Crime Reports For August 2012


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

Updated 9/3/12

Lone Gunman Robs Gas Station

An armed robber held up the Shell Gas Station at 181 W. Alameda Ave. Friday night, August 31.   The suspect entered the business at 9:55 p.m. and proceeded to walk behind the counter and point a black semi-automatic handgun at the clerk. The 38 year-old male clerk was ordered to lie on the floor as the robber grabbed an estimated $300-$400 from the cash register.

The suspect is described as a male Black, 25-30 yrs., 5’10” – 6’0”, 210-220 lbs., with a shaven head.  He was wearing a plaid flannel shirt that was red, white, and gray in color.  Because was on the floor, the clerk did not see a getaway car or notice which direction the suspect took when leaving.  The gas station is adjacent to the Alameda on and off ramps to the Golden State Freeway.

Fight Next To Library Lands Man In Jail

Police were dispatched to the Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., on Friday, August 31, at 3:52 p.m. for a report of a man down.  When they arrived they found a man lying on the ground outside the library, in a pool of blood.  The victim had a gash over his left eye.

Burbank Fire Department paramedics responded to the scent to treat the victim, a 41 year-old transient.  He was transported by rescue ambulance to Providence Holy Cross Hospital, where it was determined that he was heavily intoxicated.

Witnesses told police that another man had been fighting with the victim, and had kicked him in the head.  They pointed out the suspect, who was across the street on Olive Ave. at a gas station.  Officers placed Fermin Casillas, 41, of Burbank under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail.  His bail was set at $25,000.

Victim Chases After Purse Snatcher

A 59 year-old woman wasn’t going to just stand by when a young thief grabbed her purse Thursday afternoon, August 30, at 2:40 p.m. She chased after the suspect, yelling for help as she ran.

The woman had been standing on the corner of Olive Ave. and Seventh St., waiting for her son to arrive with a moving truck.  Her son was moving into a condominium in the area.  As she waited on the corner, the suspect was walking eastbound on Olive Ave. towards her.  As he approached, the suspect grabbed the woman’s purse and ran south on Seventh St., then eastbound in the alley between Olive Ave. and Angeleno Ave., with the victim in pursuit.   The woman eventually lost sight of the suspect as he entered an apartment complex on Angeleno.

Police were called at 2:47 p.m. and immediately responded to the area.  They were unable to locate the suspect, who is described as a male White or Hispanic, 16-22 yrs., 5’6”-5’9”, wearing a dark-colored shirt and jeans.  In the woman’s purse were credit cards, a driver’s license, and $240 in cash.

Dr. Phil Should Have Drove His Chevy To The Levee Instead Of The Shop

Thieves made off with Dr. Phil McGraw’s classic 1957 Chevy, after breaking into a local automotive shop late Sunday night, August 26.

According to Burbank Police, officers responded to RODZ Fabrication regarding a burglar alarm at 11:55 p.m. The business is located at 2800 N. San Fernando Blvd. between Winona Ave. and the on/off ramps to the Southbound Golden State Freeway. Apparently thieves broke through one of the large roll-up doors to the business, which specializes in restoring classic cars, and building hot rods.

Police were informed that a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Aire owned by television personality Dr. Phil McGraw, was missing from the shop.  The car had reportedly been brought to the shop after Dr. Phil had trouble getting it started.  The classic black convertible is valued at $100,000.  RODZ Fabrications has offered a $1,000 reward for info on the whereabouts of the car.

A stolen vehicle report was taken, and the investigation is on-going.  Anyone with information about the car is asked to contact the Burbank Police Department at 818-238-3000.

Woman Taking Out Trash Accousted By Man

A woman who was taking out her trash at her apartment complex at 1200 Riverside Drive, was accousted by a man who also lives in the complex.  The incident occurred at 3:23 p.m. Saturday, August 25, when the 51 year-old man began repeatedly yelled at the 28 year-old woman to get her attention.  According to police, the man asked the woman to perform a sexual favor on him.   The victim immediately ran to her apartment and called police.

Officers located he suspect in the parking area of the complex.  The victim then placed the man under citizen’s arrest for secton 647(a) of the Penal Code, solicitation of a lewd act in a public place.  The man, Michael Mayo, was booked into the Burbank Jail.  He was cited and ordered to appear in court on September 19.

Woman Robbed In Front Of Her Home

A Burbank woman was robbed Saturday, August 25, as she returned home from a visit to the Jewelry District in Los Angeles.

The victim parked her vehicle across the street from her home in the 1800 block of Ayers Way at 11:25 a.m.  As she was getting out of the vehicle, a man confronted her and grabbed a jewelry bag she was holding.  Several jewelry boxes fell out of the bag.  The suspect grabbed the boxes and fled on foot towards Via Montana.  His getaway vehicle was not seen.

