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Crime Alert: Thieves getting bolder and bolder in B-town

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

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

 Lately it seems, Burbank has become a favorite target of thieves and criminals — especially when it comes to cars, trucks, and bicycles. In last week’s crime report, put out by the Burbank Police Department, there were three cases involving stolen 3rd row seats.

Burbank Police Captain Mike Albanese has reacted to this ongoing crime wave by saying it’s happening all over Southern California. So what.  Burbank is a small city — stolen 3rd row seats should not be as rampant here as in say, Los Angeles. In past weeks, catalytic converters and tailgates have been ripped-off as well.

Also, last week three vehicles stolen: 200 Cadillac Escalade, 2007 Chevy Silverado, and 2003 Toyota Runner. Oh, and two very expensive bicycle valued at $1500-$2200.

At police commission meetings, Police Chief Scott LaChasse does quite a bit of pontificating about out-of- town-seminars and this program and that program. Enough already, chief.  What we need in Burbank is some good old fashion policing — meaning, more patrol units on the streets and more officers out there cracking down on these crooks. A stronger police presence will have the bad guys looking over their shoulders and thinking twice about pulling “a job” in this town.

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3 Responses to Crime Alert: Thieves getting bolder and bolder in B-town

  1. Burbanked Monday, August 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    You tell ’em, Fronnie. LaChasse can beat his gums all he wants, truth is the bad guys all know what a shambles of low morale and in-fighting and looking-over-their-shoulders-for-the FBI BPD is these days. Until the Mess is sorted out, expect criminals to take advantage of the department’s chronic chaos. They haven’t forgotten Matthew Pavelka–and they’re laughing at us

  2. Resident Monday, August 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Do we have fewer police officers or what ? I used to see officers pass by on the streets all the time but now it seems I almost never even see one and when I do they are going like 90mph heading out someplace in a hurry.

  3. Emilio Monday, August 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    I live about a “stones throw” from the Burbank Airport and it’s a nice mid-class area and when I’m walking my dog I see at least one “po-po” car once a day patrolling. While I’m on the bus on workdays I don’t see any above Glenoaks?
    I also don’t see the Burbank public non-smoking law enforced? What’s up with that?

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