First published in the May 19 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
After seeing an uptick in residential burglaries in March, Robert Hahnlein, the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station captain, was happy to report a recent dip in crime in La Cañada Flintridge during a City Council meeting Tuesday.
Hahnlein presented the crime statistics for April that included a total of 29 part I offenses — serious crimes such as robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, sex offenses and homicide — compared to the 42 reported in March.
Recent efforts to educate homeowners about burglar deterrents and safety seem to have paid off with only four residential burglaries reported last month, five less than the number of incidents in March, Hahnlein reported.
Most of the crimes committed in April were larceny or theft, which accounted for 23 of the 29 offenses, but it was two less than what was reported in the previous month.
Six incidents occurred at the T.J. Maxx on Foothill Boulevard, and deputies managed to make two arrests. Hahnlein believes that a crew is targeting the store and his department is working on the issue.
“We are working diligently with their loss prevention and our major crimes bureau. We’re trying to figure out what’s going on and hopefully [the store] can change some of their policies and how they handle some of their incidents,” Hahnlein said.
The captain added that the individuals committing the crimes are very brazen, loading up suitcases and walking out of the store.
“No one stops them,” Hahnlein said.
Some of the other larceny and theft cases involved stolen items from vehicles, a common problem in LCF, and Mayor Terry Walker reminded residents to lock their vehicles and not leave any valuable items inside.
“We just need to get a handle on larceny and thefts,” Walker said. “Think about what you’re leaving on your seats when you’re getting out of your cars, [such as] wallets [and] computers. Lock your cars and lock your cars in your driveway because we just can’t seem to get on top of [larceny and theft].”
The only other two offenses reported last month were an aggravated assault and a non-residential burglary.