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June 26, 2013
Thieves stole cash, a computer hard drive and prescription pills from a pet hospital early Tuesday, police said. No one was arrested in connection with the burglary, which occurred about 3:12 a.m. at Angelus Pet Hospital in the 5800 block of San Fernando Road, according to Glendale police. Thieves forced open a rear door to enter the hospital and ransacked various rooms, stealing prescription pills, $200 in cash and a hard drive that contained patient information from the hospital's front office, police said.
NEWS
September 18, 2012
Thieves broke into a Glendale pharmacy early Monday for the second time in an attempt to steal prescription drugs, police said. Officers discovered a shattered glass door about 5:18 a.m. at Adams Square Pharmacy in the 1100 block of East Chevy Chase Drive, and noticed a variety of scattered pill bottles and open drawers inside. Thieves burglarized the same pharmacy in November 2011 and stole prescription painkillers, including Tylenol with codeine and Vicodin, police said. Four pharmacies have also been burglarized in the past six weeks in Burbank.
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August 20, 2013
Thieves caused roughly $1,650 in damage Saturday while burglarizing a flower shop in Montrose, police said. At about 9 a.m., owners of the Glendale Flower and Gift Shop in the 3400 block of Ocean View Boulevard discovered the front glass door was smashed and $25 had been stolen from the cash register, according to Glendale police. The cash register had been forced open and the store's electricity turned off, police said. No one has been arrested in connection to the burglary.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 19, 2014
Thieves stole costly jewelry, credit cards and money Tuesday from homes in separate residential burglaries, police said. Police believe the burglaries occurred between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the 700 block of Portola Avenue and the 1200 block of North Everett Street. Thieves reportedly forced their way into the Portola home through the front door and stole cash and jewelry. In the Everett burglary, thieves broke through the home's rear door, which activated an alarm system, according to Glendale spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
NEWS
February 20, 2014
Re: “ Your paper has not gone away” (Editorial, Feb. 15) . A Police Department spokesperson informed me that it is not a crime to take as many free papers from an outside rack as one wants, but it is criminal theft to pay, if so required, only once, i.e., to open the rack, but then remove more than one paper. So, why not charge a minimal 10 cents - one thin dime - for each Glendale News-Press legally removed from an outside, stand-alone newspaper rack? This would hopefully deter would-be thieves, both criminally and economic incentive wise, from paying only once and then making an illegal grab for more than one paper in the rack.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
Thieves stole cash and electronics early Monday from a photography and video business, officials said. Employees reported their business, which is inside in an office building in the 1600 block of Victory Boulevard, was burglarized sometime between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m., according to Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. During that time, the employees told police they had briefly left and returned only to discover that their electronics and cash were stolen. The deadbolt on the business door had been removed and the office was ransacked.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 16, 2011
Less than a week after South Pasadena police arrested a suspected Red Bull bandit, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have arrested two others after they allegedly attempted to make off with 51 cans of the energy drink from a Ralph's in La Crescenta. According to Sgt. Ray Harley of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station, Edgar Khasmeyan, 29, and Masis Mirzayan, 35, both of Tujunga, were stopped by loss prevention agents outside the store the 2600 block of Foothill Boulevard.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
Glendale police are seeking help in identifying thieves who stole a fanny pack and ripped a necklace off a 64-year-old Glendale woman's neck this week after knocking her to the ground. The woman was walking about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of East Chevy Chase Drive, where two men suddenly pushed her to the ground and stole the items, including cash, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The thieves quickly fled east on Chevy Chase. The woman suffered minor scratches to her knees and elbows, Lorenz said.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | January 24, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Four masked men smashed their way into a jewelry store at the Glendale Galleria early Friday and stole at least $150,000 in high priced jewelry and watches, police said. The thieves entered the mall parking structure at about 5:20 a.m. Friday and smashed a glass door near Nordstrom to get into the mall, Glendale Police Sgt. Vahak Mardikian said. Surveillance footage released shows a man shattering the front door of Classic Designs jewelry with a tool to enter with three other men. The thieves wore gloves and carried sacks and tools, which they used to break glass displays and steal jewelry.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | August 14, 2008
GLENDALE — Catalytic converter thieves recently hit a Hyundai dealership in the city for the second time since June. Twelve converters were stolen from Hyundai Tucson sport utility vehicles parked at the lot on the 400 block of South Brand Boulevard. The theft left the dealership with a loss of $30,000, which includes maintenance and paying employees. The converters — which are used in exhaust systems to regulate auto emissions — are partially made from precious metals such as titanium, said Hovic Obaryan, services advisor for the dealership.
