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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?

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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