Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are investigating a residential burglary that took place in La Cañada’s Palm Crest neighborhood early Aug. 9, during which homeowners had their car and several other items stolen from their residence while they were sleeping.
The incident occurred on the 1400 block of Hacienda Drive, off Alta Canyada Road, sometime between 10 p.m. Wednesday night and around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, when the victims awoke to discover their 2015 Hyundai Elantra was missing from the garage, according to Station Watch Commander Lt. DeMarkus Smith.
Also missing was the male homeowner’s wallet and a 65-inch flat-screen Samsung television, which had been mounted to the wall of a room near the garage.
“We do not have a point of entry,” Smith said Friday, indicating an exterior door leading into the garage was found unlocked and the garage door itself left open. “There’s no forced entry and no windows were broken.”
The watch commander said the homeowners had an alarm system, but it was not set to trigger an alarm. The keys to the stolen vehicle had been left in the garage by the residents.
According to a sheriff’s report of the incident, the male homeowner awoke Thursday to find an interior door leading to the garage was open. His wallet, containing his driver’s license and several credit cards, was missing from a desk in the living room area.
The home’s security system did detect some sort of movement in the upper living room area at 2:17 a.m. Deputies observed the motorized garage door opener had been unplugged.
Later that day, when the victim called Bank of America’s fraud department to cancel his cards, he learned one had been used in two transactions that had taken place that day at 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. in the city of Los Angeles.