A La Cañada Flintridge homeowner encountered a burglar in her home Saturday afternoon, one frightening part of a bizarre sequence that began with a stolen car in Burbank and ended with a crash and an arrest in North Hollywood, authorities said.
Crescenta Valley sheriff’s deputies responded at 2:15 p.m. to a report of a burglary in progress in the 5500 block of Alta Canyada Road, according to sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek.
The suspect, who has no known home address, was charged this week with burglary, grand theft and identity theft, Sgt. Alan Chu said. The suspect allegedly stole more than $950 worth of items from an unlocked car parked in front of the home he attempted to burglarize. Continue reading “Resident Encounters Burglary Suspect”
The fire that claimed a woman’s life on March 8 in the 1000 block of Fairview Avenue was ruled accidental, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said.
“Our arson explosive detail handled the incident,” Blasnek said. “And it was ruled accidental, there was no suspicious activity surrounding it at all.”
According to Blasnek, investigators determined that the fire started in a bedroom and burned “for quite a while,” destroying a lot of evidence in the process. The cause of death was ruled respiratory failure as a result of smoke inhalation.
“They were not able to determine the exact cause,” Blasnek said. “It was a very unfortunate case.” Continue reading “Sheriff: Fairview Fire Ruled Accidental”
“Zero,” Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Captain Chris Blasnek said. “Zero, zero.”
He was, at Council Jonathan Curtis’ request, repeating the March tally of residential burglaries in La Cañada Flintridge.
City Council members wished to highlight the drop following an uptick late last year and early this year. In January, 14 residential burglaries were recorded in the city, followed by four in February. So far, two residential burglaries have been reported in April.
“It was a lot of hard work,” Blasnek said. “You saw the extra units, we had our burglary-robbery suppression team, and I think it worked. And it wasn’t just us; it was all the neighboring cities, as far as Agoura Hills.” Continue reading “City Lauds Residential Burglary Stymie in March”
Political leaders, law enforcement and concerned residents held a Public Safety Town Hall meeting on Monday night at Lanterman Auditorium to address the recent uptick in local residential burglaries as well as the possible effects of newly passed criminal justice legislation. Continue reading “Town Hall Addresses LCF’s Safety Concerns”
Members of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department issued 100 traffic citations and 238 warnings last month, about twice as many as in January 2017, when authorities distributed 52 tickets and gave 111 warnings.
“So drive carefully,” said Councilman Greg Brown at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, where Capt. Chris Blasnek delivered his monthly review of La Cañada Flintridge crime statistics.
The increase in citations and warnings is part of an effort to increase vigilance on the roadways of LCF, he said. Continue reading “Increased Vigilance Leads to More Traffic Tickets in LCF”
The good news, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said, is that two more burglary suspects have been arrested and the allegedly stolen items located with them were returned to their owners in La Cañada Flintridge.
The not-so-great news, he said, is that the suspects — two men, one 23 and another 25 years old — were traced to Apple Valley, the High Desert city 90 miles away. Continue reading “Laptop Leads to Arrest of Two Burglary Suspects”
City officials and local law enforcement personnel hear you, La Cañada Flintridge, and they’re on the case. That was the message at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, much of which was dedicated to sharing various tactics being used to combat a recent uptick in crime.
Echoing the concerns of many in the community, Amy Bernhard told council members that after living in LCF for 17 years, recent crimes — including a pair of home invasions in December — have made her feel unsafe in the city for the first time. She said she found herself setting the alarm during the day when she was home. Continue reading “City, Sheriff Share Crime-Stopper Tactics”
Temple Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested four males who authorities believe could be responsible for several residential burglaries along the 210 Freeway corridor and within the San Gabriel Valley and Foothill areas, according to a news release from the Major Crimes Bureau-Metro Detail.
“A significant arrest was made the other night of a residential burglary crew,” Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said in an email. “It’s unknown if they’re the same ones who have been hitting [La Cañada Flintridge], but I’m hoping it puts a serious dent in any future crimes.” Continue reading “‘Significant’ Arrests Could Be Tied to Local Break-Ins”
Flintridge area residents are lining up reinforcements in response to the pair of home invasions reported last month in their neighborhood.
Homeowners are in the process of contracting the Pasadena-based California Metro Patrol, an armed private security company, to help patrol Commonwealth Avenue, Woodleigh Lane and possibly parts of Berkshire Avenue, said Dharshi Chindris, whose home has been broken into twice.
“We’re trying to get the whole neighborhood thing going,” said Chindris, whose family temporarily hired its own armed patrol for its property following the second reported invasion on New Year’s Eve. She said she hopes the neighborhood patrol will provide more long-term security.
“I guess it’s time to do whatever we have to do,” she said.
Palm Crest Elementary School was locked down after a man with a neck tattoo reading “Wendy” was spotted around noon Tuesday trespassing in a garage in the 1600 block of Alta Canyada Road.
The suspect, who was described as a Hispanic man in his mid-30s, was wearing an orange utility vest and hat, according to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Matejka, who was among the law enforcement personnel involved with a containment set up in response to the prowling call.
In the end, the man avoided detection, Matejka said, adding that the lockdown was lifted after a few minutes and nothing was reported stolen.
“At one house, one resident confronted him in the garage and he took off running,” Capt. Chris Blasnek said. “So we set up a little area containment to see if we could find him. We even had the helicopter overhead for a while but we did not locate him.” Continue reading “Prowling Suspect Evades Authorities; PCR Locked Down”