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Injured dog discovered in dumpster; man found nude

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Officers on Tuesday morning were called to 615 Whitnall Highway where they found a severely wounded dog lying in a dumpster.

The wounds were likely from dog bites, according to animal control.

The dog was transported to the Burbank Animal Shelter where it was euthanized. The case is currently being investigated.

In an unrelated story, officers this morning were called to the CVS at 511 N. Hollywood Way after receiving reports that a man was naked and bleeding.

The 21-year-old North Hollywood man, who had cut himself by breaking a glass window, was transported to an area hospital for psychiatric evaluation.


Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Man suspected in four robberies arrested

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Police this week arrested a 27-year-old Van Nuys man later determined to be connected to a string of robberies in the city, authorities said.

Brian Trevino is being charged with four felony counts of robbery and held on $225,000 bail, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.

Officers at 2:15 p.m. Monday arrested Trevino while investigating a suspicious vehicle  in the 3600 block of W. Victory Blvd, Quesada said.

There they met a man who matched the description from a previous street robbery. Detectives conducted follow-up investigations and connected Trevino to at least three previous robberies, including two at liquor stores and a gas station.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Crime report recap through Monday

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The following were taken from reports filed at the Burbank Police Department:

A 90-year-old Burbank man on Sept. 28 reported his motorized wheelchair stolen from the 400 block of W. Elm St. The man left his wheelchair in his driveway and went out to run errands. The wheelchair was missing upon his return. At first he thought it was a prank, but was unable to locate it. Police conducted an area check. The wheelchair is described as Hoveround MPV 5 motorized wheelchair.

A 63-year-old Burbank man on Sept. 20 went to the police counter to report he had been assaulted with a two-by-four at his home in the 1000 block of N. Ontario St. The man said the assault happened about a year ago and that it was the result of a dispute with his contractor. The contractor demanded money he believed he was owed and when the man refused, the contractor picked up a piece of wood and attacked him. The suspect was not able to hit the victim because a construction worker intervened and stopped him. The victim decided to report the incident a year later. Detectives will be conducting an investigation.

Burbank Police School Resource officers on Friday arrested a 15-year-old student for extorting money from a fellow student. The suspect demanded $10 a week and threatened to beat up the victim if he didn’t pay. The victim paid the suspect during a 3-week span, but finally stopped and reported the incident to a school official.The suspect had sent the victim text messages demanding money and threatening violence if not paid. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 6, 2009 at 1:12 pm

More details on the 2007 Porto’s robbery

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I’ve read a number of blog posts, comments and emails regarding the 2007 robbery of the Burbank Porto’s, and its connection to the current FBI probe of the Burbank Police Department. Those comments, essentially, asked why in the world the Burbank Leader failed to cover this take-over style robbery at the city’s most popular bakery? Since I’ve only been editor of the paper since April of this year, I have no answer. However, we did print details of the Porto’s incident in today’s paper. Here’s an excerpt:

[…] The FBI investigation involves at least two incidents — the Aug. 23, 2007, arrest of Rene Escarsega; and the Dec. 28, 2007, robbery of Porto’s Bakery.

Details as to each of the officers’ involvement have not been made public.

In addition, details of Escarsega’s Aug. 23 arrest were not immediately available.

In the Porto’s case, officers responded about 8:23 p.m. after six suspects entered the bakery at 3614 W. Magnolia Blvd. after hours and committed a takeover-style robbery, Burbank police Sgt. Thor Merich said.

The suspects allegedly bound the hands of 13 employees with zip ties, struck one with a handgun and kicked another before forcing an assistant manager to go upstairs where two safes were kept. He was then forced to remove a large amount of cash, Merich said.

A police investigation revealed that the suspects were MS-13 gang members, and that the robbery was an inside job, Merich said. Eight of the 10 suspects were charged with kidnapping, robbery and false imprisonment.

After internal Police Department reviews of the Porto’s robbery, city records from 2008 show that an outside investigator was brought in as part of a departmentwide use-of-force audit.

Stehr called in the Sheriff’s Department in April 2009 to investigate at least two allegations of police misconduct, he said. […]

The full story can be read here.

Written by Dan Evans

October 3, 2009 at 10:01 am

Four days and counting…

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It’s been four days since the Burbank Leader reshuffled some coverage to give proper attention to the police department, a beat that includes making daily calls, checking wires, listening to the scanner and making daily trips to Police and Fire Headquarters to review the crime log.

The log, which state law requires be kept up to date and available for review, gives a snapshot of police reports, etc. The problem: Since Monday the logs have been unavailable due to a  newly instituted system that has prevented personnel from printing them out, uploading them, or some other reason given to me Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today.

Without mentioning other issues plaguing the department, I’ve been asking about the logs for a few months now. But to me completely fair and honest, it’s been some time since a reporter at this paper made daily visits to the station.

UPDATE: I received a text message about five minutes ago saying someone was on it. I’ll update when appropriate.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 1, 2009 at 11:04 am

Police looking for victims of hit and run, car-jacking

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Police are asking for the public’s help to locate the victims of an attempted car-jacking and hit-and-run that occurred about 10 a.m. Friday shortly after a man and two boys robbed the Citizens Business Bank at 4100 W. Alameda Ave.

Officers during the chase pursued the suspects down Pass Avenue, Olive Avenue and Barham Boulevard in Universal City before ending up at Highland Avenue on the southbound 101 Freeway. One of the suspects attempted to car-jack a motorist as traffic was stopped on the opposite side of the freeway. He was unsuccessful and ran off, and police are seeking to identify the victim of this attempted car-jacking.

Police are also asking anyone who may have been struck by the suspect vehicle, which is a silver, older model 4-door Lexus, to please contact them at 818-238-3000.

Anyone having information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. Pfrommer, investigation division-persons bureau, at 818-238-3246.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Crime report recap through Monday

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The following were taken from reports filed at the Burbank Police Department:

A 10-year-old girl was taking shower in her home in the 700 block of San Jose Ave. on Sept. 22. When she stepped out of the shower, she looked up at the window spotted a man peeping in. She ran off screaming and the  police were notified and conducted an area check but were unable to locate the suspect. He is described as possibly Asian, 50 to 55 years old, with dark hair and silver-framed glasses. There have been two similar incidents in the past week in the 600 and 700 blocks of South Sixth Street.

Police reported there were three separate incidents where windows were shot at with what appeared to be BB guns. A 54-year-old Burbank woman reported that someone had shot out the front passenger window of her 2004 Ford Expedition parked at Jolley Drive and Scott Road. An employee of the business at 225 S. Glenoaks Blvd. reported the front window had been shot and cracked. The business at 530 S. Glenoaks Blvd. had its front glass door shot out.

A 15-year-old gang member on Wednesday was arrested for assaulting two 17-year-old boys with a kitchen knife. The 15-year-old walked up to the two victims in the area of Jannetta Avenue and Floyd Street. He then then pulled out a kitchen knife from pocket and pointed it at the two victims. One of the victims picked up a wooden stick to defend himself.  The suspect grew alarmed and ran off. The 15-year-old was positively identified as the suspect and arrested.

Police officers Friday responded to the area Buena Vista Street and Thornton Avenue regarding a large gang fight involving about 20 to 25 people.  By the time officers arrived the fighting had ceased. Men were detained but none admitted to being in a fight nor did they provide any information about the identity of possible suspects. All these subjects are known or associate gang members. Officers then responded to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center after receiving word of two possible stabbing victims. Officers contacted the subjects but they provided no information other than they were attacked by Latino men. The two victims were treated for lacerations to their heads and released. Gang investigators are currently conducting an ongoing investigation to try and determine the suspects in the case. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm