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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 12, 2011
GLENDALE — A 52-year-old parolee is expected to be arraigned today in connection with stealing more than $1,000 from church donation boxes in Glendale and Burbank, police said. Glendale police and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Peter Galindro, who was on parole for burglary, Monday night at his mother's home in Los Angeles, just hours after they released his photograph to the public in an effort to generate tips, officials said. "He is not a nice person," said Bill Evans, facilities director of Holy Family Catholic Church, where Galindro allegedly pilfered about $400 in donations.
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October 25, 2013
A thief reportedly stole about $900 from a Glendale flower shop after placing a bogus order for flowers to distract employees, police said. At 8:52 p.m., the alleged thief entered Garden Flowers in the 1500 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard and placed an order for a flower arrangement, Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said. As the employees arranged a bouquet of flowers for him in the back of the shop, he reportedly walked around the front counter, opened the cash register and stole the cash inside.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | January 4, 2011
Glendale police officers are searching for a man they believe repeatedly pilfered donation boxes at Holy Family Catholic Church in recent months, stealing hundreds of dollars meant for the poor. The most recent incident took place on Dec. 27 when the man, described by witnesses as 5 feet 10 inches tall, bald, about 50 years old and of Middle Eastern or Latino descent, was spotted at 4 p.m. in front of Holy Family School, said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. The man disappeared, only to be seen an hour later inside the Lomita Avenue church entrance stealing money from the Haiti relief offering box. He fled before police arrived.
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By Mary O’Keefe | June 5, 2009
In an unusual turn of events, a $1,500 purse that was stolen from a La Cañada store on Saturday was returned Thursday morning by presumably the woman who took it. “Can you believe it?” said Joanna Nelson, owner of Frockx clothing store. When Nelson arrived at her store about 10 a.m. on Thursday morning she was surprised to see the purse inside a paper grocery bag sitting at her store’s back door. The saga of the stolen purse began about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday when a woman who appeared to be in the last stages of pregnancy entered the store.
LOCAL
March 11, 2009
Restaurant robbed of more than $2,000 A thief stole more than $2,000 from Hamburger Central on Sunday night after he pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded cash, police said. The 19-year-old employee was closing the restaurant?s back door on the 200 block of North Central Avenue just after 9 p.m. when a thief approached him, pointed a gun at him and said, ?Give me the money,? according to a police report. Fearing his life, the employee opened the door and entered the restaurant?
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 3, 2011
A 19-year-old Glendale woman was punched several times in the face late Tuesday as another woman tried to swipe her purse, police said. The victim, whose name wasn't released, was walking about 10:03 p.m. Tuesday at Chevy Chase Drive and Carlton Drive when another woman ran up from behind her and tried snatching her purse, according to Police Department reports. The would-be thief punched the woman three to four times in the face when she resisted. Unable to steal the purse, the thief ran away, hopped into the passenger seat of an idling SUV and fled the scene.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
A thief got away with several hundreds of dollars Monday after robbing a cell phone store in downtown Glendale at gunpoint, police said. No one was hurt during the robbery, which occurred about 1:21 p.m. at Metro PCS in the 1100 block of East Broadway, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. A 20-year-old store employee called police during the robbery, and dispatchers could hear someone demanding money, he added. She was also able to activate the store's alam. The thief reportedly walked into the store, brandished a handgun and demanded cash.
NEWS
April 16, 2012
A thief got away with a woman's purse Sunday after he stole it from her SUV while she was placing items in the trunk, police said. The woman was standing at the rear of SUV about 8:20 a.m. on the 900 block of North Glendale Avenue when the thief stole the purse from the SUV's passenger seat, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The purse contained a cellphone, cash and credit cards. He allegedly got into a silver Mercedes SUV and fled toward the Ventura (134) Freeway.
NEWS
January 2, 2001
I am "blown away" by the unmitigated gall of the self-confessed grocery cart thief James Brackett. He steals from markets and gets away with it because the markets cannot spend the hours that it takes to prosecute the thieves. If the City Council wanted to do its job, there would be enforcement of city ordinances that would not require store management to testify in court for thievery. The ordinance would make it possible for any city employee to write a citation for the theft.
NEWS
July 17, 2003
Ben Godar When residents open a window to let in some cooler air during the summer, police warn it is important to make sure they do not let in a thief as well. Glendale Police have already seen an increase in the number of burglars entering through screen windows and doors, police spokeswoman Officer Leticia Chang said. "We understand the weather is hot, but you don't want to give a burglar a chance to enter," she said. A home in Burbank was broken into a week ago by a thief who entered by removing a screen from an open window, police said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 14, 2014
A 21-year-old Glendale woman fought off a man who tried to steal her cellphone Wednesday outside a Starbucks coffee shop, police said. She was seated with her friend in the coffee shop's patio area about 7:40 p.m. in the 900 block of South Central Avenue, where they first spotted the man leaning against a light pole and staring at them, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. The woman was preparing to use her cellphone, when he suddenly walked behind her and tried to pull it out of her left hand, she added.
