Suspects Charged in Local Home Invasion Robberies

Six alleged gang members were recently arrested and charged with 60 felony counts in connection with multiple home invasion robberies — including two in La Cañada Flintridge, in which the victims were tied up — and escaping with cash and property worth more than $1 million, authorities said.
Suspects are alleged to have worn masks and gloves as they forced their way into homes, restraining victims and threatening them at gunpoint as they demanded cash and valuables. Continue reading “Suspects Charged in Local Home Invasion Robberies”

Resident Robbed at Gunpoint, Unharmed

Detectives continue to investigate the armed robbery of a San Marino resident in his driveway on Friday night.
According to the San Marino Police Department, two unidentified suspects approached the victim at around 9:55 p.m. Friday, July 13, while he exited his vehicle, which he had just parked in the driveway at his home in the 1200 block of St. Albans Road. One suspect is said to have held a silver handgun to the victim’s head while the second suspect cursed at the victim and demanded his watch and money clip. Continue reading “Resident Robbed at Gunpoint, Unharmed”

Resident Encounters Burglary Suspect

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”

City Lauds Residential Burglary Stymie in March

“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”

Increased Vigilance Leads to More Traffic Tickets in LCF

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”

Laptop Leads to Arrest of Two Burglary Suspects

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”

Neighborhood Watch: How to Win Friends and Influence Burglars

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Neighborhood Watch signs indicate residents on that block have agreed to look out for one another, including watching out for suspicious activity.

Twice last week and four times this week, Deputy Eric Matejka was scheduled to initiate a group of neighbors into the Neighborhood Watch program — of which there are now 35 active groups in La Cañada Flintridge.
Neighborhood Watch is program intended to educate and unite residents in an effort to prevent crime. Continue reading “Neighborhood Watch: How to Win Friends and Influence Burglars”