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Crime Report for September 2012

Note:   All suspects are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Updated:  9/30/12

Good Samaritan Chases After Purse Snatcher

A citizen who chased after a purse snatcher, was able to get the victim’s purse back and return it to her Saturday afternoon.

The victim, a 75 year-old woman, was walking out of the Walgreens at 1028 S. San Fernando Blvd. at 4:45 p.m. September 29.  As she walked out of the store, the suspect ran up to her and grabbed her purse off her arm.  The thief ran towards Spazier Ave. and headed eastbound up the street.  The citizen, who witnessed the crime, chased after the thief.  When he caught up with him, the thief dropped the purse and continued running away.  When the woman got her purse back, she found that nothing had been taken.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, with a shaved head.  He was wearing dark shorts.  Police were unable to locate him after searching the area.

Drinking And Driving Teen Crashes Car

A 17 year-old Burbank boy was cited by police for driving under the influence of alcohol, after the vehicle he was driving struck two parked cars in the 600 block of E. San Jose Ave. Friday night, September 28.

After the 10:06 p.m. accident, it was determined by investigating officers that the teen had alcohol in his system.  Although it was not over the .08 legal limit for drunk driving, .05 of alcohol in someone under the age of 21, is illegal.  The boy was cited and released to his parents.

Homeowner Surprises Burglar In The Act

In what could have been a very dangerous situation, a homeowner surprised a female burglar who had entered his house in the 1100 block of N. Clybourn Ave.

The incident occurred Friday, September 28, at 2:15 p.m.  The resident was in a detached house at the rear of his house. When he returned to the front house he found a woman inside his bedroom rifling through his pants pockets.  He confronted her and demanded to know why she was there.  The woman backed out of the bedroom and walked towards the front door of the house. She said something about “feeding her children,” then fled out of the residence.

She was last seen getting into the passenger side of a full-sized black pickup truck parked across the street from the home.  It was driven by a male Hispanic.  The truck was last seen heading towards Magnolia Blvd.  The woman is described as a female Hispanic, 20-30 years old, 5 ft. 8 in. tall, 165 lbs., wearing black shorts and a black tank top.  Apparently nothing was taken in the burglary.

Teenage Boy Attacked, Seriously Injured, Left In Street

Burbank Police responded to a report of a man down in the middle of the street on Wednesday, September 26, at 4:07 p.m.  When officers arrived on scene at the intersection of Lake St. and Linden Ave., Burbank Fire Department paramedics were already treating a 14 year-old boy who was unconscious and bleeding from his face.  The boy was transported by rescue ambulance to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment of facial lacerations, a broken nose, and a possible concussion.

Officers interviewed the boy in the hospital, and identified a suspect.  They then arrested a 16 year-old boy from Burbank for assault with a deadly weapon.  The suspect was transported to Juvenile Hall.

Try To Cash A Stolen Check, Go To Jail

An alert employee of a Burbank check cashing company thwarted a thief’s effort to cash a stolen check.   The clerk became suspicious when an 18 year-old man attempted to cash a check from a business in Arcadia, for $40,000.

The suspect entered the Money Mart check cashing and loan store located at 2501 W. Victory Blvd. on Wednesday, September 26, at 2:50 p.m.  The clerk called the company and determined the check had been stolen from the firm.  The clerk then called the Burbank Police Department. Officers arrived just as the suspect was leaving the check cashing store without cashing the check.  They arrested Philip Cooper, 18, of Arcadia, for burglary.   He is due to appear in court on September 28.

Shoplifting Suspect Brings Her 2 Year-Old Along

A mother brought her 2 year-old son with her when she reportedly went on a shoplifting trip to the Toys R Us store located at 683 N. Victory Blvd., Tuesday afternoon, September 25, at 2:25 p.m.

According to Burbank Police, the woman Kimberly Heredia, 26, of North Hollywood, was observed entering the store carrying her son and a large empty bag.  She proceeded to place various Disney items in the bag before passing by all the open cash registers and leaving the store.  She was contacted in the parking lot, but refused to stop.  According to reports, she walked to a white Nissan Maxima where a man was sitting in the driver’s seat. She pushed the bag with the stolen toys under the car and continued to walk away, still holding the child, with loss prevention officers attempting to stop her.  The man in the Nissan Maxima got out of the car and placed the bag inside, before driving off, leaving the woman and child behind.

When police officers arrived, Heredia was placed under arrest for burglary.  Her son was released to family members after an interview with the Department of Children and Family Services.


Pharmacy Target Of Burglar Again

For the third time in recent weeks, Burbank Police responded to a burglary at the UMC Pharmacy located at 4318 W. Victory Blvd.

