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Two Arrested At Safari Inn On Identity Theft And Drugs Charges

Two people were arrested by Burbank police at the Safari Inn on Wednesday, April 9, for burglary, identity theft and drugs charges. Stephen Min of Alhambra and Lisa Han of Porter Ranch, both 34 years old, were in a guest room at Olive Avenue hotel when officers arrived to investigate charges of fraudulent credit card use.

BPD New Police Car -2Burbank police received a call from Antioch Police Department, located where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers meet east of San Francisco. A woman in the area had reported three fraudulent charges to APD, all made at the Safari Inn in Burbank, located at 1911 W. Olive Avenue, on Tuesday, April 8.

Burbank officers called the Safari Inn and verified the fraudulent charges, said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. Officers were told the room was still occupied.

Police went to the location, and based on the fact the room was paid for using a stolen credit card, contacted the occupants of the room in question. When police officers explained their visit, the male suspect attempted to close the door but was unable to do so.

Officers detained the male and female occupants of the room, later identified as Min and Han. While talking with the suspects, officers noticed several pieces of mail in the room with a different female names from the name Han gave police, added Ryburn.

Drug paraphernalia, including a pipe, was also seen in the room.

Additional personal identifying information was recovered from the white Toyota Camry Min and Han had parked at the hotel. The vehicle was impounded.

BPD has confirmed three different victims of identity theft connected to Min and Han’s arrest, said Ryburn.

Min and Han were each arrested on five charges connected to burglary, identity theft and drugs. Their bail was set at $250,000 each and they were booked at the Burbank Jail. Min and Han are due in court tomorrow, April 10.

Suspect Arrested, Another Sought For Identity Theft

A woman was arrested for possession of fraudulent access cards and possession of methamphetamine Tuesday afternoon, February 4, at the Marriott Residence Inn located at 321 S. First Street. Amy Martinez, a 33-year-old resident of La Mesa, CA, was first detained by police and then arrested after a search turned up meth and the fraudulent cards, such as credit or debit cards. Police were not specific as to what type of cards were discovered.

Burbank Police had been called to the Residence Inn by hotel staff after another suspect, a Filipino male, age 25, used a stolen credit card at the hotel, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. Police are still searching for the male suspect in connection with identity theft charges.

Martinez had remained at the hotel while the male suspect, her boyfriend, had left the premises. She was arrested and booked at the Burbank Jail. Her bail is set at $20,000 and she is due in court tomorrow, February 6.

Alleged Squatters Arrested On Residential Burglary And Identity Theft Charges

Two alleged squatters were arrested on residential burglary charges by the Burbank Police on Wednesday evening, January 29, after police visited the residence in question twice during the day at the apartment building owner’s request. Jessica De Luna, age 36 and listed as a resident of San Fernando, was arrested for residential burglary, trespassing and identity theft when police finally caught up with her Wednesday evening. Her companion, Peter Bojko, age 30 and a resident of Canyon Country, was arrested for residential burglary.

On the morning of January 29, police were called by the owner of an apartment building on the 400 block of E. Palm Ave. after a resident of the building alerted the owner that people were allegedly staying in one of the apartments illegally, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. At that time, there was no answer at the apartment in question, so police left.

Later in the day, around 7:30 p.m., the owner alerted police that the suspected squatters were in the apartment. When the owner and police attempted entry again, no one answered the door and the owner did not have the keys to the recently changed locks with him. So, police left again.

At 8:55 p.m., while on duty in the area, the same police officers noticed the suspects, later identified as De Luna and Bojko, walking in the area of Palm and Glenoaks Boulevard. The pair were detained and officers arrested De Luna for an outstanding warrant. De Luna and Bojko were then positively identified by an eyewitness as having entered the residence. Both were arrested on residential burglary charges, stemming from having entered the residence after the owner had legally changed the locks.

During the officers’ search of the arrested individuals, a number of identifying documents not in De Luna’s name were discovered in her possession and she was also arrested on identity theft charges. The investigation also revealed that the pair allegedly made entry to the apartment via a ladder on top of the parking area, through a window.

De Luna is being held on $50,000 bail and Bojko on $20,000 bail. They are due in court tomorrow.