BURBANK, Calif. (KTLA) — Burbank was the scene of a burglary spree over the weekend, and police say the crooks seem to be looking to Hollywood for inspiration.
They believe that sophisticated crime procedurals on television, and on the big screen, are teaching criminals how to cover their tracks.
Four home burglaries were reported over the weekend, including a break-in at the home of Bill and Beverly Lawrence.
It happened late Sunday morning or early afternoon in the 2000 block of Jolley Drive. The thieves smashed a back window to get inside the home.
“They picked up this cast iron lantern and they threw it through the double-paned window,” Bill Lawrence said.
“They took all the drawers, opened everything, threw stuff on the bed… They took it all,” Beverly recounted.
It was an in-and-out job, and the burglars got away with about $10,000 worth of jewelry.
Detectives thoroughly went through the home, but came up empty in their search for clues.
“When they came in to check the fingerprints, they said, you know, they know what they’re doing,” Beverly said.
The burglary at their home was just one of several in the area, and that has residents on edge.
On Friday or Saturday, thieves gained access to a home in the 1900 block of North Kenneth Road by crawling through a vent, stealing guitars and gaming equipment.
On Sunday, the garage and entry doors of a home in the 2000 block of Karen Street were forced open, but nothing was reported missing.
Also on Sunday — at about 7:30 a.m. — a man entered a home in the 1000 block of North Niagra Street, though nothing was reported missing.
“As burglars watch TV shows such as CSI programs, they seem to get smarter and they use techniques to counter our investigative techniques,” said Lt. Ed Ruiz.
Anyone with information on the home burglaries is asked to call Burbank police at (818) 238-3000.