Taken were four necklaces valued at $5,600.  The woman was not injured in the robbery.

The suspect is described as Hispanic or Black, 5’8” to 5’10”, 175-18- lbs., with dark hair.  He was wearing a white t-shirt, dark-colored pants, and white shoes.

Toddler in Stroller Used To Hide Shoplifting Loot

A couple were arrested at Costco, 1015 W. Burbank Blvd. on Wednesday afternoon, after they allegedly concealed merchandise in a baby stroller containing their 3 year-old child.

Los prevention officers at Costco, observed the father of the child conceal several items in the stroller while the mother was pushing a shopping cart around picking up other items.  The woman paid for the items in the shopping cart, and the couple exited the store along with the toddler in the stroller.

They were stopped by the loss prevention officers and placed under citizen’s arrest for petty theft.  Inside the stroller were body wash, rubbing alcohol, Lysol spray, and shampoo.  The items were returned to the store.

Burbank Police were called, and took the woman, Marussya Hambardzumyan, 30, of North Hollywood, to the Burbank Jail.  For medical reasons, the man, Neres Vartanian, 40, of North Hollywood, was cited and allowed to take the child home.

Burglar Takes Handguns From Home

A burglar entered a residence in the 900 block of Clybourn Ave. on August 21, between 8 and 10 p.m.  Police report that the thief entered through an open bathroom window.  Taken were two handguns, a computer, and a safe.


Late Night Bike Riders Pass Through Town – One Cited

Burbank Police received a report of a large group of bicycle riders heading westbound on Magnolia Blvd. late Monday night, August 20. One officer, who happened to be in the area of Victory and Magnolia Blvds. When the call went out over the police radio, observed one bicyclist run through a red light.

It took nearly a half mile before the rider finally pulled over at the corner of Magnolia and Sparks St. around 11:15 p.m. She was cited and eventually continued on her way, a mile or two behind the main group of riders.

The officer received a number of “cat calls” and obscenities from a few of the approximately 150 riders, as they passed by on their way to North Hollywood Park.  The group was composed mostly of adults, but some teenagers were observed riding.

According to the unidentified woman who was cited, the informal group rides every Monday night for about 15-20 miles, late at night.  According the web site of the group Midnight Ridazz, which posts announcements about rides all over the Greater Los Angeles Area, the ride started at San Fernando Rd. and Fletcher Dr. in the Atwater area at 10:30 p.m., and ended at North Hollywood Park.  Riders on Magnolia were taking up the #2 lane, and were riding everything from racing bikes, to “stingray” type bikes. One older couple were observed on a motorized tricycle.  The group took about 10 minutes to pass by, as riders spread out over a long stretch of the boulevard.  No further incidents involving the bicyclists were reported.

Owner At Home Watches Burglar At Business

Thanks to technology, the owner of a Burbank pharmacy, who was at his home, was able to watch on a monitor, as a burglar broke into the business.

The burglary began around 1:46 a.m. Friday morning,  August 17, according to police, when the alarm company notified the owner of the UMC Pharmacy at 4318 W. Victory Blvd., that the alarm went off at the business.  Apparently assuming it was a false alarm, the owner decided to not call the police and have them respond to the business.

About an hour later, the unidentified business owner, checked the remote video and saw images of a man inside the business.  The owner called the Burbank Police Department, telling police dispatchers that he could see the burglar inside the business.  As officers began responding to the locating, which is just a block away from the city limits, the owner told dispatchers that the burglar appeared to be putting things in a bag and getting ready to leave.

When officers arrived at the business, they found a broken front window, but no suspect.  When they reviewed the video at the store, it appeared that the suspect smashed the window with a rock, then entered and took a computer, fax machine, and an unknown type and quantity of pills from the pharmacy.  He didn’t take the surveillance camera.  The suspect is described only as a male, 5 ft. 8 in. tall, 160 lbs.


Elderly Woman Pepper Sprayed At Train Station

A 73 year-old woman was assaulted at the Burbank Metrolink Station Thursday morning.  Burbank Police responded to the station located at 5 W. Olive Ave. at 6:40 a.m. The unidentified victim had been sprayed in the face with what appears to be pepper spray.  She was treated by Burbank Fire Department paramedics and transported by rescue ambulance to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.

Officers searched the aea for the suspect who is described as a male White, 50-60 years old, with a large build, blue eyes.  The man was wearing a beige cap, a gray or green shirt, and khaki pants.  Anyone who was in the area who may have seen or heard anything around the time of the attack is asked to call detectives at 818-238-3210.

Tinhorn Thieves Leave Saloon Owner Flat

Three burglars broke into the Tinhorn Flats Saloon &  Grill, early Thursday morning, August 16..

