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Crime Report: Women's wallet, cellphone reportedly stolen from purse while at church

La Cañada Flintridge

Sept. 8

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Vehicle burglary: 700 block of Foothill Blvd. A woman reported that sometime between 7:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., someone broke into her locked Cadillac Escalade and stole the third-row seat. The driver's door keyhole showed signs of damage.

Sept. 9

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Petty theft: 2100 block of Cross Street. A man reported that someone took an air compressor from the open bed of his truck sometime between 10:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 6 a.m. Sept. 9.

Grand theft: 4600 block of Leir Drive. A man reported that sometime between 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 7:30 a.m. Sept. 9 someone entered his GMC SUV, which he had left unlocked when he parked it. Missing were DVDs, sunglasses, work keys and four beach chairs.

Sept. 11

Burglary, commercial: 200 block of Berkshire Avenue. Deputies responding to a burglar alarm at 5:20 a.m. noticed that a window screen and a window to the men's restroom were damaged.

They called the business owner to the scene and he gave them access to the property. Nothing was determined to be missing and the deputies surmised the alarm had scared off the would-be intruder(s).

The owner said that his Arcadia residence had been burglarized in August and that his business cards were among items stolen in that crime. He thought that fact may have led to the attempted break-in at the business.

Sept. 12

Identity theft: 1200 block of Olive Lane. A man reported that while studying his Bank of America Visa statement he noticed that on Aug. 5 an unauthorized transaction had been made. On investigation he learned that someone had called the bank and used his personal identification to obtain a fraudulent loan. Once it was approved, it was directly deposited into an Extraco Bank account in Texas.

Sept. 13

Petty theft: La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd. A woman reported that she set her purse on top of a grand piano in Burcham Hall. When she returned a few minutes later, she discovered someone had removed her wallet containing identification, credit cards and currency. Also taken was her cellphone.

Sept 14

Identity theft: 4400 block of Oakwood Avenue. A man reported that he received a statement from PayPal for an account he'd never opened, showing unauthorized purchases in his name. A PayPal representative told him someone had opened the account using his date of birth and social security number.

La Crescenta

Sept. 8

Grand theft: 2300 block of Florencita Avenue. A man reported that he left his work utility truck, which is equipped with locked bins for tools, parked at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7. At 7:30 a.m. the next day, he noticed one of the tool bins was unlocked and open. He checked all the rest of the bins and found someone had unlocked them all. Several tools were missing. He told deputies that all bins had been locked when he parked the vehicle and no one else has the keys.

Sept. 9

Felon in possession of ammunition, possession of metal knuckles and probation violation: 3200 block of Fairesta Street. Jae Hee Lee, 25, was arrested after eight sheriff's personnel conducted a probation check at his home and found a single round of .45-caliber ammunition, metal knuckles and folding knives in a table next to his bed.

Sept. 10

Robbery (cellphone) and assault with a deadly weapon (hand): Mary Street at Glenwood Avenue. A man was taken to a local hospital after reporting to the Crescenta Valley High School office two altercations he had with his daughter and her boyfriend between 2:40 and 3:30 p.m.

The incident unfolded when he arrived in his vehicle to pick his daughter up from school. He saw her talking to her boyfriend on the street and he pulled up beside them, telling the girl to get into his vehicle. He told deputies that she refused, but walked up to the driver's side window and wrestled his cellphone out of his hand, then walked off.

He later came across the couple sitting at a bus stop on Pennsylvania Avenue at Foothill Boulevard. He parked, got out of his vehicle, approached them and demanded the girl return his cellphone. He said she dangled it over his head, so he grabbed her arm in hopes of retrieving the phone.

The boyfriend then allegedly said, "I told you never to touch my lady," then slapped the man on the side of the head, causing him to fall on the ground and lose consciousness. When he awoke, he went back to CV High and notified a security officer, who called 911 on his behalf.

Sept. 12

Petty theft: Ralphs, 2675 Foothill Blvd. A store employee noticed that several items that he had seen on display the day before were missing when he arrived at work the next day. Reviewing store surveillance tape, he determined that at 4:23 p.m. on Sept. 11 two men, both in their 20s and with dark hair, loaded cases (a total of 216 cans) of Red Bull into a grocery cart, along with two family packs of Fritos. They then exited the store without paying for them.

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