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By Jason Wells | December 25, 2008
GLENDALE — Salvation Army’s last-minute decision to introduce credit card machines at its iconic red kettle stations this season got a lukewarm response from the public, but plans to expand the program will continue, officials said. Glendale was one of only seven cities in the Southland to participate in the three-week trial after the Salvation Army Southern California Division took notice of the early success a corps in Colorado Springs was having with a similar program.
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By Veronica Rocha | August 8, 2008
GLENDALE — Detectives continue to investigate an identify-theft case that led to the arrests of two men and a woman, who reportedly placed a detachable credit card skimmer on a bank’s ATM access door. Glendale police Financial Crimes Unit detectives on July 24 arrested Meher Abolian, 21, Tiffany Conant, 20, and Rane Melkom, 22. Police observed them attaching the credit-card skimmer and later detaching it. Identity thieves often use credit-card skimmers that are small hand-held devices that read a card’s magnetic strip and store information, such as names, account numbers and expiration dates.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 6, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — Sheriff's detectives are investigating a security breach at a local Chase bank where alleged thieves placed a credit card skimmer on an ATM that may have allowed them to steal customer information. Detectives are waiting to receive critical evidence, including surveillance tapes and a list of potential victims, from the Chase bank on the 2900 block of Foothill Boulevard to determine the scope of the July 24 breach, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Harley, who's based in La Crescenta.
NEWS
March 31, 2003
School-vending initiative unveiled GLENDALE -- Nestle USA has introduced an initiative that would have its vending machines in schools nationwide. Nestle USA is based in Glendale. The Nesquick Milk Vending Initiative would provide campuses with machines that would carry Nesquick's flavored milks. The program would provide a beverage alternative to regular school-vending choices such as water, milk and other beverages, officials said. New travel software program touted MONTROSE -- A new software program designed to provide more detailed travel data on corporate credit-card purchases for travel has been created by Montrose Travel.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 6, 2010
GLENDALE — Evidence of a fraudulent credit card operation led to the arrests Tuesday of three Tarzana men suspected of stealing tens of thousands of account numbers. Michael Castro, 24, William Johnson, 32, and Benjamin Granados, 31, were arrested Sept. 23 on suspicion of identity theft after detectives found re-encoded credit cards and equipment used to create those cards inside their Tarzana apartment, Glendale Police Det. Patrick Magtoto said. Police also found two guns.
NEWS
October 26, 2002
Ben Godar A Pizza Hut delivery driver asking for a credit card Thursday was shown a gun instead, police say. The incident occurred about 2:40 p.m. at an apartment in the 400 block of West Colorado Street, police reports said. A man inside the apartment had placed an order using a credit card. When the driver asked the man to produce the card, the man became irate and displayed what the driver believed to be a revolver. The driver left the scene and called police.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 29, 2011
A 25-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested today after he allegedly tried to rob a gas station customer of his credit card, sheriff’s deputies said. Jose Hernandez was taken into custody about 1:40 a.m. in the 3000 block of Community Avenue, where he allegedly fled after the robbery attempt, according to Sgt. Ray Harley of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. Hernandez, who was allegedly holding an empty beer can, approached the customer at the Shell gas station on the 3000 block of Foothill Boulevard and demanded his credit card, Harley said.
NEWS
March 8, 2012
A 21-year-old Burbank man faces identity theft charges this week after police found a re-encoded credit card in his home during a probation search. Gaik Panosian, who is on probation for identity theft, was arrested Tuesday after a Special Enforcement Detail officer recognized him near Doran Street and Concord as someone who detectives were looking for, Glendale police said. In February, detectives conducted a probation compliance search at Panosian's apartment and found a re-encoded credit card, police said.
NEWS
By Bianca Gallegos | March 16, 2007
LA CAÑADA — In the wake of increased identity theft and mail theft, law enforcement officials took the opportunity to re-emphasize to the community the importance of shredding financial accounts before discarding them and checking one's mailbox regularly. During the public safety update at last Monday's La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting, Captain Tim Peters from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's station informed the council of another stolen recycling bin, a concern because thieves regularly scour the bins for sensitive documents.
