Police Blotter April 4-10, 2010

Arcadia PD

For the period of Sunday, April 4, through Saturday, April 10, the Police Department responded to 1,005 calls for service of which 144 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, April 4:

1. Units responded to Baldwin Stocker School, 422 West Lemon, around 1:15 a.m. in reference to an audible alarm. Upon arrival, officers found a classroom door was pried open and six laptop computers were found on the ground. The unknown suspects were probably frightened away by the alarm.

2. Around 2:25 p.m., officers were called to Hilton Gardens Inn, 199 North Second, regarding a grand theft report. Two male Hispanic suspects stayed at the hotel between April 2 and April 4. Upon their departure, a housekeeper discovered that two flat screen televisions, blankets, towels, clock radio, and hair dryer were stolen.

Monday, April 5:

3. Between 7:00 a.m. and 12:35 p.m., a 1994 green Honda Accord was stolen from the 500 block of North First.

4. An auto burglary occurred between 5:50 p.m. and 6:25 p.m. in the 100 block of East Live Oak. Unknown suspect(s) broke a car window and stole a backpack containing the victim’s wallet and other miscellaneous property for a reported loss of over $2,245. The suspect(s) then used the victim’s credit card to make almost $400 in fraudulent charges at a Target store and a liquor store.

Tuesday, April 6:

5. Two victims came to the station around 3:00 p.m. to file a fraud report. Their credit union notified them of a possible fraudulent activity on their joint account. When they checked their account information, they discovered that unknown suspect(s) had made a $212 unauthorized transaction at a CVS store in Florida.

6. Around 7:33 p.m., officers were called to the 200 block of West Palm in reference to an AMC violation. Two Hispanic subjects, a man and a woman, were found going through the recycling bin in front of a residence. There were also two trucks parked nearby filled with recyclables. They were cited for trash picking and released in the field.

Wednesday, April 7:

7. Between 11:00 p.m. on April 6 and 5:30 a.m. on April 7, a residential burglary occurred in the 1000 block of La Cadena. Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence via an unlocked second story sliding glass door. The suspect(s) then stole miscellaneous property and the victim’s car. The car was later recovered by LAPD after being involved in a hit-and-run accident.

8. A residential burglary occurred in the 00 block of West Woodruff between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) entered the home through an unlocked window and stole jewelry, watches, and cash. The total reported loss was over $36,000.

Thursday, April 8:

9. Shortly after 4:00 a.m., units responded to the 700 block of Arcadia regarding two prowlers seen in a backyard. An area check was conducted and officers found a 43-year-old male Caucasian hiding in one of the yards. A record check revealed that the suspect was on parole, and he was taken into custody for loitering and was placed on a parole hold.

10. A grand theft from auto occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Country Oaks. A gardener saw a male Hispanic, 20-40 years of age, rummaging through his client’s vehicle. When he questioned the suspect, the man drove away in a grey Ford Escort. The victim advised that she had left her car unlocked and that the suspect had stolen an $800 designer coin purse with about $20 in change.

Friday, April 9:

11. Officers were dispatched to the 99 Cent Store, 140 East Duarte, around 9:14 a.m. regarding a fraud investigation. The manager advised that the corporate office had discovered several unauthorized credit card transactions were made to obtain about $900 in gift cards. The manager reviewed surveillance footage from the date of the transactions and discovered three male subjects, Hispanic or Caucasian, using fraudulent credit cards to make the purchases.

12. Between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., a grand theft occurred at 24-Hour Fitness, 125 North First. A retired LAPD officer was exercising at the gym, and an unknown suspect defeated the combination lock and stole the victim’s revolver, holster, and cash.

Saturday, April 10:

13. Units were dispatched to Arcadia Methodist Hospital around 7:51 a.m. in reference to a theft. The victim was sleeping in the delivery waiting room and when she awoke, she found an African-American employee holding her purse. He then walked away quickly, and she discovered that her camera, cell phone, cash, and credit cards were missing. The suspect was a Log Technician at the hospital, and a consent search of his vehicle was conducted. All the stolen property was recovered from his vehicle, and the 57-year-old suspect was taken into custody for grand theft.

