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Businesses told to be vigilant

Thieves target cars parked at businesses along Foothill Boulevard.

March 04, 2010|By Seth Amitin

A rash of vehicle break-ins late February on Foothill Boulevard prompted the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce to send out an e-mail Tuesday asking local businesses and residents to be increasingly vigilant. .

Capt. Dave Silversparre of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station noted the recent rise in burglaries at the City Council meeting Monday night, requesting the chamber use its contacts to get the word out.

“We’ve had a series of burglaries in the past, but this series has occurred at gyms and businesses on Foothill Boulevard,” said Capt. Silversparre.

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On Feb. 19, Sheriff’s deputies investigated four burglaries. Two more were reported of Feb. 22, with deputies receiving four additional cases on Feb. 25. All of the crimes took place between the 700 and 3100 block of Foothill Boulevard. By way of comparison, a total of seven vehicles were burglarized in La Cañada and La Crescenta in January.

Silversparre said evidence indicated the crimes were committed by a single individual, but noted this was not a certainty. He said that in many cases the items taken — which included laptops and purses — were easily visible from outside the cars. In about half of the theft cases, he said, the car was unlocked. LCF Chamber of Commerce President Pat Anderson said the Sheriff’s Department and chamber have often worked together on other public safety issues.

“People need to know about this information to deter those looking to get into mischief,” Anderson said. “Our hope is when we get the report at next month’s City Council meeting, it’ll show a decrease [in vehicle burglaries and thefts].”

The YMCA parking lot, despite its surveillance cameras, was one of the many places affected by the burglaries.

“I think it is a good idea for the chamber to alert members when these break-ins occur,” said YMCA Foothills Director of Communications Kim Beattie. “All businesses and residents need to look out for each other.”


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