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Fake Beard Bandit Strikes Again

Four recent armed robberies of Burbank businesses may be perpetrated by the same suspect wearing a thick fake beard, said Burbank Police today. BPD will send out a Crime Alert today, warning local businesses to be on the lookout for the ‘Fake Beard Bandit.’

The most recent armed robbery occurred on Saturday, January 18, at 6:01 p.m. at the Chevron gas station at 439 W. Alameda Avenue. In that incident, the clerk working behind the counter was approached by the suspect, who asked about using the bathroom. The suspect then placed a bag on the counter and told the clerk he had a knife and to put the money from the cash register in the bag, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

The suspect got away with almost $200 in cash. The victim did not see which direction the suspect headed, only noted the suspect’s thick, fake beard. The suspect was described as being about 6′ tall, of medium build and wearing gray pants. The clerk did not see the weapon and was not injured.

On Friday, January 17, at 8:40 p.m., Burbank Police responded to an armed robbery call at the Chevron at 2501 W. Olive Ave., at the corner of Buena Vista. The suspect entered the gas station and showed the clerk a handgun in his waistband and demanded money be placed in a bag. The suspect fled on foot with a small amount of money, headed westbound on Olive Ave. and then northbound on N. Frederic Street.

The suspect was described as being about 5’8″ tall, about 150-170 lbs., wearing gray pants and a full, fake beard. There were no injuries to the gas station attendant.

Ryburn described the suspect’s beard as obviously fake, dark, with sideburns and several inches in length. He noted that the suspect in the two Froyo Bliss armed robberies on January 5 and 16 was described similarly physically and as having a thick, dark beard as the suspect in the two recent Chevron robberies.

Anyone in the areas of these four armed robberies around the noted times and may have noticed an individual wearing a fake beard or anything out of the ordinary are asked to contact the Burbank Police at 818-238-3210.


Police Issue Crime Alert

The Burbank Police Department has issued a Crime Alert, warning citizens of a recent increase in daylight residential burglaries.

According to the department, numerous home burglaries occurred between Friday, March 15, and Monday, March 18.  In most of these, the burglars struck in the late morning or early afternoon hours.   The suspects pried open windows and doors to gain entry into their victims’ homes.

The criminals have mostly taken electronic equipment, such as computer, game systems, and televisions.   For a more detailed list of residential burglaries and what was taken, click on the Burbank Crime Report.

Police urge residents to make sure their homes are secured before they leave during the day.  In addition be aware of your surroundings, and watch suspicious occupied vehicles in your neighborhood.    If you see any suspicious activity or individuals, obtain as much information about the vehicle or person, then call the Burbank Police at 818-238-3000.

Police Issue Crime Alert

The Burbank Police Department is warning residents about an increase in burglaries during daytime hours when many people are not home.

In the past week there has been an increase in residential burglaries that occur in the late morning and early afternoon hours.  According to police, the burglars force open windows or doors to gain entry into homes.  They typically take easily concealable items, such as jewelry and cash.

They urge residents to secure their homes when they leave for the day.  Everyone should be aware of their surroundings.  Keep an eye out for unknown occupied vehicles in your neighborhood.  If you see any suspicious activity, obtain as much information as possible about the people and/or vehicle involved, and immediately contact the police at 1-818-238-3000.

Burbank Police Issue Crime Alert After Elderly Resident In Forced To Pay Money

This Crime Alert is to warn residents, especially the elderly, of a scam that has taken place in area of the 2200 block of N. Valley St. A man/suspect knocked on the front door of an 84-year-old man who was alone at the time. The suspect conned his way into the home by telling the elderly man he wanted payment for roof work done to the home. The elderly man felt he was being conned, but was intimidated by the suspect. The elderly man handed over what money he had. The suspect ordered the elderly man to sit on a couch. A second female suspect then entered the home and stood by the victim while the male suspect rummaged through the victim’s dresser chest, cabinets, and closet. Both suspects left from the front door and fled in a vehicle.

Suspect#1 – Male White, 30 to 40 years, 6-0, 220, short black hair, balding with a beard and mustache, dark brown eyes, wearing a black and white striped sweatshirt, and blue jeans.

Suspect#2 – Female White, 30 years, 5-1, 120, collar length dirty blonde hair, blue eyes, wearing a white V-neck shirt and blue jeans.
Suspect vehicle – Newer, white, “sporty” looking, 2 door hatchback, with chrome roof rack.

Beware that this scam could be use in a variety of scenarios, but the suspect’s intent is to gain entry. If you are not sure as to a person’s visit, call the police department. In the event you see any suspicious activity, please obtain as much information as possible about the individual(s) and contact the Burbank Police Department directly at 1-818-238-3000.

Burbank Police Issue Alert About Door To Door Solicitors

Recently, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Crescenta Valley Station, contacted several adult males for canvassing the La Crescenta area, “selling magazines.”  One of the individuals was wanted for armed robbery and another had previous arrests for narcotic related offenses.
Glendale PD also reported arresting several individuals who had been going door-to-door, soliciting magazine sales.  These subjects were arrested for possession of stolen property.

The majority of solicitors are legitimate and law-abiding citizens, however, soliciting in Burbank, without a Burbank license, is a violation of 3-4-1105.A of the Burbank Municipal Code.

In the event you, and/or your business see any suspicious activity, please obtain as much information as possible about the individual(s) and contact the Burbank Police Department directly at 1-818-238-3000.