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Downtown Burbank, Empire Center Hit by Rash of Auto Burglaries

Burbank Police that a crew from Northern California is responsible for a range of auto burglary that occurred Sunday night in downtown Burbank.

According to Burbank Police Sgt. Derek Green, 12 auto burglaries occurred in Burbank in about a three hour window Sunday evening, February 23.

During that time there were three auto burglaries in the Empire Center, six in Downtown Burbank and two in residential areas.

Police believe that the burglaries were committed by the same crew, probably from Northern California. A few weeks ago four men were arrested from the Oakland area after attempting a home burglary in Burbank.

It is important that you lock your vehicle and valuable objects are not visible from the outside.

Nearly 25 Holiday Weekend Thefts From Vehicles Reported

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.

BPD police Car Logo-2During 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.

Three Similar Auto Burglaries Reported

Three similar auto burglaries were reported to police on Friday, March 7. In all three cases, a window was smashed to gain entry to the vehicle, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

Between 6:00 p.m. March 6 and 12:00 p.m. March 7, someone broke into a 2012 silver Chrysler 200 parked at an apartment complex at 630 Hollywood Way and stole a GPS unit.

Another GPS device was taken from a 2014 gray Dodge Dart parked at an apartment complex at 640 Hollywood Way, sometime between 12:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on March 7.

Also at 640 Hollywood Way, an unknown suspect broke into a 2014 black Chevy Camaro and took a purple chain with a black cross, sometime between 8:00 p.m. March 6 and 8:30 p.m. March 7.

Recent Auto Burglaries Appear Related

Four auto burglaries were reported on Wednesday, March 5, and may possibly be connected because of possible time frame and proximity in location, according to police.

A yellow diaper bag was taken from a white 2013 Dodge van parked on the 1300 block of Oak St., sometime between 6:00 p.m., March 4, and 6:00 a.m., March 5. The entry to the vehicle was unknown, but not forced, and the victim discovered the vehicle’s front door ajar in the morning.

Sometime between 4:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, a purse was stolen from a 2010 gray Hyundai parked on the 200 block of S. Reese Place. Another person found the purse laying on the street, said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

When police followed up with the owner of the purse, it was discovered her car had been entered and the purse taken. The only reported loss from the purse was $20 cash. The car was possibly unlocked because no forcible entry had been made.

Between 10:00 p.m. Tuesday and 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, miscellaneous keys and a school i.d. card was taken from an unlocked 2006 Toyota Highlander parked on the 300 block of S. Griffith Park Drive.

A 2010 gray Toyota Corolla parked on the 900 block of N. Mariposa St. was left unlocked overnight and a purse was taken sometime between the hours of 9:00 p.m., March 4, and 7:00 a.m., March 5. The contents of the purse included $85 in cash and identification, social security and medical cards.

“It appears all four vehicles were unlocked and no force was used,” commented Ryburn. “It also appears that these burglaries may have been carried out by the same suspects.”

“Even if your car is parked in your driveway, you need to lock it overnight,” he added.

Six Auto Burglaries Wednesday Evening May Be Related

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.


Burglars Prey On Worshipers At Local Churches

Thieves have apparently found easy prey, as they broke into several parked cars of worshipers attending local churches this past Sunday, September 15.

The Burbank Police Department took nine separate reports for auto burglaries that occurred at or near local houses of worship between 8:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. Victims reported losing laptop computers, an iPad, a GPS, tools, a briefcase, and books. The break-ins occurred while the car owners were attending worship services at five local Christian churches and one Jewish temple.

The burglaries occurred at First Christian Church of Burbank, 221 S. Sixth St.; Magnolia Park United Methodist Church/The Lighthouse at Magnolia; St. Finbar Catholic Church, 2020 W. Olive Ave.; St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd.; St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 154 N. Fifth St.; and Temple Beth Emet, 600 N. Buena Vista St.  One car was broken into in the parking lot of the Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.  The parking lot is adjacent to St. Robert Bellarmine Church.

The Burbank Police Department is currently investigating the burglaries.  The department advises everyone to secure their property when leaving it in a parked vehicle, and offers the following tips to keep from being a victim:

•   Park in well-lit areas while visiting malls, shopping centers, and places of worship.

•   Lock All doors and windows, even while in your own driveway or carport.

•   Be aware of your surroundings while going to and leaving your vehicle.

•   Make eye contact with those around you and your vehicle.

•   Do not leave valuables (backpacks, computer bags, packages, GPS systems, in plain      sight inside your vehicle.  Secure them in the truck or a covered area inside the vehicle.

•   If you see someone suspicious looking into vehicles, call the police.

•   If you see a crime, be a good witness and obtain a description of the suspect(s) and the suspect vehicle — including the license plate.

•   Remember to “Lock It, Hide It, Keep It.”