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The City of Duarte and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department warn residents to be aware that a burglary occurred in Area 12, or the Fish Canyon Area of Duarte, specifically in the 2900 Block of Freeborn Street. On Friday May 24, between 7:20 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. while an elderly resident was in an adjacent bedroom resting, unknown person(s) entered the home through an open rear bedroom door and stole items in from that bedroom. Stolen items were a Playstation 3, 3 Playstation remote controls, 5 Playstation games, and $200 in U.S. currency . There were no witnesses.
The apprehension of those responsible for these crimes is a major priority of the City of Duarte and the Sheriff’s Department. Three significant arrests were made, in November, December, and in February in connection with some of the Duarte burglaries. There are other criminals at work targeting Duarte neighborhoods. A majority of the home burglaries have occurred in the daytime hours when residents were away from home. Law enforcement continues to work to solve these crimes through increased patrol and presence to prevent other burglaries from occurring. They would like to remind residents that there are things that you can do to help keep your home, neighborhood, and family safe.
Important tips to remember:
-Make your home look occupied, leave the TV, radio, or lights on, or your dog in the backyard.
-Lock all doors, windows, and garage doors before you leave the house or go to bed.
-Use motion detector lights outside.
-Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspaper or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange for the post office to hold your mail, or a friend or neighbor to collect them regularly.
-Push-button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
-Keep your yard clean and bushes and trees trimmed. Do not give burglars a place to hide.
-If you have an alarm system, use it, even if you leave for a short period of time.
-If you do not have an alarm system buy signs that say you have an alarm and place them around your home.
If you have any information that can assist in the investigation of this burglary please contact Special Assignment Deputy Goodrich at the Duarte Sub Station by calling (626) 357-7938, ext. 320. Should you witness a crime in progress, please call 911. If you would like to leave an anonymous tip, you may do so by calling the Sheriff’s Satellite Station Crime Tip Hotline at (626) 357-7938, ext. 462.
Tips can also be e-mailed firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you see suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood, please report them by contacting the Temple Sheriff’s Station at (626) 448-9861 or (626) 285-7171.