For the period of Sunday, August 2, through Saturday, August 8, the Police Department responded to 1,026 calls for service of which 135 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, August 2:
Units were dispatched to Valley and Peck around 8:31 a.m. regarding a suspect detained by El Monte Police for a hit-and-run accident that occurred at Santa Anita and Live Oak. The victim followed the suspect vehicle after the collision and notified police. A 23-year-old male Hispanic suspect was detained and a field sobriety test revealed that he was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A private person’s arrest was made, and the man was taken into custody for DUI, hit-and-run, and unlicensed driver.
Around 4:45 p.m., Westfield Mall security personnel advised that they observed a suspect vehicle with two occupants and they may have burglarized a vehicle at one of the parking structures. The suspect vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed, but was later located by officers. A traffic stop was made, and officers saw miscellaneous tools scattered in the vehicle and a GPS device. Further investigation revealed that the GPS was stolen from a vehicle parked at the mall, and the registered owner of the suspect vehicle indicated that her car was dropped off for repairs at an auto shop in Los Angeles. Two 19-year-old male Hispanics were arrested for auto burglary, vehicle theft, conspiracy, and possession of burglary tools.
Monday, August 3:
Shortly after 11:30 a.m., a victim came to the station to file an identity theft report. The victim advised that he had received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating that he failed to report over $9,600 in earnings from a company that he had never worked for. The victim believes that an unknown suspect had used his personal identifying information to gain employment.
Between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 1400 block of Oaklawn. The resident was contacted by her alarm company regarding alarm activation and returned home to find that a family room window was open and a $2,000 television was stolen.
Tuesday, August 4:
Units responded to the 1700 block of South Second around 3:45 a.m. in reference to a suicide. A 25-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan.
An auto burglary occurred at 24-Hour Fitness, 125 North First, between 6:00 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) gained access into the car by unknown means and stole a purse containing $4,000 in cash from the trunk.
Wednesday, August 5:
Units were dispatched to the 100 block of San Miguel around 3:52 a.m. in reference to a welfare check. A man called from England and was concerned that he could not reach his wife. Officers went to the home and found the woman covered in debris from a collapsed ceiling. Paramedics transported the woman to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Around 1:20 p.m., a husband and wife were caught trying to steal a cart full of groceries from Albertsons, 298 East Live Oak. The same subjects stole from the store on July 30. Private persons’ arrests were made, and a 41-year-old female Hispanic and a 43-year-old male Hispanic were taken into custody for commercial burglary. The woman also had two outstanding warrants totaling $32,000.
Thursday, August 6:
A traffic stop for excessive speed was made at Baldwin and Arcadia at 8:30 a.m. A male African-American driver was contacted and he could not provide any documentation with his name on it, so he was arrested for driving without a license. During the booking process, his true identity was revealed and record checks indicated that he had two outstanding felony warrants and a misdemeanor warrant. The U.S. Secret Service was notified and apparently there was a federal warrant for the suspect, and agents from the Los Angeles office took him into custody for bank fraud.
A residential burglary occurred in the 00 block of East Lemon around 1:00 p.m. A female Hispanic suspect distracted the homeowners by claiming that she worked for a construction company and wanted to show the residents the home that was going to be built behind the location. While the residents were in the backyard, another suspect entered the house and stole jewelry and a large amount of cash.
Friday, August 7:
Around 1:05 a.m., a traffic stop was made at Baldwin and Las Tunas for excessive speed. A 27-year-old male driver was contacted and officers detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. A field sobriety test was conducted and it was determined that the driver was operating the vehicle while under the influence. The man was arrested at the scene without incident.
Loss prevention personnel from JC Penney detained a male juvenile for theft around 5:42 p.m. The juvenile hid merchandise in a shopping bag while in a fitting room and then left the store without making payment. A private person’s arrest was made, and the 15-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody for commercial burglary.
Saturday, August 8:
Units responded to Eighth and Duarte in Monrovia around 9:41 p.m. in reference to a battery that occurred in the 400 block of South First. The 14-year-old victim advised that three male African-American suspects punched him in the face/head multiple times for no apparent reason. The juvenile was transported to a hospital for treatment, and the suspects were not located during an area search.
Between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., a 2001 silver Honda Civic was stolen in the 1300 block of South Santa Anita.