When officers arrived at the location at 3:51 a.m. Tuesday morning, September 25,  they found the front window smashed.  The owner of the business arrived, and they were able to view the video surveillance images.  They showed a male Black in his 40’s, wearing a blue plaid shirt, dark pants, and gloves, enter the business carrying a flashlight.  The burglar is seen going over the counter and rifling through various medications.  Surprisingly, he does not appear to remove anything from the pharmacy.  He leaves through the broken window and runs out of sight.


Son Hits Mom With Ashtray, Goes To Jail

Burbank Police responded to the 500 block of E. Cedar Ave., Monday, September 24, at 11:40 p.m. after a mother reported being hit in the head by her adult son.

According to police, the 39 year-old mother was attempting to give her son his medication.  The son slapped the medication out of her hand. When she tried to pick the medication up off the floor, the son took a glass ashtray and struck her in the back of her head several times.  When she put her hands up to protect herself, he struck her about the face and hands.  When the mother screamed for help, it awoke her 19 year-old daughter who was sleeping in the bedroom.  She came to her mother’s aid and was able to push her brother off her mother.  He then turned on his sister, hitting her in the face with his closed fists, before leaving the residence.

Police officers arrived at the residence and began conducting their investigation, when the son returned.  They placed the son, Artur Babayan, 21, under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail with bail set at $30,000.  He is due to appear in court September 27.


Muir Middle School Broken Into

Someone broke into John Muir Middle School, 1111 N. Kenneth Rd., Thursday night, September 20.   A window was smashed to gain entry into the school’s administration building.  According the Burbank Police, several offices were gone through, with desk drawers opened.  Apparently the only thing missing was a master key for the school.    It is not know yet if the school will need to change all the locks.

Pedestrian Hitting Cars ???

In an unusual turn of events, police responded to a report of a pedestrian hitting cars, not a pedestrian hit by a car.   The incident occurred Sunday evening, September 16, around 7:20 p.m., near Buena Vista St. and the Chandler Bikeway.  Police responded “Code 3” to the scene after receiving reports that a woman was hitting cars driving by, and fighting with passersby.  A Burbank Fire Department engine and rescue ambulance were dispatched to Frederic St.  and Chandler Blvd.  The unidentified 38 year-old Burbank woman was transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for medical treatment and a mental evaluation.

Actress Amanda Bynes Has Her Car Impounded In Burbank

Amanda Bynes had her car impounded September 16,by police at the Bob Hope Airport, after she was found driving with a suspended license.

The 26 year-old actress had parked her black BMW in a passenger loading zone in front of the main terminal on Sunday morning.  She left the vehicle and was later told that she could not park there. She cooperated with the Airport Police officer and moved her car.  Several minutes later officers responded to a report of a driver who appear to be lost, going the wrong way in the valet parking area.  They found Bynes driving in the airport’s parking structure and stopped her vehicle.

During the traffic stop it was determined that Bynes’ driver’s license had been suspended.  She was told to either find someone else to drive it home, or leave it parked.  A few minutes later, at 8:20 a.m., she was observed driving out of the airport onto Hollywood Way.  Officers again stopped her and cited her for driving with a suspended license.  Her car was impounded and taken to the Girard & Peterson impound lot in Burbank.

According to Bob Hope Airport Police Chief Ed Skvarna, Miss Bynes was polite and cooperative with the officers during the incident. She did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.   After her car was impounded, she took a cab home.

Another Pharmacy Burglarized

Burglars broke into yet another pharmacy in Burbank.  Police report that the Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 2501 W. Magnolia Blvd.  was broken into Thursday morning, September 13, at 3:43 a.m.

The break-in was not discovered until employee arrived for work at 8:15 a.m. and found the front door had been smashed and prescription drugs were missing.  They told officers that the alarm had been set when the store closed Wednesday night.  Police did not receive any notice of the alarm going off.  A review of video surveillance tapes show that two suspect wearing ski masks and dark clothing, smashed the glass door with a tool, then took the drugs and put them in two small waste baskets before fleeing.  No vehicle was seen.   There has been a rash of similar pharmacy burglaries in the past few weeks.

Resident Gone 90 Minutes, Returns To Ransacked Home

Burglars broke into a home in the 600 block of University Ave. Wednesday afternoon, September 12.  The resident had secured and locked the home at 1:30 p.m.  When they returned home at 3 p.m. and entered after unlocking the front door, they found the home ransacked.  The thieves had entered through a rear door.  Missing was $7,000 in cash, and an estimated $13,000 in jewelry.  No suspects were seen.

Pharmacy Broken Into, Drugs Taken

Burglars kicked in the front door of a pharmacy, and made off with drugs late Monday night.  A security guard making his rounds shortly after 10:30 p.m.,  in the shopping center around the Vallarta Market, discovered the break-in and called Burbank Police.  The owner of the KD Pharmacy, located at 10950 Sherman Way, and determined that two bottles of Hydrocodone were missing.

