La Cañada Flintridge
Vandalism: 4400 block of Oak Grove Drive. A member of school security contacted police so a student's mother could report an act of vandalism to report to her vehicle's insurance company. On Nov. 19, the woman reported, her son had driven her car to school. When he returned to the vehicle, he saw that it had been keyed in a manner that was "quite obvious." The officer reviewed security video from that time period and saw nothing, but was informed the camera only records when motion is detected. No fingerprints were taken due to the passage of time since the incident.
Petty theft, fraudulent use of access card: 4400 block of Oak Grove Drive. A deputy working as a school resource officer was advised that a theft from a teacher had occurred on Feb. 1 but had not been reported. The teacher said he'd secured his vehicle at about 9 a.m. and had left his wallet in the car. When he came back at around noon, the car was unlocked, and two credit cards were missing from his wallet. A credit agency reported the card had been used on Feb. 3 in Van Nuys. The other card had been used the day of the theft at a gas station in Van Nuys. The teacher canceled both cards. The vehicle was not damaged during the theft. No witnesses to the occurrence could be found.
Burglary, business: 500 block of Foothill Boulevard. At 2:30 a.m., police were called to Flintridge Pharmacy after a burglar alarm sounded. When they arrived, they saw the glass of the front door was shattered. An immediate search for suspects turned up nothing, and the owner was contacted. He said he did not know who had broken into the pharmacy, or if anything was missing, but said he'd contact the pharmacist in the morning and call back with any relevant information. Photos of the scene were taken and logged in at the Sheriff's Department.
Burglary, residence: 4400 block of Commonwealth Avenue. A woman living with her parents called police after returning home around noon to find the house had been broken into. The bottom pane of glass had been removed from a side door, and the screen beneath was cut, she told officers. A rear sliding door and screen leading into the backyard were also left open, though the victim had secured the house when she left at around 9 a.m. A deputy noted that the hole in the side door screen was large enough for someone to crawl through, and that the suspect had placed the removed pane of glass by the stairs. The glass had an impression in the center with red-colored brick dust in it. The master bedroom and bathroom were ransacked, with drawers emptied out. Jewelry boxes in the bedroom and bathroom had been opened, and there were several empty jewelry boxes on the floor. Several electronic items had been left untouched. A laptop computer was undisturbed. The victim stated that when she'd come home she noticed a black, four-door pickup truck with tinted windows in front of her house that left as soon as she pulled into the driveway.
Burglary, vehicle: 4400 block of Cornishon Avenue. At 9:20 a.m., police received a call that a woman's vehicle had been burglarized 20 minutes prior. A front passenger window had been smashed, and the victim's purse, which contained money, keys and credit cards, had been stolen. The vehicle was parked in a parking lot during the incident. Broken glass was on the parking lot and inside the vehicle. While the officer was investigating the scene, the victim said she'd just received a fraud alert on her phone reporting a fraudulent transaction on her card was just declined. The deputy advised the victim to cancel her accounts, contact her credit bureaus and change the locks at her home, since the suspect was in possession of her house keys. Fingerprints were taken by a technician. The officer contacted Pasadena Police requesting a patrol check be done of the victim's home.
Identity theft: 2800 block of El Caminito. A man visited the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station after receiving a letter from the IRS informing him his tax return was being reviewed due to inaccurate information he'd reported. The victim told the law enforcement officials he didn't understand why he'd received the letter, as he'd not yet filed his 2013 taxes yet. An IRS agent suggested he contact police, who advised him to contact his three major credit card bureaus to report the fraudulent activity.
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