La Cañada Crime: Obscenity etched onto hood of BMW

La Cañada

May 27

Vandalism: 2100 block of La Cañada Crest Drive. A man came to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station to report that, sometime between 11 p.m. the previous day and 7 a.m. that morning, someone had etched an obscenity into the hood of his BMW and scratched the hood and all four doors while it was parked. The victim did not know who could have been responsible for the vandalism. Photographs were taken and filed at the station.

May 29

Vandalism: 400 block of Berkshire Avenue. A man contacted police to report that, sometime between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., someone had removed his mailbox from its wooden base and left it on the street in front of his house. No mail was taken. The victim reported the incident for insurance purposes. No witnesses could be located.

June 1

False registration; expired registration: 2100 block of Foothill Boulevard. While on patrol at about 9:50 a.m, two deputies noticed a white truck sitting in the Ross parking lot before the store was open. Given a rash of burglaries that had occurred in the area, the officers questioned the driver, a man in his 40s. The driver said he was waiting for the store to open. When asked for his license, the man said he didn’t have one, instead offering a Mexican Consulate ID card. A search on the vehicle said the registration was expired, although there was a current date sticker on the plate. The driver said he’d taken the sticker off someone else’s car and provided a name. When that name was searched, police found a report the sticker had been stolen. The suspect was arrested, and his license plate was taken into evidence. The truck was towed.

La Crescenta

May 29

Petty theft: 3100 block of Foothill Boulevard. A woman contacted police to report that, sometime between midnight and 6 a.m., someone had stolen the front lower grill of her 2013 Toyota Corolla and had taken several bolts from the front and read driver’s side fender and quarter panel while it was parked outside her apartment complex. The apartment had no video surveillance, and no witnesses could be located.

May 30

Possession of concentrated marijuana; Angeles Crest Highway, mile marker 29.31. An officer on patrol noticed a white Chevy Tahoe parked in a turnout and conducted a welfare check. The smell of alcohol could be detected emanating from the vehicle, and the officer asked the driver, a man in his 20s, to exit the vehicle. He admitted to having “weed and alcohol” in the car, and a search of the vehicle turned up three small containers of hashish. The driver said he’d lent the car, belonging to his parents, to some friends so they could “party” weeks earlier and did not know about the hash. He also said he had a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana, but it wasn’t with him. He was arrested and taken to the sheriff’s station for booking.

-- Compiled by Sara Cardine

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