Crime Blotter

Area 1

3900 block of Park Place: A woman parked and locked her convertible in her apartment's underground parking complex the night of Dec. 16. In the morning she found that the car's convertible top had been cut horizontally from one end to the other. The woman reported a GPS unit had been stolen out of the car's glove compartment. Damages totaled $3,300.

3000 block of Markridge Road: A man received a phone call from his home alarm company at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 17. The company told the man his home alarm had been triggered. When he went to check on it, he found the screen covering the door to the rear bedroom had been cut. The interior glass door remained locked and secure and it appeared no attempts to enter the house were made. The man believed the sound of the alarm scared the burglars away. Damage to the screen door was estimated at $75.

Foothill Boulevard and Cloud Avenue: A deputy pulled a car over for driving with a broken license plate light the night of Dec. 17. The deputy approached the vehicle, which contained three men, and smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the car. The driver told the deputy he was on probation for petty theft and the rear passenger said he was on probation for resisting arrest. The deputy noticed the passenger in the front seat reach between the driver and passenger's seats, pick up a small white object and swallow it. When asked, the passenger told the deputy he'd just swallowed marijuana. Once backup arrived, the deputy discovered two marijuana pipes and a bag of marijuana inside the car. All three men were arrested and the marijuana was confiscated.

5100 block of Circle Vista Avenue: A man reported that someone had stolen a $180 Magellan GPS unit and $20 cassette iPod adaptor from the center console of his unlocked car in the early morning of Dec. 18. The man told deputies that at 4:30 a.m. he'd heard a noise outside his bedroom window where his car was parked but didn't check on his vehicle until approximately 8:30 a.m.

4300 block of Ocean View Boulevard: A man reported the rear driver's-side window of his vehicle had been smashed on Dec. 18. The man's laptop computer, backpack, iPad and engraved pen were stolen from the back seat of the car without the alarm sounding. Damage was estimated at $3,575.


Area 2

500 block of Vista Miguel Drive: A woman visited a friend's house at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. She returned to her car a half-hour later to discover that her Coach purse, containing $260, was not where she'd left it on the front passenger-side floorboard of her unlocked vehicle. The value of the purse and its contents was set at $550.

1900 block of Foothill Boulevard: A woman reported someone stole her $4,000 Rolex watch from her tote bag on Dec. 17. She'd left the bag hanging on a hook in the locker room while she went swimming from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the YMCA. She didn't realize the watch was missing until she returned home.

5300 block of Crown Avenue: A woman left her home around 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 17 and returned home at about 2 p.m. to find the glass door to her master bedroom had been shattered. Clothes were scattered throughout the room and jewelry boxes had been thrown on the bed. Three watches and two pendants were missing from the box. Losses were estimated at $9,300.

200 block of Starlight Crest Drive: A woman reported someone had smashed the glass door to her master bedroom and ransacked the room. Clothes were strewn all over the floor and dresser drawers were left open. Two purses and several pieces of jewelry were missing from the bedroom. Losses were assessed at $3,000. The woman reported the robbery had occurred around 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 17, around the same time that a similar burglary occurred at a house in the 5300 block of Crown Avenue (see above item). Both houses are less than a mile away from each other.

5900 Oakwood Avenue: A woman reported that someone broke into her locked vehicle while it was parked in her driveway the night of Dec. 17. She returned to her vehicle in the morning and saw the driver's side door was slightly cracked open and left unlocked. A $450 GPS unit was missing from the vehicle's center console, where it had been left overnight.


Area 3

1111 Foothill Boulevard: A Frockx employee saw two females walk into the store around 4 p.m. on Dec. 16. One of them asked her about a dress, which distracted her from the other shopper. Both shoppers left 10 minutes later without making a purchase and the employee seen realized a $700 purse was missing. She reviewed the store's surveillance video and saw one of the suspects steal the purse, sliding it under her dress and between her thighs while the other customer distracted the employee.

La Cañada Boulevard and Foothill Boulevard: A deputy was approached by two men while attending to a call about a stolen vehicle that had caught fire near Foothill Boulevard and Chevy Chase Drive. One of the men said he and his friend had been sitting at a red light just four blocks up at La Cañada Boulevard and Foothill Boulevard when three Hispanic males, approximately 19 to 25 years old, approached the driver's side of the vehicle around 1:25 a.m. on Dec. 18. One man pointed a handgun at the driver and ordered him to get out of the car while banging on the driver's door with the gun. Fearing for his life, the driver sped away and contacted the deputy. Later, the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Department received a call from the Glendale Police Department and was told that Glendale had detained someone for an attempted hijacking that had occurred in the 2000 block of Verdugo Blvd. The victims were taken to the Glendale Police Department and identified Jose Guevara as the man who'd pointed the gun at them earlier. Damages to the car came to $1,000.

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