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Three Suspects Arrested for Papa John’s Pizza Burglary

On Tuesday, January 8, Glendale Police officers arrested three male suspects in relation to a burglary at Papa John’s Pizza, located at 904 S. Glenoaks Blvd.

While GPD officers were on patrol near the border of Burbank and Glendale at 3:40 a.m., they witnessed three men carrying a safe who proceeded to load it into a vehicle. Officers also observed that the front window of a nearby Papa John’s Pizza had been shattered.

After police approached the scene, they detained one of the suspects and took him into custody. Meanwhile, the two other suspects fled to a nearby neighborhood. Burbank Police responded to the incident and joined GPD to establish a perimeter to locate the suspects. After several hours conducting an extensive search, both BPD and GPD were unable to find the alleged burglars.

At 7:00 a.m., a concerned citizen reported discarded clothes, possibly belonging to one of the suspects, on the 400 block of E. Cedar Ave. Officers searched the area and located a man who was identified as a suspect.

Around 8:00 a.m., police responded to reports of a man running down the 1100 block of E. Elmwood Ave. Officers located the man and identified him as the third suspect who had previously fled the scene.

All three suspects are now in custody and have been identified as Rupert Lewis, 21 of Long Beach, Amil Campbell, 21 of Long Beach, and Tramell Gaines, 27 of Los Angeles. They have been booked on suspicion of commercial burglary.

On January 10, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of burglary against each suspect.

“The members of our community are our extra sets of eyes. Because we can’t be everywhere all the time, we rely on the citizens in our community to be good witnesses,” said BPD Sgt. Derek Green.

Both Burbank and Glendale Police Departments have expressed their gratefulness for the aid of concerned citizens who reached out. They urge the public to always report suspicious activity as it can ensure the safety of the community.

“More often than not, it’s the citizens themselves who point us in the right direction and help us to locate suspects and solve crime.”

Ulta Beauty Burglary Suspects Arrested

On Sunday, May 6 around midnight, Burbank Police responded to a call of a smashed window which activated a burglary alarm at Ulta Beauty in Empire Center, located at 1351 Victory Place.

When police arrived at the scene, they observed the shattered store front window and noticed a large amount of perfumes had been stolen. In a matter of minutes, police realized the missing products were attached to GPS devices, and were able to track their current location.

Courtesy of Burbank Police Department

Police followed the signal and drove on the 101 Freeway towards Reseda. Around 1:00 a.m., Burbank Police officers along with the Los Angeles Police Department and Air Support located and stopped a vehicle belonging to a suspect in the 21000 block of Roscoe Blvd. in Canoga Park.

A man and woman in the vehicle were detained. Police searched the car and discovered the stolen perfumes, as well as alleged burglary tools.

Courtesy of Burbank Police Department

Courtesy of Burbank Police Department

Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Burbank City Jail. They have been identified as Giovanni Lopez-Valencia, 27 of Reseda, and Mariel Miranda-Guerra, 33 of Reseda.

On May 7, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count each of burglary and
grand theft against both suspects.

Lopez-Valencia and Miranda-Guerra are both being held on $250,000 bail and are due in court today.

The recovered perfumes which have an estimated value of over $19,000 have since been returned to Ulta Beauty.

Man Arrested for Breaking into Restaurant, Stealing Alcohol

On Thursday, March 29 at 4:00 a.m., Burbank Police found a man suspiciously pushing a shopping cart full of beer and wine bottles in the area of Ontario and Pacific Avenue.

The man was found to have receipts from Isabella’s Italian Kitchen at 1220 W. Burbank Blvd. Police soon discovered that the restaurant had been burglarized, with the front door forced open. The alcohol from the shopping cart had come from the restaurant’s refrigerator.

Police arrested the suspect who has been identified as Saul Salazar, 31 of Bakersfield.

(Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department)

Salazar was booked for burglary and three outstanding warrants.

The case is currently under review for charges. A charge for being in possession of stolen property is likely.

Salazar’s bail is $50,000 and he is due to appear in court tomorrow.

