Dr Greg Kearl was roaring through the La Canada Flintridge neighborhood in his candy apple red 1964 Corvette but stopped when he saw me and my Fox 11 News cameraman Gino Arias in the street. We were working a story that has the neighborhood on edge. Kearl lives right behind the home of an older couple who were held at gunpoint while their house was ransacked last night.
The night before, it was a similar robbery where a man was tied up, a couple of miles away in La Crescenta. "It's like getting hit by lightening or winning the lottery'', he said, "It happens to someone else, but when it happens this close it does make you a bit uncomfortable.." That would be understatement, but he said he's lived here since 1969 and wasn't going anywhere. Another neighbor but this one in La Crescenta, who literally moved in this week, was a little more shaken. Jack Kirikian bluntly said ''I'm afraid, I''m locking the doors''. Good plan. How about turning on the alarm system too?
Apparently, the couple who was hit in La Canada Flintridge didn't lock their back doors and didn't turn on the alarm. Luckily, no one was hurt in these two cases, which detectives from the Sheriff's Department Major Crimes section believe were committed by the same two 20ish year old black man in hooded sweatshirts, who brandished handguns. Forensic testing may or may not result in finding these suspects, or they may get caught in a subsequent caper, but this was a real wake-up call in that even in so called ''safe'' neighborhoods you still have to take precautions .
This is the world in which we live. If you see someone suspicious, someone you've never seen before, say, walking down the street in your neighborhood, be proactive. Have the seven digit phone number of your local Police division or Sheriff's station handy and use it. Same thing if you see a strange car cruising the neighborhood repeatedly, or parked for a long time. It may not always be politically correct but Police would rather you be safe than sorry, as they say. If you see someone hopping over a fence or wall, breaking in, obviously that's a 911 call. Not pleasant, just an unfortunate reality.