More Info & Clarification Regarding the Recent Residential Burglary

This is to clarify information being circulated about a “Residential Burglary” that occurred on Woodlyn in Brigden Ranch yesterday.

Some of you may have received emails stating that a “Home Invasion Robbery” occurred on Sunday. Please be aware that this is incorrect and did NOT happen.

It is essential that facts are checked and proper terminology used before we communicate information or rumors that may cause unnecessary fear among our neighbors.

What occurred Sunday is a neighbor on Woodlyn between Martelo and Craig came home to find their home entered and possessions stolen. Emails were sent out that termed this criminal event a “Home Invasion Robbery” which is much more dangerous than this “Residential Burglary.”

Lt. Wallace, our area Pasadena Police Dept. field operations head, describes the difference: A “Home Invasion Robbery” depicts an incident where suspects, generally armed with weapons, gain entry to a house where the residents are at home and forcibly take property from those inside. What we have in this case is a “Residential Burglary” where the residents are gone; suspect(s) gained entry and took property. This is not to minimize the significance of the victimization but to assist in clarifying the incident.

At this time, we do not have information on what was stolen or who the criminal or criminals were.

We will continue to keep you informed about activities within Brigden Ranch that affect you and your family. We will always check facts before contacting you.

This is a reminder that, even with the warm weather, keep your doors and windows locked at night, and during the day when you’re away. Close and lock garage doors and other entrances that might offer crooks easy access to your home. Don’t leave valuables in your car or in house windows that can be seen by people walking by. This only invites theft. And report suspicious persons and activity to the police.

The first place to call is the Pasadena Police Department (626) 793-3176 to report suspicious activity. You can also call this number to find out what police activity is happening in our neighborhood (for example, if a police helicopter is circling overhead).

General questions can be directed to our PPD Police Specialist, Anita Butler, (626) 744-7650. Lt. Rodney D. Wallace is responsible for the PPD’s field operations division/patrol for the a wide area that includes Brigden Ranch. His office number is (626) 744-4620.

For those in the County, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (626) 798-1131.

Of course, if you have an emergency, call 911.

Donn Dufford
Brigden Ranch Neighborhood Association