14. Around 6:28 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Macy’s advised that they had detained a woman for theft. She was seen concealing merchandise in shopping bags and then left the store without making payment. Additional stolen property from Baby Gap, H&M, Gymboree, and Children’s Place were recovered. A private person’s arrest was made, and the 27-year-old female Hispanic was taken into custody for commercial burglary.

Monrovia PD

During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 518 service events, resulting in 124 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events:

Vehicle Burglary
On April 5, at 6:06 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 800 Block of West Olive regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim told him he parked his vehicle in front of his residence at 11:30 p.m. When he returned to his vehicle the following morning he discovered both the front and rear side passenger windows were smashed. He reported three bags were taken containing personal property. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
On April 5, at 6:20 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 100 Block of East Cypress regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim was reporting his 1994 maroon Honda Accord taken sometime that morning after 1:15 a.m. Investigation continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On April 5, at 7:06 a.m. an officer responded to a residence in the 200 Block of May regarding a vehicle burglary. A window was smashed. Investigation continuing.

Vehicle Burglaries
On April 5, at 8:31 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 100 Block of North Myrtle regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported he had parked and secured his vehicle. He returned to his vehicle the next morning and found the window smashed. While the officer was taking this report he was contacted by another tenant in the complex who also had his vehicle broken into. Investigation continuing.

Mental Evaluation
On April 5, at 7:34 p.m., an officer went to a residence in the 100 Block of North May to assist a family with a “Keep the Peace” call regarding custody of a teenage child. An officer interviewed the teenager and was able to determine the teen had made several attempts to commit suicide. The officer took the child to the hospital for a mental evaluation hold.

Assault with Deadly Weapon / Robbery
On April 6, at 6:01 p.m., officers went to the area of Fifth and Duarte regarding a shooting. A couple was walking their small dog when a white vehicle drove near them and stopped. The suspect from the vehicle attempted to steal the small dog from them. As the couple fought off the dog thieves, a neighbor tried to help them retain control of the dog. The suspects were overpowered and they went back to the car and fled. The suspect fired a single shot at the group and struck the neighbor in the leg. With aggressive investigation by the patrol officers, a possible vehicle was identified. The vehicle matched the description of a carjacking suspect vehicle in El Monte. The El Monte Police Department found the vehicle later that evening and arrested five suspects. Investigation continuing.

On April 7, at 3:24 p.m., an officer went to a business in the 100 Block of West Foothill regarding a male subject in custody for shoplifting. Apparently, the subject went into the store pushing a stroller along with his 10-year-old son. He admitted to going in to buy two packs of diapers; however, he kept telling the10-year-old son to grab different items for him from other aisles. These were grocery items they did not have at home and needed. These items were placed inside an empty bag on the stroller and concealed. The subject was arrested and charged with burglary.

Vehicle Theft
On April 7, at 4:29 p.m., an officer went to a business parking lot in the 500 Block of South Mountain regarding a vehicle theft. The victim told him he went to work out at the gym and had parked and secured his vehicle in the parking lot. He was inside the gym between 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. When he came out to his car, it was gone. The victim believes his car keys were stolen from his gym bag. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft
On April 7, at 4:36 p.m., an officer went to a business in the 300 Block of South Myrtle regarding a theft. The victim told him that a couple had been in the store earlier in the day. When they left, they told the victim that they would return later. She stated the couple was looking at jewelry in a display case. She heard a noise coming from their direction and asked if they needed the display case open. The male suspect told her they did not need the case open, and that he had just bumped his head on the case. A short time later, the couple left north on Myrtle toward Palm. Approximately ten minutes later, the victim discovered jewelry had been taken from the display case. There is no surveillance in the store. Investigation continuing.


