For the period of Sunday, March 14, through Saturday, March 20, the Police Department responded to 922 calls for service of which 152 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, March 14:
1. An auto burglary occurred in the 800 block of Hungate around 6:00 a.m. Unknown suspect(s) smashed a car window and stole a GPS unit, digital camera, DVD player, and purse for a total reported loss of about $1,000.
2. Shortly after 6:00 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Macy’s advised that they had detained a woman for theft. The suspect was seen concealing clothing and jewelry items in her purse while in a fitting room and then left the store without making payment. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 48-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody for grand theft.
Monday, March 15:
3. A traffic stop was made around 12:30 a.m. at Las Tunas and El Monte when officers saw a car swerving between lanes of traffic. An intoxicated 41-year-old male Caucasian driver was arrested for DUI and unlicensed driver.
4. Around 4:27 p.m., a private person’s arrest was made at H&M, located at Westfield Mall, where an 18-year-old female African-American stole a jacket, pants, and bracelets. The woman was taken into custody for commercial burglary.
Tuesday, March 16:
5. A residential burglary occurred in the 100 block of East Arthur between 8:40 a.m. and 6:32 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) forced open a window to enter the home. Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked rooms and stole jewelry, gaming system, cameras, and other property.
6. Units responded to the Westfield Mall parking lot around 10:30 p.m. in reference to a possible auto burglary that just occurred. A witness saw two male Hispanic juveniles by a car that appeared to have been burglarized. An area search was conducted and a 14-year-old Hispanic was apprehended and positively identified by the witness. A consent search was made and a stolen iPod, iPod cable, and CD’s were recovered. The juvenile was taken into custody for auto burglary.
Wednesday, March 17:
7. Between noon on March 16 and 9:30 a.m. on March 17, a grand theft occurred at Dental Implant Institute, 59 Las Tunas. Unknown suspects removed a $15,000 bronze statue that was bolted to a cement slab in front of the business.
8. Shortly before midnight, units were dispatched to the 400 block of North Altura regarding a battery incident. Investigation revealed that an intoxicated male suspect slapped his wife during an argument. A 32-year-old Caucasian was taken into custody for spousal battery and disorderly conduct/drunk in public.
Thursday, March 18:
9. Around 12:35 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Alta in regards to a possible suicidal woman. Shortly after the call, the subject left the scene but was later found in the 600 block of Shamrock in Monrovia. The woman admitted to having suicidal thoughts so she was transported to a hospital for evaluation.
10. Units were called to Nordstrom around 6:18 p.m. in reference to a forgery investigation. A female suspect reactivated a dormant Nordstrom account by using a fake driver’s license with the victim’s personal information. The 38-year-old Caucasian suspect purchased about $200 in merchandise and was arrested for forgery and commercial burglary, and a copy of the victim’s credit report was also found in her possession.
Friday, March 19:
11. A solo traffic collision occurred at Second and Live Oak around 3:44 a.m. When officers tried to extricate the 29-year-old male African-American driver, he fought violently, biting and head-butting one of the officers. The suspect indicated that he wanted to die and had an open bottle of alcohol and an empty prescription bottle in the car. The man was tasered in order to gain compliance and was transported to a hospital for treatment and mental evaluation.
12. Around 10:13 a.m., a victim came to the station to file a fraud report. Unknown suspect(s) obtained the victim’s credit union account information by unknown means and made unauthorized purchases in Hawaii totaling $438.
Saturday, March 20:
13. A traffic stop for a code violation was conducted at Alta and Santa Anita around 2:00 a.m. A 19-year-old female Hispanic driver was contacted and officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and person. A field sobriety test revealed that the driver was operating the vehicle while under the influence. She was taken into custody for unlicensed driver, DUI, minor driving with a blood alcohol level of .05 or greater.
14. Around 6:00 p.m., a 39-year-old female Asian struck her 69-year-old mother numerous times causing visible injuries. The suspect was arrested for inflicting unjustifiable pain/injury to an elder on March 21 around 11:45 a.m. during another battery investigation.
During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 562 service events, resulting in 128 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events:
Outside Assist – Los Angeles Police Department Arrest Warrant
On March 11, the Los Angeles Police Department advised Monrovia Police Department that they were going to serve an arrest warrant on a subject at a residence in the 1500 block of Pilgrim. They arrived at approximately 2 p.m. and two Monrovia officers were assigned to assist them. Los Angeles Police Department officers entered the home, but were not able to locate the suspect. The suspect is a known gang member who is wanted in relation to a homicide with a firearm. The suspect’s vehicle was impounded at the location. The suspect is still outstanding at this time.
Receiving Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
On March 12 at 8:34 a.m., the groundskeeper at a complex in the 1100 block of Royal Oaks called to report a male subject who did not belong on the property loading a large television into an empty storage cabinet in the parking area of the complex. An officer arrived and detained the subject. He had a large, newer model television. The suspect is known to be homeless and has a history of burglary and drug use. His statements about the television were inconsistent. He made a statement that he possibly knew the television was stolen. He was searched and the officer found a used cocaine smoking pipe on his person. The subject was arrested for the possession of drug paraphernalia and for receiving stolen property.
