Cameras Help Net Local Arrests

Photo courtesy Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station
Deputies from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station apprehended two suspected car thieves in La Cañada Flintridge this week, thanks in large part to alerts from the city’s recently installed Flock Safety cameras.

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested two suspects in the theft of a car and recovered the vehicle on Tuesday afternoon with the help of the city’s recently installed license plate-reading devices, known as Flock Safety Security cameras, which alert law enforcement to previously flagged vehicles.
At about 1:20 p.m., deputies were informed about a stolen white Nissan Sentra in the La Cañada Flintridge area, officials said, and Deputy Gregory Afsharian spotted the vehicle near Gould Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. He conducted a traffic stop as the car entered the Trader Joe’s shopping center.
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Local Political Sign Theft Seen as ‘Sad,’ ‘Unfortunate’

The removal of campaign signs also was experienced by campaigns in the 2017 City Council election, with supporters for then-candidate Keith Eich reporting a slew of missing placards from their yards. Later, it was discovered that storm debris collectors had taken at least some of those signs.

The race involving four candidates for two seats on the La Cañada Flintridge Unified School District Governing Board has been marred by the theft of political signs from residential yards, a trend mirrored — and widely discussed on social media — across nearby municipalities ahead of the national, state and local elections on Nov. 3.
All of the LCUSD board candidates have reportedly had signs stolen or defaced since campaigning began, and though Sgt. Ed Retamoza of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station confirmed authorities have received multiple reports, he could not confirm a total. The crime is considered petty theft, he added.

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Car Stolen From Driveway Recovered

Deputies with the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station recovered a vehicle that was stolen after being left briefly unattended and running in a La Crescenta driveway last week.
According to the incident report, the victim parked his Honda Accord sedan in a driveway at a home in the 2900 block of Fairmont Avenue at around 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, while visiting a client for work. He told deputies that he left the car running. Shortly after, he said he saw a man speed away with the car, west down Fairmont and turning north on Ramsdell Avenue. The victim added that he had to jump out of the path of the car while yelling at and trying to stop the thief.
Deputies located the car abandoned in the 4900 block of Ramsdell Avenue later that day; the victim’s cellphone and the vehicle’s keys were stolen, but the thief passed over the victim’s loose change, checkbook and gardening tools that also were in the car.
Nearby surveillance footage showed that the thief was a man was wearing a dark hat, a white T-shirt, dark shorts and a backpack.
Those with any additional information about this crime should contact the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station at (818) 248-3464.