This is the fourth pharmacy to be burglarized late at night, with the thieves taking pain drugs, in the past few weeks.

Auto Burglaries Hit Underground Parking Structure Over Weekend

Three vehicles were broken into sometime early Sunday morning, September 9, at the parking structure at 250 N. First St.

The break-ins to the car occurred sometime between 2 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., when the first owner discovered the crime.  Their Mazda had a smashed rear driver’s side window.  Missing was a baseball glove, Dodger bobble heads, and a blanket.  A Ford Escape had a side window smashed.  The owner reported losing a woman’s purse and contents, a GPS, and parking access card. The third vehicle, a Subaru, also had the rear passenger window smashed. The thieves took a GPS, an iPod, and cash.

Burglar Uses Open Door As Invitation To Steal Rings

A suspected burglar made off with a local woman’s rings, after she left them by the kitchen sink while she worked in her backyard.

The unidentified woman was in the backyard of her home in the 1000 block of N. Lima St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, September 9.  When she went back into her kitchen at 4 p.m., she discovered that the rings were missing.  The front door to the home was open, but the victim was unsure if the security screen door was locked.   Nothing else was missing from the home, and no suspects were seen.

Bra Stuffed With Cash Turns Out To Be Fake

When officers conducted at traffic stop Sunday evening, they found something suspicious in the car.  A female passenger had what appeared to be a large amount of money sticking out from the undergarments on her chest.  The money appeared to be counterfeit.

Police also found a small about of what appeared to be methamphetamine in her possession.  The 17 year-old female from Palmdale was arrested for possession of counterfeit currency and possession of methamphetamine.  She was cited and released to her parents.

Burglar Breaks Window To Enter Residence

A burglar broke a rear bedroom window to gain entry to a residence in the 2400 block of Parish Pl.   The break in occurred sometime between 7:50 a.m. to 9:55 p.m. Sunday, September 9.  Taken in the burglary were a MacBook Pro computer, and a Bulova watch.


Intoxicated Man At Church Fights With Police

Burbank Police responded “Code 3” to a report of men fighting inside St. Leon Armenian Cathedral early Labor Day morning, September 3.

When officers arrived at the church, located at 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd.,  shortly before 2 a.m., the found several women and men arguing with an armed security guard.  After assessing the situation, an officer ordered the people to leave.  One man, Armen Gindzhiyan, 38, of Panorama City, refused to leave and began advancing towards an officer.  He ignored repeated commands from the officer.  The officers was forced to physically take the suspect to the ground.

Gindzhiyan was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.   He was booked into the Burbank Jail.

Babysitter Busted For Teen Drinking Party

Police took 20 juveniles into custody, and arrested one adult, after they broke up a party in the 1800 block on Kenwood St. late Saturday night, September 1.

Officers originally went to the home shortly before 11 p.m., after a report of a loud party.  They contacted a woman at the home, who said it was just a teenage birthday party, and agreed to cooperate with keeping the noise down.  When the officers returned at 11:30 p.m. in response to complaints of a loud party, they found 20 juveniles drinking alcohol.  The juveniles ranged in age from 14-17 years.  Police contacted their parents, and all of them were turned over to their parents’ custody.

The woman supervising the party, Patricia Wince, 35, of Burbank, was in charge of watching the 15 year-old daughter of the owners of the home while they were away.   She was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Pharmacy Broken Into Again

For the second time in just over two weeks, the UMC Pharmacy at 4318 W. Victory Blvd., was broken into.  A lone burglar pulled up the business at 2:30 a.m., Saturday, September 1, and broke the glass in the front door to gain entry.  He then proceeded to grab a container of drugs before speeding off prior to police arriving at the scene.

The pharmacy was burglarized on August 17.  At that time the owner was able to watch from home on a video feed, as the burglar made off with an undisclosed amount of drugs.  This time, the video camera recorded the suspects arrival via motorcycle, and the breaking of the front door glass.  The suspect is still at large, and the burglaries are under investigation.

Crime Reports For August 2012

Note:   All suspects are pesumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Updated 9/3/12

Lone Gunman Robs Gas Station

An armed robber held up the Shell Gas Station at 181 W. Alameda Ave. Friday night, August 31.   The suspect entered the business at 9:55 p.m. and proceeded to walk behind the counter and point a black semi-automatic handgun at the clerk. The 38 year-old male clerk was ordered to lie on the floor as the robber grabbed an estimated $300-$400 from the cash register.

The suspect is described as a male Black, 25-30 yrs., 5’10” – 6’0”, 210-220 lbs., with a shaven head.  He was wearing a plaid flannel shirt that was red, white, and gray in color.  Because was on the floor, the clerk did not see a getaway car or notice which direction the suspect took when leaving.  The gas station is adjacent to the Alameda on and off ramps to the Golden State Freeway.

