Area 1: 2600 block of Foothill Boulevard: A safe containing $3,000 in cash and several blank checks was stolen between 1 and 5 p.m. April 8 from Once Upon a Child. The safe, valued at $200, had been left on top of a filing cabinet in the rear storeroom. The store’s back door opens to a storeroom shared by ToGos and Crescenta Optometry.
2800 block of Altura Avenue: A deputy on patrol in a historically high drug crime area witnessed a man leave his vehicle around noon on April 8 and begin walking quickly toward what the report referred to as “a drug house.” Steven Chavez, 52 of Torrance, was searched and arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a meth pipe.
4500 block of Briggs Avenue: Deputies on patrol near the Crescenta Valley Station arrested 39-year-old Francisco Vasquez of Santa Ana at 7:35 a.m. April 7 for using false registration tags on his 1998 Chrysler van. Deputies ran Vasquez’s license plate number and found that the vehicle’s registration had expired despite a displayed 2011 vehicle registration tag. Vasquez, according to the deputies’ incident report, admitted using a false registration tag to avoid paying registration fees.