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Help sought tracking cellphone suspect

February 11, 2014|By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

A robbery and an attempted robbery involving cellphones were reported in Burbank over the weekend, police said.

On Friday evening, a woman was exercising in the area of Olive Avenue and Sixth Street when a man in his 20s approached and lunged at her iPhone, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

The victim struck the suspect — described as Hispanic, and wearing jeans and a sweatshirt — and started yelling. The man made a second attempt to grab her phone, but the woman hit him again.

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He subsequently ran off and jumped into a blue four-door car being driven by another man, Ryburn said.

On Sunday at 5:30 p.m., another woman was getting out of her car in the parking lot of TJ Maxx when a man approached her, grabbed her cellphone and elbowed her into the side of her car, Ryburn said. A description of the suspect was not available.

Anyone with information about the incidents is urged to call Burbank police at (818) 637-3242.

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