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Neighborhood Watch Spots More Potential Prowlers

Men have been spotted poking around Altadena neighborhoods without a clear reason. Have you seen anything suspicious?

A few days after a Neighborhood Watch member shared she was almost the victim of a break-in and some unfamiliar men may be casing the neighborhood, other residents are sharing similar accounts.

Altadena resident Shawna, who chose not to have her last name shared in this post, sent Patch and her neighbors an email describing the following incidents that allegedly occurred Tuesday. This was in the area of Poppyfields Drive and Marengo Avenue:

At about 10:45 a.m. as we were getting ready to leave the house, [my husband] Marcus observed two men walking up our (long, steep) drive towards the back of our house. He went out front and asked them if he could help them. They stuttered a bit and said they were gardeners looking for "Mr Davis". Marcus asked them what address they were looking for and they had no response. After some more hemming and hawing they walked to a shabby white pick up truck (which may have had one lawnmower in the back but nothing else) and drove away south on Marengo. We immediately called the Altadena Sheriff's Dept to report what had happened and give a description. Unfortunately, it happened too fast for us to get a license plate number too. 

The two men were Hispanic and appeared to be in their early to mid thirties. One was heavy set and average height, the other was slimmer and looked to be about 5'4-5'5. One of them was in overalls. Both were wearing baseball caps. 

After this happened, Marcus decided he would come home to work and when he arrived back at home at about 11:45 a.m., he saw the same truck on the block and the same two guys across the street on Poppyfields poking around. When they saw him standing outside watching them, they quickly got back into their truck and drove away again. 

Our friends and neighbors on Wapello & Marengo also saw two men of similar description on their block today and thought they looked suspect. 

While it is unclear what the men were doing Tuesday, they were spotted four blocks away from where last Wednesday’s attempted break-in occurred. Men were also seen last week walking up and down driveways and reportedly driving a white car, though it is unclear if it is the same vehicle.

Incidentally, residential burglaries were the most common crime that occurred on .

Have you seen anything or anyone suspicious in your neighborhood?

rebel mamma January 09, 2013 at 07:49 PM
A white man in a range rover dug through my recycling tuesday morning. He clearly wasn't looking for things to recycle. By the time my husband went out he had driven away...
Linda R January 09, 2013 at 08:02 PM
So why aren't the sheriffs routinely patrolling the area and questioning these guys.......and why isn't anyone taking pictures with cellphones?
DYuan January 09, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Wow. This one is potentially scary as well... going through recycling feels like it could lead to identify theft.
Shawna Dawson January 09, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Report that! We used to have a guy in a Mercedes do the same thing in our old neighborhood. It was identity theft.
Shawna Dawson January 09, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Most people don't alert the Sheriff's department when these things occur. If they don't know, they can't send out additional patrols. This is why it's so important that everyone report these things even when they seem benign. As for photos... in our case, it all happened too fast. We didn't even have a chance to get a license plate. More concerned with making sure our safety wasn't an issue first.
Jonathan D McLean January 09, 2013 at 10:05 PM
We've had pairs of young people at our door claiming to be in competition for a trip to Europe. They say they are students and only need us to vote for them over some other team of solicitors. Some of them look pretty rough and are heavily tatooed, and none of them looked like students to me. I let one group go through their spiel, and it turned out they wanted me to purchase magazine subscriptions. The whole thing looked pretty suspicious.
kristin January 09, 2013 at 10:23 PM
I call the Sheriff almost weekly to report people rummaging through recycling bins in our area. The dispatcher always says they will send someone, but I have never seen an officer actually show up. I can't say for certain that they haven't- just that I have never seen it. I also tend to see the same people digging through the recycling week after week so if the Sheriff is responding, they aren't imposing penalties that are steep enough to keep people from returning.
Paw People January 10, 2013 at 12:14 AM
If it's Hispanic people looking through your recycle bins, they are probably just looking for bottles and cans to make some money. If if someone driving a Mercedes..mmm...I would get suspicious. Kids pretending to be students and trying to sell magazines subscription have been around for years. I can't believe people still open their doors for people they don't know. DON'T!!! Place a 'no solicitor' sign outside of your door! While they distract you in the front someone else can go to your back. Please, people, times have changed. Be more careful. And, yes! Get those license plates numbers!
Revvell January 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Deputies do not impose penalties, courts do and when the deputies respond to calls, they go by priority. Domestic violence, burglaries, etc. supersedes people going through trash.
Revvell January 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM
With the kids, they're often dropped off by some guy in a van. They'll lie about where they live. Last kid at my door had no id, license to solicit, no cell phone, nothing. Deputies came by, the driver had all necessary papers soooo... nothing to do for it. In this case, the kid could have gone to the wrong house and no one would have been the wiser. Not safe for him either.
Chris January 10, 2013 at 05:14 PM
We had a fake ADT salesman ask too many questions. When I came to the door to end the conversation he left pretty much immediately after I took a picture of him. Best thing you can do is stick a camera or smartphone in their face.

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