Crime Blotter, Dec. 8: Power generator, porcelain statue, $33,000 in cash stolen

Area 1

3800 block of Park Place: A power generator valued at $1,000 was stolen from a hiding place outside an apartment building between 2 and 6 a.m. on Dec. 4. The generator had been left hidden in bushes and tied around the base of a tree with a chain and lock that were cut to get to it.

5400 block of Pinecone Drive: A mountain bike valued at $500 was stolen between 6:30 a.m. and noon on Dec. 1 from inside a home’s attached garage where the door had been left open.


Area 2

4900 block of Terracita Lane: An original painting by Conrad Buff valued at $10,000, a porcelain statue valued at $5,000 and a gold necklace worth $5,000 were stolen from a home sometime between 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 3. The home security system was not working due to power outages.

4600 block of Lasheart Drive: A cell phone charger and children’s clothes were stolen from a locked car sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 8 a.m. on Dec. 3. The loss was valued at $135.

4500 block of Lasheart Drive: A wallet containing $10 in cash and $20 in Starbucks gift cards was stolen from a locked car between 9 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 7:15 a.m. on Dec. 3.

5000 block of Ocean View Boulevard: A cassette adapter valued at $25 and two packs of cigarettes worth $12 were stolen from a locked car sometime between 9 p.m. Dec. 1 and 6:30 a.m. Dec. 2.

4900 block of Ocean View Boulevard: Arnoldo Pena Lopez, 25, of Sun Valley, Hector Junior Lopez, 23, of Glendale, and Richard Rudy Liendo, 24, of Sun Valley were arrested after 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 2 in connection with several recent area vehicle burglaries. Deputies responded to a suspicious persons call about men driving around Ocean View and stopping in front of numerous cars. Deputies found the men hiding in a parked car that contained stolen property.


Area 3

700 block of Hillcrest Avenue: A gold and diamond tennis bracelet valued at $10,000, other jewelry and an unspecified amount of cash were burglarized from a home that was broken into between 6 and 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 4. The victim arrived home from dinner to find the home’s rear sliding-glass door had been pried open.

900 block of Flintridge Avenue: A family who left their home at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 to stay at a hotel during a power outage returned at 10:15 a.m. the next day to find their front door forced open, the home ransacked and several items missing. Losses included four flat-panel LCD television sets valued at a combined $15,000, plus an unspecified amount of cash and other items. The home’s surveillance system was inoperable due to the power outage, but a screwdriver used in the break-in was recovered as evidence. A neighbor told deputies that he had seen a group of four to six males moving items from the home into a white van.

4400 block of Cornishon Avenue: A man reported his wallet and cell phone stolen from his unlocked truck between 3:20 and 5:10 p.m. on Dec. 3. At least $74.75 in fraudulent charges were made at Pasadena gas stations to missing credit cards. The cell phone was valued at $250. A National Parks pass valued at $80 was also stolen.

700 block of Saint Katherine Drive: A man and woman who left their home at 9 a.m. on Dec. 2 returned just before 3 p.m. to find their home broken into and ransacked. Losses included $33,000 in cash, more than $11,000 worth of designer men’s suits, three unregistered handguns valued at a combined $1,000, plus cash, jewelry, watches, coins and electronics of unspecified value. The point of entry appeared to be a pried-open living-room window.

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