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Police Warn of More Residential Burglaries

Police are asking the Altadena community to keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity.

In the wake of Altadena Sheriff’s Station Captain John Benedict wants the community to be aware and alert.

Benedict shared information about recent burglaries with Patch via email Friday.

Some common threads in the burglaries are:

  • They occur in the late afternoon to early evening hours, about 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • They seem to be targeting residences under construction and owners on vacation.
  • The items taken range from electronics, jewelry, collectable coins, and cash.  Most items they can quickly grab and run with.
  • Residences are accessed from the rear by prying doors and/or rear windows being shattered

If anyone sees suspicious activity (persons or vehicles), he or she is urged to call the Altadena Sheriff’s Station.

When reporting suspicious activity, it is especially helpful to give police a good description of the person(s) or vehicle(s). People can be described by gender, race, height, weight, distinctive features and clothing descriptions. 

Vehicle details include whether it is a car, truck or other vehicle, make and/or model and distinct features (tinted windows, specialized rims, accident damage, or decals). 

Reporting parties should also give police a good contact number for all witnesses so police can call them back for further information if necessary.     

Have you seen anything suspicious lately? Do the common threads in recent Altadena burglaries differ from what you may have experienced?

CEG February 02, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Don't know if this is possibly related, but I've heard of this in some neighborhoods - someone comes around and leaves a note that they want to buy your car - on every car in the neighborhood - they do leave a valid #, but it's some kind of answering service - we were thinking that possibly they were scouting to see which cars still had notes the next day, meaning the person wasn't at home and didn't go their car and take it off, then they figure they are out of town and break in? Maybe no connection, but the whole thing of leaving all those notes is kind of weird, doesn't sound right. Just wondering if that had happened in any of the neighborhoods that had break-ins.
Chris February 02, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Wonder is the criminals know than the Sheriff's office have 2-3 cars at any given time on patrol? I'd put $20 on that they do. When has a deputy actually thwarted a burglary in progress?
J February 02, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Several Times!! Did you forget to proof read your post Chris, lol...? Deputies in Altadena are very efficient. They respond to calls quickly and are well-organized!! They are appreciated and should be commended for the hard work and dedication to the City of Altadena! Chris...I hope you get a ticket, Big Mouth...!!--
Brandon February 02, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Need to go buy a lock for our circuit breaker box. The note thing from above is the reason I don't like parking our cars in the street. I am always wondering if the junk stuff we get in our mailbox through the day is someone checking too.
NDR February 03, 2013 at 05:19 AM
I had something similar happen. A short, skinny white guy (probably in his 50's) knocked on my front door during the late morning / early afternoon hours. There were two occasions of this (with the same guy) that were probably six months apart. He inquired about an old car sitting in my driveway, and said that he and his brother were looking to buy an inexpensive car to drive. He said he remembered me from the last time, and thought he'd ask again. I thought it was weird, and I was suspicious of him -- just a gut feeling I had. Maybe it was nothing, but you'd think that after 6 months he would have found a car by then. Maybe he was just one of those junk dealers looking to cash in on the metal (??). Who knows.
Chris February 03, 2013 at 06:56 PM
First off, J, Altadena is not a city. We are an unincorporated part of LA County. Three patrol cars for 42,000+ people? They're more concerned with the "easy stats" of busting gangbangers than they are property crime suppression. What if real civil unrest broke out? 3 patrol cars ... Really!? J, you must have relatives on the force to be that deluded. Also, they don't give tickets in Altadena.
Thierry Corbeau February 03, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Quick response time? 911 calls after shots being fired at a residence took almost 1 hr for a response. Meantime the shooter came back for an encore. God help us.
Chris February 03, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Thierry, I think "j" is part of the LASO social media team.
Monsoon February 05, 2013 at 07:58 PM
"they don't give tickets in Altadena"?? I got a ticket in Altadena last year. The Sheriff said I did not stop fully at the stop sign. Also got our cars broken into last night parked inside on our property with a closed electric fence. The detective that came out said that we were the third report she was taking today. What is going on in Altadena?????
SteveB February 05, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Yes, Sheriff's deputies most certainly do issue tickets in Altadena. This weekend I saw one laying in wait and later issuing one on N. Altadena Dr. near Midwick. Also personally got hit with the "incomplete stop" on southbound N. Allen and Mendocino a few years back. My wife got hit this year with the same on southbound Loma Alta and Olive. All Sheriff's deputies.

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