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Crime Blotter

September 15, 2010

Area 1: 2400 block of Cross Street: Deputies responded to a burglary call on Sept. 9 at 1:50 a.m. A witness reported that he heard his neighbor's dog barked loudly, and looked into the neighbor's yard where he saw a white male standing at the back door. The suspect hesitated, and then entered the residence. Deputies searched the property but did not find the suspect. Nothing was stolen.

2900 block of Community Avenue: Messages were spray-painted on the walkways and walls throughout Crescenta Valley High School overnight Sept. 9-10, including "Verdugo," "VH" and "VHHS." A school official said that there was a football game between Verdugo Hills High School and Crescenta Valley High School, and that he believed the culprits might have been Verdugo Hills High School students playing a prank.

Ramsdell and Encinal avenues: A Glendale teenager was arrested for burglary on Sept. 10 at 8:15 p.m. after being detained by his intended victim. Two men were playing basketball when they observed the suspect on the perimeter of the court. The teen dropped his T-shirt on the ground near the victim's gym bag and stooped to pick it up, stealing a set of car keys from the bag in the process. The victim then noticed that his car's lights flashed on. He walked toward his vehicle and saw the suspect in the front seat rustling through his possessions. The victim confronted the suspect, who tried to flee. But the victim and his companion jumped on him and detained him until deputies arrived.

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Area 2

4600 block of Hillard Avenue: Deputies conducted a routine traffic stop on Sept. 8 at 11:10 a.m. The driver was cited for driving with expired registration and a suspended license. The vehicle was parked and secured.

Area 3

4400 block of Oak Grove Drive: Two male La Crescenta teenagers were arrested on Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. at La Cañada High School. A sheriff's deputy was driving past the school site when he observed someone throw a metal trash can down a stairwell from a second-story walkway. He detained and arrested the two teenagers for vandalism. A cement garbage receptacle had also been thrown down the stairs, and chunks of concrete were broken from the stairs.

4400 block of Oak Grove Drive: Six feet of 3-inch copper piping and four valves were cut off a water main on the west side of the LCHS auditorium sometime between Sept. 10-13. During the same period a plumber's tool box that was left outside at the south side of the auditorium was taken. Items stolen along with the tool box included hammers, a welder, power cords, bolts, anchors and a tool belt. The total loss was valued at $3,785.

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