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Report of Shots Fired Near Walmart Proves Unsubstantiated

Both Burbank police and the California Highway Patrol received numerous calls of shots fired near Walmart in the Empire Center on Thursday, Oct 19 around 3 pm.  Witnesses reported hearing a number of gun shots and reported a car leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

Burbank police were on the scene quickly and with as airship overhead were unable to find the vehicle but a motor home of interest was located in the area.

Police shut down the area to traffic around Walmart.  They also responded their armored vehicle that they call their ‘Bearcat’ to the scene because it was believed that there were occupants in the motor home that might have been involved in the gun fire.

Once in place and with the motor home surrounded, police ordered the man and woman out of the motor home, who came out without incident.

According to Lt. Claudio Losacco of the Burbank Police Department, “We received a call of “shots fired” in the Walmart Parking lot. Upon arrival, numerous people told officers they’d heard the shots, but nobody actually saw a shooter.”

He said that there was no evidence that shots had been fired in the area.

“The cause of the loud sounds may have come from a backfiring generator, but that is unconfirmed at this time” said Losacco.

Two people were briefly detained during the investigation, but released.

Jeepers Creeper – Detectives Arrest Suspect Dubbed The “Office Creeper”

NOTE: The suspect named below struck three times in the City of Burbank, stealing wallets from three separate employees in medical offices at Providence Saint Joseph’s Medical Center. The Burbank thefts occurred on August 30, 2017 and August 31, 2017. 

Pasadena Police Press Release:

On Thursday, October 11th, 2017, Pasadena Police Detectives, along with a Glendale Police Detective and State Parole Agents arrested a man who is allegedly the “Office Creeper” in El Monte, CA. Parolee Anthony Fierro, a career criminal, was arrested in connection with a string of wallet and credit card thefts from office buildings throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Burbank.

The suspect in the surveillance photos was dubbed the “Office Creeper” due to the stealthy manner in which he crept through office hallways, stole wallets from women’s purses and later fraudulently used their credit cards, causing victims and retailers thousands of dollars in losses.

Photos supplied by Pasadena Police Department

Detectives from Arcadia, Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena Police Departments put out “Wanted” flyers for Fierro, who at the time was unidentified. A break in the case came when Glendale PD Detective Kelly Kramer received an anonymous tip identifying Fierro, after the tipster saw Glendale’s “Wanted Information” on the TV news.

After Fierro was identified as a parolee, Pasadena PD Detective Victor Cass took the lead in organizing the multi-agency arrest and search teams. Cass and Kramer, along with Detectives from Pasadena PD and State Parole agents, arrested Fierro at the Parole Office in El Monte, CA. They followed up the arrest with a parole search at Fierro’s residence, collecting crucial evidence related to their cases.

On Friday, October 13th, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed 14 felony counts against Fierro, including Identity Theft, Grand Theft, and Commercial Burglary. In addition, the charges were enhanced due to Fierro’s nine prior violent felony convictions. Fierro is scheduled for arraignment on Friday. His bail was set at no bail.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Pasadena Police at (626)­744-4241 or you may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Suspect from the Burbank Crimes (Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department)

Pasadena High Players Lose More than Football Game to Burbank High

Pasadena High School traveled to Memorial Field Thursday night, October 12, to take on Burbank High in a Pacific League football game.  A bad night on the field after a 42-0 loss to the Bulldogs became even worse when they returned to the locker room at halftime to find that someone had broken in and stolen personal items from three players.

According to Sergeant Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department, three players reported a loss of cash, a cell phone, and stereo headphones from their bags.

Players from both schools use locker rooms provided by Burroughs High. It was not made specific which locker room was being used by Pasadena.

The case is currently being investigated by School Resource Officers.  As of now, a suspect(s) has not yet been identified according to Green.

Burbank Police Unveils Pink Police Car For Breast Cancer Awareness

Photo By Ross A. Benson

On Thursday, October 5, the Burbank Police Department unveiled a new pink police cruiser in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a part of a movement called the Pink Car Project, the BPD collaborated with local automobile repair shop West Coast Customs to create the chrome-wrapped Ford Explorer.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

The new addition to the department’s line of cruisers will be used as a showcase vehicle to pay tribute to those who have fought breast cancer, and others who have been affected by it.

