Crime Report for November 2013


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

Updated:  12/2/13

Backseat Bandits Are Back

The notorious thieves who have been stealing the third row seats from SUV’s are still out there.   On November 29, “Black Friday,” between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., they stuck at the Burbank Town Center’s parking structure at 501 N. Third St.   The thieves targeted at 2007 Yukon, punching out the driver’s side door lock to gain entry, before making off with the third row seats.

Beware – Thieves Targeting Shoppers’ Cars

The Burbank Police Department is warning that it is the time of year when thieves are out looking for valuables left in parked cars while the owners are shopping.   The department suggests you store your purchases out of sight and lock your vehicle.  Their holiday shopping motto is:  “Hide it, Lock it, Keep it.”

Here are two burglaries from parked cars that occurred on November 29, “Black Friday.”

550 N. First St. (parking structure)
12:45 a.m. to 2:20 a.m.
Vehicle:   2005 Infiniti SUV
Entry:   Locked vehicle, no signs of forced entry
Loss:   Two X-Box video game systems

2300 Hollywood Way (Fry’s Electronics)
9 a.m.
Vehicle:   2004 Toyota SUV
Entry:   Driver’s door lock forced open
Loss”  Laptop computer

Take Your Kid To Shoplift Day

There’s nothing quite like a family that does things together — unless it’s shoplifting.  That was  the case Thanksgiving eve, when two women and a 12 year-old girl went to Macy’s.

According to Burbank Police, the women and girl selected clothing items, including shirts, pants, and jackets  from the store.  After concealing them, the trio tried to walk out of the store without paying.  Store security personnel stopped them and recovered the clothing, valued at $314.

When Burbank Police Officers arrived, they cited one of the women, Silvia Buenrostro, 43, and the girl, and released them.  The other woman, Gabriela Buenrostro, 45, of Burbank, was placed under arrest for petty theft and transported to the Burbank Jail. Her bail was set a $1,000.

Reverse Discrimination Hate Crime

Burbank Police are looking for the public’s help in solving an unusual hate crime.  Sometime between November 9 and 27, and unknown suspect or suspects vandalized the fence at a home in the 1400 block of Chandler Blvd. with the words “F_ _ _ White People.”  Anyone with information is urged to call the department at 818-238-3000.

Thief Leaves Victim Tire-Less

Someone made off with a spare tire from a 2006 Toyota SUV that was parked in the Empire Center near Target.  The theft occurred on November 26, between 10 and 11 a.m.

Illegal U-Turn Leads Directly To Jail

A man driving with a car full of marijuana made an illegal U-turn in front of a police officers early Sunday, November 24.    When the officer pulled the car over at Victory Blvd. and Rose St., he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside.  When asked if he had any marijuana in the car, the driver told the officer he had a “large” quantity of it in the car.

A search of the car resulted in the recovery of a significant amount of marijuana and cash.  So despite his honesty, the driver, Johnny Hung Le, 31, of Fountain Valley, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale and transporting marijuana.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail with bail set at $25,000

Traffic Stop Turns Up Drugs And More

After observing a vehicle with a broken windshield run a red light, Burbank Police Officers pulled the driver over at Orange Grove Ave. and First St. just before 11 p.m. Friday, November 22.

When the officers contacted the driver and occupants of the car, they detected the odor of burnt marijuana.  A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up marijuana, heroin, narcotics paraphernalia, and stolen property.  The officers also found a tire iron the was in the driver’s door pocket.  The driver apparently kept it there for “security.”  It just happens to be illegal to keep a deadly weapon with the intent to assault someone, in your car.

The driver, David Tordjman, 20, of Tarzana, was placed under arrest for drug possession, receiving stolen property, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, driving under the influence, and possession of a dangerous weapon in his vehicle.  It’s not know if he also received a ticket for running the red light and the broken windshield, but those were the least of his worries.


Bicycle Patrol Breaks Up Drug Deal

Burbank Police Officers patrolling on bicycles in the parking structure used by patrons at the AMC 16 theaters, came across two men who were using it for an entirely different purpose.

The officers noticed the odor of burning marijuana coming from a car parked in the Collections complex located at 250 N. First St., just before 10 p.m. Friday, November 22.  When the officers contacted the two men inside the parked car, they agreed to let the vehicle be searched. That search turned up marijuana, concentrated cannabis, and LSD.