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December 10, 2013
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The National Weather Service predicts the Glendale area will have a high around 69 and low of 44. Here's a break-down of the top headlines in the 818. An 85-year-old woman died Tuesday morning when she hit her head on a tree following an unusual, single-vehicle crash at about 8:30 a.m. at Pierce Street and Illex Avenue in Pacoima, the Los Angeles Daily News reports . ...
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October 25, 2013
A thief reportedly stole about $900 from a Glendale flower shop after placing a bogus order for flowers to distract employees, police said. At 8:52 p.m., the alleged thief entered Garden Flowers in the 1500 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard and placed an order for a flower arrangement, Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said. As the employees arranged a bouquet of flowers for him in the back of the shop, he reportedly walked around the front counter, opened the cash register and stole the cash inside.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
A thief got away with several hundreds of dollars Monday after robbing a cell phone store in downtown Glendale at gunpoint, police said. No one was hurt during the robbery, which occurred about 1:21 p.m. at Metro PCS in the 1100 block of East Broadway, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. A 20-year-old store employee called police during the robbery, and dispatchers could hear someone demanding money, he added. She was also able to activate the store's alam. The thief reportedly walked into the store, brandished a handgun and demanded cash.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 20, 2013
A Glendale man clung to the trunk of a getaway car Friday after refusing to give up his friend's iPad to a man who tried to use counterfeit money to buy it, police said. The 25-year-old man advertised the sale of his friend's iPad for $500 on Craigslist and arranged to meet an interested buyer at Starbucks on Western Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard, according to Glendale police. The buyer handed the seller an envelope containing money about 7:30 p.m., but the seller used a marker to check the authenticity of the bills and quickly determined they were fraudulent, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Andy Klein | February 9, 2013
In real life, there's nothing funny about identity theft, as anyone who's gone through it can attest. (Believe me, I learned the hard way.) Unfortunately, if the new comedy "Identity Thief" is anything to go by, there's nothing funny about it on screen either. OK, not nothing funny. Let's be generous to director Seth Gordon and screenwriters Craig Mazin and Jerry Eeten and say there's not very much funny here. It's a film built around a simple log line: average nice guy must share a road trip with the resourceful sociopath who has destroyed his credit rating (and pretty much everything else in his life)
NEWS
May 29, 2012
A thief on Saturday made off with a 21-year-old woman's wallet after a struggle over her purse, police said. The thief approached the woman about 11:49 p.m. as she was entering her car on the 200 block of West Garfield Avenue, according to Glendale police reports. He allegedly grabbed the woman's purse, but she refused to let it go. She screamed for help, which prompted the man to flee the neighborhood. Still, the man was able to steal the woman's wallet, which contained $5 in coins and a AAA card, police said.
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April 16, 2012
A thief got away with a woman's purse Sunday after he stole it from her SUV while she was placing items in the trunk, police said. The woman was standing at the rear of SUV about 8:20 a.m. on the 900 block of North Glendale Avenue when the thief stole the purse from the SUV's passenger seat, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The purse contained a cellphone, cash and credit cards. He allegedly got into a silver Mercedes SUV and fled toward the Ventura (134) Freeway.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 10, 2012
A 25-year-old man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to punching a gas station clerk after he allegedly stole sandwiches. Dana Hall was charged with one felony count of second-degree robbery in connection with the Jan. 4 incident at the Shell gas station in the 600 block of North Pacific Avenue, authorities said. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge kept the bail amount for Hall at $50,000, said Shiara Dávila-Morales, spokeswoman for the county district attorney's office. The robbery occurred at about 9:13 p.m. when Hall reportedly walked into the gas station and began stuffing sandwiches into his pants, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Veronica Rocha veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 3, 2012
Donations inside an offering box have again been stolen from Holy Family Catholic Church, police said. The theft was reported 5:25 p.m. Thursday after a woman saw a man flip the offering box upside down and attempt to retrieve money from a slot, according to Glendale police reports. This incident wasn't the first theft of donations from the church at 209 E. Lomita Ave. Last year, Peter Galindro was convicted of two felony counts of burglary after stealing about $400 from the church's collection boxes, which contained donations to help the poor and for Haiti relief.
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