Daytime burglars ransack bedrooms

May 19, 2010|By Veronica Rocha

NORTH GLENDALE — Burglars broke into four homes here Tuesday, adding to a slight increase in burglaries throughout the city, police said.

Glendale police sent e-mails Tuesday night to residents registered with the department’s electronic alert system, advising them of the burglaries in La Crescenta.

Most burglars entered the homes during the day through windows and sliding glass doors when no one was inside, police said.


But in one burglary attempt, the home’s resident was in the shower as the thief entered, police said. The burglar, whose description was unavailable Wednesday, fled the house upon being seen by the resident, police said.

The burglaries were on the 3800 block of Mayfield Avenue, 3700 block of Santa Carlotta Street, 3300 block of Vickers Drive, and 5100 block of Frederick Avenue, according to police.

A fifth burglary was reported Monday at a home on the 4200 block of Lauderdale Avenue, police said.

While Tuesday’s incidents demonstrate a string of burglaries in the city’s northern region, most burglaries have been in south Glendale, according to police statistics for May.

“Our number of burglaries is up,” Lt. Carl Povilaitis said.

So far this month, 18 home and four commercial burglaries have been reported citywide, according to the report. Most of those burglaries occurred from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Thieves mostly entered unlocked doors and removed window screens to break into apartments on the lower level of the buildings. They typically ransacked the bedrooms for jewelry, laptops, iPods and cash. One stole an antique German rifle.

Police arrested three women who matched the description of the “knock-knock” burglars in connection with some of the burglaries, but five additional incidents occurred after they were arrested.

So far this month, all of the commercial burglaries took place in south Glendale. In those, thieves used crowbars and bricks to break into the stores and steal liquor, money from cash registers and cigarettes, police reported.

Police arrested thieves in two of the four commercial burglaries.

South Command Lt. Brian Cohen said burglaries are crimes of opportunity, with thieves looking for the most vulnerable victims.

In most vehicle burglaries, people leave their car doors unlocked or valuables in plain view, he said.

So far this month, 35 vehicle burglaries were reported citywide.

Most vehicle burglaries happened from 1 to 3 p.m. every day except Thursday, according to the report.

“For some reason, we can’t seem to get people to remove valuables in plain view,” Cohen said.

The Police Department has requested the community’s assistance with reporting suspicious activity and has urged residents to call 911 or (818) 548-4911.

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