“One of our intentions is to take this vehicle to different venues throughout the month of October, and what we’re going to allow people to do is personalize messages on Post-Its that will attach to the car, and then display them in our station,” said BPD Chief Scott LaChasse.

Today, the pink cruiser is making an appearance at the Burbank Police Officers’ Association annual golf tournament at DeBell Golf Course. Tonight, it will be at the UMe Federal Credit Union on Magnolia during a free outdoor screening of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

In November when the month of awareness is over, the Post-Its will be featured in a display case in the Burbank Police Station’s lobby, accessible for everyone to read.

“We need to get the message out there. Breast cancer is something that affects at least one in eight families,” said Chief LaChasse.

West Coast Customs, the multimillion-dollar business responsible for customizing the cruiser, has appeared on reality shows such as “Pimp My Ride” and “Street Customs.” In the past, the company has also collaborated with Microsoft, Nintendo, and Virgin to create originally designed vehicles.

“This is definitely going to be an identifiable vehicle driving down the streets,” said Ryan Friedlinghaus, chief executive of West Coast Customs, shortly before revealing the new cruiser.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Friedlinghaus and his team spent hours off the clock personalizing the car to achieve the look they wanted.

In addition to the chrome wrapping, the tires promote the BPD’s Twitter account, with @BurbankPD in pink lettering.

The BPD hasn’t decided on plans for the pink cruiser beyond October, but it will likely return to service as a patrol vehicle — except with black instead of pink.

Photo Gallery by Ross A. Benson

Six Citations Issued During Railroad Crossing Enforcement Operation

Press Release from Burbank Police Department:

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau personnel, with the support of Metrolink officials, conducted a highway-grade crossing enforcement operation within the City of Burbank. This operation was conducted in conjunction with Rail Safety Week, which runs from September 24 to September 30, 2017.

Enforcement hopes to educate Motorists who stop on the tracks or evade gate-crossing warnings like this vehicle who was hit at Buena Vista and Vanown August 22 (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The goal of Rail Safety Week is to raise awareness across the United States of the need for rail safety education, and to remind the general public to keep themselves safe near highway-rail grade crossings and railroad rights-of-way.

The rail lines within the city are active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The heavy daily load of vehicular traffic traversing grade crossings is potentially hazardous, and a cause of concern for safe railroad operations. With literally thousands of cars and commercial trucks crossing our rail lines each day, grade crossing violations occur. Motorists who stop on the tracks or evade gate-crossing warnings may be the cause of a train verses vehicle collision that will almost always result in serious injury or death. In addition, these collisions can delay train and vehicle traffic for hours.

As a result of the enforcement operation, which concentrated efforts at major rail crossings and right-of-ways within the City of Burbank, six citations were issued.

The Burbank Police Department would like to remind everyone to make safety a priority while driving in an environment where tracks and trains exist.

Burbank Police Honor Fallen Officer Richard Kunkle

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Police Department held a ceremony Friday honoring Officer Richard E. Kunkle, End of Watch, September 22, 1961. Officer Kunkle was an established patrolman and had one of the longest motorcycle active service tenure.

In honoring our fallen heroes, it is customary to lay wreaths at the base of the guardians, which is the statue many of us see driving past the Burbank Police Department. In addition, because Officer Kunkle was a part of the BPD motor division, other motor officers were in attendance to pay their respects.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Members of Officer Kunkle’s family were also attendance, including his two grandsons Steven and Richard Roskilly. The pair assisted in moving the reefs during the ceremony. Currently, Steven and Richard work at FotoKem here in Burbank.

