For the period of Sunday, May 16, through Saturday, May 22, the Police Department responded to 939 calls for service of which 119 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, May 16:
1. Between 10:00 p.m. on May 15 and 7:00 a.m. on May 16, a 1985 beige Toyota 4Runner was stolen from the 2500 block of South Sixth.
2. Loss prevention personnel from JC Penney advised that they had detained two female juveniles for theft around 7:24 p.m. Investigation revealed that a female Hispanic juvenile concealed merchandise and left the store without making payment. Once outside she was standing next to another female Hispanic juvenile, who also admitted to stealing property. Additional stolen property from Wet Seal, H&M, and Forever 21 were recovered in their bags. Private persons’ arrests were made, and the 13 and 14-year-old girls were taken into custody for commercial burglary.
Monday, May 17:
3. Around 12:47 p.m., units were dispatched to the 500 block of Arbolada in reference to a theft that took place at the high school on May 14 between 11:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. A male student advised that his $600 iPhone was stolen from his locker.
4. Shortly after 3:00 p.m., a victim came to the station to file a fraud report. She advised that she had not received checks that she had ordered and later discovered that unknown suspect(s) had made an unauthorized charge and created fictitious checks with her account information. The suspect(s) then used the forged checks to make over $900 in purchases.
Tuesday, May 18:
5. A commercial burglary occurred at JC Penney around 3:29 p.m. A woman stole two pairs of pants from the store and later returned to steal a necklace. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 43-year-old female suspect was taken into custody.
6. Around 7:35 p.m., a late auto burglary report was filed. Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle that was parked at Westfield Mall between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on May 15. A digital camera, GPS unit, and laptop computer were stolen for a total reported loss of about $1,950.
Wednesday, May 19:
7. A consensual contact with a female skateboarder was made at First and Floral around 12:33 p.m. A record check indicated that the 29-year-old Caucasian had a $50,000 outstanding warrant, and a consent search revealed a glass-smoking pipe and a jar containing a green leafy substance resembling marijuana. The woman was arrested at the scene without incident.
8. Between 1:25 p.m. and 2:10 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 2000 block of South Second. Unknown suspect(s) entered the house via an open window and stole cash, jewelry, iPod, and digital camera.
Thursday, May 20:
9. Shortly after 2:00 a.m., a robbery occurred at 7-Eleven, 200 East Live Oak. A male suspect, wearing a black hoodie, exposed a handgun and demanded cash from a store clerk. The suspect took money from the cash register and fled the location.
10. A hit-and-run traffic collision occurred at Baldwin and Val around 5:00 p.m. A male driver rear-ended a vehicle and fled the scene, and fortunately a witness observed seeing the reckless driver enter the racetrack. Officers subsequently located the vehicle with severe front-end damage and arrested a 27-year-old Hispanic driver.
Friday, May 21:
11. Shortly before 6:00 p.m., units responded to Baldwin and Estrella in reference to a traffic collision. Investigation revealed that an intoxicated female driver rear-ended a vehicle and the collision caused her own car to overturn. A 19-year-old Hispanic was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and minor driving under the influence.
12. An armed robbery occurred in the 600 block of Fairview around 11:15 p.m. The victim was sitting in his vehicle when a male Hispanic or Caucasian suspect approached and asked to use his cell phone. The suspect then displayed a handgun in his waistband and demanded the victim’s property. The suspect took a $600 iPhone and fled in a waiting vehicle driven by another suspect.
Saturday, May 22:
13. Around 2:23 a.m., a strong-arm robbery occurred in the 500 block of West LeRoy. A DJ/victim was putting his equipment in his vehicle after a party when he was assaulted by four to five male Asian suspects. The victim was beaten and the suspects took his equipment and fled in a dark green Honda. The victim sustained severe facial and head injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
14. Units were dispatched to the 200 block of West Woodruff around 9:48 a.m. regarding a domestic battery in progress. During an argument, a 23-year-old male suspect took his girlfriend’s wallet, damaged about $1500 in property, sprayed her face with Frebreze, and slammed her by the throat onto the bed. The suspect was taken into custody for inflicting corporal injury to cohabitant, robbery, and vandalism. An emergency protection order was obtained and served.
