Altadenans continue to be a trusting lot, with yet another theft from an unlocked vehicle reported in the blotter released this week by the Altadena Sheriff’s Station. Expensive computer and camera equipment was lost.
Less easy to avoid is counterfeit currency. An alert clerk at the 7-11 on N. Altadena Dr. spotted three $10 bills as counterfeit and refused to accept them. The man, described as a Latino in his mid-20s, became irate and grabbed three DVDs along with the bills and ran out of the store. He is described as 5’9” tall, about 250 pounds, and was wearing a black jacket, white shirt, and light brown pants.
The suspect left in a late model Chevy Malibu, gray with four doors, tinted windows, and heavy chrome trim.
Readers who see suspicious activity are reminded to get as complete a description of the suspect(s) as possible without confrontation and to call the Altadena Sheriff’s Station at (626) 798-1131. Since dispatch is located at Crescenta Valley while the Altadena station is undergoing renovation, be sure to request that an Altadena deputy respond.
Here is the list of crimes in Altadena reported by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for Jan. 10-16, 2011:
Monday, Jan. 10
Residential burglary, 400 block E. Mariposa St. between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Suspect(s0 entered by shattering a rear window. Loss: white/silver Apple MacBook Pro, 15.4” laptop, U.S. currency.
Wednesday, Jan. 12
- Petty theft, 7-11 store at 1319 N. Altadena Dr. Suspect tried to use three counterfeit $10 bills. For a fuller description of the suspect and vehicle, see the article above. Loss: three unknown DVDs.
Thursday, Jan. 13
- Residential burglary, 600 block E. Altadena Dr., between 9:15 a.m. and 8 p.m. Suspect(s) entered through a rear sliding glass door. Screens to rear windows were also removed. Loss: black Samsung 42” HDTV.
- Vehicle burglary, 400 block Figueroa St. Suspect(s) shattered front passenger window of a silver 2002 Honda Civic. Loss: gray Pioneer car stereo.
- Vandalism, 2400 block Lincoln Ave. Two Latinos were observed tagging a wall. Responding deputies detained two suspects who matched the description of the taggers and were identified by the witness as the suspects.
Saturday, Jan. 15
- Grand theft from an unlocked vehicle, Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., between noon and 2 p.m. Loss: silver Apple MacBook Pro, black Nikon Coolpix S8000, gray Canon digital camera, black nylon zipper bag containing makeup and perfume, gray American Apparel sweater, miscellaneous clothing, and U.S. currency.
Sunday, Jan. 16
- Shoplifting at Super King Market, 2260 Lincoln Ave., 7:10 p.m. Suspect was identified as a Latino, 18 years old, 5’4” tall, 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Suspect entered the store and attempted to steal a bottle of alcohol. He was apprehended by security and held until deputies arrived to take him into custody.
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