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Crime Alert: Burbank

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Burbank Police unit

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Police unit

 Leaving child alone in a vehicle “dangerous and illegal”

Late today, Burbank Police issued a community bulletin on the hazardous of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle: “…it’s against the law and is considered a form of child abuse. Running into the store to get milk, dropping off a letter, returning a video rental, grabbing the dry cleaning, or not wanting to disturb a sleeping child are never valid reasons to leave children unattended. Each year, hundreds of children are involved in potentially fatal accidents when left unattended.”

The father of a 14-month-old toddler was arrested yesterday, after the child was found unattended in a hot car. Burbank Police say the temperature inside that vehicle reached 115 degrees!

Police officers removed the baby girl from the locked vehicle in the parking lot of the Costco on West Burbank Boulevard at around 11:45 a.m. Paramedics were called and determined the baby was okay. The father, 38-year-old Edik Magardomyan of Glendale, returned to the vehicle a short time later and was arrested for allegedly endangering a child.

The public is asked to contact the Burbank Police at (818) 238-3000, if they see any activity that puts a child in jeopardy.

ATM Warning

Also, Burbank Police are asking “… citizens and business owners…” to be on the alert for suspicious individuals and vehicles loitering near ATMs. Last Sunday, March 27, at 6:16 a.m., Burbank Police officers answered an alarm at the Chase Bank, 1030 West Alameda Avenue.Officers found a suspect in the lobby who claimed to be getting money from the ATM.

Later, the suspect, 33-year-old Hagop Soukiassian of Glendale, reportedly was found to have in his possession a credit card reader/skimmer device and a pinhole camera. Police say”…criminal elements (use this type of equipment) to obtain account access without knowledge of the individual owner.”

Police are encouraging everyone who uses automated teller machines to conceal their PIN “as best as possible.”

For more information and crime prevention tips contact Burbank PD Property Detail at (818) 238-3272

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