Fight Next To Library Lands Man In Jail

Police were dispatched to the Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., on Friday, August 31, at 3:52 p.m. for a report of a man down.  When they arrived they found a man lying on the ground outside the library, in a pool of blood.  The victim had a gash over his left eye.

Burbank Fire Department paramedics responded to the scent to treat the victim, a 41 year-old transient.  He was transported by rescue ambulance to Providence Holy Cross Hospital, where it was determined that he was heavily intoxicated.

Witnesses told police that another man had been fighting with the victim, and had kicked him in the head.  They pointed out the suspect, who was across the street on Olive Ave. at a gas station.  Officers placed Fermin Casillas, 41, of Burbank under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail.  His bail was set at $25,000.

Victim Chases After Purse Snatcher

A 59 year-old woman wasn’t going to just stand by when a young thief grabbed her purse Thursday afternoon, August 30, at 2:40 p.m. She chased after the suspect, yelling for help as she ran.

The woman had been standing on the corner of Olive Ave. and Seventh St., waiting for her son to arrive with a moving truck.  Her son was moving into a condominium in the area.  As she waited on the corner, the suspect was walking eastbound on Olive Ave. towards her.  As he approached, the suspect grabbed the woman’s purse and ran south on Seventh St., then eastbound in the alley between Olive Ave. and Angeleno Ave., with the victim in pursuit.   The woman eventually lost sight of the suspect as he entered an apartment complex on Angeleno.

Police were called at 2:47 p.m. and immediately responded to the area.  They were unable to locate the suspect, who is described as a male White or Hispanic, 16-22 yrs., 5’6”-5’9”, wearing a dark-colored shirt and jeans.  In the woman’s purse were credit cards, a driver’s license, and $240 in cash.

Dr. Phil Should Have Drove His Chevy To The Levee Instead Of The Shop

Thieves made off with Dr. Phil McGraw’s classic 1957 Chevy, after breaking into a local automotive shop late Sunday night, August 26.

According to Burbank Police, officers responded to RODZ Fabrication regarding a burglar alarm at 11:55 p.m. The business is located at 2800 N. San Fernando Blvd. between Winona Ave. and the on/off ramps to the Southbound Golden State Freeway. Apparently thieves broke through one of the large roll-up doors to the business, which specializes in restoring classic cars, and building hot rods.

Police were informed that a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Aire owned by television personality Dr. Phil McGraw, was missing from the shop.  The car had reportedly been brought to the shop after Dr. Phil had trouble getting it started.  The classic black convertible is valued at $100,000.  RODZ Fabrications has offered a $1,000 reward for info on the whereabouts of the car.

A stolen vehicle report was taken, and the investigation is on-going.  Anyone with information about the car is asked to contact the Burbank Police Department at 818-238-3000.

Woman Taking Out Trash Accousted By Man

A woman who was taking out her trash at her apartment complex at 1200 Riverside Drive, was accousted by a man who also lives in the complex.  The incident occurred at 3:23 p.m. Saturday, August 25, when the 51 year-old man began repeatedly yelled at the 28 year-old woman to get her attention.  According to police, the man asked the woman to perform a sexual favor on him.   The victim immediately ran to her apartment and called police.

Officers located he suspect in the parking area of the complex.  The victim then placed the man under citizen’s arrest for secton 647(a) of the Penal Code, solicitation of a lewd act in a public place.  The man, Michael Mayo, was booked into the Burbank Jail.  He was cited and ordered to appear in court on September 19.

Woman Robbed In Front Of Her Home

A Burbank woman was robbed Saturday, August 25, as she returned home from a visit to the Jewelry District in Los Angeles.

The victim parked her vehicle across the street from her home in the 1800 block of Ayers Way at 11:25 a.m.  As she was getting out of the vehicle, a man confronted her and grabbed a jewelry bag she was holding.  Several jewelry boxes fell out of the bag.  The suspect grabbed the boxes and fled on foot towards Via Montana.  His getaway vehicle was not seen.

Taken were four necklaces valued at $5,600.  The woman was not injured in the robbery.

The suspect is described as Hispanic or Black, 5’8” to 5’10”, 175-18- lbs., with dark hair.  He was wearing a white t-shirt, dark-colored pants, and white shoes.

Toddler in Stroller Used To Hide Shoplifting Loot

A couple were arrested at Costco, 1015 W. Burbank Blvd. on Wednesday afternoon, after they allegedly concealed merchandise in a baby stroller containing their 3 year-old child.

Los prevention officers at Costco, observed the father of the child conceal several items in the stroller while the mother was pushing a shopping cart around picking up other items.  The woman paid for the items in the shopping cart, and the couple exited the store along with the toddler in the stroller.

