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La Cañada Crime: Oakwood Avenue home ransacked

April 10, 2014

La Cañada

March 28

Identity theft: 4500 block of Leata Lane. A woman contacted police to report that sometime between Jan. 15 and March 1, someone had illegally filed her 2013 tax return with the IRS. She received a tax return check, through she had not filed her taxes and hadn't authorized anyone else to do so. She returned the check with an identity theft affidavit to clear her and her husband of wrongdoing.

March 31

Burglary, residential: 4900 block of Oakwood Avenue. Police responded to a house alarm call and arrived to find the front door of the home ajar. Next to the door was a white cloth storage bag containing a black leather purse. Inside the home, the alarm keypad had been ripped out of the wall. There were more purses and personal items on the floor nearby. The first-floor master bedroom and its closets had been ransacked. On the second floor, three bedrooms had been ransacked, with electronic items, including an Apple MacBook Pro and a camera, and jewelry boxes strewn about. In one bedroom, a window was open with the screen missing. Outside that window was a ladder that belonged to the victim, and the missing screen. That window was determined to be the point of entry, with the front door being the exit. The victim was contacted and asked to identify missing items. A print technician arrived to check for fingerprints. No witnesses could be found.

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Identity theft: 1800 block of Earlmont Avenue. A woman called police after learning her bank card had been used without her knowledge. She learned of the theft after calling customer service to inquire about funds missing from her account, and was informed of three incidents occurring at two branches in Culver City and Houston, Texas. The bank's fraud department informed her that on March 20, an unknown person arrived at the Culver City bank and requested a debit card replacement for one she'd lost. The suspect produced some identification that was approved by the representative. A new card and PIN number were issued. On March 26, a person entered a Houston bank and withdrew four checks from the victims account. The next day, the same person returned to the bank and ordered cashier's checks. The victim contacted Houston police to report the transactions.

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