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By Mary O'Keefe | June 14, 2007
A stolen lap top computer led a Crescenta Valley Sheriff's detective to a La Cañada residence last Thursday morning that housed numerous identity theft tools including a credit card making machine. The man at the house, who was arrested and charged with 15 felony counts, may have been in the identity theft business for years, according to a CV Sheriff's detective. The event began to unfold at 7:40 a.m. when the detective went to a home in the 4500 block of Rockland Place in La Cañada near the Big Lots store.
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By Mary O'Keefe | March 29, 2007
The Hurley Wealth Management Group sponsored an identity theft workshop on March 22 at Descanso Gardens. "It is a way to educate people," said Nicole Hurley, team leader for the company. This is not this first time the company has sponsored this type of workshop; they sponsored one last June. According to Hurley, the methods of identity theft are always changing and people need to be aware. "They [those who perform ID theft] are always thinking of new ways to do it," Hurley said.
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By Mary O'Keefe | April 5, 2007
Every week Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station takes reports from victims of identity theft. It is a growing crime statistic with perpetrators that work either in groups or as individuals. Victims sometimes do not realize they have been victimized until they attempt to get a loan or are denied for a credit card because of their now damaged financial history. That is why law enforcement officials from the CV Sheriff's department and the U.S. Secret Service warn citizens to be alert and understand that anyone can become a victim of identity theft.
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April 3, 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.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 7, 2011
Mail is going missing in at least one neighborhood of La Cañada Flintridge, according to one resident. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department personnel are investigating to determine if mail thieves are at work. Jim Short, who lives on Journey's End Drive, said that on Aug. 19, Aug. 29 and Sept. 4 his mailbox, along with those of his neighbors who had curbside boxes, were found open and emptied. Short said he also found mail belonging to several other La Cañada residents discarded on his street, which he gave to the investigating deputy.
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September 29, 2012
Sept. 10 Identity theft: 1900 block of Foothill Boulevard. A man learned that his personal information was used in an attempt to open credit cards at GE Capital Retail Bank and Walmart. Sept. 20 Identity theft: 2400 block of Foothill Boulevard, 3:13 p.m. A woman discovered as part of a credit check that her Social Security number had been used without her authorization on employment forms in Pennsylvania. Sept. 21 Battery/child endangerment: 900 block of Coral Way, 1:15 p.m. A man prevented his wife from leaving their home following an argument about their pending separation, grabbing car keys and pushing her down.
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By Jennifer Berry | April 6, 2006
A call to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station helped deputies arrest four people last week on suspicion of grand theft of a vehicle, of possession of a loaded firearm and of identity theft. "It's another example of the community working with police," Detective Sgt. Victor Ibarra said. Deputies arrested Crystal Joy O'Connor, 22, of Palmdale; John Henry Cardenas, 40, of Bell Gardens; and Bryce K. Tubb, 33, and Shervan Armoogam, 38, both of Whittier, at about 4:30 a.m. March 28 in the 4500 block of Marvin Street in La Cañada Flintridge.
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June 30, 2012
June 15 Identity theft: 4500 block of Viro Road, 9 a.m. Stolen Social Security number used to open AT&T U-Verse account in Detroit. June 20 Vandalism: 600 Foothill Boulevard. Three windows smashed at the First Church of Christ. June 21 Shoplift: 895 Foothill Boulevard, 9:30 a.m. Four cellphones, worth $550 to $599 each, stolen from the AT&T Store by two men who ran away. June 22 Identity theft: 300 block of Starlight Crest Drive.
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By Mary O'Keefe | November 30, 2006
According to the California Department of Consumer Affairs, last year nine million people became victims of identity theft. One million of those were in the state of California. Holiday shopping is a very good opportunity for identity theft, said Charlene Zettle, director of the DCA. Zettle advises all consumers to take extra care during the busy holiday shopping season. "I understand that it is very busy time," Zettle said. "We can leave our purse on the counter for a moment, and that's all the time it takes for someone to get our information."
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By Bianca Gallegos | March 15, 2007
In the wake of increased identity theft and mail theft, law enforcement officials took the opportunity to re-emphasize to the community the importance of shredding financial accounts before discarding them and checking one's mailbox regularly. During the public safety update at last Monday's La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting, Captain Tim Peters from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's station informed the council of another stolen recycling bin, a concern because thieves regularly scour the bins for sensitive documents.
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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.
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April 3, 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.