During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 618 service events, resulting in 133 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events:
Driving Under the Influence
Suspect Arrested. On May 14 at 1:05 a.m., an officer noticed a vehicle swerving on the roadway. He conducted a traffic stop and during the investigation, determined the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and later released on a citation.
On May 16 at 3:25 p.m., an officer responded to the 800 block of West Colorado on the report of a vehicle burglary. A female subject returned home from shopping and parked her vehicle in the carport of her residence. She left merchandise she had purchased in the vehicle. Approximately 30 minutes later, she returned to her vehicle and found a window had been pried open and the merchandise was gone. The victim called the Station shortly after the officer left her residence from taking the report and said she had talked to an employee of the store where she bought the merchandise, and her items had already been returned to the store. The suspect did not get any money or credit for the merchandise he returned. Instead, the amount was credited back to the victim’s charge card. Investigation continuing.
On May 17 at 6:44 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 2600 block of South California regarding a break-in. The officer arrived and spoke to the reporting party, who stated she was the last person to leave the evening before. When she arrived at the business in the morning, she found the glass front door smashed. Officers entered to clear the building, but no suspects were located inside. It appears the suspects attempted to take several computers, but the computers are locked down with cable security systems. Employees checked the inside and determined that a printer and scanner were missing from the mailroom. Investigation continuing. 72-Hour Mental Evaluation
On May 17 at 2:52 p.m., Dispatch received a call from a female resident reporting a male subject wearing a green shirt and tan shorts had jumped through her front window yelling. The subject then left the residence heading westbound on Walnut. As officers were responding, other calls were received. Another caller reported the subject had jumped over her wall in the 800 block of West Walnut, and the subject had now taken off all his clothes. An officer located and contacted the subject, who did not respond to verbal commands. The officer used his pepper spray on the subject and was able to detain and restrain him. Monrovia Fire Department paramedics were requested, and the subject was taken to a hospital, where he was held for 72-hour mental evaluation. The subject is 19 years old and has a history of bi-polar disorder.
Exhibiting an Imitation Firearm / Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On May 17 at 10:14 p.m., a female subject walking her dog in the 200 block of W. Cypress was threatened by a male suspect carrying what appeared to be a handgun. Officers responded and located the suspect who was still in the area. The weapon, which the suspect attempted to discard, was also located and turned out to be a BB pistol. The suspect was arrested for brandishing a replica firearm and for public intoxication.
On May 18 at 11:04 a.m., an officer went to the 200 block of West Olive regarding a residential burglary. When he arrived, the victim reported that someone had broken into his house one week prior and had taken personal papers and identification. He did not make a report at the time because he had no identification. Investigation continuing.
Petty Theft with a Prior / Warrant / Possession of Marijuana – Suspect Arrested
On May 19 at 13:28 p.m., loss prevention officers from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington reported a male suspect had stolen merchandise and exited the store without paying. Officers responded to the area, detained the suspect, and arrested him for theft. Computer checks revealed the suspect had a prior conviction for petty theft, had failed to appear on a warrant, and was in possession of marijuana. He was booked for the listed charges.
Burglary / Theft
On May 19 at 2:51 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of West Duarte regarding theft from storage cabinets in a carport. One of the victims provided a vehicle description and partial plate. The officer determined miscellaneous hand tools and aluminum had been taken from one storage cabinet which was unlocked, and a stroller had been taken from a locked cabinet. The suspect had cut the lock on the second storage cabinet. An area check was made, but no suspects were located. Investigation continuing.
Grand Theft Auto
On May 19 at 3 p.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim reported that he parked his 1996 silver Honda Accord, secured it, and went into a business. He was in the store for a short period of time and returned to find his vehicle missing. There was no broken glass found on the ground and the victim can account for all of the keys. Investigation continuing.
Sierra Madre PD
During the week of Sunday, May 16th, to Saturday May 22nd, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 262 calls for service.
Saturday, May 22:
1:09 AM – Arrest, Public Intoxication, 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., The Buccaneer Lounge. A patron reported that an intoxicated man was causing a disturbance. Officers arrested the man for public intoxication and transported him to Pasadena jail for remand.
1:54 PM – Attempted Auto Burglary, 200 block North Baldwin Ave. Unknown suspect(s) tried to break into a car,, damaging the front driver’s door. The car was parked in the driveway of the residence. The crime occurred between 2:00 am and 11:00 am on Saturday, 5/22/2010. The damage was estimated at $100.00.