Crime Report for September 2012


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

Updated:  9/30/12

Good Samaritan Chases After Purse Snatcher

A citizen who chased after a purse snatcher, was able to get the victim’s purse back and return it to her Saturday afternoon.

The victim, a 75 year-old woman, was walking out of the Walgreens at 1028 S. San Fernando Blvd. at 4:45 p.m. September 29.  As she walked out of the store, the suspect ran up to her and grabbed her purse off her arm.  The thief ran towards Spazier Ave. and headed eastbound up the street.  The citizen, who witnessed the crime, chased after the thief.  When he caught up with him, the thief dropped the purse and continued running away.  When the woman got her purse back, she found that nothing had been taken.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, with a shaved head.  He was wearing dark shorts.  Police were unable to locate him after searching the area.

Drinking And Driving Teen Crashes Car

A 17 year-old Burbank boy was cited by police for driving under the influence of alcohol, after the vehicle he was driving struck two parked cars in the 600 block of E. San Jose Ave. Friday night, September 28.

After the 10:06 p.m. accident, it was determined by investigating officers that the teen had alcohol in his system.  Although it was not over the .08 legal limit for drunk driving, .05 of alcohol in someone under the age of 21, is illegal.  The boy was cited and released to his parents.

Homeowner Surprises Burglar In The Act

In what could have been a very dangerous situation, a homeowner surprised a female burglar who had entered his house in the 1100 block of N. Clybourn Ave.

The incident occurred Friday, September 28, at 2:15 p.m.  The resident was in a detached house at the rear of his house. When he returned to the front house he found a woman inside his bedroom rifling through his pants pockets.  He confronted her and demanded to know why she was there.  The woman backed out of the bedroom and walked towards the front door of the house. She said something about “feeding her children,” then fled out of the residence.

She was last seen getting into the passenger side of a full-sized black pickup truck parked across the street from the home.  It was driven by a male Hispanic.  The truck was last seen heading towards Magnolia Blvd.  The woman is described as a female Hispanic, 20-30 years old, 5 ft. 8 in. tall, 165 lbs., wearing black shorts and a black tank top.  Apparently nothing was taken in the burglary.

Teenage Boy Attacked, Seriously Injured, Left In Street

Burbank Police responded to a report of a man down in the middle of the street on Wednesday, September 26, at 4:07 p.m.  When officers arrived on scene at the intersection of Lake St. and Linden Ave., Burbank Fire Department paramedics were already treating a 14 year-old boy who was unconscious and bleeding from his face.  The boy was transported by rescue ambulance to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment of facial lacerations, a broken nose, and a possible concussion.

Officers interviewed the boy in the hospital, and identified a suspect.  They then arrested a 16 year-old boy from Burbank for assault with a deadly weapon.  The suspect was transported to Juvenile Hall.

Try To Cash A Stolen Check, Go To Jail

An alert employee of a Burbank check cashing company thwarted a thief’s effort to cash a stolen check.   The clerk became suspicious when an 18 year-old man attempted to cash a check from a business in Arcadia, for $40,000.

The suspect entered the Money Mart check cashing and loan store located at 2501 W. Victory Blvd. on Wednesday, September 26, at 2:50 p.m.  The clerk called the company and determined the check had been stolen from the firm.  The clerk then called the Burbank Police Department. Officers arrived just as the suspect was leaving the check cashing store without cashing the check.  They arrested Philip Cooper, 18, of Arcadia, for burglary.   He is due to appear in court on September 28.

Shoplifting Suspect Brings Her 2 Year-Old Along

A mother brought her 2 year-old son with her when she reportedly went on a shoplifting trip to the Toys R Us store located at 683 N. Victory Blvd., Tuesday afternoon, September 25, at 2:25 p.m.

According to Burbank Police, the woman Kimberly Heredia, 26, of North Hollywood, was observed entering the store carrying her son and a large empty bag.  She proceeded to place various Disney items in the bag before passing by all the open cash registers and leaving the store.  She was contacted in the parking lot, but refused to stop.  According to reports, she walked to a white Nissan Maxima where a man was sitting in the driver’s seat. She pushed the bag with the stolen toys under the car and continued to walk away, still holding the child, with loss prevention officers attempting to stop her.  The man in the Nissan Maxima got out of the car and placed the bag inside, before driving off, leaving the woman and child behind.

When police officers arrived, Heredia was placed under arrest for burglary.  Her son was released to family members after an interview with the Department of Children and Family Services.


