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Crime Wave of “Smash and Grab” Auto Burglaries

Over the past three weeks, Burbank Police have received a total of 25 reports regarding “smash and grab” burglaries in parked cars in the lots of local restaurants.

The most recent car break-in occurred at Talleyrand on Monday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. After the suspect broke into one car, they attempted to break into another. When someone approached the suspect, they fled on foot.

Several auto burglaries have occurred on the west side of Burbank, at Olive and Verdugo, Pass and Oak, and Riverside and Evergreen, as well as Coffee Commissary located at 3121 W. Olive Ave.

Most of the burglaries have occurred in the parking lots of commercial businesses open to the public, such as various Starbucks locations including those located at 347 N. Pass Ave., 113 E. Alameda Ave., 1010 W. Alameda Ave., 1520 W. Olive Ave., and 4207 Riverside Dr.

The burglaries have taken place during the morning, daytime, and early evening hours.

Items stolen are said to have been visible from the car windows and include electronics, laptops, cell phones, and tools.

Detectives on the case have discovered similar incidents are also occurring in Central and Northern California.

At the moment, several leads are being investigated.

Erratic Carjacking Pursuit Ends on Riverside Drive

On the morning of Wednesday, May 30, California Highway Patrol chased a man who had carjacked a vehicle from Pasadena to Burbank, where the pursuit came to an end.

Earlier that morning, California Highway Patrol responded to calls about a grey SUV driving erratically in Pasadena. After the driver reportedly crashed into a white SUV on the 210 Freeway near San Gabriel, he carjacked the victim’s vehicle and drove westbound.

After the suspect’s failed attempt to carjack a Metro Freeway service patrol car, police followed him as he got off the freeway in Burbank and drove on Riverside Dr.

Soon, the suspect started to drive on wrong side of the road, into oncoming traffic, and onto the sidewalk and the grass, hitting other vehicles in the process.

The suspect then exited the vehicle and attempted to run away from police. An officer chased the suspect, who ran back to the stolen vehicle and began driving with the door open, swerving the SUV onto the grass in desperation to avoid arrest. The officer was able to pull the suspect from the driver’s seat and arrest him.

Man Threatening Security Guards at Metrolink with Pellet Gun Arrested

On Wednesday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m., Burbank Police responded to a call about a man possibly holding a gun near the Metrolink Station on Front St.

One of the first units on the scene was Burbank’s Air Unit and the Tactical Flight Officers in the helicopter saw the man who appeared to be holding a handgun aimed at two security guards. The suspect was seen getting into a minivan and leaving the Metrolink Station. Responding officers witnessed the van get on the I-5 freeway and pulled it over south of Alameda Ave. The minivan turned out to be an Uber.

Police detained the driver and discovered a pellet gun inside the vehicle, which resembled a real handgun.

The suspect has been identified as Anthony Barraza, 23 of Sun Valley.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

It seems that an argument between Barraza and Metrolink security guards over a smoking ordinance allegedly caused him to lash out and threaten them with the pellet gun.

Before leaving the Metrolink Station, the suspect attempted to get into another vehicle by displaying the pellet gun at a driver.

He was arrested and booked for attempted carjacking and criminal threats.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Barraza is currently being held on $100,000 bail and is due in court Friday, May 4.

Bicyclist Dies From Car Collision Injuries

Burbank Police Traffic Officers gather evidence following this fatal accident that occurred Monday afternoon in the 1300 Blk of Alameda.
(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

On Monday, April 16, at 5:15 p.m., Burbank Police and Paramedics responded to a traffic accident involving a bicyclist who was hit by a car on Alameda Ave. between Mariposa St. and Griffith Park Dr.

Lenny Trinh, 52 of Burbank, was riding eastbound on Alameda Ave. in the designated bike lane when the driver’s door of a parked car opened, causing him to be thrown forward onto the ground. Trinh was then struck by a passing pickup truck, driving eastbound.

The bike lane the bicyclist was traveling in when he hit the door of the parked car and fell into the traffic lane. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Trinh was transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and was soon pronounced deceased.

Both the pickup truck driver and the driver of the parked vehicle cooperated and remained at the scene to speak with officers.

It appears that neither drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.

Burbank Police Traffic Detectives are currently investigating the incident.

Officers Looking for Motorists During Distracted Driver Awareness Month

This month, the Burbank Police Department is joining with law enforcement throughout California to bring awareness to distracted driving.

Ten years after “hands-free” laws were put into place to improve safety on the road, there has been a decrease in accidents caused by distracted drivers using their cellphones. However, distracting driving continues to be a major reason for accidents.

Data from 2007 shows there were over 33,000 accidents throughout California that were the result of distracted driving. In 2017, around 22,000 drivers were in traffic accidents that were the result of distracted driving.

“California’s distracted driving laws have been saving lives for a decade now. Every day, somewhere in California, someone is sitting down to dinner with their family who wouldn’t have made it through the day without these laws on the books. That’s tremendously gratifying,” said former State Senator Joe Simitian, author of California’s hands-free and no-texting laws.

April has been declared to be “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” with the first week as “California Teen Safe Driving Week.”

