Crime Reports For April 2013


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

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Updated:  4/29/13

A Plastic Bag Makes A Lousy Strong Box

A woman parked her car in the 300 block of Pass Ave. Sunday between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. She also left her wallet in the car, wrapped in a plastic grocery bag.  When she returned to her car, the wallet was missing.   Apparently they don’t make plastic grocery bags like they used to.

Business Burglary

BurCal Apartments8715

100 block S. Buena Vista St.
April 26, at 3:37 a.m.
Entry:   Window smash
Loss:   Prescription medication
Suspects:   Unknown

Residential Burglaries

2721 Willow St. (Vintage Burbank)

April 25, at 11 a.m. and 7 a.m. April 26
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Diamond ring
Suspects:   Unknown 

300 block E. Andover Dr.

April 21, at 12 noon and 11:40 a.m. April 28
Entry:   Front door
Loss:   Computer and iPad
Suspects:   Unknown

Auto Burglaries

1900 block Empire Ave.

April 27, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Vehicle:   2013 GMC SUV
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Wallet, cash, credit cards, and misc. items

1800 block Scott Rd.

April 24, at 2 p.m. to 7:45 a.m. April 26
Vehicle:   1992 Mazda Miata
Loss:   Hard top

Grand Theft Auto

500 block N. Naomi St.

April 27, at 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 28
Vehicle:   1992 Honda

2500 block N. Buena Vista St.

April 25, at 4 p.m. to 1 p.m. April 26
Vehicle:   2009 Honda motorcycle 

Auto Burglary Suspects Caught In The Act 

Burbank Police Officers on routine patrol thought a vehicle stopped in the middle of the street at 3:45 a.m. seemed suspicious. They were correct.

The officers had been driving on Victory Blvd. Thursday, when they noticed the car in the 1000 block of W. Angeleno Ave. The car was stopped with it’s headlights on.  They contacted the driver, who told the officers that he had just dropped off a friend and was waiting for him to return.   One of the officers noticed a work van parked at the curb next to the vehicle.  When he checked the van, he noticed a man lying on the ground underneath the van.  He was wearing gloves and had a flashlight. The officer ordered the man to come out from under the van, and detained him along with the driver of the vehicle in the street.

A search of the suspects’ vehicle revealed tools commonly used in vehicle burglaries.  Suspected burglary tools were also found under the van where the man had been lying.   Based on statements the men made, they were both placed under arrest and transported to the Burbank Jail.

The two men arrested were residents of Pacoima.  Luis Nunez-Venegas, 21, was booked for conspiracy and burglary.  He also had an outstanding warrant for spousal battery. His bail was set at $20,000.   Rodrigo Gomez, 32, was also booked for conspiracy and burglary, and had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court.  His bail was also set at $20,000.



Shoplifter Fights Back And Gets Arrested For Robbery

A man suspected of shoplifting at the Home Deport located at 1200 S. Flower St., was observed by store security personnel leaving the store without paying Wednesday around 12:30 p.m.  When two of the store’s loss prevention officers confronted the man outside the store, he attempted to flee by pushing one of the officers. All three ended up falling to the ground during the struggle. The suspect had  been subdued and placed in handcuffs by the time Burbank Police arrived at the store.

The suspect, Grevorg Arakelyan, 38, of Van Nuys, is arrested for robbery rather than petty theft due to his use of force.   He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $20,000.  According to police, during the booking process, methamphetamine was found on the suspect.

Argument Between Teens Turns Violent

A verbal argument between teenaged family members turned violent Sunday afternoon, and ended with one man arrested.

According to Burbank Police, they were called to the 1000 block of E. San Jose Ave. around 3:30 p.m. after an argument escalated into a physical altercation.  Christian Anthony Spencer, 18, of Burbank, reportedly armed himself with a dog leash that had a metal buckle.  He used the leash to strike the victim, a 16 year-old boy.  The victim had visible abrasions and bruising on his shoulder and neck area.

Spencer was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Burbank Jail.  He was released on $30,000 bail, and is schedule to appear in Burbank Superior Count on May 16.

Cops Catch Taggers Before They Can Tag

Two would-be taggers were caught after officers on routine patrol spotted them in alley near Victory Blvd. and Manning St. at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, April 20.  Because of the late hour, and that no businesses in the immediate area were open,  the two men wearing dark clothing were stopped and questioned.

