Nearly 25 thefts from vehicles were reported over the weekend spanning Friday evening, May 23, to Sunday morning, May 25. The majority of the thefts were reported in the western end of Burbank and were from unlocked vehicles. A few window smash auto burglaries were also reported during that time frame.
During the evening and early morning hours of Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday, at least 20 of the thefts were from unlocked cars, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. Besides easier access to would-be thieves, an unlocked car means police must classify the incident as a petty theft, not an auto burglary.
“We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for people to lock their cars,” said Ryburn.
Three vehicles on each of the 600 block of N. Florence Street and the 1400 block of N. Pass Avenue were hit, along with one vehicle on each block of 700 N. Florence, 900 N. Maple, 800 N. Griffith Park, 800 N. Niagara, 1000 N. Niagara, 800 N. Reese, 800 N. Sparks, 900 N. Pass and 1000 N. Catalina Streets.
Two vehicles on the 900 block of N. Lima and three in an apartment complex on the 200 block of W. Verdugo were also targeted.
Three vehicles were reported with windows smashed to gain entry: one on the 200 block of W. Verdugo, one on the 1800 block of N. Rose and one on the 700 block of E. Cypress.
Losses included five iPods, a makeup bag, a wallet, a backpack, a face plate to a car stereo, two seat head rests with video screens, three GPS units and coins and change from the cars’ consoles. added Ryburn.
Police are reviewing security camera footage that shows the suspects and may release that footage to the public.
The two suspects are described as male Hispanics. One, age 20-25, is heavyset and wearing a dark T-shirt. The other suspect appears to be age 19-25 with brown hair. The suspects were last seen fleeing southbound on Pass Avenue.
Police encourage anyone who may have information related to these crimes or who may have seen something during the evenings and early morning hours of May 23-24 and 24-25 to contact the BPD at 818-238-3210.