Crime Reports for May 2013

By On June 3, 2013

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

Updated:  6/3/13

Funny Money No Laughing Matter

A woman who had two counterfeit $100 bills in her car Thursday night found out that “funny money” is no laughing matter to the police

Burbank Police officers spotted a Camaro with non-working brake lights, and observed the driver made an improper turn in the area of Buena Vista St. and Thornton Ave.  When they pulled the driver over at Frederic St. and Thornton Ave. at 11:30 p.m. they watched the driver pick up a $100 bill from her car.  One officer noticed another $100 bill on the floor of the car and picked it up with the intent of handing it back to the woman.  However, as it touched the bill, he noticed that it didn’t feel like real money.

A closer inspection of the bill, and the other $100 bill the woman had picked up, revealed that they both had the same serial number.  The woman, Sabatha Samantha Lander, 38, of Los Angeles, was placed under arrest for violation of  United States Code 18 -471, possession of counterfeit currency.  She was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $20,000.

Shots Fired on Niagara Street

Residents in the 2200 block of N. Niagara St. reported hearing 4-5 gunshots at 1:22 a.m. Thursday morning.  Burbank Police officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter to contain any suspects.   No suspects were located, and no evidence of anyone being injured or property being damaged was found.  Shell casing were collected as evidence, and a report of discharging a firearm was taken, according to police.

Argument Sends One  Man To Hospital, Another To Jail

A man showed up at the Emergency Room of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center last Saturday afternoon, May 25, with serious injuries to his face.  Police responded to the hospital when the man said he had been assaulted.

According to police, the unidentified victim and the suspect, Paul Mathew Caridad, 27, had been in the vicinity of Caridad’s residence at 1838 N. Buena Vista.  (The home, located where Vanowen St. dead ends into Buena Vista St.,  had attained some notoriety years ago when several fatal accidents occurred  when drunk drivers speeding along Vanowen failed to stop and crashed into the home’s garage. The intersections has since been re-engineered to send cars away from the house.)

The victim and Caridad reportredly got into an argument over a female acquaintance.  Caridad struck the victim in the head with a flashlight, knocking him to the ground.  The man received cuts and bruised to the left side of his face, a broken left checkbone, and a bruise to his left eye.

After investigating the crime, officers and detectives went to Caridad’s residence on Tuesday around 3 p.m. and placed him under arrest for felony battery causing great bodily injury.   He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $50,000.

Observant Officer Catches Crooks With Stolen Goods

A police officer on routine patrol at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, noticed a semi tractor trailer with the rear door of the trailer open.  A parked car with two men inside drove away as the officer approached.

Suspecting that that two men might be involved in a burglary of the trailer, the officer followed them onto the northbound freeway.  The car exited at the next off-ramp, Scott Rd., where it was stopped.  As the officer approached the car, the odor of marijuana was evident.  The two men were in possession of marijuana, as well as a spring-loaded window punch, commonly used to break car windows.

A further search of the suspect’s car turned up a number of electronic devices, including iPhones, iPods, and garage door openers.  The suspects told police that the items belonged to family members.   However, police were able to determine that some of the items had been stolen in a recent auto burglary.    Apparently the trailer that originally attracted the officer’s suspicion, had not been broken into.

The two men were arrested for possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.  Booked into the Burbank Jail with bail set at $20,000 each, were Keith Anderson, 19, and Damon Allen, 21.  Both men are residents of Pasadena.

Security Cameras Catch Tire Slasher In The Act

After the tires on their cars had been slashed in 2010 and 2011, a family in the 800 block of S. Bel Aire Dr. installed video cameras around their home so they could keep an eye on their cars.  Their investment in the cameras paid off for them Sunday afternoon.

Around 12:30 p.m. Sunday someone slashed the tires on their 2011 and 2007 Honda automobiles parked in the driveway and on the street in front of their home.  A review of the video footage showed the suspect committing the crimes.  The suspect?  One of their neighbors.  Burbank Police were called the victims signed a Citizens Arrest forms.

Taken to jail by police (in car without slashed tires) was Garry Keshishyan, 49, of Burbank.  He was booked on felony vandalism charges, with bail set at $20,000.

Residential Burglary

100 block W. Valencia Ave.
May 18, between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Cash
Suspects:   Unknown 

Auto Burglaries

2000 block N. Buena Vista St.
May 19, between 6:30 and 6:40 p.m.
Vehicle:   2012 Nissan
Entry:   Window smarhed
Loss:   Purse, wallet, and contents

3300 block N. San Fernando Blvd.
May 18, between 12:01 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
Vehicle:   2013 Honda
Entry:   Window smashed
Loss:   Brief case and contents 

Bonnywood Pl. & Palm Ave.
May 17, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Vehicle:   2008 Merceds-Benz
Entry:   Window smashed
Loss:   Purse, wallet, and contents

Grand Theft Auto

2300 block N. Frederick St.
May 19, between 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Vehicle:   1997 Honda 

300 block S. San Fernando Blvd.
May 17, at 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. May 18
Vehicle:   2008 Suzuki motorcycle

Not Only Is The Light Not Left On, But The Welcome Mat Is Not Out Either

Not one, but two local hotels had to call police  and have them take away a man who refused to leave, Saturday morning.

