Lots of vehicle burglaries (24 Hour Fitness makes the list again), stolen sports cards, and somebody was smoking the wrong stuff in their car. Crime blotter provided by the Altadena Sheriff Station.
Monday, April 29
12:40 AM: an Altadena resident was arrested for driving under the Influence of alcohol in the area of Olive Avenue and Harriet Street.
Altadena Detectives filed charges against a local registered sex offender who fled the state and was located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jerome Dubose (Male/51 years old) was arrested by Ohio authorities and will be extradited back to California to face charges of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender (Upon Moving). He had been living on Santa Anita Avenue in Altadena, but left the location without notifying local authorities as required by law. Mr. Dubose has previous convictions for sexual battery and indecent exposure.
7:20 PM: Deputies arrested two suspects for possession for sales of marijuana and possession of concentrated cannabis. Deputies contacted the suspects, who were inside a vehicle, in the 2400 block of Grandeur Avenue. Deputies were alerted to the marijuana due to the large amount of marijuana smoke coming through the open window. Both suspects are only being identified as male/18 years old and male/21 years old, both residents of Altadena. Their names are being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.
Tuesday, April 30
Between 7:45 PM and 9:20 PM – Two vehicle burglaries occurred at 24Hr. Fitness, 2180 N. Lincoln Avenue. Loss: black shoulder bag, purse, credit card holder.
Between 11:00 PM and 3:30 AM (Wednesday) – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 1500 block of Tierra Alta Drive. Three tires were slashed.
Wednesday, May 1
7:00 PM – In the 1100 block of Gravelia Avenue, deputies arrested a male/43 years old for domestic violence after his girlfriend was reportedly assaulted by him.
Thursday, May 2
Between 8:00 AM and 12:30 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred at Aveson Charter School, 1919 Pinecrest Dr. Loss: laptop, case, purse, and wallet.
6:30 PM – A street robbery occurred in the 400 block of Athens Street. Suspects described as: (#1) female, black, 22 yrs, (#2) male, black, 21-25 yrs, (#3) female, black, 22 yrs,. Suspects were driving a gray Lexus or Honda. Suspects stole the victim’s (1,500) baseball, football, and basketball cards, cellphone, and currency after getting into a physical altercation with the victim’s friend. It appears that the parties are known to each other.
Between 10:30 PM and 9:05 AM (Friday) – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 1100 block of Gravelia Street. Loss: purse containing personal documents.
Friday, May 3
Between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM – A petty theft occurred at Eliot Middle School, 2184 N. Lake Avenue. Loss: black iPhone.
Between 11:00 PM and 7:50 AM (Saturday) – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2600 block of Calanda Avenue. Loss: purse, gym bag, laptop.
Saturday, May 4
5:02 PM - Deputies arrested Sergio Huezo (male/34 years old) on Fair Oaks Avenue for being drunk in public after he was found staggering in the northbound lane and was nearly struck by an oncoming vehicle.
8:46 PM – Deputies arrested Dean Lawson (male/52 years old) for possession of a narcotics paraphernalia after receiving a call regarding him acting suspicious in the area of Harriet and Fair Oaks Avenue.
Between April 28th and May 4th there were 11 runaway juveniles reported to the Altadena Sheriff Station.
Auto Burglary, like all crime prevention involves limiting the criminal’s ability and opportunity to commit the crime. With very little time and effort, you can make a huge difference in your vulnerability to vehicle burglary.
The thieves walking or driving around your neighborhoods are looking for vehicles with unlocked doors and unsecured windows. They are looking for vehicles that have valuables in plain sight. It is fast and easy to smash open a window and take valuable items lying in plain sight within a vehicle. It is even easier if that vehicle is left unlocked.
Some simple tips to help stop vehicle burglaries:
Don’t leave valuables in your car. That sounds like “common sense”, but drivers/passengers do leave items of value in plain sight every day. If you leave valuable items visible in your car, your car is automatically a target for thieves.
If you must leave valuable items in your car while out and about, place items out of sight (or in the trunk) before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously. This includes packages, backpacks, gym bags, GPS devices, cell phones, MP3 players, and so forth. Someone will be watching when you put items under a seat or throw something over them. An opportunistic thief is on the lookout for trunk-packing, and can break into your car the minute you’re out of sight.
Lock ALL your vehicle’s doors even if you plan to be gone for only a brief time. Every year, we have items stolen from unlocked vehicles where the owner was only going to be gone “just for a second”. It only takes seconds to steal your stuff! It’s not at all uncommon for thieves to walk down a row of parked cars and check vehicle doors to see if they are unlocked. Don’t leave any window open or even cracked open, including vent/wind windows and sunroofs.
Try to park in busy, well-lighted areas.
Record the serial numbers of any items you regularly have in your vehicle.
What to do if something is stolen out of your car.
As soon as you notice something‘s stolen (or that your car has been broken into) do not touch/adjust anything in, on, or around the car. As soon as possible, call the Altadena Sheriff’s Station to report the incident at 626-798-1131.
Also, report ANY suspicious activities, persons, or vehicles. Deputies cannot be everywhere, and we count on good people to be our “eyes and ears” and report suspicious activities as they are occurring. Do your part by taking preventive action and spreading the word. If you see something suspicious say something and report it immediately to the Altadena Sheriff's Station.
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