., when words were exchanged and an ice cream cone was thrown at one of the cars.  When the two drivers stopped near Victory Blvd. and Burbank Blvd., the man got out of his vehicle with a tire iron in his hand, and threatened the other driver.

Cops Make Meth Bust

When officers stopped a vehicle for a routine traffic stop, they found that the driver was in possession of methamphetamine. Armenak Azatian, 40, of Burbank, was also in possession of drug paraphernalia.  He is currently on probation for identity theft.


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