The pair admitted to officers that they were in the area to check out a local building under construction.  The site is well-known among taggers as a good place to place graffiti.  When they agreed to be searched, markers commonly used by taggers were found in their possession.

Arrested for possession of vandalism tools were Adam Gardenhire, 19, of Sun Valley, and Erick Reveles, 19, of Canoga Park.  Both suspects transported to the Burbank Jail, where they were booked, cited, and released pending a court appearance on May 15.  

Witnesses Help Police Catch Two Auto Burglars

Alert citizens called police Friday at 1:15 p.m., when they saw two teenaged boys smash the rear window of a Volkswagen That was parked on Glenoaks Blvd. near Angeleno Ave.  According to the witnesses, the pair reached into the 2005 VW through the broken window and grabbed unknown items before fleeing on foot toward Angeleno.

Burbank Police officers searched the area and found two people matching the description of the suspect.  The two were positively identified by the witnesses.  Further investigation determined that the pair were responsible for two additional vehicle burglaries in the area of the 400 block of Angeleno Ave., and the 600 block of E. Olive Ave., where a 1996 Jeep SUV and a 1989 BMW were broken into. Items recovered included an iPod, purse, and wallet.

Both suspects are juvenile, 16 and 17 year-olds from Pacoima.  After processing at the Burbank Police Station, the 16 year-old was booked into the Sylmar Juvenile Hall.  The 17 year-old was cited and released to his parents pending a court appearance.

Owner Plays While iPhone Strays

An unidentified man was playing basketball at  24 Hour Fitness, 1903 Empire Ave. Friday evening shortly before 8 p.m.  He told police that he placed his iPhone down while he played.  When he returned the phone was missing.

Residential Burglary

2900 block N. Buena Vista St.
March 19, between 8:40 and 10 a.m.
Entry:   Rear door forced open
Loss:   Computer, camera, jewelry, sun glasses

Auto Burglaries

500 block E. Palm Ave.
April 19, at 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. April 20
Vehicle:   2003 Kia
Entry:   Smashed window
Loss:   No loss reported

500 block N.Third St.
April 20, between 2:45 and 3:15 p.m.
Vehicle:   2013 Chevrolet SUV
Entry:   Smashed window
Loss:   Cash


Dispute With Neighbor Lands One Man In Jail

A dispute between neighbors in the 100 block of N. Brighton St. apparently got out of hand Sunday night around 9 p.m.

According to police, Erik Simonyan, 22, went to his neighbor’s front door and confronted him.  Simonyan broke the large glass window in the door to gain entry into residence and get at the man.  He began choking the man until a witness pulled him off.   The 31 year-old victim was reported to have no visible signs of injury.

Police arrested Simonyan for burglary due to his breaking into the residence.  He was also arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, and vandalism.  A records check revealed that he also had an outstanding warrant for marijuana possession.   Simonyan was booked into the Burbank Jail.  His bail was set at $50,000.

Thieves Still Trying To Take Cars One Piece At A Time

Criminals targets two luxury cars over the weekend, in their quest to steal the vehicles’ mirrors.  Two thefts were reported overnight between Friday and Saturday.

In the first incident, they took the passenger side mirror from a 2013 BMW parked in the 600 block of N. Buena Vista St., sometime between 9:10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.   In the second incident, the thieves took the passenger mirror from another 2013 BMW parked in the 3200 block of Riverside Dr.  This theft occurred between 1 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

In both incidents, no suspects were seen.  There has been a rash of thefts of mirrors from newer vehicles in the past few weeks.


Residential Burglary


1800 block N. California St.
April 12, between 8:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Entry:   Rear door
Loss:   Watch and purse
Suspects:   None


Business Burglary

300 block S. Glenoaks Blvd. (attempt only)
April 13, at 5:10 a.m.
Entry:   Suspect(s) broke holes into the building’s walls
Loss:   None
Suspects:   Unknown
Vehicle:   None seen


Auto Burglaries

200 Block N.Third St.
April 14, between 4:50 and 5:20 p.m.
Vehicle:   2012 Nissan
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Purse and wallet

100 Block E. Orange Grove Ave.
April 14, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Vehicle:   2003 Toyota
Entry:   Smashed rear driver’s side window
Loss:   DVD player, purse and contents

Bicycle Theft
1900 block W. Olive Ave.
April 14, between noon and 12:30 p.m.
Unlocked bike
Suspects:   Unkinown

It Might NOT Be A Good Time To Own A Pick-Up Truck

Burbank Police are investigating several thefts from pick-up trucks between Sunday night and Monday morning, April 8.

