Two Separate Phone Robbery Attempts Reported


Two separate phone robbery attempts were reported to Burbank Police over the weekend. In one incident, the suspect ran away without the phone but the suspect in a separate attempt succeeded and got away with a phone.

On Friday, January 7, around 5:35 p.m, a male Hispanic in his 20s approached the female victim who had been jogging in the area of Olive Ave. and Sixth St. and lunged at woman’s iPhone. The suspect made two attempts to grab the phone. The victim struck the suspect in the chest with her fist and started yelling after both attempts, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

The suspect, wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, ran away without the iPhone. The victim chased the suspect and saw him get into a vehicle driven by another male suspect. The vehicle was described as a blue four-door last seen southbound on Sixth Street. The victim was not injured and ran home to call police.

At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, a woman’s phone was taken from her by a Black male suspect in the TJ Maxx parking lot at 1701 N. Victory Place. The victim had parked her vehicle and as she got out of her vehicle and was talking on the phone, the suspect approached her and grabbed her phone, Ryburn said.

The suspect took the phone and pushed the victim with his elbow into the side of her vehicle. The suspect ran away southbound from the scene. No further information is available.