3000 block of Foothill Boulevard in La Crescenta, a girl reported she had left her backpack at the front of the Walgreen’s, as directed by the store’s employees. When she returned, the backpack and all the items within were gone. A Walgreen’s employee reported to deputies that he saw a man described as 5’8” to 5’9” tall with a goatee, about 19 to 20 years old, wearing a black T-shirt and green cargo pants pick up the backpack and walk out the front door of the store. The employee followed the suspect and took pictures of the van he got into. The employee reported he saw about four people in the van including a woman, 17 to 18 years old, that had been in the store with the suspect. Photos that displayed the van’s license number were taken of the vehicle as it drove away. After an investigation, deputies found the owner of the van and went to his home in Tujunga. As they were at his home, the van drove into the driveway. The driver did not resemble the suspect, however after an investigation the driver allegedly told deputies he had been at Walgreen’s earlier but it was his friend that had gone to the store. The driver was found to have a warrant out in his name and was taken to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station, cited and released.
2400 block of Los Olivos in La Crescenta, a global positioning system, emergency tool kit and several personal items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle between Jan. 28-30.
3100 block of Foothill Boulevard, a 20-year-old Sunland man was arrested for burglary and possession of burglary tools after he allegedly stole cans of spray paint from OSH (Orchard Supply Hardware) store. According to the sheriff’s report, deputies were parked in front of OSH when they witnessed the suspect exiting the store. He first walked over to some parked vehicles, then walked to the deputies’ patrol vehicle and asked what they needed. He appeared to be nervous, according to the deputies, and then suddenly walked away. The deputies noticed two cans of spray paint underneath a parked truck, near where the suspect had been walking. Deputies contacted the suspect and, after an investigation, he allegedly told them he had taken the cans of paint from the store without paying. He allegedly admitted to being involved in a tagging [graffiti] crew. The incident occurred at 6:57 p.m.