For the period of Sunday, May 30, through Saturday, June 5, the Police Department responded to 891 calls for service of which 145 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, May 30:
Around 1:58 a.m., units responded to the 100-to-1 bar located at 100 West Huntington in reference to a suicidal subject. A man told police that he had taken 30 Xanax pills with alcohol in an attempt to kill himself. He was transported to a hospital for treatment and evaluation.
2. A victim came to the station around 6:28 p.m. to file an identity theft report. He advised that unknown suspect(s) had acquired his personal information by unknown means and opened several credit card accounts without his permission.
Monday, May 31:
3. Between 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 900 block of Fairview. Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence through an unlocked window and stole a laptop computer, digital camera, cash, and jewelry.
4. Shortly after 4:30 p.m., on-site security from JC Penney advised that they had detained a woman for theft. The suspect was seen removing sales tags from merchandise and then concealed them in a bag. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 58-year-old woman was taken into custody for commercial burglary.
Tuesday, June 1:
5. Units were dispatched to the high school around 12:32 p.m. regarding an attempted auto theft in progress. A witness saw a suspicious person in a friend’s car and notified the victim. As the victim approached her car, she saw two male suspects leave the scene in a Jeep Cherokee. The car had its door lock punched, the steering wheel was tampered with, and the housing for the ignition was pulled apart. Shortly thereafter officers located the suspect vehicle and a traffic stop was initiated at Holly and Fairview. The driver was detained inside the vehicle, but the passenger fled the scene on foot. A perimeter was established and the second suspect was later apprehended in the driveway at 457 West Duarte. A 34-year-old was arrested for attempted stolen vehicle, auto burglary, obstructing/resisting, an outstanding felony warrant, and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant; a 31-year-old male was also taken into custody for attempted stolen vehicle, auto burglary, and possession of burglary tools.
6. A traffic stop was conducted on Baldwin Avenue near the Arboretum around 7:36 p.m. for an equipment violation. Officers detected the odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath and a field sobriety test determined that the driver was intoxicated. A consent search of the vehicle revealed bottles of beer, with one bottle opened and half consumed. A 32-year-old male Hispanic was taken into custody for DUI and driving with an open container of alcohol.
Wednesday, June 2:
7. While the residents were away between 1:00 p.m. and 2:10 p.m., suspect(s) entered an unlocked home in the 100 block of west Foothill Blvd. Once inside the suspect ransacked several rooms taking jewelry items in the process. No suspects were seen or heard.
8. Shortly before 3:00 p.m., an officer stopped a man near Santa Anita Avenue and Live Oak for driving while talking on a cell phone. Investigation led to his arrest for driving on a suspended license, possession of two pounds of marijuana, and possession of hashish.
Thursday, June 3:
9. Around 3:00 a.m., officers were dispatched to a motel in the 100 block of west Huntington Drive to check the welfare of a woman who was reportedly being held against her will in a room. Contact was made with the woman and officers determined she was at the location of her own free will. During the investigation officers contacted a man who was in possession of a loaded firearm. He was subsequently arrested.
10. A female juvenile was detained by security and subsequently arrested at about 5:00 p.m. at American Apparel in the Westfield Shoppingtown for stealing two items. She was cited and released to her parents.
Friday, June 4:
11. Between May 16 and June 4, unknown suspects entered a storage unit in the 12000 block of Lower Azusa Road and stole numerous items. Value of the items is estimated at $2,500.00. Method of entry was not determined.
12. Shortly before 6:00 p.m., a woman dialed 9-1-1 from a business in the 900 block of west Duarte Road seeking help. Upon arrival the 26-year-old woman told officers she wanted to kill herself articulating a previous attempted hanging where a family member intervened. The woman was transported to a local facility for psychiatric evaluation.
Saturday, June 5:
13. At around 3:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 00 block of east Huntington Drive reference a disturbance in a parking lot. Officers contacted an intoxicated man who was too drunk to care for his own safety and the 24-year-old was arrested. During a subsequent search officers discovered the man was also in possession of methamphetamine.
14. Officers contacted two transients at about 10:00 a.m. who were living in a vacant apartment in the 700 block of west Huntington Drive. It was determined they did not have permission to live at the location and had been staying there for about one week. The two men were issued citations and sent on their way.
During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 605 service events, resulting in 146 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events:
Driving Under the Influence – Two Suspects Arrested
On May 30 at 2:14 a.m., and officer was stopped at the intersection of Duarte and California, when he observed a vehicle in front of him with the left turn signal on. The driver made an abrupt turn towards the right, stopped, and the driver switched seats with the passenger. The vehicle then continued north with the driver swerving on the roadway. The vehicle was stopped and during the investigation, it was determined that both occupants were under the influence. Both subjects were arrested for driving under the influence. The subjects were brought to the station for booking.
Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On May 30 at 2:19 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle traveling in the 300 block of West Palm without any lights. As he caught up to the vehicle, he noticed the driver had turned on his lights. The driver then made a series of turns to see if the patrol vehicle was following. During several turns, the driver failed to activate turn signals, so the officer stopped the vehicle. During the investigation, it was determined the driver was under the influence and he was arrested.