Pharmacy Target Of Burglar Again

For the third time in recent weeks, Burbank Police responded to a burglary at the UMC Pharmacy located at 4318 W. Victory Blvd.

When officers arrived at the location at 3:51 a.m. Tuesday morning, September 25,  they found the front window smashed.  The owner of the business arrived, and they were able to view the video surveillance images.  They showed a male Black in his 40’s, wearing a blue plaid shirt, dark pants, and gloves, enter the business carrying a flashlight.  The burglar is seen going over the counter and rifling through various medications.  Surprisingly, he does not appear to remove anything from the pharmacy.  He leaves through the broken window and runs out of sight.


Son Hits Mom With Ashtray, Goes To Jail

Burbank Police responded to the 500 block of E. Cedar Ave., Monday, September 24, at 11:40 p.m. after a mother reported being hit in the head by her adult son.

According to police, the 39 year-old mother was attempting to give her son his medication.  The son slapped the medication out of her hand. When she tried to pick the medication up off the floor, the son took a glass ashtray and struck her in the back of her head several times.  When she put her hands up to protect herself, he struck her about the face and hands.  When the mother screamed for help, it awoke her 19 year-old daughter who was sleeping in the bedroom.  She came to her mother’s aid and was able to push her brother off her mother.  He then turned on his sister, hitting her in the face with his closed fists, before leaving the residence.

Police officers arrived at the residence and began conducting their investigation, when the son returned.  They placed the son, Artur Babayan, 21, under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail with bail set at $30,000.  He is due to appear in court September 27.


Muir Middle School Broken Into

Someone broke into John Muir Middle School, 1111 N. Kenneth Rd., Thursday night, September 20.   A window was smashed to gain entry into the school’s administration building.  According the Burbank Police, several offices were gone through, with desk drawers opened.  Apparently the only thing missing was a master key for the school.    It is not know yet if the school will need to change all the locks.

Pedestrian Hitting Cars ???

In an unusual turn of events, police responded to a report of a pedestrian hitting cars, not a pedestrian hit by a car.   The incident occurred Sunday evening, September 16, around 7:20 p.m., near Buena Vista St. and the Chandler Bikeway.  Police responded “Code 3” to the scene after receiving reports that a woman was hitting cars driving by, and fighting with passersby.  A Burbank Fire Department engine and rescue ambulance were dispatched to Frederic St.  and Chandler Blvd.  The unidentified 38 year-old Burbank woman was transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for medical treatment and a mental evaluation.

Actress Amanda Bynes Has Her Car Impounded In Burbank

Amanda Bynes had her car impounded September 16,by police at the Bob Hope Airport, after she was found driving with a suspended license.

The 26 year-old actress had parked her black BMW in a passenger loading zone in front of the main terminal on Sunday morning.  She left the vehicle and was later told that she could not park there. She cooperated with the Airport Police officer and moved her car.  Several minutes later officers responded to a report of a driver who appear to be lost, going the wrong way in the valet parking area.  They found Bynes driving in the airport’s parking structure and stopped her vehicle.

During the traffic stop it was determined that Bynes’ driver’s license had been suspended.  She was told to either find someone else to drive it home, or leave it parked.  A few minutes later, at 8:20 a.m., she was observed driving out of the airport onto Hollywood Way.  Officers again stopped her and cited her for driving with a suspended license.  Her car was impounded and taken to the Girard & Peterson impound lot in Burbank.

According to Bob Hope Airport Police Chief Ed Skvarna, Miss Bynes was polite and cooperative with the officers during the incident. She did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.   After her car was impounded, she took a cab home.

Another Pharmacy Burglarized

Burglars broke into yet another pharmacy in Burbank.  Police report that the Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 2501 W. Magnolia Blvd.  was broken into Thursday morning, September 13, at 3:43 a.m.

The break-in was not discovered until employee arrived for work at 8:15 a.m. and found the front door had been smashed and prescription drugs were missing.  They told officers that the alarm had been set when the store closed Wednesday night.  Police did not receive any notice of the alarm going off.  A review of video surveillance tapes show that two suspect wearing ski masks and dark clothing, smashed the glass door with a tool, then took the drugs and put them in two small waste baskets before fleeing.  No vehicle was seen.   There has been a rash of similar pharmacy burglaries in the past few weeks.

Resident Gone 90 Minutes, Returns To Ransacked Home

Burglars broke into a home in the 600 block of University Ave. Wednesday afternoon, September 12.  The resident had secured and locked the home at 1:30 p.m.  When they returned home at 3 p.m. and entered after unlocking the front door, they found the home ransacked.  The thieves had entered through a rear door.  Missing was $7,000 in cash, and an estimated $13,000 in jewelry.  No suspects were seen.