Injury Traffic Collision
On March 12 at 11:30 a.m., officers responded to Mayflower and the 210 underpass regarding an injury traffic collision. A driver, waiting to turn east from the number one lane of Mayflower, pulled onto Mayflower and was struck by a vehicle traveling north, which was occupied by a father and his young son. Fortunately, both were wearing their seatbelts. There was heavy damage to the vehicles, but only minor complaint of pain by all parties. Traffic was problematic and additional officers were needed to assist.
On March 12 at 4:54 p.m., a local hospital called to report they had the victim of an assault that occurred in Monrovia at their hospital. The investigation revealed the subject had gone to his girlfriend’s home on Los Angeles Street and attempted to speak to her, despite a restraining order against him. During the encounter, he refused to leave and bumped into another male subject in the group. The male subject then punched him with a closed fist. Initial reports indicate that he may have a broken jaw. The investigation is ongoing; however, it may be that both parties will ultimately be charged criminally.
Unlawful Intercourse With a Minor – Suspect Arrested
On March 12 at 6:50 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a park in the 600 block of West Olive regarding two juveniles possibly involved in sexual activity in the park. When the officer arrived the male and female separated. During the investigation, it was determined that the male was an adult and the female was 14 years old. The male was arrested for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and destruction of evidence. The female was taken to a hospital for a medical exam. The investigation is continuing.
On March 13 at 9:24 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of West Cherry on a welfare check of an elderly female. The officers observed mail piled up, a gas notice was left on the door, and other signs of inattention to the location. Officers believed the woman might be inside in need of assistance and made entry into the location with a key provided by the landlord. The officers found the woman laying on her dining room floor. She was still alive, but in need of immediate medical attention. She was taken to a hospital for treatment. There were no signs of a crime.
Officers found 16 cats in her apartment. Many of the cats were in poor health. Animal Control responded and assisted officers in gathering the cats. The cats were housed at Inland Valley, except for one that appeared very ill and was taken to an emergency clinic for assessment and care. The woman has no relatives that could be located. The officer spoke to the social worker at the hospital and they advised they would work with her to ensure proper care when she is released.
Possession of a Controlled Substance / Theft of an Access Card / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
On March 15 at 10:44 a.m., an officer observed a small black car occupied by a female driver and a male passenger. The vehicle had no license plate. When the officer started to make a u-turn, the vehicle turned and went into a driveway. The officer parked to see if the vehicle would pull out, and it did and drove past her. She made a u-turn behind the vehicle. The vehicle stopped and the male passenger exited the car and ran into a yard. A perimeter was set up. A resident called and reported a subject just went through her yard on Colorado to the property west of hers. The subject made it to Colorado, where he was detained and arrested. The subject was in possession of methamphetamine, two debit/credit cards belonging to other people, and he had two warrants for his arrest. He was booked and is being held for his court appearance.
On March 15 at 4:48 p.m., residents walking their dogs in the area of Ranchito and Lemon saw two male juveniles sitting on a curb. The juveniles had backpacks with them and were asked what they were doing. The residents walked away, but kept an eye on the juveniles. They looked back again and noticed a window screen had been removed from a window of a residence in the 500 block of Ranchito, and now only one juvenile was sitting on the curb. The residents called the police. The juvenile on the curb got up and ran. He was chased down by two male neighbors and detained until officers arrived. The second juvenile was found hiding in the rear yard of a residence. Both suspects were arrested for burglary, booked, and later released to their parents.
On March 17 at 3:54 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of North Canyon regarding a burglary. When officers arrived, the resident reported that jewelry had been taken from the master bedroom. The suspects apparently made entry through a doggie door. The suspects exited the master bedroom through the sliding door. Investigation continuing.
Sierra Madre PD
During the week of Sunday, March 14th, to Saturday March 20th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 367 calls for service.
Monday, March 15th:
7:43 AM – Auto Burglary, 100 block North Lima Street. Suspect(s) stole a Jan’s Sport backpack containing books and school supplies from a car. The car alarm activated at 4:00 am, but the loss was not discovered until 7:43 am when the victim found the passenger door ajar. The loss was estimated at $335.00.
8:14 AM – Commercial Burglary, 160 North Canon Ave. Suspect(s) broke into a classroom at the Sierra Madre Middle School and stole a $500.00 Apple laptop computer. The suspect(s) also tried to pry open a cash register in the cafeteria and may have drawn graffiti on the school grounds. The crime occurred between 2:30 pm Friday, 3/12/2010 and 8:00 AM Monday, 3/15/2010. The cost for the graffiti cleanup is unknown.
Wednesday, March 17th:
9:35 AM – Petty Theft, 700 block East Grandview Ave. Suspect(s) stole a UPS parcel from the front porch of a home. The package contained a Sony DVD burner valued at $25.00. The package was delivered at 1:42 PM Tuesday, 3/16/2010 and discovered missing at 2:45 pm on Tuesday, 3/16/2010.