Crime Blotter-Jan. 27

The following were taken from reports on file at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station

Area 1

3900 block of Park Place: A 2011 Toyota Camry was reported stolen at 9 a.m. on Jan. 20. The owner of the vehicle told deputies he'd parked his car in the underground parking structure of his son's apartment. He returned to his car in the morning to find broken glass where he parked his car.

2600 block of Foothill Boulevard: A Ralphs store manager reported seeing a man steal two 30-pack cartons of Coors Light from the store at 8:33 p.m. on Jan. 22. The suspect ran out of the store with the two cartons and jumped into the passenger side of a white SUV that sped out of view. Deputies spoke with witnesses and were able to get a license plate number for the car but were unable to locate the vehicle.

3100 block of Foothill Boulevard: A La Crescenta Orchard Supply and Hardware store manager saw a man walking out of the store with a $40 green trash can around 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 24. The manager didn't see him pay for the item and asked to see his receipt. The man ignored him, walked out of the store, hopped in a car and sped away. A California Highway Patrol officer saw the car peel out from the store and attempted to perform a traffic stop. The suspect ignored that as well, making a U-turn on Foothill Boulevard and driving away. A pursuit ensued until the suspect ditched his car in the 3100 block of Sycamore Avenue in Glendale, leaving the stolen trash can behind. The officer was unable to apprehend the suspect but found he'd also stolen a Dewalt impact driver and drill set valued at $1,520, which was found in the suspect's abandoned car.


Area 2

5400 block of Palm Drive: A locked, boarded-up house located in a remote neighborhood near Descanso Gardens was broken into between Jan. 10 and 18. A piece of plywood covering one of the windows was pulled off and the window was broken. When deputies arrived they determined someone had entered the house through the broken window, smashed holes into the walls and left a broken radio on the floor. No witnesses to the event could be found because of the house's isolated location. Damage to the house was estimated at $2,100.

2200 block of Foothill Boulevard: A Big Lots employee saw a man, later identified as Arthur Campos, stuff bottles of shampoo into a black backpack and walk out of the store without paying for them. The employee notified his store manager who detained Campos around 3:20 p.m. on Jan. 21 until deputies arrived. Campos had his rights read to him by the deputies and opted to talk about the incident. He said he was currently on probation but admitted to stealing the shampoo because he only had $1 on him. Deputies searched his backpack and found four containers of baby formula inside. Campos said he didn't have a baby but got the containers from his house and was going to deliver them to his cousin. The containers were new and unopened with a Ralphs label still on them. Deputies called the La Crescenta Ralphs on the label and spoke to the store's manager, who determined the containers were stolen from his store. During an arrest search, deputies found less than one ounce of marijuana on Campos in a gum package he was carrying. Campos was arrested for possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana. Value of the stolen property was estimated around $420.


Area 3

600 block of Inverness Drive: A man reported someone had stolen his mail out of his unlocked mail box on Jan. 19. He called the post office to confirm his mail was delivered that day and a tampering with mail report was filed.

990 Town Center: A woman purchased food from the Panera Bread store in La Cañada around 2 p.m. on Jan. 17 and realized her wallet was missing from her purse once she got home. She called Panera Bread and was told no one had returned the wallet, which contained three credit cards, a debit card, her driver's license and Social Security card. Then she called her bank to cancel her credit cards and was told someone had already made a $50 purchase with one of her cards. Deputies issued her a pamphlet on identity theft.

1000 block of Foothill Boulevard: Six cables, each approximately 100 feet long, were reported stolen from a construction site on Jan. 20. The cables were worth an estimated $600.

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