La Cañada Crime: Burglary suspect returns to drugstore, confronts employee

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

April 18, 2014

La Cañada

April 10

Petty theft: 4400 block of Rockland Place. A woman reported that someone had stolen a baby stroller from the underground carport of her apartment sometime between 12:30 and 10:30 a.m. that day. She’d seen it the night before, but it was gone the next morning. No one witnessed the theft at the carport, which is shared by tenants of the building.

April 11

Burglary, vehicle: 5500 block of Godbey Drive. A man contacted police after returning from playing golf to find the passenger side window smashed and his wallet missing. The incident occurred sometime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The victim said he’d left his wallet on the passenger seat in plain view, and police determined the suspect had broken the window and taken it without needing to open the door. Although the man had a car alarm, he guessed he may have been too far away to hear it sounding. No surveillance cameras were on the property.


Identity theft: 200 block of Mero Lane. A man received notice from the IRS that on Feb. 16, someone had used his information to file state and federal tax returns. An IRS representative advised him to file as a victim of fraud and manually file his tax returns. On March 26, the State Franchise Tax Board told him to fill out a fraud affidavit and make a police report.

Identity theft: 4700 block of Rockland Place. On April 7, a woman learned from a bank that someone had applied for a credit card using her name and Social Security number. Four days later, she received two credit cards in the mail — one of which was opened at a store in Cudahy and another applied for by phone. The victim was advised to contact the three credit reporting agencies.

April 13

Burglary, other structure; vandalism: 4500 block of Hampton Road. A man called police to report the theft from locked storage cabinets at the Valley Water Company, leased by the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses. Sometime between 3:30 p.m. the day before and 9:30 a.m. that morning, someone had cut padlocks on five cabinets and taken several pieces of heavy equipment, including a welder, power grinders and heavy-duty welding cables. Locks securing another storage building and trailers were cut but undisturbed. The suspect apparently entered through an automatic gate, opening it wide enough for a vehicle. An employee told police a similar incident had occurred in October of 2013. There was no video surveillance, but police ordered a latent fingerprint investigation.

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