La Cañada Crime: Golf cart stolen

La Cañada

April 22

Burglary, commercial: 4400 block of Oak Grove Drive. A deputy, working as a school resource officer at La Cañada High School, was informed that an iPad, MacBook and several personal items had been taken from the school sometime the night before. A student reported her wallet had been stolen from her backpack, after she'd left it in the band room around 5 p.m. At around 10:30 p.m., she returned and took her backpack without looking inside. When her mother called to ask if she was missing her credit card, because odd charges had been made, the student noticed her wallet was missing. The next day, the student was told a teacher had the wallet, as it was turned in by someone else. The teacher also reported that an iPad had been stolen from his office near the band room the same evening, between 5:30 and 10:30 p.m. The next day, surveillance footage showed a suspect enter the room going through a backpack, taking the iPad and also removing a MacBook from under a desk. Both computers were property of the high school. Additional footage showed a white, two-door BMV pulling up to a north access road along the baseball field at 7:37 p.m. and two suspects exiting the car. That footage matched up, time-wise, to the band room thefts. Witnesses who saw the suspects said they might be able to identify them. Fingerprints and a DNA test of the scene were ordered.

April 25

Identity theft: 2100 block of La Cañada Crest Drive. A woman called police after attempting to file her taxes on April 15 and learning the following day that her filing was rejected because someone had already used her information to file. On April 17, the victim called the IRS and was told she needed to fill out an identity theft affidavit and notify the State Franchise Tax Board. That agency advised her to file a police report.

April 27

Petty theft: 2200 block Foothill Boulevard. A woman had been shopping in a store at around 4:20 p.m., placed her purse on a display counter and walked off without it. About 30 minutes later, she returned to the spot to find the purse missing. She contacted customer service, who made an announcement on the intercom about it. At 5:30, an employee located the purse, which had been returned by an unknown woman. The victim noticed a wallet containing cash, several credit cards, a debit card and a driver's license, was missing from the purse. The employee later told police a woman had dropped off the returned bag with her and left, but the employee could not identify the woman.

April 28

Grand theft, golf cart: 5200 block of Jessen Drive. A man reported that on April 25 at 6 p.m., he'd parked his golf cart in his driveway and left the keys in the ignition. Two hours later, he noticed the cart was missing. He called his neighbors, who have permission to use it, but they said they did not use it. A photograph of the vehicle was given to police. No witnesses could be located.

La Crescenta

April 24

Driving on a suspended license: Foothill Boulevard at Rosemont Avenue. An officer on patrol at around 2 a.m. noticed a car straddling the right lane while driving westbound on Foothill, and conducted a traffic stop. The driver provided a California ID card which, when ran, revealed his license had been suspended. The driver said he was aware of the status, stating that he'd paid some outdated tickets to clear it up, and was arrested and transported to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.

Petty theft: 3000 block of Foothill Boulevard. A woman stated that at 11:30 a.m., she'd stopped at a gas station to buy gas, using her credit card at the pump. She put her card back in her wallet and placed it on the front passenger seat when she was done. Later, she'd gone to a store, taking her purse. At about 1:30 p.m. she received a call from her bank, asking about an online purchase made in Los Angeles that day without her knowledge. The purchase was canceled, and the woman said she wasn't aware her wallet had been stolen.

-- Compiled by Sara Cardine.  


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