April 5th and 13th will be the two dates on which police throughout the state will increase enforcement for no-texting traffic safety laws. Through grant-funded resources, additional BPD traffic officers will be monitoring parts of the city where accidents are more frequent. Drivers observed to be on their phones will be ticketed, and a citation of $162 will be given to first time offenders.

For prevention of such accidents, police want to make drivers aware of safe alternatives to using their phones while driving. Police have provided options, such as designating a passenger who can respond to texts or calls on the driver’s behalf. While on the road, drivers can also find a safe place to park to make a phone call or send a message. To avoid the temptation of using their phone altogether, drivers are encouraged to put their mobile device in the backseat or the trunk.

“Distracted Driving Awareness Month” is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Rolls Royce Pulled Over, Handgun and Narcotics Found

On Tuesday, March 6, around 3:50 a.m., Burbank Police pulled over a Rolls Royce that did not have license plates at Riverside Dr. and Beachwood Dr. according to the Public Information Office, Burbank Police Department.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

Police inspected the vehicle and discovered narcotics and a loaded handgun inside.

The two male occupants were arrested and face charges.

UPDATE: The suspects were Lawrence Eugene Taylor, 29 of Los Angeles and Douglas Delaney Jordan, 28 of Beverly Hills.

Police Issue Back To School Safety Tips

As school has already begun for other districts and starts on Monday, August 18, for the Burbank Unified School District, the Burbank Police Department has tweeted and posted a safety reminder for parents and people driving in the area.

“Traffic safety at our schools is a priority for the Burbank Police Department,” said Officer Joshua Kendrick of the Burbank Police Department. “Traffic officers are assigned to patrol schools as a visible deterrent to prevent incidents from occurring and to enforce traffic laws.”

“By following a few simple rules, parents can assist us in creating a safe environment around our schools for students, faculty and parents.”

(Photo by Ross A.Benson)

John Burroughs High School students head to school in August 2013. (Photo by Ross A.Benson)

Back to school safety tips include some Do’s:

1. Slow down around the schools; plan ahead and arrive early

2. Use the safe delivery/valet drop – off area

3. Position your children on the right side of the vehicle, so they exit onto the sidewalk, away from any moving vehicles

4. Stay alert; do not operate cell phones or allow other things to distract you

5. Park your car in the appropriate areas; obey posted parking restrictions

6. Obey all traffic laws

And some Don’ts:

1. Stop and park your vehicle in the delivery/valet drop – off area

2. Park and exit your vehicle in the passenger loading/unloading areas

3. Stop your vehicle in the middle of the street to let your child in or out of the vehicle

4. Walk between vehicles in the drop – off and pick – up area

5. Park across the street and direct your child to cross the street outside of the designated crossing area

6. Pass vehicles on the wrong side of the street

7. Leave your vehicle unattended

BPD recommends parents park their vehicles away from the school and walk their children to the school gates and cross at corners and use the crossing guards to assist. Officers encourage parents to plan ahead and arrive early.

Students and families begin their first day at Roosevelt Elementary (Photo by Lisa Paredes)

Students and families begin their first day at Roosevelt Elementary in August 2013. (Photo by Lisa Paredes)

Burbank School Superintendent Dr. Jan Britz’s Statement on School Safety

Burbank Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Jan Britz released the following statement on Monday regarding safety in the BUSD

All of us in the BUSD are saddened by the tragedy which occurred last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We extend our sympathy to the families of the victims and to the entire community of Newtown. We have all lived through too many senseless acts of violence causing others to ask about the safety of our children. We want you to know that the safety of our students is the most important priority in our District.

 In order to maintain a positive and safe campus tone following such a tragic event, it is important that we all pull together. One of the most important factors in making the children know that they are safe is for the staff to be visible on campus during school hours, during passing periods, at lunch, and at dismissal. Principals and staff will be very visible this week, even more than usual. In addition, we are working with BPD as partners and you will see patrol cars circling around each school all week long.

 In BUSD, we have safety procedures that maximize student and staff safety in our schools:

·        Adults visible on campus

·        BPD driving around school sites

·        Review of safety/emergency plans

·        Implementation of all safety and security procedures even if they are inconvenient for visitors, such as locking all gates and not permitting entrance to unauthorized visitors

·        Staff members will diligently wear employee badges


This morning District staff visited all elementary schools and discussed with principals safety and security procedures. We want the principals to have access to any resources they need in order to keep the students and staff safe at their schools.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recommends limiting children’s exposure to the news on the Newtown tragedy. It is best to keep their routine of normalcy. The schools will keep the routine and scheduled events for this week. It is important for students to come to school this week and expect the norm. This is comforting for them. The students need to be monitored in such a way that we don’t force them to talk but yet embrace open conversations that allow us to explore their feelings so that we can help support them (www.nasponline.org)

We encourage you to contact the District Office if you have any questions regarding school safety. We look forward to working with you to continue to provide a safe environment in which all students can learn. This message will be posted on our Home Page for parents and an All Call has just gone out as well.



Dr. Jan Britz


Burbank Unified School District