They were stopped by the loss prevention officers and placed under citizen’s arrest for petty theft.  Inside the stroller were body wash, rubbing alcohol, Lysol spray, and shampoo.  The items were returned to the store.

Burbank Police were called, and took the woman, Marussya Hambardzumyan, 30, of North Hollywood, to the Burbank Jail.  For medical reasons, the man, Neres Vartanian, 40, of North Hollywood, was cited and allowed to take the child home.

Burglar Takes Handguns From Home

A burglar entered a residence in the 900 block of Clybourn Ave. on August 21, between 8 and 10 p.m.  Police report that the thief entered through an open bathroom window.  Taken were two handguns, a computer, and a safe.


Late Night Bike Riders Pass Through Town – One Cited

Burbank Police received a report of a large group of bicycle riders heading westbound on Magnolia Blvd. late Monday night, August 20. One officer, who happened to be in the area of Victory and Magnolia Blvds. When the call went out over the police radio, observed one bicyclist run through a red light.

It took nearly a half mile before the rider finally pulled over at the corner of Magnolia and Sparks St. around 11:15 p.m. She was cited and eventually continued on her way, a mile or two behind the main group of riders.

The officer received a number of “cat calls” and obscenities from a few of the approximately 150 riders, as they passed by on their way to North Hollywood Park.  The group was composed mostly of adults, but some teenagers were observed riding.

According to the unidentified woman who was cited, the informal group rides every Monday night for about 15-20 miles, late at night.  According the web site of the group Midnight Ridazz, which posts announcements about rides all over the Greater Los Angeles Area, the ride started at San Fernando Rd. and Fletcher Dr. in the Atwater area at 10:30 p.m., and ended at North Hollywood Park.  Riders on Magnolia were taking up the #2 lane, and were riding everything from racing bikes, to “stingray” type bikes. One older couple were observed on a motorized tricycle.  The group took about 10 minutes to pass by, as riders spread out over a long stretch of the boulevard.  No further incidents involving the bicyclists were reported.

Owner At Home Watches Burglar At Business

Thanks to technology, the owner of a Burbank pharmacy, who was at his home, was able to watch on a monitor, as a burglar broke into the business.

The burglary began around 1:46 a.m. Friday morning,  August 17, according to police, when the alarm company notified the owner of the UMC Pharmacy at 4318 W. Victory Blvd., that the alarm went off at the business.  Apparently assuming it was a false alarm, the owner decided to not call the police and have them respond to the business.

About an hour later, the unidentified business owner, checked the remote video and saw images of a man inside the business.  The owner called the Burbank Police Department, telling police dispatchers that he could see the burglar inside the business.  As officers began responding to the locating, which is just a block away from the city limits, the owner told dispatchers that the burglar appeared to be putting things in a bag and getting ready to leave.

When officers arrived at the business, they found a broken front window, but no suspect.  When they reviewed the video at the store, it appeared that the suspect smashed the window with a rock, then entered and took a computer, fax machine, and an unknown type and quantity of pills from the pharmacy.  He didn’t take the surveillance camera.  The suspect is described only as a male, 5 ft. 8 in. tall, 160 lbs.


Elderly Woman Pepper Sprayed At Train Station

A 73 year-old woman was assaulted at the Burbank Metrolink Station Thursday morning.  Burbank Police responded to the station located at 5 W. Olive Ave. at 6:40 a.m. The unidentified victim had been sprayed in the face with what appears to be pepper spray.  She was treated by Burbank Fire Department paramedics and transported by rescue ambulance to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.

Officers searched the aea for the suspect who is described as a male White, 50-60 years old, with a large build, blue eyes.  The man was wearing a beige cap, a gray or green shirt, and khaki pants.  Anyone who was in the area who may have seen or heard anything around the time of the attack is asked to call detectives at 818-238-3210.

Tinhorn Thieves Leave Saloon Owner Flat

Three burglars broke into the Tinhorn Flats Saloon &  Grill, early Thursday morning, August 16..

According to police, three mean wearing hooded sweatshirts broke into the business around 4:30 a.m.  A neighbor to the saloon, which is loated at 2623 W. Magnolia Blvd., at the corner of Naomi St., saw the trio jump over the gate at the back of the saloon.  The neighbor called police, but by the time officers arrived, the suspects were gone.  They fled in what are described only as “two smaller vehicles.

When the owner arrived at the business, he determined that two cash registers were stolen. Also missing was $900 in cash. Apparently due to the early hour, and lack of horses, any plans to form a posse and ride after the crooks didn’t happen.

Victim Confronts Thief, Gets Punched In Face

A Burbank man who confronted a thief who had just broken into his car, ended up getting punched in the face by the suspect.

According to police, the unidentified man was walking to his car in the underground parking are of his apartment building in the 200 block of North Rose St., at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, August 15.   As he was walking to the car, he observed a man walk past him.  When he got to his car, he found a window smashed and his wife’s purse was missing.

