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August 16, 2013
Mailbag contributor Steve Urbanovich grumbles about individuals taking recyclables out of refuse bins on his block, believing what these people are doing is theft (“ Put an end to recycling theft ,” Aug. 7). Sorry, Mr. Urbanovich, but it's not theft; trash in bins on the street is considered abandoned property and even though the city wants the money, it does not have exclusive rights to the recycled material. In 1992 Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison wrote about this subject when she interviewed a well-heeled resident of Hancock Park who groused about her money being pilfered by scavengers on trash pick-up day. It prompted me to write a letter in response where I advised the complainer that if she wanted to see her money being pilfered, she should visit City Hall where she could see her money pilfered every day. My original suggestion still stands.
NEWS
August 6, 2013
Another trash day, and yet another parade of pick-up trucks and shopping carts going up and down our block, emptying the recycling barrels. I notice the pick-up trucks are newer than the ones that used to come. I believe theft is a crime, and this should be treated as such. I do not put out my recycling barrels until the last second, as this practice every week is helping our streets look more like a third world. The law should be enforced. Steve Urbanovich Burbank
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 7, 2014
Police are investigating a series of thefts in which side mirrors were stolen from four parked cars in Burbank on Saturday. In the 1600 and 1500 blocks of Victory Place, both side mirrors were stolen from two parked cars - a 2012 BMW 3 Series and 2007 BMW 3 Series, respectively - Saturday afternoon, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. In the 900 block of East Tujunga Avenue, one side mirror was reportedly stolen from a 2014 Infiniti between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m., and in the 1900 block of Amber Lane, another mirror was stolen from a 2008 BMW X5 sometime from 10 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 8, 2013
The theft of roughly $60,000 in tools from the Burbank reservoir construction site will not delay the project, officials said Tuesday. Run by an independent contractor, the reservoir renovation is still slated for completion early this year, said Burbank Water and Power spokesman Joe Flores. “They have plenty of back-up resources to be able to get the job done,” Flores said. “They haven't given us any indication they're going to be slowed down in any way because of what happened.” Sometime between 6 p.m. Thursday and 4:30 a.m. Friday, three storage containers on the site - located at 300 North Sunset Canyon Drive - were burglarized, said Burbank Police Sgt. Gerry Misquez.
NEWS
June 10, 2000
Amber Willard The following incidents were taken from police reports. BURBANK VILLAGE 142 E. Olive Ave.: Two Los Angeles women were arrested at 3:02 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of burglary and forgery at a Bank of America branch. One of the women, who is 24, gave a teller a check and said she wanted to open a savings account. The bank reviewed the check and found it was counterfeit and called police. The other woman is 32. MAGNOLIA PARK 1920 Clark Ave.: Police are investigating the theft of a laptop computer from an office at John Burroughs High School.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
In Saturday's mailbag, a misinformed contributor claimed that scavenging is not considered theft . She cited a 21-year-old incident in Hancock Park as proof that removing recyclables is permissible. I contacted John Molnar, Burbank's Public Works director, for clarification. Molnar confirmed that it is indeed illegal to scavenge any material from solid waste containers in the city of Burbank . He further remarked that it is considered theft, in accordance with Burbank's Municipal Code, BMC4-2-111.7, and any violation should be reported to the police department for enforcement.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 28, 2014
A man and woman in a stolen truck were arrested Saturday morning after police discovered burglary tools, drugs, birth certificates and Social Security cards in the car, police said. Police spoke with Pamela Toftee, 28, and Kevin Aide, 21, both of Victorville, in the 100 block of South Lamer Street, where they had parked the truck, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Police ran a search on the vehicle and discovered it was reported stolen. When police searched the truck, they found tools, suspected methamphetamine and the identifying information for five victims, including Social Security cards and credit card bills.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 17, 2014
Overall, crime in Burbank dropped by 4% last year, with violent crimes plunging by almost 30%, according to year-end statistics. Violent crime - which includes robbery, aggravated assault and murder - declined from 243 reported incidents in 2012 to 172 incidents last year, according to statistics released by the Burbank Police Department this week. Of all the violent crimes, police saw the most dramatic drop in robberies, which reduced 54% from 111 incidents reported in 2012 to 51 last year.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 7, 2014
