For the period of Sunday, April 11, through Saturday, April 17, the Police Department responded to 839 calls for service of which 125 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, April 11:
1. Shortly before 3:30 p.m., units responded to the 600 block of Arbolada in reference to a theft that occurred during an open house. The victim hid a diamond watch and necklace in a drawer prior to the open house. Several hours later, she discovered that the watch and necklace were stolen, along with 15-18 prescription pills. The realtor advised that while she was pre-occupied showing the house to a family, a male Caucasian, 50’s, entered the home and was allowed to browse around the house unsupervised for a brief period. The total reported loss was about $4,500.
2. Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of West Huntington around 10:17 p.m. to investigate a battery and grand theft incident. The victim advised that during a verbal argument, her ex-boyfriend, a 27-year-old Caucasian, grabbed her arm, causing visible bruising. He then fled the location with her laptop computer, Fendi handbag, $300 cash, cell phone, and car/house keys.
Monday, April 12:
3. Between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 600 block of West Wistaria. Unknown suspect(s) forced open a rear window to enter the home. The suspect(s) rummaged through drawers and closets and stole jewelry and a safe containing firearms and cash.
4. Around 11:32 p.m., officers observed a car swerving in the roadway and initiated a traffic stop at Live Oak and Santa Anita. A 48-year-old male Hispanic driver was contacted and the odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected on his breath and person. A field sobriety test determined that the driver was operating the vehicle while under the influence, and a DMV check revealed that his license was suspended for DUI. The man was taken into custody without incident.
Tuesday, April 13:
5. Units were called to Chase Bank, 60 East Huntington, around 9:24 a.m. in reference to a fraud investigation. The victims were unable to check their bank account information online until they reset their password. They then discovered that unknown suspect(s) had created joint accounts using their personal information and made $6,200 in phone transfers from the victims’ accounts to the fraudulent accounts.
6. Around 12:40 p.m., a victim came to the station to file a fraud report. An 89-year-old victim discovered that a suspect, possibly a previous housekeeper, made over $16,000 in unauthorized purchases by using her credit card information.
Wednesday, April 14:
7. A residential burglary and vehicle theft occurred between 10:00 p.m. on April 13 and 5:40 a.m. on April 14. Unknown suspect(s) entered the house through a sliding glass door and stole a laptop computer and gaming equipment. The suspect(s) found a car key and stole a 2006 Mercedes from the garage. The car was recovered on April 15 in the 200 block of West Norman with major front end damage.
8. At approximately 10:17 a.m., units responded to a business located in the 11700 block of Goldring in reference to a commercial burglary that occurred between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on April 11. The suspect pried open the locking mechanism to a metal rollup door and stole several nitro/electric powered helicopters, airplanes, and racing cars for a total reported loss of about $8,860. The burglary was captured on surveillance video.
Thursday, April 15:
9. Between 5:30 p.m. on April 14 and 7:00 a.m. on April 15, a residential burglary occurred in the 400 block of Sharon. Unknown suspect(s) pried open a rear door of a house that is currently under construction and stole about $1,000 in miscellaneous tools.
10. Officers responded to Arcadia High School, 180 Campus, around 3:00 p.m. in reference to a student in possession of a controlled substance. A school administrator received an anonymous tip about a 14-year-old male Hispanic in possession of Ecstasy tablets. The student was detained and the pills were found in his possession. The juvenile was booked at City jail and later cited and released to his mother.
Friday, April 16:
11. Around 1:27 p.m., units were sent to Arcadia High School regarding a student who was under the influence of a controlled substance. A 15-year-old male Asian student admitted to taking Ecstasy, a hallucinogen. He was examined by a nurse and was later cited and released to his parent.
12. Around 7:22 p.m., a solo traffic collision occurred between the racetrack and Westfield Mall. An intoxicated 25-year-old male Caucasian driver struck a fence, and he failed to perform the field sobriety test. He was taken into custody for DUI without incident.
Saturday, April 17:
13. Units were dispatched to the 300 block of Cambridge around 12:46 a.m. regarding a possible suicide. A 33-year-old male Caucasian had apparently shot himself in the backyard.
14. At 4:40 p.m., racetrack security personnel advised that they had detained a man for vandalism. The suspect was seen writing on restroom walls with a permanent marker, and a search of his person revealed hydrocodone pills that were not prescribed to him. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 28-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance and felony vandalism.
During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 556 service events, resulting in 122 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events:
Grand Theft Auto
April 12 at 8:25 a.m., an officer went to a residence in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks regarding a stolen vehicle report. The victim parked and secured her vehicle in her assigned stall at 3 p.m. the day before. She returned to it in the morning at 8 a.m. and the vehicle was gone. Her vehicle is a 1993 Saturn. No broken glass was found on the ground where the vehicle was parked.
Grand Theft / Embezzlement – Suspect Arrested
April 13 at 11:46 a.m., an officer responded to a business in the 600 block of West Huntington regarding a female employee in custody for grand theft. An employee had been taking money from a cashier drawer, using old sales receipts to cover for the missing money she had taken. Then she would throw away the return transaction. Store surveillance shows the employee making the transactions when no customers were at the cashier. She was arrested and taken into custody.
Burglary – Suspect Arrested
April 13 at 4:38 p.m. an officer went to a business in the 500 block of East Huntington regarding a male suspect in custody for shoplifting. The officer determined the suspect, a transient with no money, went into the store to steal. He selected a shirt and pair of pants from the racks and went into a fitting room. He put on the new pants under his own pants and walked out of the fitting room. He exited the store and was detained. He was arrested and booked for burglary.
April 14 at 9:06 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 1600 block of South Mayflower regarding a vehicle burglary. On arrival, the victim told him she parked her vehicle on the street at about 4:30 a.m. She left her purse in the front passenger seat, locked the vehicle, and went to church. She returned shortly after 5:30 a.m. and found the front passenger door window smashed and her purse missing. Investigation continuing.
Grand Theft / Forgery
April 14 at 1:42 p.m., an officer responded to a hotel in the 900 block of West Huntington on the report of a grand theft. He arrived and was told a television set was stolen from a room. The room was checked into yesterday by a male subject who provided his driver’s license and a fraudulent credit card. Investigation continuing.
April 14 at 2:01 a.m., an officer went to the 800 block of West Walnut regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported that someone broke into his vehicle and stole his GPS unit. The vehicle was parked in its assigned space. Investigation continuing.
Gang Injunction Arrests
On April 14 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Monrovia Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team officers were on patrol and saw four male subjects leaving a gas station located in the 700 block of East Huntington. The subjects left on bicycles and were stopped for being in violation of numerous vehicle code violations. Two of the subjects had previously been served with the gang injunction and were arrested for violating the court order. The other two subjects were cited for vehicle code violations.
Sierra Madre PD
During the week of Sunday, April 11th, to Saturday April 17th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 314 calls for service.
Saturday, April 17th:
18:50 PM – Auto Burglary, 500 Grove Street. Suspect(s) smashed the front passenger side window of a car parked in the street and stole two CDs. The crime occurred Saturday, 4/17/2010 at 6:15 pm. The loss was estimated at $14.00.