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January 16, 2014
La Cañada Flintridge Jan. 3 Commercial burglary: 529 Foothill Blvd., Flintridge Pharmacy and Medical Supply, 8:28 p.m. Commercial double locking doors were damaged, but no items were reported stolen. Burglary: 2200 block of Foothill Boulevard, between Dec. 31 and Jan. 3. A sink, two faucets, three refrigeration units and some copper pipe were stolen. There were damages to a wrought iron door and a key lock. Petty theft: 852 Foothill Blvd. Adobe Design.
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January 9, 2014
La Cañada Flintridge Dec. 20-21 Attempted burglary: 1600 block of Earlmont Avenue, before 9 a.m. on Dec. 21. Small holes found in kitchen window on residential property. Dec. 24 Theft: 4000 block of Oak Grove Drive, between 10 and 10:15 a.m. A high school student parked his car at the school's parking lot, leaving the sunroof open. His wallet and iPhone were stolen from the vehicle. Unauthorized purchases were made with credit and debit cards that were in the wallet.
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October 17, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge Oct. 12-13 Vandalism: 5000 block of Princess Anne Road, before 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 13. Several eggs were thrown at a house, breaking a glass panel on a door. Grand theft: 1000 block of White Deer Drive, before 7 a.m. on Oct. 13. Several tennis rackets and tennis racket bags were stolen from an unlocked vehicle. Petty theft: 1200 block of Journeys End Drive, before 11 a.m. on Oct. 13. A folder containing vehicle registration and proof of insurance was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.
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September 19, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge Sept. 11 Grand theft: 600 block of Berkshire Avenue, between 12 and 12:10 p.m. A lawn mower, trimmer and padlock were stolen from a bed of a pickup truck. Sept. 12 Petty theft: 1900 block of Foothill Boulevard, between 7:10 a.m. and 9 a.m. A cellphone was stolen from an unlocked vehicle. Sept. 15 Vandalism: 4400 block of Vista Place, before 7:20 a.m. Rear window smashed on vehicle. Owner of vehicle believes the window was smashed in retaliation for reporting a suspicious vehicle to authorities earlier in the month.
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August 15, 2013
Aug. 8  Burglary: 4900 block of Oakwood Avenue, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Doors found open on residence; unknown if property was stolen. Robbery: Sport Chalet Drive, 8:05 p.m. A 30-year-old Pasadena man was arrested for stealing a flashlight from a store. Aug. 6 Criminal threats: 800 block of Foothill Blvd., 10:45 a.m. A man was arrested after he threatened to put a bullet in another man's head. The victim had allegedly bought a computer and other items from the man and he wanted the items back.
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July 11, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge June 30 - July 2 Identity theft: 500 block of Venado Vista Drive. A man reported fraudulent credit card accounts being opened in his name. July 6 Petty theft: 1300 block of Foothill Boulevard, between 9 a.m. and noon. A doctor reported his Apple iPhone 5 was stolen from on top of a desk in his office. July 6 Vehicle burglary: 1830 Foothill Blvd., between 3:30 and 5 p.m. A leather purse, makeup kit, bathing suit, sunglasses case and a vehicle security remote were taken from a sport utility vehicle while it was parked at Mayors' Discovery Park.
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July 5, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge June 19 Identity theft: 400 block of Meadow View Lane, noon. A man reported that an unknown person used his social security number to file a fraudulent tax return. June 21 -22 Petty theft: 1400 block of Descanso Drive, between 5 p.m. June 21 and 9 a.m. June 22. Headphones, toys and a gaming system were stolen from an unlocked car. June 25 Cocaine possession: Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Freeway, 2:24 a.m. A West Covina man, 21, arrested during a traffic stop after a search of his car. June 25 Theft: 5400 block of Godbey Drive, 3:30 p.m. A man who lost a bank card reported it was used for fraudulent charges.
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February 27, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge Feb. 11 Petty theft and identity theft: 1200 block of Foothill Boulevard, between 8:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Purse, wallet stolen from car parked at Lighted Window Preschool. Bank/credit cards used to withdraw money and make unauthorized purchases. Feb. 15 and 16 Grand theft: 5500 block of Rockland Place before 11 a.m. on Feb. 16. Welder stolen from car parked in front of residence. Owner not sure if vehicle had been left locked. Feb. 18 and 19 Vandalism: 3000 block of Foothill Boulevard, before noon on Feb. 19. Plastic emergency sign broken off on apartment complex.
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