According to police, three mean wearing hooded sweatshirts broke into the business around 4:30 a.m.  A neighbor to the saloon, which is loated at 2623 W. Magnolia Blvd., at the corner of Naomi St., saw the trio jump over the gate at the back of the saloon.  The neighbor called police, but by the time officers arrived, the suspects were gone.  They fled in what are described only as “two smaller vehicles.

When the owner arrived at the business, he determined that two cash registers were stolen. Also missing was $900 in cash. Apparently due to the early hour, and lack of horses, any plans to form a posse and ride after the crooks didn’t happen.

Victim Confronts Thief, Gets Punched In Face

A Burbank man who confronted a thief who had just broken into his car, ended up getting punched in the face by the suspect.

According to police, the unidentified man was walking to his car in the underground parking are of his apartment building in the 200 block of North Rose St., at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, August 15.   As he was walking to the car, he observed a man walk past him.  When he got to his car, he found a window smashed and his wife’s purse was missing.

The victim then notices that the man who had just passed him had the purse over his shoulder.  As the thief attempted to flee the parking garage, the victim confronted him.  The suspect punched the victim in the face as the two struggled over the purse.  The suspected broke free from the man’s grasp and was last seen fleeing onto Riverside Dr.

Police were unable to located the suspect, who is described as a male black, 24-26 years old, 5 ft. 8 ins., 135 lbs., wearing a dark colored t-shirt and jeans.  The suspect is now wanted for robbery, since force was used in the theft.   The victim was not injured in the altercation.

You Do Want To Smell Good In Jail

A couple were observed by loss prevention officers at Sears, 111 E. Magnolia Blvd., taking perfume and then leaving without paying.  Burbank Police were called to take the boyfriend and girlfriend to the Burbank Jail on Friday afternoon, August 10.   The two face a variety of charges after officers found meth pipes in their possession.

Erin Cornelius House, 23, of Lancaster, and his girlfriend, Mayra Manriquez, 27, of Van Nuys were both arrested for burglary and conspiracy.   House was also charged with parole violation.  Manriquez was also charged with possession of drugs and narcotics paraphernalia.   She also had outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court, and receiving stolen property.  Bail for each of them was set at $20,000.

You’ve Got To Be Crazy To Fight With The Police

Burbank police received a disturbing the peace call Saturday, August 11, at 2:15 a.m.   When they arrived in the 700 block of E. Santa Anita Ave., they were directed by residents to a man who had been drinking.  Because the man appeared to be a danger to himself and other, they attempted to detain him.  The unidentified man resisted, striking one of the officers on the arm and chest.  The man was detained for a psychiatric hold under section 5150 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

Stop Thief!

When business owner observed a thief start to walk off with a computer keyboard and a laptop computer on Saturday afternoon, he ordered the suspect to put the items down.   The thief complied, and set the items down before walking out of the business, which is in the 4000 block of W. Magnolia Blvd.   Police were immediately called, but officers were unable to locate the suspect, who is described as a male Black.


Three Roommates End Up Sharing Jail Cell

Three women who are roommates, ended up getting arrested for burglary after they tried to shoplift items at the Bubank Town Center Mall on Wednesdday afternoon.

Loss prevention officers from the Sears store at 111 E. Magnolia Blvd., observed one of the women selecting clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, and children’s clothing.  She then went into one of the fitting rooms where she concealed the items and walked out of the store without paying.  When she was placed under citizen’s arrest by the loss prevention officer, it was discovered she had additional merchandise from Victoria’s Secret, Burlington Coat Factory, and Macy’s as well.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Macy’s security personnel were detaining two other females for theft, who were roommates of the women arrested at Sears.  The trio had come to the mall with the intent to steal items.

The three suspects, Olena Samartseva, 19, Anastasiia Dotsenko, 19, and Valeriia Rudenko, 18, of North Hollywood, were booked into the Burbank Jail.


Residents Getting Out Of Car Robbed At Gun Point

Three people returning home from Hollywood were confronted by armed robbers on August 1.   As the victims, two women and one man, parked their vehicle in the 2000 block of Hollywood Way, another car made a U-turn and pulled up behind them.  As the victims were walking toward their residence, two men got out of the car and approached them.  One of the men was armed with a handgun.   Pointing the gun at the three victims, the suspect ordered the women to put their purses down on the ground, and for the man to place his wallet on the ground.  The victims complied with the suspect’s demands.  The robbers then grabbed the items and ran back to their vehicle, driving away southbound on Hollywood Way.

The suspects are described as male Hispanics in their late 20’s.  The one with the gun is described as 5 ft. 6 in. tall, medium build, with a bussed haircut, unshaven, wearing a t-shirt and jeans.   The second suspect is described as being 5 ft. 5 in. tall,, medium build, wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.   Their vehicle is described only as a “newer” compact car, either silver or gold in color.