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Lights out May 3, 2010

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Seems some person(s) unknown are stealing the light poles on Orange Grove Blvd. in South Pasadena.

Get the police info here: Crime Alert-Light Pole Thefts


Ice Cream Vendor Attacked April 26, 2010

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From the Pasadena Star-News:

PASADENA – Police are looking for a man and two children who struck an ice cream vendor in the head with a baseball bat Sunday during a failed robbery in Pasadena, authorities said.

The crime took place about 3 p.m. in the 400 block of N. Chester Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Keith Jones said. The robbery was carried out by two boys about 12 to 14 years old and a man who appeared between 18 and 20.

The ice cream vendor, an El Sereno man in his 40s, was walking with his ice cream cart when the two children approached on scooters and asked for ice cream, the lieutenant said.

“As the victim was reaching to get them what they wanted, the older suspect came from behind and struck the victim in the head with a baseball bat,” Jones said.

The vendor fell to the ground and the children tried unsuccessfully to pull his fanny pack off, he said.

“The victim was able to fight off the suspects, and they all ran northbound on Chester Avenue,” Jones said.

The young suspects left their scooters behind, he added.

The injured man was taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Jones said, where he was treated and released later Sunday.

Download the pdf: Man, children suspected of hitting man in head with bat during failed robbery in Pasadena – Pasadena Star-News

Old Town Robbery April 26, 2010

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From the Pasadena Star-News:

MONROVIA – A knife-wielding crook robbed a man Friday in Old Town, police said.

The crime was reported shortly after noon in an alley in the 100 block of West Colorado Boulevard, Monrovia police Lt. Nels Ortlund said.

The victim, a Monrovia man of about 60 years old, was walking down the alley when he was confronted by the robber, who brandished a knife and demanded property from the man, the lieutenant said.

The victim handed over $26 and the robber ran off, said.

Officers searched the area but were unable to find him, Ortlund added.

Police described the robber as a Latino man with a dark complexion and a bushy mustache. He wore a white T-shirt, black pants and black and white shoes resembling Converse All Star tennis shoes.

The victim was not hurt in the incident, he said.

Download pdf: Monrovia man robbed in Old Town – Pasadena Star-News

From the Pasadena Police Department April 25, 2010

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PASADENA, CA – On April 9, 2010, shortly before 11:00 p.m., officers responded to the area of Wilson Ave. and Del Mar Blvd. to investigate a report that a suspect armed with a knife attempted to force the female victim into an isolated area away from view.
The 22 year old female, Pasadena resident, was walking westbound on Del Mar Blvd. between Michigan Ave. and Wilson Ave. when she observed the suspect walking behind her.  The victim ran when she heard the suspect running toward her, but was unable to outrun the suspect.  The suspect grabbed her and brandished a knife as he pushed her toward a nearby alcove.  The victim yelled for help to a person who was standing nearby on the sidewalk.  The suspect released the victim and ran from the area.
Officers searched the area, but did not locate the suspect.  The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, 30 years old, 5’6”, 180 lbs, black hair; wearing a blue shirt, white ball cap with vertical blue stripes and blue jeans.
This was an isolated incident occurring during the late evening hours.  The Pasadena Police Department encourages personal safety practices and advocates always being aware of situations where victimization can occur.  Be aware of surroundings and when possible, enjoy walks during daylight or with a friend during the evenings.
Please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626)744-4241 if you have information about this incident or to report suspicious person or activity.

Crime Drops November 14, 2009

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From the Pasadena Star-News

Violent crime – homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – in Pasadena fell by 24 percent during the first half of this year, the Police Department announced.

The figure was based on a preliminary crime report by the state’s Criminal Justice Statistics Center, which compared crime reports from January through June 2008 to reports from January through Aug. 31, 2009, officials said in a news release.

In addition to a drop in violent crime, Pasadena had a 4 percent decline in property crimes, which include burglaries, vehicle thefts and larceny thefts, officials said.

Violent Crime Down Article from Pasadena Star-News

Pasadena Home Invasion September 6, 2009

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Folks on the Pasadena Neighborhood Watch email list were barraged this week with a flurry of email alerts from neighbors and the Pasadena Police Department regarding a series of criminal confrontations. The Pasadena Star-News has the details on one of the incidents:

Two teenage boys used a handgun to carry out a home invasion robbery Friday, police said.

The crime occurred about 6:30 a.m. at a house in the 1100 block of Romney Drive, Pasadena police Lt. Chris Russ said.

A 47-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman were home but were not injured, the lieutenant said.

“They were in bed when they awoke to suspects inside their home,” Russ said.

One of the robbers pointed a gun at the man, as the crooks proceeded to help themselves to a laptop computer, a Rolex watch, a small amount of cash and other items, he said.
They also stole a key to car parked in the driveway, but were apparently unable to start it after they jammed the key in the ignition, Russ added.

“As the suspects were leaving, the male victim came outside and confronted them,” he said.

The armed robber fired one shot at another parked car belonging to the man, Russ said, before fleeing on foot toward Church Street.

Police searched with a helicopter and a bloodhound but were unable to find the robbers, he said.

One of the robbers was described as a Latino boy of 15 or 16 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and between 140 and 150 pounds. He had short black hair, wore all black clothing with black tennis shoes and carried a small silver handgun.

The other robber was also 15 or 16 and was either black with a light complexion or Latino with a dark complexion. He had short black hair, a white t-shirt, light blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Download and read the article here: Home-invasion robbery reported in Pasadena – Pasadena Star-News

13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You August 17, 2009

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From the article on the Reader’s Digest website…

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

Read the rest of the article here.

Caught July 11, 2009

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From the Pasadena Star-News, 7/10/09

PASADENA – Police arrested four men believed to be connected with a string of car break-ins following a brief car chase on Friday, officials said.

Jeffrey Morquecho, 18, Adrian Bernhardt, 18, Sean Marshall, 18, and Brent Gorman, 24 face charges of vehicle burglary and grand theft. Gorman will face an additional charge of felony evading an officer, Pasadena Police Lt. Keith Jones said.

About 6 p.m. on Thursday, a motorcycle officer observed four people in a car at Pasadena Avenue and California Boulevard. The officer made a traffic stop.

The driver pulled over the car, which was reported stolen out of the La Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver sped away.

After gaining a small lead, the driver parked the car at Fair Oaks Avenue and California Boulevard. The men them jumped out of the car and ran away.

They were all caught and arrested, Jones said.

National Night Out on August 4th, 2009 July 5, 2009

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Cynthia Murphy, Police Specialist IV of the Pasadena Police Department wants you to know:


Magazine Subscription Scams July 1, 2009

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From MSNBC’s site, 7/1/09:

This summer, like every summer, deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are out in full force across the country. They are mostly high school and college-age kids who are taught to use a number of phony pitches. They say they’re raising money for a local hospital, school or charity. They’re earning points toward a school trip. Some even claim to be supporting the troops in Iraq.

In the last 12 months, the Better Business Bureau has received 1,100 complaints against more than 50 companies that sell magazines this way. Many of the victims were so moved by the fictitious pitch they paid hundreds of dollars for subscriptions.

Read the full article here: ConsumerMan – Subscription rip-offs