For the period of Sunday, March 28, through Saturday, April 3, the Police Department responded to 974 calls for service of which 138 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, March 28:
1. Shortly after 6:00 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Macy’s advised that they had detained a man for theft. One male suspect removed the sensor tag from a pair of jeans while a second male Hispanic suspect hid the jeans inside the front of his pants and then left the store without making payment. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 34-year-old man was taken into custody for commercial burglary, petty theft with prior conviction, and false information to peace officer. A razor blade and wire cutters were also found on his person.
2. Units responded to Santa Anita and Duarte around 10:40 p.m. in reference to a possible drunk driver. A witness advised that a driver was seen swerving between lanes of traffic. Officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop at Santa Anita and Freer in Temple City. A 70-year-old male Hispanic was arrested for driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.
Monday, March 29:
3. Around 11:44 p.m., units were dispatched to the 100 block of Fano regarding a grand theft that occurred between 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on March 28. Unknown suspect(s) removed two ceramic elephant statues from a front porch. The total reported loss was $1,000.
4. A witness was traveling on Santa Anita around 1:00 p.m. when he saw a male driver brandish a handgun out the window. The driver and his companion parked at the Denny’s parking lot and entered the restaurant. A 19-year-old man was contacted and a consent search revealed an all black handgun on the car seat, which looked like a real handgun. It was later determined to be an air-soft pistol. The man was arrested for removal of safety color from replica handgun and public display of imitation firearm.
Tuesday, March 30:
5. Two DUI drivers were seen swerving in the roadway and arrested. A 35-year-old male Caucasian was arrested by the 100-to-1 Bar, 100 West Huntington, around 1:43 a.m., and a 43-year-old female Hispanic was arrested at Sixth and Live Oak around 2:56 a.m.
6. Units were sent to Albertsons, 298 East Live Oak, around 3:26 p.m. in regards to a commercial burglary that occurred around 1:26 p.m. Loss prevention personnel were reviewing their security tape footage and saw 2 heavyset female Hispanics hide 11 cans of infant formula in their purses and then left the store without making payment.
Wednesday, March 31:
7. Shortly before 1:30 p.m., officers responded to Jaluxe, a fashion boutique located at Westfield Mall regarding an embezzlement report. The owner’s investigation revealed that an assistant manager was significantly discounting merchandise for herself and others. On April 2, a 17-year-old female Hispanic assistant manager and a 19-year-old female Hispanic sales associate were taken into custody for grand theft and embezzlement.
8. Between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 2300 block of South Fifth. Unknown suspect(s) pried open the front door and stole two Rolex watches, cash, and a wedding band.
Thursday, April 1:
9. Units responded to the 700 block of La Vida in reference to a residential burglary that occurred between 9:30 p.m. on March 31 and 7:45 a.m. on April 1. The resident was leaving for work in the morning when she discovered that her wallet and briefcase were missing and her vehicle was stolen from her garage. A neighbor had security surveillance video and it showed two male Hispanic suspects walk toward the victim’s house around 10:57 p.m. and then the victim’s car was seen leaving the area. The stolen vehicle was later recovered in El Monte.
10. Around 2:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to First Avenue School regarding a grand theft incident. A 13-year-old male student was walking with a friend at First and California, and he was holding $10 in his hand. A male Caucasian, 35-40 years of age, 5’9″, blond hair, approached and asked for money to buy food. Before the victim could give the suspect any dollar bills, the suspect grabbed the money from the juvenile’s hand and fled on foot. An area check was conducted, but the suspect was not found.
Friday, April 2:
11. Units were sent to the 1000 block of Woodacre around 6:52 a.m. in reference to a theft. The victim suspected that her daughter had been stealing her jewelry and selling them in order to buy drugs. A 36-year-old female Caucasian was contacted and a consent search revealed a baggie containing methamphetamine, and a smoking pipe was found inside the house. The woman was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
12. Between 6:00 p.m. on April 1 and 7:30 a.m. on April 2, an auto burglary occurred in the 300 block of West Longden. A purse was stolen from the vehicle and the suspect(s) used the victim’s credit card to make $1,200 in unauthorized purchases from the Macy’s website.
Saturday, April 3:
13. Around 3:22 a.m., units responded to a Fire Station located at 710 South Santa Anita in regards to a battery that just occurred at 7 Genoa. A female victim advised that her boyfriend choked her during an argument and she ran to get help. She had red marks on her neck and upper chest area. Officers went to the residence and arrested a 22-year-old male Hispanic.
14. A 1997 black Honda CRV was stolen from the 1300 block of South Golden West between 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sierra Madre PD
During the week of Sunday, March 28th, to Saturday April 3rd, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 225 calls for service.
Monday, March 29th:
10:41 AM – Petty Theft, Oak Crest Drive and Carter Ave. A resident reported a Neighborhood Watch sign and a Not a Through Street sign were stolen from the corner of Oak Crest Drive and Carter Avenue. The signs were discovered missing on Wednesday 3/24/2010. The loss was estimated at $70.00.
4:16 PM – Vandalism, 500 block Acacia Street. A resident reported her sprinkler was pulled out from her lawn. The home has several campaign signs displayed on her front lawn. She believes the vandalism is due to the upcoming elections. The crime occurred between 6:00 pm, Sunday, 3/28/2010 and 3:00 pm, Monday, 3/29/2010.
Saturday, April 3rd:
6:38 PM – Petty Theft, 400 block West Grandview Ave. A resident reported the theft of three political campaign signs from the front yard. The crime occurred between 3:00 pm, Wednesday, 4/3/2010 and 6:00 pm, Saturday, 4/3/2010.
On April 2, at 5:13 p.m., an officer responded to a call of a male subject walking completely naked in the alley of the 400 Block of West Walnut. Officers arrived and detained him. His clothes were nearby and were recovered prior to being transported to the hospital. He is a known subject with a history of mental health problems.
On April 3, at 8:24 a.m., an officer responded to the area regarding a male yelling for help from the wash in the area of Royal Oaks and Mountain. Officers found the male in the wash near city yards. The subject told officers he fell into the wash near Londgen in Irwindale. He sustained an injury to his head from the fall and had abrasions on both knees and his feet. The subject claimed he was in the wash for approximately 12-15 hours trying to get out and yelling for help but nobody could hear him. He was transported to the hospital for treatment and later released.
Stalking, Brandishing a Firearm and Possession of Controlled Substance
On April 3, at 6:15 p.m., the Special Enforcement Team was working a stalking case involving a Du Roc gang-member who was involved in a brandishing a firearm several weeks ago and was now stalking the victim. When they arrived at the scene the suspect had fled. Patrol officers saw the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. A field show up was conducted and the victim identified the suspect. Special Enforcement Team searched of the suspect’s hotel room. The firearm was not located, but rock cocaine was recovered. The suspect was arrested and booked. The investigation is continuing.