Domestic Violence / Gang Injunction Violation – Suspect Arrested
On May 30 at 9:50 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of Duarte and Myrtle regarding a disturbing subject. The investigation revealed this was a domestic violence incident involving an 18-year-old male and his 17-year-old, live-in girlfriend. According to the female and an independent witness, the male pushed the female to the ground in the street and attempted to choke her with his hands. The female sustained impressions on her neck consistent with being choked. Good Samaritans passing by in a vehicle stopped and helped the victim and the suspect left the scene. Although the suspect was not at the scene when the officer arrived, he was identified and the officer made arrangements for the suspect to turn himself in to police. At 1:45 a.m., the suspect came into the police station with his parents. He was arrested and taken into custody. The suspect is a gang member who had been served with the gang injunction order. He was additionally charged for the appropriate violation. The juvenile victim was taken into protective custody and was released to the Department of Child and Family Services. The victim’s relatives could not be located.
On May 31 at 7:07 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 2600 block of South Myrtle regarding a burglary. The front glass door of the business was smashed. Computers, phones, and a television set were taken. Investigation continuing.
On May 31 at 7:36 a.m., an officer went to 1300 block of South Alta Vista regarding this call. He arrived and the victim reported that someone had broken into her vehicle during the night. The vehicle was parked in its assigned parking stall in the rear carport. No signs of forced entry. Investigation continuing.
Grand Theft Auto
On May 31 at 8:57 a.m., an officer went a residence in the 900 block of Genoa regarding a stolen vehicle. He arrived and the female victim told him she had parked her vehicle on the street in front of the residence in the evening. She returned to her vehicle the next morning and it was gone. The vehicle is a green, 1996 Honda Accord. The vehicle does not have an alarm, all keys are accounted for, and there was no glass on the ground where it was parked. Investigation continuing
Grand Theft Auto
On May 31 at 11:56 a.m., an officer was patrolling in the 200 block of South Madison and noted a vehicle that did not have a front license plate. He ran the rear license plate and it returned stolen out of Glendora. The vehicle was unoccupied. The ignition cylinder had been pulled out of the vehicle. The vehicle was recovered and the victim notified.
On May 31 at 12:43 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 1300 block of South Alta Vista for a vehicle burglary. The vehicle was parked in its assigned stall in the rear parking carport. This was the second vehicle burglary reported at this location. There was no forced entry. Taken was CD player from center console. Investigation continuing.
On June 2 at 7:59 a.m., an officer responded to the 200 block of South Violet regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim told him his vehicle had been taken during the night. The vehicle was parked in his assigned stall that evening. The following morning when he returned to his vehicle it was gone. There was no broken glass on the ground where it was parked. The vehicle is a white, 1994 Nissan Pathfinder.
On June 2 at 10:52 a.m., and officer responded to the 900 block of Royal Oaks. The reporting party was a staff member reporting a student’s car was broken into via the front passenger window. The vehicle was parked in the student parking lot. The victim had left her purse on the front passenger seat which was taken along with a $1 bill and some lose change.
On June 2 at 11:07 a.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of West Lemon regarding the theft of roof latches for the victim’s corvette hood. The vehicle was parked in its assigned parking stall in the underground parking area. This is the second time this has occurred in two weeks. Investigation continuing.
On June 2 at 12:42 a.m., an officer met with the reporting party in the station lobby. He was reporting that on May 5, he and his girlfriend had parked her vehicle in the 1200 block of Canyon to go for a run. When they returned someone had broken into the trunk and stolen her purse which contained his wallet. The girlfriend did not make a report. He came in today to report that his credit card has been used. He did not have any documentation of this and was to return with this information. A case was opened but as of 6:30 p.m., he has not returned.
On June 2 at 3:36 p.m., an officer responded to the 400 block of West Colorado. The victim reported his vehicle was broken into during the night. The stereo, speakers from the trunk, a baseball bag with equipment, and a red tool box were taken. The officer reviewed the surveillance tape from the corner market which may have possibly caught a possible involved vehicle. Investigation continuing.
On June 3, 2:50 a.m., an officer went to the 900 Block of West Huntington regarding a burglary alarm. Officers found the front doors pried open. The loss was approximately $1,500 in display phones.
Sierra Madre PD
During the week of Sunday, May 30th, to Saturday June 5th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 267 calls for service.
Tuesday, June 1st:
7:41 AM – Commercial Burglary, 141 West Highland Ave., Sierra Madre Elementary School. Unknown suspect(s) entered the school through an unlocked classroom window and vandalized several classrooms. The suspect(s) also tired unsuccessfully to enter a bungalow classroom. The crime occurred between 10:30 pm, Friday, 5/28/2010 and 6:20 am, Tuesday, 6/1/2010.
11:09 AM – Tampering/Injuring a Vehicle, 400 block North Baldwin Ave. Suspect(s) vandalized a car parked in the apartment complex on three separate occasions. The owner reported the radio antenna was bent, grease was smeared on the driver’s door handle, and the registration tab was damaged. The crimes occurred between 10:00 pm, Sunday, 5/23/2010 and 8:00 am, Monday, 5/31/2010.