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January 21, 2013
Thieves have been stealing portable patio heaters from businesses in Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge, according to law enforcement officials. Glendale venues have reported three separate incidents since August and North Shore Burgers on Verdugo Boulevard reported multiple heaters missing last month, said Capt. David Silversparre of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. Witnesses saw two male suspects leave in a white van in one incident, he said. Officials are asking business owners keep an eye on patio heaters and store them in a secure location when they close for the night.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | October 29, 2009
Thieves have hit three foothill-area banks in October , officials said, making off with thousands in cash and eluding authorities. The latest bank robbery in La Cañada Flintridge on Oct. 22 has Crescenta Valley sheriff’s and FBI officials on the lookout for the thieves. It was the third bank robbery in the foothills since Oct. 15 and the second last week. Two masked men entered Chase bank in the 700 block of Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada at 9:52 a.m. last Thursday with guns drawn, said Lourdes Arocho, an FBI spokeswoman.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2009
Ten Years Ago About 700 people gathered at St. Francis High School to dedicate the Father Lawrence Caruso Memorial Learning Center. The four-hour event included a blessing, a ribbon-cutting, Mass and a dinner reception. Twenty Years Ago Longtime La Cañada resident Ann Neilson was named president of the Sierra Madre Girl Scout Council, which served nearly 10,000 girls and 4,000 adult members. Thirty Years Ago Fine and costume jewelry, as well as fur coats, were toted away, apparently by suitcase-carrying thieves, when Ivers Dept.
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By Mary O’Keefe | July 10, 2008
Two men and two male juveniles were arrested in the early morning hours on Monday in La Cañada after a resident witnessed them enter his unlocked vehicle. At around 4 a.m. July 7 the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station received a call from a resident on Indianola Way reporting a vehicle burglary in progress. The suspects were gone when deputies arrived, said Detective Frank Diana. An immediate patrol of the area found Serge Vita, 20, and Michael Rogers, 18, along with a 17 and 15-year-old male juveniles matching the description of the suspects.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | September 27, 2007
A rash of stolen vehicles has hit the area in the past few weeks. ?We have had over ten in the last couple of weeks,? Det. Frank Diana of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff?s Station said Tuesday. On Wednesday, one more car theft was reported by a La Cañada woman whose vehicle was stolen from her residence while she made a one-day trip out of the area. The vehicles range from BMWs to Hondas and do not follow any time pattern for the thefts, Diana said. All the car theft incidents are still under investigation.
NEWS
November 4, 2010
Recent purse snatchings and another attempted theft at Foothill Boulevard businesses have the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station warning shoppers and store employees to keep a close eye on their belongings, and to stay on the lookout for a tricky couple with sticky fingers. Sheriff's deputies report that the first known distract-and-grab incident in a possible string of thefts occurred Oct. 14 at the Crescenta Valley Flower Mart. A Latino man thought to be in his mid-30s entered the store with a woman who also appeared to be Latino and in her 30s and asked a clerk to construct a bouquet while his partner looked around the shop.
NEWS
March 21, 2012
While the quantity of residential burglaries in La Cañada Flintridge has decreased from late last year, a series of garage burglaries started where bicycles were targeted. Specifically, suspect(s) apparently drove the streets, located “open garage doors” and stole or attempted to steal bicycles. A suspect in an early March garage burglary on Houseman Avenue was scared off by the resident, and witnesses observed the male, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, enter a small white sedan with red straps on the open trunk.
NEWS
November 9, 2011
Does your teenager or teenager's friend drive a yellow Volkswagen bug? My little girl wants to know why the mean girls in that car came on Friday, Oct. 28, to take away her pumpkins. We hadn't even had a chance to carve them yet. To those girls: You might like to reconsider your life of petty crime - trying to escape down a dead-end street isn't the brightest idea. I got a nice picture of your plates on your way back out. Just one question: Did you come back on Halloween to steal the pumpkin we bought and carved to replace the ones you took?
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 14, 2011
A recent increase in burglaries of La Cañada Flintridge homes has stalled, but thefts from vehicles remain on the rise. There were five thefts from vehicles in the city on Dec. 10 and another on Dec. 11, according to reports on file at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. Four thefts from vehicles occurred in La Cañada on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 despite the arrest of three men connected to at least five earlier break-ins to cars. The Dec. 11 theft occurred before 8 a.m. on the 800 block of Milmada Drive, with stolen property including two briefcases and cuff links valued at $1,000.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | February 15, 2012
Not only have thieves looking for an easy buck targeted the contents of the catalytic converters on your cars and the cans and bottles in your recycling bins, it turns out they're also grabbing the empty waste bins themselves. According to Sgt. Ray Harley of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station, thieves steal trash bins in order to sell the plastic to recycling plants for cash. “It's yet another item that thieves can steal, and there's a recycling demand for plastics, just like the metals, aluminum and copper and so on,” he said.