If you’d like to watch the ceremony, you can find the video here, or watch it below:

Wreath ceremony for fallen Burbank Police Officer Richard E. K…

Burbank Police Officers' Association wreath ceremony for fallen Burbank Police Officer Richard E. Kunkle, End of Watch 9/22/1961. Members of Officer Kunkle's family were in attendance as the wreath was presented by members of the Burbank Police Honor Guard – Sergeant Chris Canales (Taps), Officer Paul Lin, Officer Aaron Denning.

Posted by Burbank Police Department on Friday, September 22, 2017

 

Below is the official release, supplied by the Burbank Police Officers Association:

Friday marks the anniversary of BPD Fallen Officer Richard E. Kunkle, End of Watch, September 22, 1961. As a BPOA tradition, a wreath will be placed at The Guardians statue in honor of our fallen hero. We have invited the family to attend a wreath laying ceremony at 10:00 a.m. The BPD Honor Guard will be present and Sergeant Chris Canales has graciously offered to perform Taps. We will always honor our heroes for their service and ultimate sacrifice they made to secure our safety.

Officer Richard “Dick” E. Kunkle, Badge #46

Officer Richard “Dick” E. Kunkle, Badge #46, was appointed as a Patrolman January 4, 1954. He was killed in the line of duty while riding a police motorcycle on September 22, 1961. Officer Kunkle was attempting to catch a motorist. He was entering Victory Boulevard from Orange Grove when he was struck by another vehicle.

Officer Kunkle had one of the longest motorcycle active service records, he also served four years in Anchorage, Alaska, before coming to Burbank.

He served in the Armed Forces during World War II and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge.

Officer Kunkle’s name is forever carved on the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial. Memorial Panel: 14-W: 10.

Coffee With a Cop Scheduled for Saturday

If you are up Saturday morning and would like to discuss the Burbank Police Department while enjoying a cup of coffee, you are invited to “Coffee With a Cop” this Saturday, September 16 from 9 am to 11 am at the Starbucks at 4207 Riverside Drive, right next to Bob’s Big Boy.

Residents are encouraged to stop by and talk with police about community concerns or get answers to their questions regarding the Burbank Police Department.

This is a great way to interact with law enforcement on a casual basis.

Police Looking for Purse Snatcher Suspect

Pictured supplied by Burbank Police Department

On September 12, 2017, at about 10:45 A.M., an elderly woman was grocery shopping at Ralphs, located at 2600 W. Victory Blvd. in the City of Burbank. The woman was maneuvering through the store in an electric scooter and had placed her purse on the floor board. At one point, the woman reached up to grab an item from a store shelf when the suspect depicted in these photos reached down, snatched the victim’s purse from the scooter, and left the store.

Pictured supplied by Burbank Police Department

The suspect was captured leaving Ralphs in an older, 4-door white sedan with chrome rims. The vehicle is possibly an older model Lexus GS.

A short time later, the victim’s purse was found dumped near the intersection of Buena Vista St. and Vanowen St. The victim’s credit cards, identification, and currency were missing from the purse.

It was then learned the victim’s credit cards were used to make two large purchases at Target and Lowe’s. Although store locations are still being verified, the purchases were possibly made at the Empire Center.

The suspect is described as an African American female, 20-30 years old, about 5’5″ to 5’8″, 110-130 pounds, with brown hair in a pony tail. The suspect was wearing a black t-shirt, ripped blue jeans with black leggings underneath, and black shoes.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the Burbank Police Department Investigations Division, at (818) 238-3210. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP,” or through their website, at LACrimeStoppers.org.

Pictured supplied by Burbank Police Department

L. A. County District Attorney Files Charges in Disney Employee’s Death

According to a release issued today by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, a 37-year-old Burbank man was charged today with the DUI death of a woman who was walking to her job at the Disney lot at the intersection of Alameda and Lincoln.

Flowers are left by the Disney gate and markings are still on the street where Michelle Ann Landes was tragically killed by a driver last Thursday

Stergios Antonios Economos faces one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury. Arraignment was scheduled for today in Department 1 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Burbank Branch.

Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Padilla-Diaz of the DUI Training and Prosecution Section said case GA101880 includes an allegation that Economos inflicted great bodily injury on two victims.

