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Crime blotter, June 10: Man punches another man in the face at Starbucks

June 09, 2012

May 28

Theft: 600 block of Durwood Drive, between March 17 and May 28. More than $14,000 in collectible currency and silver cutlery was taken. A resident told deputies the collection was kept in the master bedroom, that the home had not been burglarized, and that he suspected his housekeeper.


May 29

Assault: 1900 block of Verdugo Boulevard, 4:45 p.m. A man punched another man in the face at Starbucks. The suspect approached the victim, who was sitting working on a laptop in the coffee shop, and asked him, “Is that your silver Mercedes outside?” After the victim said yes, the suspect punched him in the face and started shaking him violently. An employee said the suspect told him the victim had cut him off on the freeway and then given him the finger. The employee had to restrain the suspect from attacking the victim again, after which the suspect left in his car. The victim suffered a bloody nose and lip, but declined medical attention.

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June 1

Theft: 100 block of Olive Lane, 4 p.m. or earlier. Three laptop computers and an Xbox 360 gaming console with a total value of $3,700 taken.


Vandalism: 1100 block of Lavender Lane, 9 p.m. or later. Rear window of a Volkswagen Jetta smashed.


June 3

Identity theft: 1200 block of Homewood Lane: A man discovered his identity had been used to open a T-Mobile account when he received a notice of delinquent payment for $323. The victim contacted the address listed on the bill with his information, but was informed by the landlord that the tenant at that address had moved out.


June 5

Theft: 2700 block of Starlight Lane, before 3:30 p.m. Bathroom window removed, an Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Sony DVD player, two Dell laptop computers and a Steve Madden purse taken.

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May 30

Graffiti: 2900 block of Community Avenue, before 11 a.m. The letters “TSO” were painted on a metal bench at Crescenta Valley High School. The tag has been found painted on the school campus previously. The previous day, the words “smoke herb” were found written in black marker on the door frame of a room in the school. Total cleanup costs for both incidents reported as $50.


May 31

Auto theft: 2000 block of Montrose Avenue, 9:25 a.m. A Ford Expedition was stolen when the owner left the car idling to answer a phone call inside Lord's Flowers. About $300 in plants and flowers were inside the vehicle.

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