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NEWS
January 21, 2013
Thieves have been stealing portable patio heaters from businesses in Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge, according to law enforcement officials. Glendale venues have reported three separate incidents since August and North Shore Burgers on Verdugo Boulevard reported multiple heaters missing last month, said Capt. David Silversparre of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. Witnesses saw two male suspects leave in a white van in one incident, he said. Officials are asking business owners keep an eye on patio heaters and store them in a secure location when they close for the night.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 3, 2012
A rash of burglaries targeting pharmacies and their stocks of pain killers has struck La Cañada Flintridge, Burbank and nearby areas, prompting authorities to suggest pharmacies do more to secure desirable drugs. On Saturday 15 bottles of the often-abused painkiller OxyContin were stolen from the Walgreens in La Crescenta. Both Marsh Village Pharmacy and Flintridge Pharmacy in La Cañada have been similarly burglarized in the last two months. Burbank has been hit hardest, according to Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Sgt. Debra Herman.
NEWS
September 22, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge Sept. 3 Identity theft: 300 block of Corona Drive, 9:13 a.m. A woman's PayPal account was used to order a $2,422 Apple laptop computer while she was out of town. The theft was discovered Sept. 17. Sept. 11 Burglary: 4500 block of Leata Lane, before 3:50 p.m. Kitchen door window smashed, four watches and Louis Vuitton purse, reported as worth $7,200 total, stolen from a home. The neighboring home was also burglarized. Two watches and an iPad 2 were taken.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 8, 2012
Burglary incidents in La Cañada Flintridge declined for the second straight month in July, with the four burglaries reported in July representing the lowest monthly count of 2012. Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station Capt. David Silversparre told the La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Tuesday that part of the reason for the drop from 19 burglaries in May to seven in June, and then four last month, is that residents are calling in with information that allows deputies to catch suspects in the act. On July 24, a resident alerted deputies that a car full of suspicious-looking men was parked near Commonwealth and Berkshire avenues, leading deputies to interview the people in the car and later arrest a man, Sergio Hernandez, 22, of Los Angeles, who was hiding in the bushes.
NEWS
March 21, 2012
While the quantity of residential burglaries in La Cañada Flintridge has decreased from late last year, a series of garage burglaries started where bicycles were targeted. Specifically, suspect(s) apparently drove the streets, located “open garage doors” and stole or attempted to steal bicycles. A suspect in an early March garage burglary on Houseman Avenue was scared off by the resident, and witnesses observed the male, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, enter a small white sedan with red straps on the open trunk.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | February 15, 2012
Not only have thieves looking for an easy buck targeted the contents of the catalytic converters on your cars and the cans and bottles in your recycling bins, it turns out they're also grabbing the empty waste bins themselves. According to Sgt. Ray Harley of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station, thieves steal trash bins in order to sell the plastic to recycling plants for cash. “It's yet another item that thieves can steal, and there's a recycling demand for plastics, just like the metals, aluminum and copper and so on,” he said.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 14, 2011
A recent increase in burglaries of La Cañada Flintridge homes has stalled, but thefts from vehicles remain on the rise. There were five thefts from vehicles in the city on Dec. 10 and another on Dec. 11, according to reports on file at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. Four thefts from vehicles occurred in La Cañada on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 despite the arrest of three men connected to at least five earlier break-ins to cars. The Dec. 11 theft occurred before 8 a.m. on the 800 block of Milmada Drive, with stolen property including two briefcases and cuff links valued at $1,000.
NEWS
November 9, 2011
Does your teenager or teenager's friend drive a yellow Volkswagen bug? My little girl wants to know why the mean girls in that car came on Friday, Oct. 28, to take away her pumpkins. We hadn't even had a chance to carve them yet. To those girls: You might like to reconsider your life of petty crime - trying to escape down a dead-end street isn't the brightest idea. I got a nice picture of your plates on your way back out. Just one question: Did you come back on Halloween to steal the pumpkin we bought and carved to replace the ones you took?
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 3, 2011
With the economy struggling and metal prices trending up over the last few years, drivers in La Cañada Flintridge have been getting hit by catalytic converter thieves. Located in the exhaust systems of modern vehicles, catalytic converters help clean exhaust emissions. Because they contain components made of platinum and other valuable metals, catalytic converters, or “cats,” are tempting targets for thieves. With seven such thefts reported to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station since March 26, this trend is again on the rise.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | January 14, 2011
Recent changes to state law will result in many theft-related crimes formerly charged as felonies to be handled as misdemeanors. Locally, this means many thieves who commit property crimes in La Cañada Flintridge and surrounding areas will be spending much less time behind bars, and doing so in county jail rather than in state prison, said Capt. Dave Silversparre of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. A bill signed into law last year by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger raised the stolen property value determination needed to trigger felony grand theft charges from $400-plus to $950-plus.
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