Burbank police investigate rash of burglaries

Police are investigating seven daytime home burglaries since last Thursday in which hundreds of dollars' worth of electronics and other items were stolen from homes in Burbank.

In each one, the thieves gained entry through unlocked windows or doors, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn, urging residents to lock up when they leave.

On Monday, thieves reportedly entered two homes — located in the 200 block of North Avon Street and 800 block of North Catalina Street, respectively — and made off with electronics, jewelry, foreign currency and cigars, Ryburn said.

Also on Monday, an elderly woman who lives in the 600 block of North Lima Street reported that just after 3 p.m., there was a knock at her door, which she didn't answer. Shortly after, she heard her back screen door open and footsteps inside the home, Ryburn said. When she called out to see who it was, the person fled.

Meanwhile, last Thursday, an Xbox 360 console, six games, three controllers and a set of headphones were reportedly stolen from a home in the 300 block of North Lima Street.

The next day, a victim returned to her home in the 600 block of North Maple Street, where someone had gone through her dresser drawers sometime between 12:15 and 3 p.m. and left with $1,300 in gift cards, two iPads, a MacBook computer, hard drive and jewelry, Ryburn said.

In the 500 block of North Cordova Street that same day, a 42-inch flat-screen television, 32 cigars and two bottles of alcohol were stolen from a home where the bedroom window was left unlocked.

Also on Friday, another 42-inch flat-screen television, Xbox console and games were stolen from a home in the 300 block of North Avon Street, and several drawers in the bedroom appeared to have been ransacked.

"There's a lot of similarities in each one of these," Ryburn said, adding that police believe they could be related.

No suspects have been identified. Anyone with information about the crimes may call Burbank police at (818) 238-3210.


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