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Police Recover Injured Motor Officer’s Stolen Helmet

A Burbank Police Motor Officer’s helmet, valued at $1200, has been recovered by police after it was stolen following an accident involving a motor officer back in January. I

Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department

Ricardo Salvador Miranda, a 40-year-old resident of Burbank, has been arrested and booked on suspicion of grand theft after police allege he stole the helmet after a traffic collision at San Fernando Blvd. and Verdugo Ave. in the afternoon of January 23, 2020.

The officer, who was on duty at the time, had his helmet placed on a bus stop bench while being treated by paramedics at the scene before being transported to the hospital. Other officers at the scene gathered his belongings and noticed the helmet was now missing.

Police investigators reviewed both intersection cameras and body cameras worn by police and found video of a man taking the helmet and leaving the scene and were able to identify a vehicle.

This morning, police served a search warrant connected to the theft at a residence in the 600 block of E. Cedar Ave. in Burbank where detectives found the helmet inside the residence and arrested the suspect.

Miranda is being held on $20,000 bail and is due in court this Friday.

The motor officer involved in the accident is still recovering from his injuries and has not returned to duty according to a press release issued by the Burbank Police Department.

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.

Burglary Suspects Lead Police on Pursuit Before Capture

Four men from Northern California are now in custody after leaving police are pursuit that wound up the Santa Clarita area.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Burbank police received a call about 7 pm on Thursday, February 20, for a possible robbery of a home in the 800 block of Stephen Rd. in Burbank. The Burbank police helicopter arrived and spotted a man running from the home and jumping into a vehicle which sped away.

Police responding to the area saw the Ford Fusion that was occupied by four individuals leaving the area and attempted to stop the vehicle which then fled with Burbank officers in pursuit. During the pursuit, other officers responding to the home confirmed that a burglary had occurred.

As the vehicle fled, there were numerous traffic violations and once the car entered the freeway, it then continued at very high speeds. The vehicle ultimately went to the 5 freeway, where officers finally ended the pursuit just south of Vista Del Lago Road near Pyramid Lake around 8:30 pm. All four of the suspects were taken into custody without incident.

In a press release, Burbank police identified the men as Demaria Adger, a 24-year-old man from Oakland, Marcus Samuels, a 19-year-old man from Antioch, Quazaye Waugh, a 22-year-old man from Oakland, and Dominique Williams, a 24-year-old man, also from Oakland. All four suspects were booked on suspicion of residential burglary and are being held on $100,000 bail.

During the pursuit, the men tossed items from the burglary out of the vehicle. The items were recovered and were identified as belonging to the victims of the burglary.

 

Burbank Police Recover Stolen Water and Power Truck

A Burbank Water and Power truck, that was left unlocked with the keys inside the cab, was stolen in the area of Pacific Ave. and Naomi St. sometime in the morning of February 3.

The truck, a Chevrolet 2500 pickup, contained several tools and pieces of equipment inside according to Sergent Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department. A stolen vehicle report was taken by police at the time of the crime.

Police received a report of the vehicle being located in the 14600 block of Runnymeade St. in Van Nuys and responded units out to recover the vehicle. A search of the truck found that several pieces of equipment were missing from the truck.

Police had the vehicle towed back to the city and are processing it for any potential evidence.

Sgt. Green could not recall the last time a City vehicle was stolen in recent memory but also said, “We encourage everyone, including city employees or any employees who drive vehicles in the course of their employment to always secure them and any valuables.”

Burbank Police Now Equipped With Body Cameras

The Burbank Police Department has implemented a state-of-the-art camera system that integrates the various recording devices into one network and will allow the department to record events the officers encounter and access the video from a cloud server.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The camera system made by Axon, formerly Taser, the company that invented the Taser stun gun, is a multi-platform network that places cameras in a variety of locations and on the officers themselves. The camera network combined with a cloud server allows the department to record video, upload it to the cloud, and quickly access the video via a computer terminal or mobile device.

Lieutenant Scott Meadows oversees the $667,000 dollar system. 

“The primary function [of the camera system] is so there is transparency. It’s also for prosecution, for accountability, personnel complaints, to protect officers from false complaints, and to make sure officers are abiding policy and treating people well,” said Meadows.

