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Break-In Alert

On April 28 (Thursday) Two homeowners in the 2200 block of Brigden Road came home about 5 p.m. to find their houses broken into and ransacked.

A witness said it appeared two young girls were going door-to-door to see if anyone was home.  They rang the doorbell and stayed around longer than someone might have if it was apparent no one was home.

The homes were later broken into. The thieves stayed in the houses quite awhile. Jewelry was taken. Drawers were taken out and the contents scattered throughout the houses. Shaving cream and glue were used to ruin laptops. Paint was sprayed throughout the houses and on big screens. In one house, the thieves used a kitchen knife to rip apart all the upholstered furniture.  Knives were stuck into the walls.

Both houses appear to have been broken into at a rear window using a screw driver.

At one house, clues were left that may lead to the burglars.

The police theorize that the thieves are not from this area, but were looking for opportunities.

It should be noted that seems to be a pattern in the string of houses where the burglaries occurred — one house with a dog outside but no car in the driveway; one without a dog or car in the driveway — broken into; a house with a dog and car; a house with a car in the driveway; a house with no car but a dog outside; a house without a dog or car in drive — broken into.

Burglars don’t want to chance breaking into a house with a car in the drive, or a barking dog.

The police also recommend considering alarm systems.  Again, thieves don’t want to take a chance.

The poor economy is forcing more people to steal.

A reminder:  If you see someone like the two girls mentioned, PLEASE get involved.  Call the police non-emergency number immediately.  If this had been done, perhaps these burglaries could have been avoided.

We must watch out for our neighbors or we may come home to find the mess and thousands of dollars worth of damage that happened today.

Donn Dufford

Brigden Ranch Neighborhood Assn.

We had a residential burglary in Brigden Ranch on March 8, 2011.

A house in the 2200 block of Woodlyn near Martelo was broken into.

Normally there are cars in the driveway of this house and the one next door, but not today. This was probably a crime of opportunity. The burglars may have walked down the street until they found empty driveways and figured no one was home. Our neighbors left the house only between 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. When they returned, they found a rear door screen torn, a door window broken and the door wide open. Also, there was obvious of attempted break in using a screw driver at another door and a couple windows.

Our neighbors reported the burglars took a laptop, and jewelry, including costume jewelry and some pieces with special meaning. The police could not find fingerprints, probably because of the helpful hints given to burglars by CSI and other police shows.

The police have said these crimes of opportunity have increased because of the poor economy. This means we must be more vigilant.

Know your neighbors and what their routines are. Consider telling them when you plan to be away and if you’re expecting anyone like workers.

Leave a car in the driveway, a radio on inside, and lock your doors and windows.

Report suspicious activity to the police non-emergency line, including door-to-door solicitors. And don’t open your door if you don’t know the person outside.

Make sure your wi-fi systems are password protected. Be aware that your signal may be picked up several houses away.

We still have a very safe neighborhood compared with other areas of Pasadena. BUT, don’t take chances. We obviously have thieves prowling our neighborhood looking for easy money. Let’s not give it to them.

Donn Dufford
Brigden Ranch Neighborhood Association

One of our homeowners in the 1900 block of Brigden was approached by a black male and white female around 7 p.m. tonight. The couple had an ADT security sign and told the homeowner he could get a free security system if he put the sign on his lawn.

Our neighbor said no and the couple left. But upon checking, our neighbor found his neighbors were NOT contacted by the couple.

Every few months we do have a security company come through Brigden Ranch offering free service. Whether this is legitimate isn’t known. Whether the couple was casing the neighborhood isn’t known. Our neighbor called me and I asked him to alert the police. If the police have a patrol car available, they’ll send in through the neighborhood.

The police have told us crimes like burglary are increasing because of the economic downturn. Just because Brigden Ranch hasn’t been hit hard doesn’t mean we should let our guards down.

Be alert.

This does bring up the point that security systems DO help prevent burglaries. When a burglar sees a Protection One, ADT or other security sign and stickers on windows, they usually will pass that house by. Speaking from experience we avoided a burglary in another house we own by having Protection One service. I know this works.

Donn Dufford
BRNA President

Be sure to vote March 8. Who leads your City and school district is important.

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

Here’s a burglary suspect being sought in Arcadia.

Please click on this link to see photos of this burglar suspect, who was spotted in Arcadia.

If you recognize or see him in our neighborhood, please be sure to note any suspicious activity and the suspect’s location in the neighborhood, then immediately call the Arcadia Police Dept.

The following Community Message has been issued by the Arcadia Police Department.
Tuesday June 8, 2010 3:22 PM PDT

The man shown in these photos is believed to be the suspect in a residential burglary that occurred in the 300 block of West Longden Avenue on June 3, 2010, during early morning hours. The residence was being “aired out” after having been fumigated. The location was ransacked and cash was taken.

The suspect appears to be a male white in his 30’s, this build, brown hair, prescription glasses, wearing a light colored t-shirt, and light colored athletic shorts.

Anyone with information on this individual is asked to call APD Detectives at (626)574-5160, reference case #10-3004.

For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/2451995/.