Bandit Disguised As Security Guard Attacks, Robs Woman At Her Burbank Home

BURBANK (CBS) — Police are trying to find a disguised bandit who burst into a Burbank woman’s home and cut her with a knife before getting away with her cash and jewelry.

The man entered a large, gated apartment complex dressed as a security guard.

The victim’s neighbor Adriana Mendez said, “There’s a lot of single women [living here] so it’s scary to hear that.”

Women who live at Empire Landing apartments were stunned to learn a 29-year-old woman was the victim of a home invasion robbery.

“I am shocked – I am paying a lot to ensure my safety. It’s really scary,” neighbor Yvonee Sangudi said.

Police said the woman opened her door to a man dressed as a security guard.

Detectives said he threatened her with a knife, cut her in the hip and forearm, and took $10,000 worth of jewelry and cash before getting away.

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“There were probably four police here and two down there blocking the entrances and exits,” said Mendez, adding, “There’s security so I feel safe but knowing anyone can walk in, it’s scary.”

Residents said the complex feels secure and that you can only access the building with a key.

Detectives said they were investigating whether there was any connection to the fact that the victim ordered a pizza 40 minutes prior to the attack.

They were also investigating whether she may have been targeted.

Residents said the victim drove high-end sports cars for her job, but police also said they are looking into whether an ex-boyfriend may have been involved.

“It would surprise me that anyone got in there – there’s a lot of other places to invade,” said nearby resident Betsy Yung.

Detectives said they were having a tough time locating security tape. They were given a vague description of the suspect and were working with sketch artists to release a likeness.


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