Crime Report: Man arrested after allegedly stealing several items from La Cañada store while family members wait in their van


Sept. 4

Identity theft: 4500 block of Palm Drive. A man reported that someone using his personal identification fraudulently opened at least one credit card in his name with Capital One.

Sept. 6

Burglary: 4600 block of Oak Grove Drive (Flintridge Riding Club). A man reported that a tack trunk and miscellaneous equestrian equipment he’d left in an unlocked storage building had been stolen. He and the club’s executive director together studied surveillance tape that showed two gray-haired white males, both approximately 45 to 50 years old and about the same height and weight (5 feet 10 and 170 pounds) taking the items from the building.

Sept. 7

Burglary, vehicle: Town Center. A woman reported that sometime between when she parked and locked her Toyota Camry in the shopping center at 11 a.m. and returned to it at 5:20 p.m., someone had smashed the driver’s side window, ransacked the car and stolen currency and a car key that belonged to her friend’s Chevy Cruze.

Sept. 9

Petty theft, unlocked vehicle. 600 block Houseman Street. A woman reported that at sometime between 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 and 9 a.m. Aug. 28, someone entered her vehicle and stole cosmetics and a bracelet made of freshwater pearls.

Burglary, commercial; possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia: 600 block of Foothill Boulevard (TJ Maxx). A store employee flagged down a passing deputy to say he’d just witnessed a man stealing numerous items from the store. He pointed out the suspect in the driver’s seat of a nearby van. The deputy found two family members in the van with the suspect and detained them for a pending burglary investigation. He also reportedly found multiple glass pipes in which there was methamphetamine residue, as well as all the items the store employee said had just been taken. The suspect’s father was in the van and said they were waiting for the son because he told them he had to get something from the store. The father said he did not know the son was entering the business to steal items. Nareg Ghazalian, 28, was taken into custody. His city of residence was redacted from the report. Stolen during the incident and later returned to the store were a belt, a leather bag, a pillow, a pair of pants and three designer jackets.

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