For the period of Sunday, April 18, through Saturday, April 24, the Police Department responded to 933 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, April 18:
1. Loss prevention personnel from the H&M store located at Westfield Mall notified police that they had detained a female juvenile for theft around 5:30 p.m. The girl hid items in a shopping bag and then left the store without attempting to pay for the merchandise. Additional stolen property from Gilly Hicks was recovered from the bag. A private person’s arrest was made, and the 14-year-old African-American was taken into custody for commercial burglary. She was later cited and released to her mother.
2. Around 8:26 p.m., officers contacted three occupants in a vehicle that was parked at the Extended Stay parking lot located at 401 East Santa Clara. A strong odor of burnt marijuana was detected, and a 16-year-old male Hispanic was found in possession of marijuana. A record check of the juvenile revealed that he was on probation and was arrested at the scene.
Monday, April 19:
3. Units responded to Santa Anita Inn, 130 West Huntington, around 2:41 p.m. regarding an unconscious male subject in one of the rooms. A 53-year-old male Caucasian was found deceased, and a hypodermic needle filled with a liquid, tourniquet, and other drug paraphernalia were found at his feet. The subject may have died from a drug overdose.
4. Around 8:16 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of East Newman in reference to a domestic dispute. During an argument, the suspect grabbed his wife by the throat and then on the wrists. Reddish coloring on her neck and wrists were observed, and a 70-year-old male Asian was taken into custody for inflicting corporal injury to spouse.
Tuesday, April 20:
5. Between 4:00 p.m. on April 9 and 11:00 a.m. on April 12, a residential burglary occurred in the 1000 block of Don Alvarado. While the home was tented for fumigation, unknown suspect(s) entered the house and stole a handgun and a digital camera.
6. Shortly after 6:00 p.m., a witness advised police that a female driver had struck two parked cars at 133 East Foothill, and she was seen entering the Fresh & Easy market. The 47-year-old female Caucasian driver was located, and officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and she also had trouble keeping her balance while standing. She failed the field sobriety test, and a private person’s DUI arrest was made.
Wednesday, April 21:
7. A residential burglary occurred in the 500 block of Catalpa between 9:00 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) pried open a bedroom window to gain entrance into the house. The suspect(s) then stole jewelry, cash, camera, and carved a large smiley face onto the flat screen television.
8. Units were dispatched to the 1000 block of West Huntington in regards to a domestic violence incident. During an altercation, the suspect grabbed his girlfriend’s face, squeezed her throat, dragged her across the floor, and threw her onto the ground, causing the back of her head to collide with a sliding glass door. A 26-year-old male Hispanic was taken into custody for inflicting corporal injury to cohabitant. An emergency protection order was obtained and served.
Thursday, April 22:
9. A grand theft report was taken at the City Yard, 11800 Goldring, around 6:04 p.m. Two male suspects stole a $2,000 generator from the bed of a City vehicle. The theft was caught on surveillance video.
10. Shortly before 8:00 p.m., officers were called to the 2000 block of Vista in reference to a fraud report. The victim was contacted by her bank regarding suspicious money transfers from her accounts. She discovered that unknown suspect(s) had created a fraudulent joint account with her personal information over the phone and then transferred over $125,000 from her personal accounts into the fraudulent account. She was able to freeze her accounts; however, a large portion of the funds had already been transferred out of the fraudulent account.
Friday, April 23:
11. A commercial burglary was reported at Victoria’s Secret around 4:35 p.m. Two male Hispanic suspects took over $2,310 in merchandise and hid them in a large shopping bag.
12. Around 7:18 p.m., a victim came to the station to file a criminal threat report. The victim’s ex-boyfriend, a 17-year-old male Caucasian, pointed a knife at her and told her to watch her back and her dog’s back.
Saturday, April 24:
13. An auto burglary occurred by First Avenue Elementary School between 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Three victims drove to the location to play basketball, and the driver left his keys unattended. They returned to the vehicle to find their property stolen. The driver also learned that the suspect(s) had made a $1,000 purchase at a Best Buy store using his credit card.
14. JC Penney loss prevention personnel advised that they had detained a woman for theft around 7:25 p.m. The suspect selected numerous items and hid them in her purse while in a fitting room. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 21-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody.
On April 23 at 12:07 p.m., an older handicapped man was walking along the alley between Olive and Colorado in the 100 block of West Colorado. A male subject approached him and brandished a knife. He demanded the victim give him his money. The victim complied and gave him $26 he had in his pocket. The suspect demanded his wallet, but the victim did not have one on him. The suspect then fled on foot. Officers responded to the area and conducted a search, but were not able to locate the suspect. The victim was not harmed. Investigation continuing.
Driving Under the Influence
On April 24 at 2:09 a.m., an officer on patrol was heading north on Myrtle and noticed a vehicle traveling relatively slow. The driver of the vehicle came to a stop at a green light. The driver was stopped and during the investigation, it was discovered the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested.
Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision
On April 24 at 2:43 a.m., police responded on the report of a vehicle colliding into a parked car. An officer arrived and discovered the driver had been at a party and left in his vehicle and collided into a parked car. During the investigation, officers determined the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and brought to the station for booking.
On April 24 at 5:05 p.m., two female juveniles entered a department store in the 600 block of West Huntington with the intent to steal merchandise. They put clothing merchandise on under their clothes, walked out of the store without paying and were detained by loss prevention. Both girls admitted they entered the store to take merchandise and they had no means to pay for the items.
Sierra Madre PD
During the week of Sunday, April 18th, to Saturday April 24th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 277 calls for service.
Wednesday, April 21st:
10:46 AM – Vandalism, 1 Carter Ave. Suspec(s) threw rocks at the historical Willis Estate barn and cabin smashing 44 glass window panes. The crime occurred between 4:30 pm, Friday, 4/16/2009 and 8:00 am, Monday, 4/19/2010. The financial loss was estimated in excess of $2,400.00.
Thursday, April 22nd:
11:46 AM – Theft from vehicle, 100 block East Highland Ave. A resident reported his Samsung cellular telephone and $10.00 in change were stolen from his car. The car was left unlocked in the apartment complex carport area. The crime occurred between 8:30 pm, Wednesday, 4/21/2010 and 9:25 am, Thursday, 4/22/2010. The financial loss was estimated at $210.00.