An expensive, custom-made, one-of-a-kind clock emblazoned with the seal of the city of Pasadena was stolen in a car break-in on Friday, according to authorities and the victim.
The crime took place shortly before 3:30 a.m. in the parking garage of an apartment building in the 100 block of North Wilson Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Sean Dawkins said.
A witness called police to report being awakened by a car alarm and saw a vehicle leaving the garage, Dawkins said.
The victim soon discovered that the rear window of her car had been smashed and the custom-made craftsman clock had been taken from inside.
The vehicle’s owner, Lisa Borel, said she saw garage surveillance video of two men driving in, getting out and checking for unlocked car doors.
She said she saw one of the men take something out of his car and smash her window to steal a box that was visible. Inside that box, she said, was a one-of-a-kind, custom-made craftsman clock containing the seal of the city of Pasadena with gemstones on the face.
Borel said she had it specially made, and that it was valued at around $2,000. She added that she is disabled and had to take a medical test the day before the break-in, which left her too weak to take the clock out of her car.
The investigation was ongoing.
Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.