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La Cañada Crime: Identity theft discovered via tax refund

Crime and arrests in La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Montrose

April 03, 2014

La Cañada

March 24

Proof of California registration fraud: Angeles Crest Highway at Lavender Lane. While driving at 5:35 p.m., an officer noticed a white Ford F-150. Although a check showed the vehicle’s registration as expired, there was a blue 2014 sticker on the license plate, so the truck was pulled over. The driver presented a license and a registration slip showing an expiration date of Dec. 31, and told the deputy the truck belonged to his employer. The driver also admitted to taking the registration sticker off his own trailer and putting it on the truck “to avoid tickets.” He was cited for registration fraud and released. The officer removed the sticker from the plate and entered it into evidence.

March 25

Burglary, residential: 4500 block of Belita Lane. A man called police after returning home at 4 p.m. to discover his home had been burglarized and ransacked. The victim and his wife left the home secured around 9 a.m. and came home to find the back door had been kicked open. Several items were missing from a room used as an office, including a small safe under the desk. The victim stated the safe contained passports and several miscellaneous documents. An iPad and various pieces of jewelry, including some 21 gold and silver rings that had been placed on two mannequin hands, had also been taken during the incident. The back door was identified as the point of entry and exit. A neighbor told police she was “looking out the window for most of the day” but only saw gardeners mowing lawns. Another neighbor reported seeing nothing unusual. Fingerprints were taken from the scene.

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