Police Blotter: Thefts and Dumpster Diving in Studio City

People rummaging through your garbage, even your recyclables are breaking the law.

Studio City resident Nora said that she was confronted Tuesday with an unusual situation at her house:

I came home to find someone very comfortably sorting thru the blue recycle bins in front of my home and he was specifically looking for papers.  He had gone thru my neighbors bins as well and had a hefty bag full from each bin.  He told me to mind my business than got in this grey van and drove off. He was on a specific mission.  Not your typical garbage picker looking for recyclables.

Rummaging through your recyclable trash is illegal. It is illegal to take items from designated recycling bins under California law. Read more: Legal Dumpster Diving in California 

Read the rules and local laws, click here. There are warnings about how to avoid exposing your personal information, including shredding all the papers you throw away that may contain such information.

Also see:

* 12 Identity Theft Prevention Tips

* Of Trash Containers Around Town

* Neighborhood Council Asks for Garbage Container Extension


The crimes below from Spotcrime.com correspond to the map above.

CrimeDateAddressLink A Theft 11/30/12 09:30 PM 118XX LAURELWOOD DR Details B Theft 11/30/12 11:30 PM 118XX LAURELWOOD DR Details C Burglary 12/01/12 12:00 PM 48XX RIVERTON AV Details D Theft 12/01/12 10:35 AM XX LANKERSHIM BL AND MAGNOLIA BL Details E Theft 11/28/12 01:00 PM XX WEDDINGTON ST AND LANKERSHIM BL Details F Theft 12/01/12 07:00 PM 52XX LANKERSHIM BL Details G Theft 11/28/12 04:30 AM 50XX E CAHUENGA BL Details H Theft 12/02/12 01:30 AM 52XX CARTWRIGHT AV Details I Burglary 12/01/12 01:20 PM 63XX AGNES AV Details J Burglary 12/02/12 05:00 AM 64XX LANKERSHIM BL Details



From CrimeMapping.com . . . 


BURGLARY (entry of structure w/intent to commit theft or a felony) 


121501404 11700 VENTURA BL Los Angeles Police 12/3/2012 1:00:00 AM Map It

BURGLARY (entry of structure w/intent to commit theft or a felony) INCLUDES VESSELS


121522995 4900 BELLAIRE AV Los Angeles Police 12/2/2012 10:30:00 PM Map It



121501397 11700 HARTSOOK ST Los Angeles Police 12/1/2012 11:45:00 PM Map It


BURGLARY (entry of structure w/intent to commit theft or a felony) INCLUDES VESSELS


121522951 10700 BLOOMFIELD ST Los Angeles Police 11/30/2012 3:00:00 PM Map It

BURGLARY (entry of structure w/intent to commit theft or a felony) 


121522991 6600 VINELAND AV Los Angeles Police 11/29/2012 12:01:00 AM Map It THEFT-GRAND (plain theft-grand) $950.01 & over (or $100 if fowl, livestock, produce, etc.) 121522949 5200 BEEMAN AV Los Angeles Police 11/28/2012 3:00:00 PM Map It
Jeff December 05, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I agree that these dumpster divers of papers, cans bottles and other recyclables are acting illegally but who do you call . That type of phone call is a waste of the police's time. Do we photograph them then follow them to their car and photograph their license plate? What if they are on foot? What is the solution? They go through the black cans ,rip up the neat garbage bags with non-recyclables and leave a mess in their wake. They steal all the recyclables out of the blue cans which is very annoying. Nice reporting, but what is the solution or recommendation? Where is the interview with the persons in charge.
Lisa December 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I shred EVERYTHING that would remotely give out any info on me, my SO, my address, my jobs, my cats...
Amy M December 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Great point... What should you do when you catch someone right then & there? It's not illegal to go through trash but it is illegal to go through recycling in California. You can report this as soon as you can but the dumpster diver will probably be gone by the time anyone arrives. I wouldn't recommend following the guy, but a photo may help if you file a report. You can also alert your neighbors of the suspicious activity occurring in the community. Even if your papers are shredded, they can be put back together. In fact, that plastic bag of shredded paper screams "Social security number, credit cards, confidential papers here!" Shredding at home is better than nothing but the best thing you can do is to have a NAID certified shredding company handle your paper shredding for you.
Sheri Haas March 15, 2013 at 03:08 PM
We need some police on bikes and horses and foot patrols with bAndries up and down streets, alleys and carports. Uh, no, can't do that, must fund parking meter fines and warn celebrities about tinted windows, and clean streets that aren't dirty and such nonsense. I put my papers in a paper sack and soak them into pulp, less time consuming than shredding. We get about 10 divers a day for one apartment trash bin. I used to chase them away but suddenly some are very scary and swear and threaten so I can only watch from the window as they tear open bags and dump trash all over. Disgusting.


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