The following were taken from daily booking reports at the Burbank Police Department.
Pass Avenue and Chandler Boulevard
A 20-year-old Burbank man was texting July 3 in the street when a stranger grabbed the phone from his hands at 7:15 p.m. The two wrestled, but the thief was able to claw it from the man’s hands and run away. The suspect was described as black, in his 20s, 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, with a shaved head and muscular build. He was wearing a blue shirt, black shorts and white tennis shoes and was last seen on Pass Avenue north of Chandler Boulevard.
Hometown Buffet, Empire Center, Victory Boulevard
A restaurant cashier on July 4 refused to hand over money to a potential armed robber because he suspected the gun was a plastic toy. At 7:05 p.m., the would-be thief handed the cashier a note demanding money and stating he was armed. Although he had a gun tucked into his waistband, the cashier told the man he suspected it was a toy. The employee went to find a manager saying he was unable to open the register without a purchase, but when both returned, the robber had gone. The suspect was heavyset, white, in his 40s, 6 feet tall and had short dirty blond hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a fake blond mustache, a black baseball cap, blue polo shirt and blue denim shorts.
4100 block of West Verdugo Avenue
An apartment was robbed after a burglar opened a bedroom window and made off with jewelry, DVDs and a camera lens. The theft took place between 4:45 and 10 p.m. on July 3. No suspects were seen.
3300 block of Haven Way
A suspected burglar tried to break into a house at 10:30 a.m. on June 30 while a woman inside was taking a shower. The woman heard a knock on her back door, but when she left the bathroom she saw a man trying to force the door open. She yelled at him and he ran away, then drove off in a gray compact car. She called the police, who stopped a matching car nearby. Geovanny Maravilla, 30, of Lancaster, was arrested and booked on suspicion of attempted burglary.
400 block of San Jose Avenue
Three Latino men are suspected of forcing open an apartment’s front door at 8:25 p.m. on July 3. Nothing was reported stolen. The suspects were described as Latino, between 5-feet-10 to 6 feet tall, aged between 20 and 25, and weighing between 165 to 200 pounds.