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Break-ins and burglaries hit businesses in Magnolia Park

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Shops and businesses near the intersection of West Magnolia Blvd. and North Lima Street Burbank March 5, 2016

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Shops and businesses near the intersection of West Magnolia Blvd. and North Lima Street Burbank March 5, 2016

Another series of break-ins, attempted break-ins, and burglaries has some merchants in Burbank concerned as they beef up security. Last month, similar crimes occurred at several Downtown Burbank eateries. Last Thursday, the Oasis Nail & Spa 3317 West Magnolia Boulevard was burglarized. It’s one of at least three businesses near the intersection of West Magnolia Boulevard and North Lima Street that has had some kind of intrusion crime occur in the past few months.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Oasis Nail Spa 3317 Magnolia Blvd. Burbank March 5, 2016

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Oasis Nail Spa 3317 Magnolia Blvd. Burbank March 5, 2016

On March 3, Burbank Police responded to a business alarm at Oasis at around 6 :15 a.m. and discovered “… a broken window and open rear door when they arrived,” according to Burbank Police spokesman, Sergeant Claudio Losacco. The suspect, who is caught on security video, reportedly got away with around $200 in cash.  However, Manager, Irene Doan, told me the damage to their property is going to cost them even more to fix.

Doan says this is the second burglary in less than two years. The first occurred on Thanksgiving Day 2014; at least $300 in cash was taken along with an ipad. Doan says, there have been three other attempted break-ins as well. Right now, they’re in the process of ratcheting up the security at Oasis. Also, she would like to see “more (police) patrols in the area.”

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- The Crystal Shrine 1006-1008 North Lima Street Burbank March 5, 2016

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — The Crystal Shrine 1006-1008 North Lima Street Burbank March 5, 2016

Around the corner at 1006-1008 North Lima Street at The Crystal Shrine, a burglary three months ago still  has the owners a little nervous and on edge. They did not want their names used, but did talk with Media City Groove about the crime and at least one previous attempt to break-in. On December 2, Sgt. Losacco says officers responded to a “business alarm activation” at the location at around 1 a.m. The suspect got away with only a computer tablet, but the shop owners say, his image was caught on their security video. They believe the same suspect broke into their place “made it to the bathroom” before he got spooked and left. They have turned their video over to police detectives.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Best of Times Antiques 3401 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank March 5, 2016

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Best of Times Antiques 3401 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank March 5, 2016

Also last December, there was an attempted break-in at Best of Times Antiques at 3401 West Magnolia Boulevard. The owner, Laree Adel, says the thief caused several hundreds  of dollars of property damage to a window, bench, and other items in the area where he tried to get into the shop. In the past, Adel says her shop has been the victim of a “huge burglary” with financial loss and the target of attempted burglaries. In addition to more police patrols at night and early in the mornings, Adel would like to see more of the local merchants take on a neighborhood watch kind of attitude. She says these crimes are “not a personal matters,” but reflect on the security of this section of Magnolia Park.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Mindfulnest 3319 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank March 5, 2016

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Mindfulnest 3319 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank March 5, 2016

Amanda Vernon owns Mindfulnest at 3319 West Magnolia Boulevard next to Oasis. Vernon has been lucky, no burglaries or attempted break-ins. She has tight security and is aware of what is happening around her. Mindfulnest has been in Magnolia Park for the past 7 years. Vernon has noticed a lot of growth and changes. She points to “Ladies & Gents Night Out” as a major plus. Frequently, she says “we make our rent that night.” However, along with the new popularity of the area, she says “with the good, comes the bad.” Then Vernon quickly adds, the “positives outweigh” the negatives in Magnolia Park.

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10 Responses to Break-ins and burglaries hit businesses in Magnolia Park

  1. Al in SoCal Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    I think (not verified) the crime rate in Burbank is way up – either that or the reporting of it. We’ve had murders this year, numerous robberies, hit and runs, drug busts … seems much more than last few years.

  2. DAN Friday, March 11, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Burglaries in this area have been going on for the past couple of years. I believe it is directly related to the implementation of Ladies Night Out. Most people attending are nice but but many are simply not here to eat and shop. It’s an opportunity to walk through alleys, check security systems and watch many as they are off guard. It’s selfish of a few merchants who do well to keep the entire district at risk .My opinion is shared by many.

  3. Fronnie Lewis Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:09 am #

    Al,

    Burbank Police officials including the chief say crime is up throughout the Southland. So apparently Burbank is not the only community seeking what appears to be an uptick in crime

  4. Fronnie Lewis Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:21 am #

    Dan,

    Yes I have heard from some merchants who continue to blame “Ladies Night Out” for ALL the problems in Magnolia Park. I have spoken to merchants, some are quoted in this post, who say burglaries and yes, robberies, have occurred in the area — BEFORE “Ladies Night Out.” The event is only THREE HOURS on a Friday — once a month. What is selfish is a few sour complainers who can’t make a ton of money that night and who continue to bad mouth it because they can’t seem to connect with hundreds sometimes thousands of people strolling Magnolia Boulevard.

