On Wednesday, February 19, six auto burglaries occurring between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. were reported to Burbank Police. Several happened in the downtown Burbank area and while others stretch from Olive Ave. and Buena Vista St. to the Burbank hillside community.
“Due to the short time period and the similar M.O., it appears the same suspects could be involved,” commented Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. Rear or side windows were smashed in five of the six burglaries so thieves could gain entry to the vehicles.
Three auto burglaries were reported in the downtown Burbank area. Between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, a 2011 black Chevy Tahoe parked at 148 E. Orange Grove Ave. had a backpack with a handgun, two cameras and miscellaneous papers taken.
Between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., a computer case containing a MacBook Pro, an iPad and computer cables was taken from a 2013 green Ford Focus parked at 107 S. First Street. At 250 N. First St., an iPad and three cases of San Antonio wine were taken from a 2012 blue Toyota Camry between 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.
Near Olive Ave, and Buena Vista St, between 8:20 and 9:45 p.m., a white Chevy Suburban parked at 2828 W. Olive Ave. was broken into an a briefcase containing miscellaneous papers taken. During the same time period, at 2825 W. Olive Ave, a backpack was taken from a 2014 black Cadillac four door vehicle. Officers conducting an area check after the report did find the backpack nearby and was returned to the victim, who reported nothing missing.
Also that evening between 7:25 and 8:35 p.m., a 2009 gray Toyota Camry parked at 2850 Haven Way was broken into and a blue purse and its contents including a wallet with driver’s license and credit cards was stolen.
There has been an uptick in the number of reported auto burglaries, especially in the downtown area, noted Ryburn, with 22 reported auto burglaries and thefts from vehicles in that area alone since January 1.
Throughout the city, vehicles with visible items appear to be easy targets for thieves, as vehicle burglaries have been reported from all corners and neighborhoods of Burbank.
Burbank Police ask for anyone who may have noticed suspicious persons or vehicles at the described locations and times to contact the department at 818-238-3210.