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Crime Dips in LCF Amid More Patrols

First published in the Sept. 22 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

After experiencing a surge in residential burglaries in July, the city of La Cañada Flintridge saw a slight dip in crime in August, and Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station Capt. Robert Hahnlein expressed optimism that the trend will continue.
Hahnlein’s efforts to fight the summer surge by increasing patrols after residential burglaries rose in July seem to have paid off, with only six incidents reported in August.
However, for Hahnlein, even those six, along with two other burglaries, was still too high for comfort.
“Eight is a lot,” he said during a presentation to the City Council on Tuesday. “We’re still working on it. We’re doing a lot of saturation patrols in the area, and we’re getting some outside units to flood the city and see what we can do. So, we’re just getting our forces out there and trying to get that number even further down.”
Two robberies also occurred in LCF, one of which involved two victims who were staying at a nearby Airbnb rental. They were pulled over by two individuals impersonating police officers. The suspects ransacked the vehicle and stole about $20,000 worth of jewelry and property.
“We’re still looking into that,” he said. “Luckily, no one was hurt, and there were no cameras on the street. So, we didn’t catch anything.”
The other incident was an attempted robbery at a Bank of America ATM machine. The victim was in the process of taking money out of the machine when the suspect grabbed her arm. She screamed and the suspect ran away.
In August there were a total of 32 part 1 offenses — serious crimes such as robbery, burglary, theft, sex offenses and homicide — with 22 of them being cases of theft. Only one of the larceny incidents occurred at the TJ Maxx, a store that has been plagued with thefts for quite some time now.
“We’re still working on that, and I’m working with their loss prevention [agents] to see what we can come up with to drop that number down to zero,” Hahnlein said.
The local sheriff’s officers also have been more vigilant on the road and issued 125 citations in August. In July, the CV Sheriff’s Department cited 70 individuals.
“We instituted a new traffic program with the city, and we’re getting motivated deputies out here to write some tickets,” he said. “So, you guys be careful. They’re out there. I’m hoping that continues, and the deputies are going to be motivated to make sure that everybody is safe and drives safely.”

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