Car Theft Duo Arrested

On Tuesday, March 13, at 2:30 a.m., Burbank Police received reports of two men using flashlights to look into parked cars on the 700 block of Priscilla Ln. When police arrived at the scene, two men who fit the description were detained and searched.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

Police discovered the men possessed stollen IDs and credit cards, as well as burglary tools, including multiple wrenches, pliers, and a screwdriver. Timothy Montgomery, 20 of Panorama City, and Niryn Mitchell, 19 from Los Angeles, were arrested in connection to thefts reported in the surrounding area.

Officers who had been working on the investigation of recent theft in the area identified several objects that came from the victims’ unlocked vehicles which were parked on the 800 block of North Rose St., the 600 block of Priscilla Ln., and the 500 block of Toluca Park Dr.

On Thursday, March 15, the Burbank City Attorney’s Office filed three counts possession of personal information with intent to defraud, two counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of possessing another’s credit cards without consent, and one count of possession of burglary tools.

Both suspects Mitchell and Montgomery were released from custody and are due to appear in court on March 29.

Man Arrested For Breaking Into South Hills Church

On Monday, November 6 at 10:15 AM, the Burbank Police Department received a report of a man breaking into South Hills Church, located at 222 S. Victory Blvd. While the police were on their way, an emergency communication operator received a call from a man inside the building, saying he had broken into the church.

The suspect, Andrew Quintana, a 46 year old man from Hesperia, was arrested when police arrived to what they originally assumed was a burglary in-progress. However, Quintana told officers he parked his car in the church’s lot and broke into the building simply to seek “sanctuary.”

“He said he was being chased so he had to break into the church,” said Deryck Artero, the South Hills Church children’s ministry director. “Once he tore down the door handle with a crowbar, he heard the security alarm and called the police on himself, saying that he was being chased.”

Following three services on Sunday, the incident happened to occur on the only day of the week when no one was working at the church office.

“Monday is our day to chill and take a breather. Thankfully no one was in the building,” said Artero.

Quintana was booked for burglary. He is currently being held at $20,000 bail.

Man And Juvenile Arrested On Burglary Charges

In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 29, Burbank police stopped and arrested two males, Buniyarit Bida, age 19 and a resident of Studio City, and an unidentified 17-year-old for conspiracy to commit burglary.

BPD Patch -1A policeAt 2:38 a.m., Saturday, Burbank police were dispatched to the 1000 block of N. Screenland Drive to check on two suspects reportedly looking into vehicles in the area. The officers contacted the two suspects, Bida and the 17-year-old.

Bida and the juvenile consented to a search, which resulted in the recovery of burglary tools, including a lock pick, flashlight and gloves and several items of property in their possession, according to Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department.

“The officers’ investigation lead them to believe the pair was working together in an attempt to break into parked cars,” said Ruiz.

Both suspects were arrested for violations of section 182 and 459 of the California Penal Code and booked and processed at the Burbank Jail. Bida’s bail was set at $20,000 and the juvenile was cited out to his parent.

Burbank Police Nab One Suspect in Morning Home Burglary

UPDATE 8/21/13: — Quincy Keaton, 24, of Los Angeles is the suspect arrested for this burglary on Irving Drive. Keaton also had two additional warrants for failures to appear. His bail is $50,000 and court date is August 22. Two suspects are still outstanding and the investigation is ongoing, according to Burbank Police Public Information Officer, Sergeant Darin Ryburn. —

Burbank Police responded to a call on the 900 block of Irving Drive early Tuesday morning from a woman indicating at least two persons had entered her home.  Shortly after 8:50 a.m. police arrived at the residence, detaining one African-American male in a car parked on the street outside of the house.


Burbank’s Bearcat Vehicle was dispatched to the scene. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

According to Burbank Police Sgt.  Darin Ryburn, the woman called the Burbank Police and stated “there’s someone inside my house, they broke in.”  Burbank Police quickly responded, detaining a single suspect, and learned two additional suspects, an African-American male, and a second person, either female or male had already fled the scene and both are outstanding.

Ryburn noted a firearm from the residence is unaccounted for, and the two individuals must be considered armed.