Pharmacy Broken Into, Drugs Taken

Burglars kicked in the front door of a pharmacy, and made off with drugs late Monday night.  A security guard making his rounds shortly after 10:30 p.m.,  in the shopping center around the Vallarta Market, discovered the break-in and called Burbank Police.  The owner of the KD Pharmacy, located at 10950 Sherman Way, and determined that two bottles of Hydrocodone were missing.

This is the fourth pharmacy to be burglarized late at night, with the thieves taking pain drugs, in the past few weeks.

Auto Burglaries Hit Underground Parking Structure Over Weekend

Three vehicles were broken into sometime early Sunday morning, September 9, at the parking structure at 250 N. First St.

The break-ins to the car occurred sometime between 2 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., when the first owner discovered the crime.  Their Mazda had a smashed rear driver’s side window.  Missing was a baseball glove, Dodger bobble heads, and a blanket.  A Ford Escape had a side window smashed.  The owner reported losing a woman’s purse and contents, a GPS, and parking access card. The third vehicle, a Subaru, also had the rear passenger window smashed. The thieves took a GPS, an iPod, and cash.

Burglar Uses Open Door As Invitation To Steal Rings

A suspected burglar made off with a local woman’s rings, after she left them by the kitchen sink while she worked in her backyard.

The unidentified woman was in the backyard of her home in the 1000 block of N. Lima St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, September 9.  When she went back into her kitchen at 4 p.m., she discovered that the rings were missing.  The front door to the home was open, but the victim was unsure if the security screen door was locked.   Nothing else was missing from the home, and no suspects were seen.

Bra Stuffed With Cash Turns Out To Be Fake

When officers conducted at traffic stop Sunday evening, they found something suspicious in the car.  A female passenger had what appeared to be a large amount of money sticking out from the undergarments on her chest.  The money appeared to be counterfeit.

Police also found a small about of what appeared to be methamphetamine in her possession.  The 17 year-old female from Palmdale was arrested for possession of counterfeit currency and possession of methamphetamine.  She was cited and released to her parents.

Burglar Breaks Window To Enter Residence

A burglar broke a rear bedroom window to gain entry to a residence in the 2400 block of Parish Pl.   The break in occurred sometime between 7:50 a.m. to 9:55 p.m. Sunday, September 9.  Taken in the burglary were a MacBook Pro computer, and a Bulova watch.


Intoxicated Man At Church Fights With Police

Burbank Police responded “Code 3” to a report of men fighting inside St. Leon Armenian Cathedral early Labor Day morning, September 3.

When officers arrived at the church, located at 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd.,  shortly before 2 a.m., the found several women and men arguing with an armed security guard.  After assessing the situation, an officer ordered the people to leave.  One man, Armen Gindzhiyan, 38, of Panorama City, refused to leave and began advancing towards an officer.  He ignored repeated commands from the officer.  The officers was forced to physically take the suspect to the ground.

Gindzhiyan was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.   He was booked into the Burbank Jail.

Babysitter Busted For Teen Drinking Party

Police took 20 juveniles into custody, and arrested one adult, after they broke up a party in the 1800 block on Kenwood St. late Saturday night, September 1.

Officers originally went to the home shortly before 11 p.m., after a report of a loud party.  They contacted a woman at the home, who said it was just a teenage birthday party, and agreed to cooperate with keeping the noise down.  When the officers returned at 11:30 p.m. in response to complaints of a loud party, they found 20 juveniles drinking alcohol.  The juveniles ranged in age from 14-17 years.  Police contacted their parents, and all of them were turned over to their parents’ custody.

The woman supervising the party, Patricia Wince, 35, of Burbank, was in charge of watching the 15 year-old daughter of the owners of the home while they were away.   She was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Pharmacy Broken Into Again

For the second time in just over two weeks, the UMC Pharmacy at 4318 W. Victory Blvd., was broken into.  A lone burglar pulled up the business at 2:30 a.m., Saturday, September 1, and broke the glass in the front door to gain entry.  He then proceeded to grab a container of drugs before speeding off prior to police arriving at the scene.

The pharmacy was burglarized on August 17.  At that time the owner was able to watch from home on a video feed, as the burglar made off with an undisclosed amount of drugs.  This time, the video camera recorded the suspects arrival via motorcycle, and the breaking of the front door glass.  The suspect is still at large, and the burglaries are under investigation.


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