The first incident was at 6:35 a.m. at the Quality Inn, which is located at 1155 N. Buena Vista St. The suspect, Imani Cupe, 22, of Los Angeles, was asked to leave the motel several times by a company representative.  When he refused to leave, the Burbank Police were called.  He was placed under citizen’s arrest by the representative of the Quality Inn, and transported to the Burbank Jail by officers.   He was booked for trespassing, with bail set at $1,000.  He was cited out of jail for the misdemeanor charge.

Apparently not learning his lesson, Cupe then went to the Holiday Inn, located at 150 E. Angeleno Ave.  He was told several times by employees there to leave, but refused the warnings.  Burbank Police were called at 12:05 p.m.  Cupe was placed under citizen’s arrest by a representative of the hotel, and transported back to the Burbank Jail by officers.  He was booked for trespassing, with his bail set at $5,000 this time.  He was cited and released from the jail.

Apparently the only place that will “leave the light on” for him is the “Gray Bar Hotel.”

Grand Theft Auto

4500 block Vanowen St.
May 11, at 5 p.m. t 10 a.m. May12
Vehicle:   2003 Ford van

4800 block Jeffries Ave.
May 10 at 10:45 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 11
Vehicle:   1995 Toyota  SUV

2100 block W.Verdugo Ave.
May 9, between 6:30 p.m. and 11:10 p.m.
Vehicle:   2004 Land Rover

Grand Theft From Vehic

1900 block N. Niagara St.
May 10, around 2:05 a.m.
Vehicle:   2001 Audi
Entry:   Entered through sunroof
Loss:   Purse, bag, and contents

Commercial Burglaries

700 S. San Fernando Blvd.
May 20, around 11:20 a.m.
Entry:   Forced back door open
Loss:   Unknown at this time
Suspects:   Unknown

100 E. Cedar Ave.  (Studio City Rentals)
May 9, at 10:30 p.m. to 8:45 a.m. May 10
Entry:   Forced entry into office
Loss:   Large lighting kit
Suspects:   Unknown

Northern California Women Arrested For Prostitution

Burbank Police officers were suspicious Thursday morning, May 9, when they spotted a woman sitting in a car in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn, 2900 N. San Fernando Blvd.  Their suspicions were warranted, as the hotel is well-known for drug and prostitution activity, and Its parking lot was the site where Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka was gunned down in 2003.

When the officers contacted the woman, they smelled the odor of marijuana.  She told them she was on probation and was required to submit to a search.  Marijuana was found in the car. They also determined that she was with another woman.  Further investigation revealed that both women were at the hotel with the intent to engage in prostitution.

Arrested for loitering wit the intent to commit prostitution were Shaneese Latrell Day, 35, of Sacramento, and Lanicesa Javon Dill, 26, of Elk Grove.  Both were booking into the Burbank Jail, and posted bail at $2,000 each.  They are due to appear in Burbank Superior Count on June 3.


Purse Snatch On Glenoaks

A young woman walking on Glenoaks Blvd. near Elmwood Ave., had her purse snatched Saturday night.  The 22 year-old victim was walking down the street around 9 p.m., when the suspect came up from behind and grabbed her purse.  She was not injured in the incident.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic with a shaved head and mustache.   He was wearing blue jeans and a black shirt. The Burbank Police Department is looking for anyone who may have witnessed the robbery, or have information about the case.  They can be reached anytime at 818-238-3000.

Police Arrest Two In Beer Bottle Throwing Incident

A man leaving his residence early Friday morning to go to work, was nearly hit by a full bottle of be thrown by a couple of men walking by.  According to police, the two men had left The Park Bar and Grill on Burbank Blvd. where they had been drinking.   At 6:20 a.m. they were walking southbound on Lamer St. at Magnolia Blvd., when one of them threw the full beer bottle.  The bottle shattered on the porch of the residence, narrowly missing the 50 year-old man.

When the two suspects were first contacted by police, they gave officers false information.  Eventually, police were able to determine what had actually happened and identify the suspects.  Shortly after noon on Friday the suspects were contacted at a residence in the 300 block of S. Parish Pl., and arrested.

Phillip Michael Purcell, 26, of Burbank, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and resisting, delaying, or obstruction a peace officer. His bail was set at $30,000. He was scheduled to appear in court on May 7.   Brain Patrick Cremin, 22, of Burbank, was only charged with resisting arrest.  He was cited out of jail and ordered to appear in court on May 31.

 Dressing Room Not A Good Place For Valuables

A shopper learned the hard way that a store dressing room is not a good place to leave your valuables while trying on clothes.  According to police, the victim was trying on clothes at the Gap Outlet store located at 301 N. San Fernando Blvd. on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m.  She left the iPad Mini in the dressing room for 10 minutes.  When she returned, it was gone.  No suspects were seen.

Grand Theft Auto

2700 block W. Verdugo Ave.
May 3, between 12:01 a.m. and 12:10p.m.
Vehicle:   2000 Honda
Suspects:   Unknown