The victim then notices that the man who had just passed him had the purse over his shoulder.  As the thief attempted to flee the parking garage, the victim confronted him.  The suspect punched the victim in the face as the two struggled over the purse.  The suspected broke free from the man’s grasp and was last seen fleeing onto Riverside Dr.

Police were unable to located the suspect, who is described as a male black, 24-26 years old, 5 ft. 8 ins., 135 lbs., wearing a dark colored t-shirt and jeans.  The suspect is now wanted for robbery, since force was used in the theft.   The victim was not injured in the altercation.

You Do Want To Smell Good In Jail

A couple were observed by loss prevention officers at Sears, 111 E. Magnolia Blvd., taking perfume and then leaving without paying.  Burbank Police were called to take the boyfriend and girlfriend to the Burbank Jail on Friday afternoon, August 10.   The two face a variety of charges after officers found meth pipes in their possession.

Erin Cornelius House, 23, of Lancaster, and his girlfriend, Mayra Manriquez, 27, of Van Nuys were both arrested for burglary and conspiracy.   House was also charged with parole violation.  Manriquez was also charged with possession of drugs and narcotics paraphernalia.   She also had outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court, and receiving stolen property.  Bail for each of them was set at $20,000.

You’ve Got To Be Crazy To Fight With The Police

Burbank police received a disturbing the peace call Saturday, August 11, at 2:15 a.m.   When they arrived in the 700 block of E. Santa Anita Ave., they were directed by residents to a man who had been drinking.  Because the man appeared to be a danger to himself and other, they attempted to detain him.  The unidentified man resisted, striking one of the officers on the arm and chest.  The man was detained for a psychiatric hold under section 5150 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

Stop Thief!

When business owner observed a thief start to walk off with a computer keyboard and a laptop computer on Saturday afternoon, he ordered the suspect to put the items down.   The thief complied, and set the items down before walking out of the business, which is in the 4000 block of W. Magnolia Blvd.   Police were immediately called, but officers were unable to locate the suspect, who is described as a male Black.


Three Roommates End Up Sharing Jail Cell

Three women who are roommates, ended up getting arrested for burglary after they tried to shoplift items at the Bubank Town Center Mall on Wednesdday afternoon.

Loss prevention officers from the Sears store at 111 E. Magnolia Blvd., observed one of the women selecting clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, and children’s clothing.  She then went into one of the fitting rooms where she concealed the items and walked out of the store without paying.  When she was placed under citizen’s arrest by the loss prevention officer, it was discovered she had additional merchandise from Victoria’s Secret, Burlington Coat Factory, and Macy’s as well.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Macy’s security personnel were detaining two other females for theft, who were roommates of the women arrested at Sears.  The trio had come to the mall with the intent to steal items.

The three suspects, Olena Samartseva, 19, Anastasiia Dotsenko, 19, and Valeriia Rudenko, 18, of North Hollywood, were booked into the Burbank Jail.


Residents Getting Out Of Car Robbed At Gun Point

Three people returning home from Hollywood were confronted by armed robbers on August 1.   As the victims, two women and one man, parked their vehicle in the 2000 block of Hollywood Way, another car made a U-turn and pulled up behind them.  As the victims were walking toward their residence, two men got out of the car and approached them.  One of the men was armed with a handgun.   Pointing the gun at the three victims, the suspect ordered the women to put their purses down on the ground, and for the man to place his wallet on the ground.  The victims complied with the suspect’s demands.  The robbers then grabbed the items and ran back to their vehicle, driving away southbound on Hollywood Way.

The suspects are described as male Hispanics in their late 20’s.  The one with the gun is described as 5 ft. 6 in. tall, medium build, with a bussed haircut, unshaven, wearing a t-shirt and jeans.   The second suspect is described as being 5 ft. 5 in. tall,, medium build, wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.   Their vehicle is described only as a “newer” compact car, either silver or gold in color. 

Crime Reports For July 2012

Note:   All suspects are pesumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Updated 7/26/12

Woman Grabs Cash at IKEA

After waiting in line to check out at IKEA, located at 600 N. San Fernando Blvd., a woman grabbed the cash out of the register.  According to police, the woman purchased a candle.  When the clerk opened the register to make change, the suspect reached into the cash drawer and grabbed a handful of currency.  The clerk struggled with the woman, and attempted to pull the cash back out of her hand, but was unsuccessful. After robbing the store, the woman walked up San Fernando Blvd., and was last seen heading east on Grinnell Dr.

The suspect is described as a female Asian, 40-50 years old, wearing a striped blouse, gray shirt, and a hat.  The money taken was estimated to be about $300.  The clerk was not injured in the robbery.