One theft of a catalytic converter occurred at 5 a.m. Monday, when a pair of thieves were seen under a 1996 Nissan truck.  The truck was parked at Burbank Blvd. and Screenland Dr.  The suspects were seen leaving in a newer gray-colored Ford sedan.

A second pick-up truck had its catalytic converter taken.  The 1998 Toyota Tacoma was parked in the 1500 block of Pepper St., just a few blocks away from the other truck.  The theft occurred sometime overnight between 9 p.m. Sunday, and noon on Monday.

Thieves took the tailgate of a 2011 Ford F150 pick-up truck. The truck was parked on Orange Grove Ave and Seventh St.  The tailgate was there when the owner parked the truck at 9 p.m. Sunday, but wasn’t there at 6:45 a.m. Monday morning.

Rather than take the parts, a thief made off with the entire truck Sunday night.  The 1997 Chevrolet pick-up truck was parked in the 2200 block of N. Niagara St.  The truck was taken  sometime between 5:45 and 10:45 p.m. No suspects were seen.

One pick-up truck owner was slightly more lucky.  A thief was unsuccessful in his attempted to steal the owner’s 2003 Chevrolet pick-up at 2 a.m. Monday. The truck was parked in the 2600 block of N. Frederic St. when the culprit used a possible screwdriver to punch the driver’s side door lock and pry open the door. Burbank Police found evidence that the suspect attempted to hotwire the truck.  Luckily for the owner, the thief wasn’t very good at hotwiring.

Not Such A Good Time For Honda Owners Either

Two Honda automobiles were stolen overnight Sunday, April 7.  A 1996 Honda Accord was taken from the 1000 block of W. Angeleno Ave.   The vehicle theft occurred sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday, and 7 a,m, Monday when the car was discovered missing.

A 1998 Honda Civic was taken from the 500 block of N. Calfiornia St.   This theft occurred between 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday, when the owner found the car missing. Police were investigating both thefts.  No suspects were seen in either case.

Robber Strikes Very Late (Or Early) On Olive Ave.

A robber was either out very late or up very early Saturday morning, April 6, when he robbed a man and woman at 3:50 a.m. The victims, an 18 year-old man and woman, were sitting on a bench in the 2800 block of W. Olive Ave., talking when they were approached by the suspect who was wearing a ski mask.

Producing a handgun, the robber demanded the victims’ property.  Fearing for their safety, the pair handed over a purse, cell phones, cash, and other property.  The suspect then ran off. The victims were not injured.

The suspect is described as a White male, unknown age, about 5’9” tall, 150 lbs., wearing blue jeans, a black sweatshirt, and a turquoise ski mask.  No vehicle was seen.  The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone who may have seen the suspect or has information about the robbery is urged to call the Burbank Police Department at 818-238-3000.

Police could give no explanation as to why the pair was sitting on a bench, talking, at 3:50 in the morning.

Back Seat Bandits Still Out There

Those notorious “Back Seat Bandits” who have been stealing the third row seats from SUV’s for the past few years, are still at it.

On Sunday, between 5 and 6 p.m., they broke into a 2007 Chevrolet SUV by punching the door lock.  The vehicle was parked in the 1900 block of Empire Ave., adjacent to the Empire Center.

On Friday, April 5, around 10:40 a.m., they broke into a 2007 GMC SUV parked near the Target Store at 1800 Victory Pl.  The door lock was punched, and the thieves took the third row seats.

While Owner Plays, iPhone Goes Away

Apparently it doesn’t pay to leave your iPhone lying around while you play basketball.  A man was playing basketball for approximately 2 hours, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on April 2, at McCambridge Park, located at 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd.  He set the phone down when he started playing.  When he finished playing, he went back to get his phone and it was gone. 

Mercedes-Benz Mirrors A Hot Item With Thieves
In a continuing rash of thefts of mirrors from late model Mercedes-Benz automobiles, thieves have struck again.  Sometime between 6:30 p.m. April 3, and 8:30 a.m. they took the passenger side mirror from a 2010 Mercedes.  The car was parked in the 4300 block of Clybourn Ave. in the Toluca Lake area of Burbank.