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February 20, 2014
Re: “ Your paper has not gone away” (Editorial, Feb. 15) . A Police Department spokesperson informed me that it is not a crime to take as many free papers from an outside rack as one wants, but it is criminal theft to pay, if so required, only once, i.e., to open the rack, but then remove more than one paper. So, why not charge a minimal 10 cents - one thin dime - for each Glendale News-Press legally removed from an outside, stand-alone newspaper rack? This would hopefully deter would-be thieves, both criminally and economic incentive wise, from paying only once and then making an illegal grab for more than one paper in the rack.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 19, 2014
Thieves stole costly jewelry, credit cards and money Tuesday from homes in separate residential burglaries, police said. Police believe the burglaries occurred between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the 700 block of Portola Avenue and the 1200 block of North Everett Street. Thieves reportedly forced their way into the Portola home through the front door and stole cash and jewelry. In the Everett burglary, thieves broke through the home's rear door, which activated an alarm system, according to Glendale spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
NEWS
December 7, 2013
Glendale police have found themselves busy this week apprehending criminal teams allegedly involved in identity theft by the use of credit card readers or “skimmers” - the latter of which are surreptitiously placed in gas stations or at automated teller machines to capture the credit information and pin numbers of unwitting victims. Such thefts are common here. But despite stereotypes perpetrated in our online comment pages, no single ethnicity has the corner on this particular crime.
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November 21, 2013
Thieves stole cash and electronics early Monday from a photography and video business, officials said. Employees reported their business, which is inside in an office building in the 1600 block of Victory Boulevard, was burglarized sometime between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m., according to Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. During that time, the employees told police they had briefly left and returned only to discover that their electronics and cash were stolen. The deadbolt on the business door had been removed and the office was ransacked.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 4, 2013
In two days time, police said thieves, who they've described as “ knock-knock burglars ,” have broken into and ransacked two homes while the residents were inside. The residents were not harmed during the break-ins, which occurred early Wednesday in the 1400 block of Andenes Drive and Thursday afternoon in the 1300 block of Sinaloa Drive, according to Glendale police. In both incidents, the male suspects smashed through the homes' back doors and forced their way inside, where they encountered the residents, police said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 19, 2013
Three bronze grave markers were stolen and two others were uprooted this week from the cemetery grounds at the Grand View Memorial Park. A volunteer reported on Wednesday morning that someone had cut open a padlock on the cemetery's main gate in the 1300 block of Glenwood Road and entered the facility, according to Glendale police. The break-in occurred sometime between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, police said. At first, the volunteer told police that while the front gate was open, nothing inside the cemetery appeared to have been tampered with or damaged.
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August 20, 2013
Thieves caused roughly $1,650 in damage Saturday while burglarizing a flower shop in Montrose, police said. At about 9 a.m., owners of the Glendale Flower and Gift Shop in the 3400 block of Ocean View Boulevard discovered the front glass door was smashed and $25 had been stolen from the cash register, according to Glendale police. The cash register had been forced open and the store's electricity turned off, police said. No one has been arrested in connection to the burglary.
NEWS
August 3, 2013
Thieves ransacked two neighboring homes this week and made off with jewelry and electronics, police said. Residents arrived on Wednesday to their homes in the 1200 block of North Isabel Street to find clothes strewn on the floor and open drawers and cabinet doors, according to Glendale police. Jewelry and electronic devices were stolen from one of the homes. Police said the thieves in both burglaries appeared to have used a pry tool or crowbar to force entry. -- Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA . ALSO: Glendale backs away from questionable free money offer Thieves steal roughly $63,000 in Prada, Gucci eyewear from Glendale optometrist Gas thefts on the rise in Glendale
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
Glendale police fear a spike in fuel thefts last month may signal a growing trend. Nine gas siphoning thefts - most of which occurred in South Glendale and most of which involved SUVs - were reported in July. They involved thieves cutting a vehicle's fuel line between the tank and filler neck and then sticking plastic tubing into the fuel line to siphon the fuel out. In one case, a screw was used to pierce and drain a gas tank. In another case, thieves used a garden hose to siphon gas from a vehicle's tank into a trash can. The thefts are likely to continue until gas prices begin leveling off, Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
Glendale police are seeking help in identifying thieves who stole a fanny pack and ripped a necklace off a 64-year-old Glendale woman's neck this week after knocking her to the ground. The woman was walking about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of East Chevy Chase Drive, where two men suddenly pushed her to the ground and stole the items, including cash, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The thieves quickly fled east on Chevy Chase. The woman suffered minor scratches to her knees and elbows, Lorenz said.
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