Police are investigating a series of thefts in which side mirrors were stolen from four parked cars in Burbank on Saturday. In the 1600 and 1500 blocks of Victory Place, both side mirrors were stolen from two parked cars - a 2012 BMW 3 Series and 2007 BMW 3 Series, respectively - Saturday afternoon, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. In the 900 block of East Tujunga Avenue, one side mirror was reportedly stolen from a 2014 Infiniti between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m., and in the 1900 block of Amber Lane, another mirror was stolen from a 2008 BMW X5 sometime from 10 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 7, 2014
Two men were arrested Friday after police observed them walking down Chandler Boulevard pushing a shopping cart filled with what appeared to be eight stolen surveillance cameras, police said. At around 2:10 p.m., police saw the men - Thomas and Sean Finnegan, 46 and 47, respectively - pushing a Walmart cart on the street filled with the new, boxed cameras, each valued between $560 and $700, said Burbank Police Lt. Matthew Ferguson. Police did not know if or how the two were related.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 10, 2013
A 28-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested after allegedly stealing $1,472 worth of items - including two flat-screen televisions - from Target in Burbank on three occasions over the course of a week, police said. The man, identified by police as Gustavo Guerrero, reportedly left the Empire Center store Monday with a shopping cart full of 14 items, including boy's shirts and pants, infant leggings, two pairs of gloves and boots, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. When the store's loss prevention officers stopped Guerrero, they reportedly recognized him from two previous thefts, Ryburn said.
NEWS
November 18, 2013
Burbank police are beefing up patrols around retail stores this holiday season in preparation for a jump in thefts typically seen between Thanksgiving and Christmas in the city's main shopping areas, officials said. Authorities are analyzing crime trends to see which retail stores have historically been hit the hardest, and are assigning extra officers, many of whom will be working overtime, to those areas, said Burbank Police Lt. Eric Deroian. “We want to be preventative,” said Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
In Saturday's mailbag, a misinformed contributor claimed that scavenging is not considered theft . She cited a 21-year-old incident in Hancock Park as proof that removing recyclables is permissible. I contacted John Molnar, Burbank's Public Works director, for clarification. Molnar confirmed that it is indeed illegal to scavenge any material from solid waste containers in the city of Burbank . He further remarked that it is considered theft, in accordance with Burbank's Municipal Code, BMC4-2-111.7, and any violation should be reported to the police department for enforcement.
NEWS
August 16, 2013
Mailbag contributor Steve Urbanovich grumbles about individuals taking recyclables out of refuse bins on his block, believing what these people are doing is theft (“ Put an end to recycling theft ,” Aug. 7). Sorry, Mr. Urbanovich, but it's not theft; trash in bins on the street is considered abandoned property and even though the city wants the money, it does not have exclusive rights to the recycled material. In 1992 Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison wrote about this subject when she interviewed a well-heeled resident of Hancock Park who groused about her money being pilfered by scavengers on trash pick-up day. It prompted me to write a letter in response where I advised the complainer that if she wanted to see her money being pilfered, she should visit City Hall where she could see her money pilfered every day. My original suggestion still stands.
NEWS
August 6, 2013
Another trash day, and yet another parade of pick-up trucks and shopping carts going up and down our block, emptying the recycling barrels. I notice the pick-up trucks are newer than the ones that used to come. I believe theft is a crime, and this should be treated as such. I do not put out my recycling barrels until the last second, as this practice every week is helping our streets look more like a third world. The law should be enforced. Steve Urbanovich Burbank
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | July 23, 2013
Violent and property crimes dropped 5% in Burbank through June of this year when compared to the same period last year, reports show. Police attribute the trend for the first half of the year to "predictive policing," or deploying resources to areas with higher rates of crime as a preventive measure. "We're able to see where crime is trending," said Burbank Police Capt. Denis Cremins. "We share that information so everybody looks at the problem situation from a particular angle.
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