An investigation determined that Kelvin Rodeo, 24, of Glendale had the marijuana and had sold the LSD to the other man in the car, Oscar Gonzalez, 21, of Los Angeles.  Gonzalez was determined to be tin possession of the concentrated cannabis and LSD.  Both men were booked into the Burbank Jail on a variety of drug charges.  Bail for Rodeo was set at $30,000, and $10,000 for Gonzalez.

Citizens Tackle Thief Who Grabs Woman’s Phone

A woman talking on her cell phone outside the Flapper’s Comedy Club at 5:30 p.m. November 7, had her phone ripped out of her hand by a man who ran off with it through the Ross parking structure.

As the 37 year-old victim chased after the thief, two citizens join the chase and tackle the suspect in front of Buffalo Wild Wings, located at 127 E. Palm Ave.  A security guard from a nearby business holds the suspect until police arrive.  Rigoberto Ademir Rivera, 33, of Sun Valley was arrested for grand theft.

The victim backtracked the route of the chase and located her phone.  The suspect had apparently tossed it while running.  The two citizens who tackled the suspect left the scene before police arrived, so their identity is unknown at this time.

Bicycle Thief Caught In The Act

A pick-up truck blacked out in the alley at Victory Blvd. and California St. was spotted by Burbank Police Officers on routine patrol in the area on November 3, at 11:15 p.m.  As the officers watched, the observed the a man place a bicycle in the bed of the 2003 Chevrolet truck.

When they contacted the man about his suspicious behavior, the owner of the bicycle advised the officers that his bicycle had been stolen.  The suspect, Juan Manuel Peregrino, 38, of Burbank was placed under arrest for petty theft.  A search incidental to his arrest turned up suspected methamphetamine Peregrino’s wallet.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail for petty theft, possession of a controlled substance, and an additional charge of bringing drugs into a jail.  His bail was set at $25,000.

Burglar Tripped Up By Alarm

When Burbank Police Officers responded to a report of the burglary alarm activated at Dana Drugs, located at 317 N. Pass Ave. at 3:50 a.m. November 2, the suspect virtually came right to them.

Out of the shattered glass of the front door came Arlow Stewart, 31, of Burbank.   Stewart had various items from the store in his possession.  He was taken into custody without incident.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail for burglary, with bail set at $20,000.

If You Are A Crook, Don’t Drive A Car With Expired Tags

A car with expired registration caught the attention of Burbank Police Officers on routine patrol November 2, at the intersection of Burbank Blvd. and San Fernando Blvd.  A records check on the license plate revealed outstanding warrants associated with the car.

When the officers pulled the vehicle over and contacted the occupants they found that the driver, Claudia Santiago, 27, of Pacoima, did not have her driver’s license available.  The passenger, Siegfred Abrogena, 27, of Burbank was on probation of identity theft.  When both were asked to step out of their vehicle, a prying tool fell from Abrogena’s person.

After receiving permission to search the vehicle, officers found a backpack in the back seat, which contained a lock pick set, drill, gloves, mask, and a prying tool.  They also found items belonging to other people, and mail and “washed” checks.  Both suspects were placed under arrest for identity theft, forgery, and possession of burglary tools.  Abrogena was also arrested for probation violation.  Both were booked into the Burbank Jail.  Santiago’s bail was set at $50,000, while Abrogena’s was set at $75,000.

Bank Employees Spot Another Forgery Suspect

If you are trying to cash a forged check, the Chase Bank branch in Magnolia Park is a place you may want to avoid.  For the second time in recent weeks, a teller at the bank spotted a forged check and alerted police.

In this latest incident on November 1, the suspect came into the bank around 2:15 p.m. and attempted to cash the check.  Burbank Police were called, and detained the suspect while the matter was investigated.  The bank was able to verify that the check was forged and the suspect, Marcelo Mena-Gaete, 20, of Winnetka was arrested for forgery and transported to the Burbank Jail.  His bail was set at $20,000.

Hi-Tech Camera System Spots Stolen Car

The camera system that automatically reads license plates on cars checks them against a stolen vehicle data base, alerted a Burbank Police Officer to a stolen car November 1.

The officer found the unoccupied car parked in the are aof Glenoaks Blvd. and Elmwood Ave. around 9:40 a.m. While canvassing the area for witnesses who may have seen the suspect who parked the car, a woman approached the officer.  She said she knew the owner of the car and had the owner’s permission to use it.   The vehicle had been reported as stolen from Inglewood, and the woman was listed as the suspect.

Anita McKeever, 47, of Duarte, was arrested for auto theft and booked into the Burbank Jail.  Her bail was set at $25,000.