Officers for the first time will be wearing body cameras replacing the old audio-only Puma recorders. Lieutenant Mark Stohl described the entire Axon system during a presentation to the Burbank Police Commission in January.

“It’s very easy to use. So far, the reports have all been good, very favorable. We’re very happy with the vendor; they have been very attentive to our needs.”

In the video of the meeting, Stohl explained the small, box-shaped body camera is worn on the officer’s chest; the camera’s video is stored on the device itself. At the end of the day, the recorded video is uploaded, while the camera is recharging, to the system’s cloud server–Evidence.com. The color cameras are HD and record audio. Because the cameras are LTE [also known as 4G] capable, officers can be tracked on a map in real-time if their camera is recording. Because the camera is cellular, it can live stream when recording. A redaction feature is also available to blur the faces of individuals recorded.

The system’s cameras have the capability to pre-record 30 seconds of buffered video. It allows officers to review any incident that occurred up to 30 seconds before the camera started recording.  

All the department’s 32 patrol cars have two of the new cameras installed. One camera is placed under the rear-view mirror; it’s activated when the light bar is turned on. The officer’s body camera is activated simultaneously. The second camera is facing the back seat to monitor prisoners. The cameras compliment the officer’s own body camera by providing an additional view of any encounters. Additional vehicles with new cameras are a jail transport van and two unmarked Ford Explorers. Videos are uploaded to the cloud using Wi-Fi installed in the department’s garages.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The department’s interview rooms and DUI room each have two cameras installed, additionally, two new aerial drones, purchased separately, with the cameras will allow video recording and live streaming from high above the ground. Video from the drones is uploaded to the cloud with an iPad.

One part of the system not yet deployed is the Taser. Officers are currently training in its operation. Axon calls its Taser a smart weapon. The stun gun is similar to the ones used by many police departments–Burbank officers will be using Axon’s most advanced model, the Taser 7. It communicates with the camera system via Bluetooth. When a Taser’s safety is disengaged and the laser pointer is activated, its signal unit can start the officer’s body camera recording.   

Officer’s feedback on the new technology is overwhelmingly positive.

“It is wonderful, better than I had imagined.” Meadows said with enthusiasm.  

An early objection to purchasing a new camera system was from the Burbank Police Officer’s Association. The association wanted the city to use the money for pay hikes and to recruit more officers. At the time the police were working without a contract.

“It was never about the technology, it was about fully funding the department,” said JJ Puglisi, President of the Burbank Police Officer’s Association. “The city should have focused on fully staffing [the department] before spending on technology.”

The association no longer opposes the new system.

The key element of the network is its cloud server at Evidence.com. The site stores all the department’s recorded videos and photos. Currently, the agency’s cloud is storing 65,000 pieces of unique evidence including videos, photos, police case files, and the number grows daily. Meadows oversees the department’s inspection unit.

“Not all videos are viewed–too much volume. They are reviewed on a case by case basis.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The server’s evidence management system sorts the tens of thousands of files and allows sharing with the Burbank district attorney, with other police agencies and their district attorneys. Evidence.com is a multi-tasker. A citizen invite can be emailed or texted from the site asking Burbank residents to share videos or photos they have of an event. Officers can also send invites with their phones. When the data is received it is uploaded to the cloud. The cloud data is accessible 24 hours a day.

The system’s journey to the department took two years including the review of other companies’ camera systems. The Axon version was tested for nine months and deemed by far the best of the contenders.

Police Arrest Glendale Man After Pursuit Through Streets

A 34-year-old man from Glendale was apprehended Thursday afternoon after leading Burbank Police on a short pursuit.

On January 30, 2020, at about 1:30 P.M., a Burbank Police Officer contacted the driver of a vehicle for a parking violation in the 200 block of West Elm Avenue. As the officer spoke with the driver, she felt he was possibly under the influence of narcotics, based on initial observations. During the contact, the driver suddenly rolled-up the vehicle’s windows, locked the car doors, and fled.