On Sept. 7, the defendant allegedly ran a red light, running over victim Michelle Ann Landes, 64, at a crosswalk near Alameda Avenue and Lincoln Street, the prosecutor said. Economos’ vehicle then crashed into a car.

The driver of the car was greatly injured. Landes died as a result of her injuries, the prosecutor added.

If convicted as charged, Economos faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 11 years in state prison. Bail is recommended at $1 million.

The case remains under investigation by the Burbank Police Department.

Officer Angela Burrows Receives $1,000 Rex Andrews Scholarship

Many of you may not know Angela by name, but after hearing about who and what she does, you’ll feel as if she’s one of your best friends. Officer Burrows has faced adversity, hurdles, and has continued to rise to the top. After reading about her many feats below, I have no doubt you’ll liken Officer Burrows to that of a Superwoman.

Burbank Police Officer Angela Burrows. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Below is a brief Q&A with Angela Burrows in which she discusses what the Rex Andrews Scholarship award means to her, and how you can help her raise money for our military veterans. Enjoy!

A Conversation With Officer Burrows

Given your background in being a single parent, a servant of the community, your volunteer work, a fundraiser for U.S. Veterans, and being an all-around Super Woman; Where do you find the time to manage all of these facets of your life? 

Oh wow…when you phrase it like that, it sounds like a lot! All of these things are important to me.  It is a lot easier to manage anything when it’s important and serves a significance in my life.  These are my priorities in life and rather than be overwhelmed, I try to embrace everything including the challenges that may set me back.  Set backs are going to happen.  I have come to realize that and I am more accepting and less critical of myself because of it.

What do you feel is Burbank Police Department’s greatest strength? 

Officer Angela Burrows (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

 

Our greatest strength lies within our Community.  We are fortunate to have continuous support from our community which creates such a positive impact on how we provide police services.  Law Enforcement today is more challenging than it has ever been.  We face many obstacles while doing our job and it truly makes our job easier when we have the support of our Community. 

 

You were recently given a $1,000 scholarship to go back to school. What does that mean to you? 

I am extremely honored to have been selected to receive this Scholarship.  By continuing my education despite my age, I am leading by example and I hope I can inspire my son and anyone else to do the same.  It is never too late.

Officer Angela Burrows. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

What area of study are you looking to jump into? 

I am currently working on my BS in Psychology, which is beneficial to my career as a Police Officer.  As an Officer we are often in contact with people who have a mental illness.  I have a better understanding and awareness of what I need to say and do when in contact with someone who suffers from a mental illness.

I understand you’re raising money for U.S. Veterans by jumping out of a plane. Could you elaborate on how residents of Burbank can donate/sponsor you? 

22 Veterans commit suicide each day.  Operation Jump 22 is a fundraiser that was established in partnership with Mission Volant to help raise funds for combat wounded Veterans.  Mission Volant started as a simple idea.  To change the lives of combat-wounded Veterans in a spectacular way, by helping them adjust back to Civilian life.  Sadly, this is a major challenge for Veterans.  For those who have been wounded, the struggle is even more significant.  Our goal is to provide services and training for the true heroes who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

Operation Jump 22 was created by Brandon Feco, owner of KNB Capital in Westlake Village.  Brandon’s own passion for Skydiving inspired him to create a fundraiser that would encourage and challenge others to face their fear by jumping for a great cause.  

Brandon told me about his idea and I immediately knew that I wanted to be involved.  This fundraiser is personal to me since I have many friends and Co-workers who serve in the Military. My own fear of heights and respect for Veterans inspired me to sign up to Skydive.  The event will take place on Veteran’s Day on 11/11/17 at Skydive Santa Barbara in Lompoc from 10am-3pm.  There will be entertainment, food and raffles.  If you would like to donate or sponsor my jump, please go to  WWW.OPERATIONJUMP22.COM/DONATIONS/ANGIE

 

All proceeds will go directly to Mission Volant.  If anyone is interested in donating items as raffle giveaways, please call 805-813-4100 or email dbfeco@knbcapital.com!