Crime Report: Two La Cañada households awakened by sounds of shattering glass, others report burglaries while they were away from home

June 13

Forgery, checks: 3800 block of Hampstead Road. A man reported that he'd ordered new checks from Bank of America and was expecting them to be delivered by June 6. On June 13, he went online to view his Bank of America checking account activity and discovered someone had forged two of his checks, which he believes must have been stolen from his mailbox.


Burglary: 1900 block of Orchard Lane. A woman who left her home at about 1 p.m. that day was returning home at about 3:30 p.m. when she received a call from her alarm company. When she opened the front door she could see the living room sliding-glass door had been shattered. A responding deputy saw that a brick and a large piece of firewood had been used to break the slider. The brick also broke a glass table. Nothing else appeared to have been disturbed.

Burglary: 5200 block of Alta Canyada Road. Deputies responding to a burglar alarm checked the exterior of the property and saw that a French door leading into the rear master bedroom had been smashed. They entered the house and found that the master bedroom and bathroom had been ransacked. The victim was out of town and unable to immediately say what might have been taken during the crime.


June 14

Burglary: 500 block of Haverstock Road. A man reported that he secured his home before retiring for the night to his room on the third floor. At about 9:46 p.m. he was awakened by the sound of glass shattering. He then heard footsteps and male voices coming from the ground floor level. He called out from his room and subsequently heard people running. When he realized the noises were not coming from his family members, he called the police. Responding deputies found that a bathroom window had been shattered. A ladder that did not belong to the resident was found outside, beneath the bathroom window that had been broken. Deputies surmised someone had used the ladder to gain access to the roof, from which the window was shattered. The interior of the home was not ransacked. No items were reported stolen.

Attempted burglary: 600 block of Starlight Crest Drive. A man reported that he and his wife were asleep in their bedroom when, at about 10:55 p.m., they heard a loud explosion, which turned out to be the sound of the glass in the sliding-glass door to their bedroom being shattered. No one entered the room afterward; the man thought it might have been shattered by a bear or other wild animal. Responding deputies did not find any evidence of a person being around the property.

June 15

Vehicle burglary: 4600 block of Encinas Drive. A man reported that at about 8 p.m. on June 14 he locked and parked his Ford Flex on the street in front of his home overnight. The next day, after he arrived at his workplace, he realized a canvas briefcase was missing from the car that had contained press credentials issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department, as well as a green, legal-sized folder with documents in it. Later that day, he received a voicemail message on his cellphone from a woman who said she'd found the green folder on La Cañada Boulevard. She left it on his front porch for him. A deputy taking the man's report said the Flex did not appear to have been ransacked and that a large amount of camera equipment that was in it had not been touched. The deputy, on leaving the victim's home, noticed a Lexus sedan parked on the street in front of the house that matched the description of a vehicle stolen from the 4800 block of Hill Street and arranged for its recovery.

June 17

Identity theft: 900 block of Valley Crest Street. A woman reported that she received in the mail a new Kohl's credit card with a statement saying she owned money for purchases made May 7 and May 8 at a store in Eureka, Calif. She called Kohl's and was told by a customer service representative that it appeared someone had applied for the credit card online.