The police officer quickly broadcast information to other patrol units, which allowed our Joint Air Support Unit to locate and track the suspect vehicle from overhead. Police Officers initially pursued the vehicle on the ground but discontinued the chase once speeds became excessive, allowing the police helicopter to follow the suspect from the air.

The suspect committed numerous traffic violations and drove at unsafe speeds, but remained within Burbank city limits the entire time. At about 1:45 P.M., the suspect pulled into a parking lot in the 400 block of Moss Street and came to a stop. Police Officers approached the vehicle and took the suspect into custody.

The suspect has since been identified as Yegia Zakaryan, a 34-year-old resident of Glendale. Zakaryan was in possession of several bindles of heroin at the time of his arrest. He was booked on suspicion of evading police and possession of narcotics for sale, as well as an outstanding arrest warrant for drug possession out of Los Angeles.

Zakaryan has since been released from custody after posting a $110,000 bond.

Saturation Patrols Nets One DUI

Burbank police conducted saturation patrols on Monday night (January 27) funded by a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Police report that in 2019, they Department investigated 91 DUI-related traffic collisions resulting in 32 injuries on Burbank streets.

The patrol on Monday netted one traffic citation, one arrest for DUI, one arrest for possession of cocaine and one arrest for reckless driving according to Sgt. Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department.

The operation took place between 7 pm and 2 am.

Burbank K-9 Retires and His Handler Moving on to Become a Detective

Saturday night Burbank K-9 Officer Joel Rodriguez and his partner, Kimo, both end almost a decade together as working partners.

As of 10:00 pm, Burbank’s K-9 Officer Joel Rodriguez and his K-9 Partner, Kimo, made their final radio call 10-7, end of shift.

K-9 Kimo with his Partner Joel Rodriguez. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Kimo, an 8-year-old Belgian Shepard has been Officer Rodriguez’s fur partner for the last 8 years he has been credited with numerous apprehensions, including finding a murder suspect, several burglary suspects along with locating drugs and weapons on several occasions. In his eight-year history, he has bitten eight suspects, forcing them to surrender and be taken into custody. He was trained for tracking and locating suspects and drugs and has done it well.

Kimo has been seen at the  Burbank Police Foundations Family Fun Festival putting on several displays of his talents searching cars tackling suspects, locating hidden suspects even in trash cans.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Officer Joel Rodriguez, who has been in law enforcement for over twenty years, has been promoted to Detective, will remain in the patrol division for a while because of the shortage of officers.

Kimo will retire and enjoy the easy life a dog deserves minus the fast response and siren going. His new role now will be the family pet with Detective Rodriguez, who previously had his last K-9 partner, Rocco, who moved on over the Rainbow Bridge a year or so ago.

Burbank Police will still have two K-9 dogs and handlers. Officers John Embelton and  Officer Joseph Nunez.

 

 

 

Motorcycle Accidents On The Rise On Burbank Streets

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Burbank Police responded to another motorcycle-involved traffic accident on Tuesday evening, January 14, in the 2600 block of Olive Avenue. The motorcycle rider was struck by a vehicle and suffered a broken leg in addition to other minor injuries and was transported to a local trauma center by Burbank Paramedics for treatment.

The accident remains under investigation by the Burbank Police Traffic Department.

On Sunday morning, January 12, Burbank Police responded to 1600 block of San Fernando Boulevard where a 20-year-old Burbank resident was fatally injured when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a curb.

Burbank Police respond and take reports on several dozen accidents weekly. Recently, an uptick in the number of accidents involving motorcycles and pedestrians.  has been noted.

 

DUI Checkpoint Results in Zero Arrests

Burbank police issued a press release for their DUI and drivers license checkpoints which they held on December 21 near Glenoaks and Cedar in Burbank from 9 pm to 2 am.

During the checkpoint, 914 vehicles pass through and were screened according to the release. Police issued seven sobriety tests which all drivers passed. Four drivers received tickets for driving without a license or driving with a suspended or revoked license and three tickets were given out for hazardous driving violations.

Police feel the low number of arrests is a direct result in drivers making better choices using alcohol and drugs and also using designated drivers and ridesharing services.

Funding for the checkpoint is provided in a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety administration.