BPD Search on Irving -5

A K-9 from San Fernando was on hand to assist with the door to door search for suspects (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police, with additional K-9 support from San Fernando and air support from Pasadena, quickly established a perimeter and search area hoping to locate the two fleeing suspects.  Unfortunately the suspects escaped the area, which is surrounded by rugged hills, vegetation, and residential areas.

I came outside and the police had just stopped in front of the (victim’s) house, and the police officer pulled a gun at someone sitting in the car” said nearby resident Michael Ghafouri.  “Before I knew it police were coming from everywhere, I was absolutely shocked, and amazed how fast the police came.”


Burbank Police Officer Todd Burke stands by during the search for suspects. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Another neighbor, Dennis Garlick, added “I backed out of my driveway at around 8:40 a.m., and the car (the car where the first suspect was detained) was already parked in front of the house.  I guess the crime was already in progress.”

Ghafouri concluded “I was afraid we were going to see a shootout here, but I am so impressed by the (police) response, and the organized way they handled things.”

While residents are free to come and go within the neighborhood, Burbank Police will continue to search for the outstanding suspects.  Ryburn emphasized that if anybody sees anything suspicious to call the police immediately.

The vehicle driven by the suspects was impounded by the Burbank Police as they search for evidence  (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The vehicle driven by the suspects was impounded by the Burbank Police as they search for evidence (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

A K-9 on loan from the San Fernando Police searches house to house for suspects (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

A K-9 on loan from the San Fernando Police searches house to house for suspects (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Police Respond To Gun Store Burglary

Burbank Police responded to a report of a burglar alarrm at Gun World, 2412 W. Magnolia Blvd. at 4:40 a.m. this morning

Burglars had cut a hole in the roof of the store, which is located on the south side of Magnolia Blvd., just east of Buena Vista St.   A police helicopter was overhead around 7 a.m., as ground units cordoned off the area.    The police department’s “swat team” was called in to make entry into the store.

The ensuing police activity and blocked streets snarled traffic in the area.  Buena Vista was closed to traffic from Clark Ave. to Chandler Blvd.  Magnolia was closed from Brighton St. to Buena Vista.   Today is the last day of school for Burbank Schools.  Traffic around Edison Elementary School and John Burroughs High School was backed up for blocks.  Keystone St. was solid with cars from Burbank Blvd. to Magnolia Blvd. as parents attempted to get their children to school.

At this time police are still searching the store for the suspects.   Burbank Fire Department paramedics and an engine company were requested to stand by in the area shortly before 9:30 a.m.  Shortly before 10 a.m. police completed their search of the store.  No suspects were found.  Streets in the area were reopened to traffic.


Police Looking for Victims of Burglary and Street Robbery

On April 25, two male juveniles were arrested for possession of stolen property. During the interview, it was discovered that some of the property the juveniles were in control of was taken from an unreported residential burglary that occurred.

Officers were able to ascertain that the burglary took place near Grismer Ave., however a victim has not yet come forward.

Property recovered included a gaming system, jewelry, and cellular phones. As officers continued their investigation, they also determined a street robbery occurred, somewhere on Kenneth Rd., where a cellular phone was taken from the victim. This victim has also not yet come forward.

This investigation is still on-going. If you saw any suspicious activity that evening or have any information on the suspect(s), please contact the Burbank Police Department Communications Center at (818) 238-3000 or Detective Henry Garay at (818) 238 – 3263.

Burbank K-9 Units And SRT Team Doing Door-To-Door Search For Burglary Suspect In Burbank Hill Area

Burbank's K-9 and SRT members perform a house to house search for a burglary suspect. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police responded on a ‘Hot Prowl’ call earlier today when a resident spotted a man in her property.  The man quickly fled but police units were already in the area and locked down the neighborhood.  No residents are being allowed in or out of the area between Tulare, Kenneth, Lamer and Keystone while members of Burbank’s K-9 Unit and SRT members go door to door in hopes of catching the suspect.

~Updated 5:50 pm~

Police have been unable to find the suspect and are allowing traffic and residents back into the area.  Local patrols will be increased tonight.

SRT members go house to house on Lamer and Keystone streets looking for the suspect. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)