NEWS
January 6, 2001
In our wildest City Hall-themed fever dream, we've conjured such images as the sheets have tangled around us, damp with perspiration: City workers lining up at the cash registers in the Galleria Macy's, buying leather jackets, lifetime supplies of Calvin Klein One cologne, 400-thread-count Martha Stewart sheets and Kenneth Cole shoes -- and paying for them with TAXPAYER-FUNDED CREDIT CARDS! We suddenly awaken, sit bolt upright in bed, gulping in great lungfuls of air and praying that our heart will stop racing.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 24, 2014
Police are looking for a woman who allegedly stole someone's identity to open credit card accounts to buy $6,000 in fragrances and electronic equipment throughout Glendale and Burbank. The woman used the stolen identity on Feb. 12 and 13 to open new accounts at Target, Macy's and Best Buy, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. With the new credit accounts, she allegedly bought women's perfume, men's cologne, gift cards and electronics. She was described as 5 feet 4 and 26 to 33 years old with a medium to heavy build.
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By Lisa Dupuy | January 2, 2014
The first thing they tell you when you sit down at Brand 158, the month-old restaurant across from the Americana, is that they don't accept tips. Staff are paid competitive wages and the best tip, they say, is a patron's return visit. The second thing they tell you is that payment is preferred by credit or debit card. Servers handling food and bartenders squeezing limes are not allowed to touch cash or coins. If cash is all a patron has, gift cards for the exact amount are available at the host station.
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By Veronica Rocha | December 7, 2013
A 35-year-old Glendale man was arrested this week after a credit-card-making kit and counterfeit credit cards were found hidden inside his vehicle's engine compartment, police said. John Latiolias and two other men - Marc Cuneo, 51, and Loris Masihiapanosian, 32 - were booked early Wednesday on suspicion of identity theft, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. The men were released later as detectives continued to investigate the complex case and sift through a significant amount of evidence, she added.
NEWS
December 4, 2013
Three men were arrested this week after police reportedly linked counterfeit credit cards found inside their vehicle in Glendale to card-skimming devices placed at gas station pumps in Coronado, officials said. The Southern California men - George Felix, 24, Diego Mendez, 25, and Ismael Benitez, 29, - were taken into custody about 4:15 p.m. Monday after officers stopped them at Colorado Street and Pacific Avenue for parking in a handicapped zone without a placard, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 3, 2013
A 48-year-old Glendale man was arrested Sunday after fire personnel discovered his utility van - which had been leaking fuel - was modified to hold up to 500 gallons of gasoline, officials said. Seyran Harutyunyan was taken into custody on suspicion of possessing more than 20 counterfeit credit cards, which investigators found inside in the van, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. His vehicle was parked on the Louise Street overpass going over the Ventura (134)
NEWS
October 15, 2013
Robert Marcum knew he had a problem when he found out he was dead. The tragic news arrived recently as he was trying to close a deal to buy property in Palm Springs. Marcum, 70, was informed that, according to his credit file, he'd passed away a couple of years ago. "No one had told me," he said. Looking more closely at his credit file, Glendale resident Marcum discovered that not only was he dead but that, when he was alive, he was apparently involved with a woman named Jean Thomson.
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By Brian Crosby | September 13, 2013
"Signature" - a word that appears on legal forms and credit card transactions. Yet very soon that word may have to be redefined. I'm noticing more and more of my high school students do not understand what a signature is, not knowing the difference between printing and signing one's name. This trend will continue as schools across the country plow headfirst into the Common Core standards, which no longer require the instruction of cursive writing. The new standardized tests will have students input their answers on computers.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 14, 2013
Seven people were arrested Tuesday as part of an investigation into a sophisticated identity theft ring targeting thousands of victims, whose credit card information was stolen to purchase gas, police said. VIDEO: Glendale Police Department busts identity theft ring The men - Edgar Alaverdyan, Karen Nazaryan, Serob Yegoyan, Edvard Martirosyan, Levon Mkrtchian and Emil Morkus - were allegedly making card-skimming devices, which were used to steal victims' account information.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 30, 2013
A 56-year-old Sunland man has been arrested on charges that he allegedly used stolen credit cards to pay for gasoline and diesel fuel that he then dumped into tanker trucks and sold on the black market, police said. U.S. Marshals took Hamlet Ayvazyan into custody May 21 on an arrest warrant stemming from the scheme, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. He was later released from custody after posting $200,000 bail. “Unfortunately, it's been going on for many years,” Lorenz said of the scheme.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 24, 2012
The number of credit cards held by municipal employees has dropped about30% as the amount of charges being billed has fallen even more, according to a recent city report. For the first quarter of 2012-13, the number of so-called procurement cards held by city employees was down to 191, compared to 277 last year, the report shows. Meanwhile, employees racked up $1.9 million in charges in fiscal year 2011-12 - or about half of what was billed in 2009. And if charges don't stray far from the $373,540 spent between July and September, Glendale is on track to get a smaller overall credit card bill at year's end. “That's the goal.
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