La Cañada Crime: Man accelerates car into YMCA parking lot attendant

La Cañada Flintridge

March 24-March 26

Vandalism: 4500 block of Leir Drive. Five rocks in the front yard were each painted with a 10-inch letter “R.” Damages were set at $250.

March 26-March 27

Burglary: La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd. Someone broke into the youth center offices on the church campus between 10:45 p.m. March 26 and 9 a.m. March 27 and took a Dell laptop computer valued at $500 and a Canon camcorder with accessories valued at $1,234. Damages to a door used as an entry point were estimated at $600.

March 27

Strong-arm robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment: Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd. A 54-year-old La Cañada man was arrested after allegedly striking a 59-year-old parking lot attendant with his car, then exiting the car, taking the attendant’s clipboard and driving off from the scene. According to the report, the victim said he’d noted that the suspect’s car had been parked in an unauthorized spot and was preparing a note to place on the vehicle when the car’s owner returned, accompanied by his young son. After asking the attendant what he was doing, the suspect then got into his car and warned the man, who was standing directly in front of it, to move or be hit by the car. When the victim didn’t comply, the suspect allegedly accelerated the car, striking the man in the thighs and knocking him off balance and onto the hood of the Acura. While this was happening, the suspect’s son was standing next to one of the moving car’s doors, which was ajar. The suspect was identified by a witness and a sheriff’s deputy was waiting at his home when he and his son returned there.

March 29

Burglary: 4700 block of La Cañada Boulevard. Sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., a house was burglarized, with the entry point apparently being a sliding glass door that had been shattered. The interior of the house was found ransacked. Missing were an eight-piece set of antique silver serving pieces valued at $50,000, a Sig Sauer pistol valued at $1,200 and a Remington shotgun valued at $600. Damages to the sliding glass door were estimated at $600.

Trespassing/suspicious circumstances: 4300 block of Oakwood Avenue. A resident reported at 2:48 p.m. that he heard his front door bell ring at and, when he neared the door, he could see that a black woman was walking away from it and out of view. He returned to his work. A short time later he heard a metal gate on his property open and saw two black men wearing red hoodies in his backyard. When he shouted out to them, they ran away. A neighbor reported seeing the three suspects, all described as being in their 20s, travel southbound on Oakwood in a Porsche Cayenne.

Burglary: 4500 block of Loma Vista Drive: A woman arriving at her employer’s house at about 3:15 p.m. heard the house alarm blaring and saw a silver Porsche Cayenne in the driveway with a black woman sitting behind the wheel. The car immediately left the driveway and traveled southbound on Loma Vista and out of view. French doors had been smashed and the house had been ransacked. Missing were a MacBook Pro computer valued at $2,000 and a MacBook Air laptop valued at $1,500.

La Crescenta

March 28-March 29

Vehicle burglary: 2900 block of Los Olivos Lane. A woman reported that she had left her Toyota Yaris locked and parked at the curb overnight, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. When she went out in the morning, the doors and trunk were open and a MacBook Pro computer valued at $1,200 and two Garmin navigation systems, one valued at $200 and the other at $150, had been taken.

Vandalism: 2500 block of Montrose Avenue. A man reported that someone slashed a tire on his 2007 Dodge Ram truck sometime between 2 p.m. March 28 and 10 a.m. March 29.

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