The inimitable C. Jake has sent this to the newsgroups (and to us):
I just heard from Captain Blow at the Altadena Sheriff Station that 2 men have been arrested [this afternoon] attempting to break into a home on New York Drive.
They knocked on a door with a flyer of a lost cat saying they were looking for their cat. Luckily the homeowners were: (1) at home (2) knew the owners of the cat and knew these guys had nothing to do with the cat owners (3) called the station immediately (4) had a security camera showing the 2nd guy trying to pry open a window. This makes a good case!Again, the Captain wants everyone to know - if there is anyone suspicious knocking on the door or in your neighborhood, CALL THE STATION @ 626-798-1131 and report it. Best if you ask for the watch commander to get immediate action.
We have the station number programmed into our phone and a sticker on each phone with the number, suggest you consider the same.
UPDATE 10 PM: Talked to Capt. Blow at the emergency preparedness meeting, and he said he had two in custody: one juvenile, and one who turned 18 in August.