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Crime Report: Residents report mail theft

La Cañada Flintridge

Aug. 31

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Reasonable cause mail theft; reasonable cause receiving stolen property; driving on a suspended license: Angeles Crest Highway at the westbound 210 (Foothill) Freeway. A deputy driving north on Angeles Crest observed a black Nissan Pathfinder exit the eastbound 210 and then run a red light while reentering the freeway.

During a traffic stop, an inquiry of the male driver's driving status revealed his license had been suspended and he was on probation for possession of narcotics. The driver also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

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While searching the vehicle, the deputy retrieved six cellphones and two pieces of mail bearing someone else's name. The man had conflicting stories for his possession of the mail and phones, only two of which belonged to him and his girlfriend, a passenger in the vehicle.

The girlfriend, who had no identification on her, was released while the driver was transported and booked at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.

Sept. 1

Theft: 2 Sport Chalet Drive. A man and his friend were looking at golf equipment at Sport Chalet, when the man placed his backpack and computer case with a Chromebook on a bench while they browsed for about 10 minutes.

When the man returned, he noticed his bags were missing, and he notified an employee of the theft. A manager attempted to access the store's video-surveillance system but could not, due to a recent update, and promised to have a loss prevention officer do so soon.

The victim said he'd gotten the Chromebook laptop three weeks ago, and that the box may have had information on the unit's serial number.

Sept. 5

Mail theft: 5200 block of La Cañada Boulevard. A man reported that sometime between 11 p.m. Thursday and noon Friday, someone pried open his locked mailbox and stole his mail from inside.

The previous day, the victim said he found a bundle of his mail the day before that appeared to have been replaced after the break-in. A note from a neighbor said more mail had been found on the street near his house.

The man told deputies he believes several pieces of mail are still missing. During the call, deputies observed another nearby mailbox also appeared to have been pried open, so they left a note on the front door of the residence advising them of the receptacle's condition.

Sept. 8

Mail theft: 900 block of Chehalem Road. At around 7:45 a.m. Friday, a man noticed that the door to his mailbox, which sits across the street from his property, was wide open and some of his mail was scattered on the street. The man checked his video-surveillance camera footage and saw a black SUV drive west at 11:48 p.m. and then stop at three residences west of his. He told deputies he believes the mail was taken at that time.

La Crescenta

Sept. 5

Burglary, residence: 5500 block of Pine Cone Road. A man locked his residence and left for the gym at around 4:20 p.m. that day. When he returned at 8:20 p.m., entering through the garage, he heard something falling on the second floor. He went upstairs to find the master bedroom ransacked and called the sheriff's department.

Upon arriving, deputies discovered a sliding-glass door to the backyard had been smashed. That was determined to be the point of entry and exit. The victim said two jewelry boxes containing miscellaneous pieces were missing from the closet, and believed more jewelry had been taken. Deputies found several shoe prints on the rear spiral metal stairs leading from the master bedroom to the backyard, which they believed belonged to the suspect.

Sept. 7

Burglary, vehicle: 2400 block of Montrose Avenue. A Korean woman, using her daughter as an interpreter, told deputies she'd parked her 2015 Honda Accord under the carport of her daughter's garage at around 4 p.m. the day before, locking it but leaving the passenger side windows cracked a couple of inches.

When she returned to the vehicle at around 6 a.m., she discovered someone had stolen her lime green canvas purse, containing a wallet, credit card, jewelry and an unspecified amount of cash, which she'd left under a cushion on the front seat.

The victim said one of her cards had already racked up three unauthorized charges made in Pasadena, one at Del Taco and two at a gas station. The passenger side windows were determined to be the point of entry, while a door was thought to be the point of exit.

Vandalism: 2800 block of Pinelawn Drive. A woman reported she'd had a contractor replace the sprinkler valves and timer at her rental property on Aug. 28. When she visited the home that day at around 8 a.m., she noticed someone had pulled the wires out of the timer and cut wires on two of her valves.

She said she believes the damage was intentional. Deputies observed the wires appeared to have been cut or sliced with a dull object. The victim said she was desirous of prosecution.

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