Trio of Robbers Hold Up Nail Salon

Patrons at the Celina Nail II salon located at 101 N. Victory Blvd. became victims when three robbers entered the business on Tuesday shortly before 5:30 p.m.  The robbers, who were armed with a handgun, took cash from the business but also robbed the six patrons of their purses and wallets, before fleeing on foot down Clark Ave. No one was injured in the robbery.

A search by police failed to locate the suspects.  They are described as a male Black, 25-30 yrs., 6’0”, 175 lbs., wearing a black shirt and blue jeans; a male Black 22-23 yrs., 5’8”, 160 lbs., wearing a black shirt and pants; and a female Black, 20-21 yrs., 5’5”, 200 lbs. with long hair, wearing a black shirt and pants.

Burglars Drink Up After Breaking Into Starlight Bowl

Someone broke into the snack bar at the Starlight Bowl sometime between 8:30 p.m . July 16, and 7 a.m. the following morning.  The thieves apparently attempted to gain entry into the snack bar at the City-owned facility in Stough Park, by pushing up each of the eight steel roll-up covers over the serving windows.  According to police the covers were found to be raised 8-10 inches.  The suspect or suspects also threw a trash can through one of the windows.

Inside Burbank Park, Recreation, and Community Services personnel found that four partially empty bottles of wine had been taken, with three empties left at the scene, and the fourth broken on the floor.   Nothing else appeared to have been taken.  Police suspect that juveniles may be responsible for the break in


Thieves Targeting Catalytic Converters On Pick Up Trucks

The Burbank Police Department reported a rash of catalytic converter thefts from pick up trucks over the past weekend.    Thieves took the converters from a 2002 Nissan parked in the 300 block of N. Sparks St., a 1989 Toyota in the 400 block of S. Mariposa St., a 1991 Nissan in the 300 block of W. Victory Ct., and a 1996 Nissan in the 500 block of S. Bel Aire Dr.

The cost of  replacing the catalytic converters, which are park of the exhaust and vehicle emission control system of the trucks, is between $300 and $1,000, according to the police spokesman.

Illegal Baton Lands Man In Jail

Officer contacted a man at the corner of Magnolia Blvd. and Brighton St. at 10 p.m. on July 14.  While speaking to the man, the officers were informed that he was in possession of a knife and a “Kubaton,” an expandable baton. A search of the suspect resulted in the recovery of a folding knife in the man’s front pocket, and the Kubaton in his rear pants pocket.

The suspect, Trace Hamilton Albrecht, 53, of Burbank, was arrested for a possession of the baton, and taken to the Burbank Jail.  His bail was set at $20,000.


Man Standing In Middle Of Street Attacks Officer

An officer patrolling in the area along Burbank’s western city limits around 11 p.m. on July 13, observed a man in the intersection of  Clybourn Ave. and Hatteras St.  The man was holding two bags, and standing in the middle of the roadway.

When the officer approached in his police car, the man did not move out of the street.  The officer then, the subject put the two bags on the ground, then reached into his left pants pocket.  The man pulled out a dark object from his pocket.  Fearing that it was a weapon, the officer grabbed the man’s left wrist and ordered him to drop the dark object.  The man did not comply with the officers orders.  Fearing that the object was a weapon, the officer grabbed the man’s left wrist and ordered him to drop the object. When he refused, the officer tried to pry the item out of the man’s hand. When he finally dropped it, the officer recognized it as a smoking pipe used for narcotics.

When the officer attempted to arrest the suspect a struggle ensued in which the officer and the suspect fell to the ground several times.  At one point in the struggle the suspect attempted to get the officers holstered gun, manipulating one of the safeties on the holster.  The 23 year-old male officer was able to overcome the suspect’s resistance and take him into custody after the intense struggle.  Backup units responded “Code 3” and assisted.

Both the officer and the suspect were transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment of the injuries they suffered in the confrontation.   The officer suffered a bruised shoulder, while the suspect suffered minor abrasions to his elbows and knees.

The suspect, Erik Alan Krug, 38, of San Gabriel, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, and attempting to remove a police officer’s weapon.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail, where it was determined that he also had an outstanding warrant for burglary.  Krug’s bail was set at $25,000.

Shoplifters Keep Coming Back For More

Police are looking for a group of female shoplifters who keep coming back to steal perfume from the ULTA Beauty store in the Empire Center.

The first reported crime at the store, which is located at 1351 Victory Pl., occurred on January 11, of this year.  The suspects returned again on February 27, and March 17.   Their latest crime occurred on July 9.  Two women, and in some cases three, have walked throughout the store, placing fragrances in shopping bags.  They leave without paying.

The suspects are described as heavyset Black women, 30-40 years old, 5 ft. 4 in. to 5 ft. 6 in. in height.  They have been seen leaving in a 1990’s Buick 2-door that was orange or maroon in color with primer spots, a white Buick 4-door, and a gray Dodge 4-door.

