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A Message From Bungalow Heaven May 24, 2009

Posted by David S. in Helpful Hints, Watching Emails.
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This comes to us from the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association:


Bungalow Heaven has received several emails recently regarding  burglaries and suspicious activity in the neighborhood. In the case of break-ins, all burglars entered by breaking a window in the rear of the house during the daylight hours. Items taken were laptops, cameras and other types of small electronics. Another person reported seeing late-night loitering in McDonald Park which resulted in a man peering into the homeowner’s window. With the rise of such activity in our neighborhood and Pasadena, we need to heighten our awareness. The Pasadena Police Department has stated that ANY and ALL door-to-door solicitation is a WARNING that your home is being  “cased”. In fact, in many cases, according to the Police, adults are using their children [as] accomplices, actually enlisting them to both enter homes and to “solicit” residents, using magazines, newspapers and candy as a cover. These days, any school or church sponsored fund raising is done online or through magazines, distributed at your office, school or church. There are no reputable fund raising organizations that send children door-to-door. It’s a scam.
The  Police Department also suggests the  following actions:

1.  Do not let solicitors onto your property or inside your home.  

2. Report any and all door-to-door solicitors to the police and try to obtain a physical description of those solicitors and/or their vehicles and license plates.

3. Snap a photograph of all  solicitors at your door and let them know you will send that  photo to the police. Keep a camera or your camera phone by the front door.

4. Close your curtains and keep valuables hidden when you are away from home.

5. Keep jewelry in plastic containers in your freezer and cover it with frozen  food. (Apparently, thieves rarely open freezers.)

6. Use an alarm system,  including motion detectors.

7. Call the Police and request extra patrols when you are going to be away for an  extended period. This is a free service!

8. Photograph your valuables and keep those photos in a safe place or on a memory stick or disk.  Keep these photos in a safe deposit box or in an  alternate location.

9. Record your computer, television, electronics or other valuables’ serial numbers and keep receipts for insurance purposes.

10.  Watch for anything suspicious and report anything you suspect might be  unusual.

For additional information please call the Pasadena Police at 626.744.4501 or the non-emergency number at 744.4241.

Let’s keep an eye out for one  another.


Pasadena Man Robbed at Home, Car Stolen May 18, 2009

Posted by David S. in In the News, Incidents, Robberies.
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From the Pasadena Star-News on 5/17/09

PASADENA – A gunman robbed a man at his own home and stole his SUV Sunday, police said.
The incident occurred about 3 p.m. in the 500 block of North El Molino Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said. The victim, a man in his 30s, was just arriving home when the robber approached him, ordered him into the home and stole his wallet, cell phone and car keys at gunpoint, the lieutenant said.

The robber then ordered the victim into a closet before stealing the the man’s SUV from his driveway and fleeing in it, Ibarra said.

The SUV was recovered, apparently undamaged, later in the day in Los Angeles, she said.

The robber was described as a Latino man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, wearing a t-shirt and jeans, Ibarra said.

Pasadena man robbed at home, car stolen – Pasadena Star-News

Finding the Upbeat May 17, 2009

Posted by David S. in Miscellaneous.
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Click this to go to the Hometown Pasadena website.

Browsing a few Pasadena centric websites. Here’s a nice change of pace away from all the shenanigans.

Wild Wild Pests May 15, 2009

Posted by David S. in Burglaries, In the News, Incidents, Law Enforcement.
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It seems like every time I open the paper (or my email software) there’s more news about burglaries in Pasadena. This is one of the wildest.

By Robert Hong of the Pasadena Star-News:

Pasadena police detectives have arrested a second suspect in a burglary gone awry that landed one woman in the hospital with a gunshot wound.

Police arrested Oswin Moreno, 18, of Pasadena at a home on Summit Avenue at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night, a few hours after arresting his alleged accomplice, Jorge Mejia, 21, also of Pasadena, officials said.

“We believe they were part of a burglary ring in the Pasadena, Glendale, Arcadia area,” Lt. John Dewar said. “We recovered a lot of stolen items.”

The arrests came after a series of events that began about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a 49-year-old woman pulled into her driveway on East Ladera Street and saw two men robbing her home.

One of the men shot her before fleeing on foot with his partner, police said. They could not drive away because the woman had blocked their car in her driveway.

A neighbor chased the men and was able to help police immediately arrest one of them, later identified as Mejia, police said.

Police stayed on scene until late into the night, speaking with neighbors and searching the area with police dogs until information led them to Moreno, police said.

Police are still looking for a weapon.

Charges will likely be filed against the two today, police said.

The woman remains in stable condition.

2 arrested after foiled Pasadena robbery – Pasadena Star-News

Be Alert May 7, 2009

Posted by David S. in Incidents, Watching Emails.
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Dear Neighbors,

Please read the following from a fellow neighbor:

I would like to report an incident that occurred yesterday, May 6, 2009. My dog walker informed/warned me that while walking my dogs (around Noon), she was followed for half a block by a man in an orange car.  He asked her repeatedly for her name. She described him as looking like “Eddie Munster.” She didn’t get a license plate #, but as soon as she phoned her husband, this man took off.  She said this occurred “two blocks below” from where I live (California Terrace & California Blvd.)