  5. DAN Friday, March 11, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    Fronnie,
    Your site is always informative however, You are way off on this one! If it’s just a few merchants overwhelmed with this event. Then, why are entire blocks (and large portions of some blocks) closed down on that evening? You are simply out of touch about this district as a whole.
    It appears there will never be agreement on this event. Three hours is not the problem. It’s the destination to Magnolia Park with bad intent.How does the average person not see that? A few shops who profit on that night are the ones who have actively changed the dynamics of Magnolia Park.
    By the way, how is that working for the entire districts’ overall income? You’d have to have your head in the sand to not see this is inappropriate for a district of this nature.
    Security companies will do well here.

  6. Fronnie Friday, March 11, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Dan,

    Clearly you have a problem reading. I have covered Magnolia Park and “Ladies Night Out” probably more than any other media in town. I am a regular at the event. I have spoken directly with merchants on both sides of the issue. A little reality for you Dan. The organization, the Magnolia Park Merchants Association, that puts on “Ladies Night Out” has a paying membership ( merchants and shop owners in the district). This event would not be happening without that support. NON- paying members can participate in the event or close their doors. It’s freedom of choice.

    Are you a business owner in the district? What shop do you own? Gee, have you taken your complaints to the city council? If, as you say, “Ladies Night Out” is so inappropriate for the area, you should be able to convince them to shut it down.

    The controversy has been discussed extensively and on several posts here. I see nothing new in your grips and complaints. My suggestion for you and for those who want to continue going over this again and again — get your own website. Start your own organization in Magnolia Park that share your views — whatever they are.This shouldn’t be a problem if, as you say, there are so MANY merchants, who oppose to “Ladies Night Out.” Good luck!

  7. DixieFlyer Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    My, my this is a different tone not heard from Mrs. Fronnie in several years when one

    individual named Manny ticked you off.

    Most locals can attest to, and maybe you too, that the crowd on 3rd Friday is not the typical

    Magnolia Park crowd.

    Antique Stores don’t usually have “crowd control” problems. The flow of shoppers and

    browsers comes and goes, no flooding as on Special Nights.

    The law enforcement problems are vexing to many. The real answers are not easily or

    readily discernible by anybody yet.

    Dan has a verifiable point that businesses that for years stayed Open at night are now

    closed on the particular night of Taco Trucks Invasion, encouraged by the same

    Merchants Assoc that is friendly with Romancing the Bean ownership.

    The same group spent $$ on the parking lot that sits empty down under the power lines.

    There’s lots of talk both ways, Mrs. Fronnie, and I won’t condemn Don or Dawn.

  8. Fronnie Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    Dixie,

    Actually, I have had to take a tough stance like this during the discussion of this issue in the past and during the past city elections as well. Gee, the discussion has been going on over “Ladies Night Out” on this blog for more than a year!. As you well know. Other readers have complained about the comments about this controversy going over the same material again and again.

    As editor, it is my choice, to say the folks that want to continue to grip about this need to move on from my site and be productive somewhere else. Take the grips and complaints to city council. Or some of the complainers can take the discussion to THEIR websites and Facebook Pages. On their websites and Facebook Pages they can talk about it for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, … etc

    Again, if they don’t like what the Magnolia Park Merchants Association is doing — start their own organization. Take steps to make change. Talk is easy. Real action takes time, money, and serious effort. You know City Hall. Dixie, why not help them get the change they want.

    This should be clear enough so that I will NOT have to close the comments on this post.

  9. Al in SoCal Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    Whether in this case or any other case, it is always far easier to complain than it is to take action of your own.

    If you don’t like what the city council does – do something to change it, like running for a seat, joining a commission or board, send letters to the editor. If you don’t like what a professional retail association does, begin one of your own, or join that one en masse and change things up. If you don’t like our Presidential choices – join a local political organization and do something about it.

    I realize not everyone can do this, but those who can KNOW who they are and many, unfortunately, like to exacerbate those problems by constantly complaining about the same things day after day, month after month and year after year. Then do nothing about it … other than continuing to complain.

    We can see the results of this type of misery feeding by the rise of the likes of Donald Trump. A direct result of Republican politicians bitterly complaining about immigration, gay marriage, abortion, etc but not implementing any policy promises leading to almost overwhelming frustration and an opportunity for someone our founders I believe would find repulsive.

  10. Adrian Danescu Friday, March 18, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    AS an ex- Board member of MPMA I can attest that the Ladies & Gents Night out is not the cause of all the issues which exist on Magnolia Blvd. The time has come to realize that business on Magnolia Blvd. has come to a stop. Look around and you will see that older people are downsizing, the MIllennials prefer to buy from Ikea, the growth of offices instead of the old stores, higher rent and to a certain extent the lack of support from the City is forcing many business to close down. The growth of online sales of the old Thrift Shops has also impacted the businesses. However, many merchants are in denial of the reality and keep blaming MPMA just because there is someone to be blamed. It is time to wake up and smell the coffee – no pun intended to Romancing the Bean. Magnolia Blvd. has changed and for those of us still running an antique business, is just matter of time for how long we will be able to survive economically. As far as I am concerned, after a bit over 4 years running my business, I am seriously thinking to call it a quit.

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