The investigation into these crimes is on-going.  If you recall seeing any suspicious activity on the dates of these crimes, or the suspects and any of their vehicles, please call the Burbank Police Department at 818-238-3000, or Detective Stephen Turner at 818-238-3276.

Possible Road Rage In Costco Parking Lot

It’s always a little frustrating trying to find a parking space in the Costco parking lot, but one driver may have gotten a little too frustrated.   According to police, officers responded to Costco at 1051 W. Burbank Blvd. regarding a hit and run accident on July 8, at 6:15 p.m.

They contacted a 28 year-old Sylmar woman who claimed that another driver purposely drove his truck into her car as she waited for a parking space.  She did not complain of serious injury.  The driver of the truck, an 87 year-old Sun Valley man, gave police a different story.  Officers were unable to find any witnesses to the “collision” at the scene.   They took an assault with a deadly weapon report, and will present the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office to determine is charges will be filed.

Bite The Hand That Helps You – Go To Jail

Police were called to the Emergency Room at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, when a man who was smoking in a treatment room, refused medical staff members’ request to leave the ER.  When officers contact Demetrius Adam Moser, 41, of Van Nuys, and advised him to leave the ER, he left.

An hour later, offices had to respond again to the ER, after reports that Moser had returned to the ER and refused to leave.  Officers found him sitting on a bench near the ER, with his pants at his knees and his buttocks exposed.  Moser was asked repeatedly to pull his pants up and leave the property per the hospital’s wishes.  He was also warned by officers that he could be arrested for trespassing if he didn’t leave.  Moser refused to comply, so the officers decided to take him into custody per a “citizen’s arrest.”

As Moser was being taken into custody, he bit one of the officers on the hand.  The officer was able to safely remove his hand, sustaining minor injuries.  The suspect was taken to the Burbank Jail and booked for trespassing and for assaulting a police officer.

It’s Not Nice To Try And Fool The Police

A woman arrested for prostitution found out that it doesn’t pay to try to fool the police by giving them false identification.

Officers conducted a prostitution investigation at the Ramada Inn, located at 2900 N. San Fernando Blvd., on July7, at 8 p.m.   The contacted a woman in one of the rooms she had rented, and determined the she was there for the sole purpose of conducting a prostitution business.  They also located suspected narcotics in the room.

They arrested Mary Jane Nicole Madrid, 28, of Rancho Cordova for possession of narcotics and prostitution.  She gave officers a false ID, so she was also arrested for providing false identity to a police officer.  She was transported to the Burbank Jail.


‘Prank’ Gets Three Teens In Big Touble

A victim’s cry for help to a police officer diving by, led to the arrest of three teenagers for possession of a destructive device.   The officer was on routine patrol in the area of Olive Ave. and Buena Vista St., around 2:15 a.m. July 5, when he heard someone call out “Officer?  Help me officer!”  The officer saw a man pointing at a silver Toyota Camry, yelling “They just sprayed me with some chemical!”

The officer pulled the Toyota over and contacted the three occupants.  He observed a canister of Green Gas, a propellant for air soft guns, on the floorboard of the car.   During a search of car officers located a fire extinguisher that had an off-white powdery substance coming out of the hose, indicating that it had recently been discharged.  One of the people in the car had the same powder on his clothing.  All three occupants denied shooting any substance from the car.

All thee were suspects, David Zarian, 19, and Narek Tervardanyan, 19, both of Burbank, and a 17 year-old male juvenile, were placed under arrest for possession of a destructive device.
Police Search Turns Up $500,000 Worth of Methamphetamine

Officers from the Burbank Police Department’s Narcotics Unit and Gang Enforcement Team served a search warrant July 5, in the 8500 block of Glenoaks Blvd. in Sun Valley; and recovered 10 lbs. of methamphetamine.  The drug has an approximate street value of nearly a half million dollars. They also found a shotgun along with the meth, hidden in a baby crib inside the residence.

The unidentified suspect in this case, who was not home, is believed to be involved in distributing narcotics to other drug dealers in Burbank.  The investigation is still ongoing.

Bad Golf Swing Lands Man In Jail

A Burbank man is in jail for assault with a deadly weapon after he got teed off and went after his sister’s fiancé with a golf club.

Officers responded to the 500 block of E. Palm Ave. regarding an assault with a deadly weapon in progress, on July 1, at 6:10 p.m.  A family argument between the suspect and his mother and sister  was occurring.   The sister’s fiancé intervened and tried to calm the man down when he appeared to be out of control.  A short time later the suspect armed himself with a golf club and took a threatening stance.  A short scuffle ensued until police arrived.  No one received any serious injuries.

Taehoan Kim, 21, of Burbank was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon.  He was transported to the Burbank Jail.  Kim’s bail was set at $30,000.