A 30-year-old Burbank man was arrested last month on suspicion of an attempted vehicle theft after police say they found a backpack belonging to him in the car.
Ronald Hill was arrested on suspicion of attempted grand theft auto, unauthorized possession of access card information, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His arrest stems from an incident on Jan. 22 in the 500 block of North Maple Street, where officers from the Burbank Police Department responded to a home where a woman said someone had tried to steal her vehicle.
Police found the ignition had been punched, where a foreign object like a screwdriver had been forced into the ignition in an attempt to start the vehicle.
Sgt. Derek Green, a department spokesman, said police found a backpack inside the car that did not belong to the woman.
In it was information identifying Hill, who has had previous encounters with Burbank police and was described by Green as a local transient.
Green said Hill was located later that day after authorities received report of a suspicious person in the 500 block of North Pass Avenue asking residents for tools to fix his vehicle.
During a search of Hill, police found a photograph of the woman whose vehicle was tampered with, along with a tool that could’ve been used in the theft.
It’s unknown exactly where the photo came from, according to Green, but he said it was likely in the vehicle and Hill decided to take it.
He added that access cards belonging to other people and methamphetamine were found on Hill.
A can of pepper spray was also recovered, which Hill was prohibited to own because of previous felony convictions.