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Crime review 2013: Glendale police experience a unique year

From rockers on the run to a Cadillac landing on a roof, it was an interesting year for city police.

December 28, 2013|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com
  • A car is removed by crane from the roof of a home on the 400 block of Audraine Dr. in Glendale on Saturday, March 23, 2013. The driver told police he lost his brakes. The car went onto a neighbor's lawn and launched off onto the roof of the lower house down the street.
A car is removed by crane from the roof of a home on the 400… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

Though all years have their share of oddness, 2013 seemed bit more fruitful than most in the Jewel City. From rockers fleeing through the streets, to cremains being stolen from a minivan, to a Cadillac landing on a roof, Glendale’s strange side kept its finest more than a little busy.

Goth rocker Peter Murphy arrested

Bauhaus fans flipped this year after British Goth rock icon Peter Murphy, the band’s front man, was arrested for crashing a car in Glendale and fleeing in a Subaru Forester.

Murphy, best known as the lead vocalist in Bauhaus, pleaded no contest in October to hit-and-run driving, and guilty to a charge of possessing methamphetamine in connection to the March 16 crash.

While driving his manager’s car, he crashed into another car and fled onto the Ventura (134) Freeway.

But he didn’t get far because a truck driver witnessed the crash and followed him to the 3400 block of Barham Boulevard in Los Angeles, where he was ultimately arrested.

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Police reportedly found methamphetamine inside the patrol car in which Murphy was detained.

Murphy's guilty plea to the meth charge could be dropped and completely removed from his criminal record if he successfully completes 45 days of Narcotics Anonymous meetings. He also agreed to three random drug tests.

Murphy, who lives in Turkey with his family, is scheduled to return to court on May 8 to prove he completed the program.

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Woman sells bogus Disneyland tickets on Craigslist to families

Hollywood resident Alisa Yenokyan had several run-ins with police over the past year, but her most notable arrest was for selling bogus $50 Disneyland e-tickets to at least a half dozen families via Craigslist.

Yenokyan had been selling the altered passes to families — many of whom didn’t discover the fakery until being turned away at the park’s gates — for several years.

She claimed she bought the tickets from an unknown man and made copies of them to resell on Craigslist because “she can't find a job and needed money to survive,” police said.

Yenokyan was convicted of seven felony counts of forgery and one felony count of grand theft for the scheme.

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Grandmother’s ashes stolen from family car

A Glendale family desperately sought their deceased family member's ashes, which burglars stole from their minivan in October.

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