On April 8 at 5:34 p.m., a male subject entered a gas station in the 700 block of East Huntington. He then entered the cashier area and ordered the clerk to open the register. The suspect had his hands in the pockets of his windbreaker. The clerk opened the cash register and the suspect reached in and took the money. The suspect then ordered the clerk to open a second register, but the clerk told him he could not open it. The suspect then ordered the clerk to get on the ground and asked him where the cigarettes are kept. The clerk told him they were locked in a storage room. The suspect left walking west toward Shamrock. Investigation continuing.
Mental Evaluation

On April 9 at 7:20 a.m., officers responded to the 700 block of East Foothill regarding a family disturbance. A 16-year-old female was refusing to go with the rest of her family to visit a grandparent. The subject grabbed a straight razor, locked herself in the bathroom and threatened to commit suicide. Officers arrived and kept the girl from using the razor on herself. The minor was taken to a hospital and was held for a 72 hour mental evaluation.
Grand Theft Auto – Suspects Arrested

April 9 at 6:20 p.m., police received a call from an alert resident who reported seeing two suspicious subjects leaving a vehicle in the area and walking away. The citizen provided a license plate, a description of the suspects, the direction they were heading and hung up the phone. A computer check on the vehicle indicated it was reported stolen out of Cypress. Officers conducted an area check and located the suspects. The victim of the stolen vehicle only knew the first names of the suspects. He had met them a few days prior and they took his vehicle while he was asleep. The suspects were arrested and the investigation is continuing.
Driving Under the Influence

April 9 at 8:30 p.m., a driver was heading northbound on Mayflower and collided into the back of another vehicle that was turning into a parking lot. Officers arrived and determined the driver was driving while under the influence. He was arrested.
Driving Under the Influence

April 10 at 2:02 a.m., an officer was driving south on Myrtle when he noticed a vehicle in front of him was swerving in the lane. The driver suddenly veered toward the right and struck the curb, causing the front tire to pop. The driver continued south and struck the curb again, causing the rear tire to pop. The officer stopped the driver and determined the driver was under the influence and he was arrested.
Driving Under the Influence

April 10 at 2:06 a.m., an officer was traveling north on Primrose and observed a vehicle in front of him swerve into the southbound lane. The officer stopped the driver and during the investigation, determined the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested.
Petty Theft with Priors

April 10 at 1:20 p.m., police responded to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington. A male subject was observed stealing merchandise. He was confronted by loss prevention officers and he ran. They followed him and attempted to detain him. He started to struggle with the loss prevention officers, but immediately stopped and surrendered upon hearing police sirens. The suspect was found to have a prior felony theft conviction with time served, as well as a long list of narcotics offenses. The subject was booked for felony petty theft with priors.

April 10 at 3:32 p.m., two transient, twin brothers who frequent a church in the 700 block of South Shamrock were observed in the rooms adjoining the sanctuary. The priest confronted one of them and told him he had to go outside. The church organist discovered her wallet missing from her purse. They confronted the transients about the wallet and the pair ran. One of the transients turned back and attempted to give the stolen wallet back, less the cash. He was arrested and the wallet and cash were recovered. He was booked for burglary. The other brother was not located, however, his possible whereabouts are known. The investigation is ongoing.
Domestic Violence

April 10 at 3:04 p.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 900 block of South Fifth after an anonymous caller reported that her friend had been beaten by her boyfriend. Officers responded and contacted both subjects at a room in the hotel and determined a battery resulting in injury had occurred. The boyfriend was arrested and booked for domestic violence.

Sierra Madre PD

During the week of Sunday, April 4th, to Saturday April 10th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 288 calls for service.

Tuesday, April 6th:

10:13 AM – Felony arrest, Ex-con with a stolen gun, Unlawful transport of marijuana for sales, 700 block Hastings Ranch Drive. A motorist was speeding on Michillinda and failed to yield to the pursing officer. The driver finally stopped in a residential driveway and was detained. The officer searched the car and found several ounces of marijuana and a stolen and loaded handgun. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Pasadena Jail for remand.

Friday, April 9th:

8:07 AM – Auto Burglary report, 700 block of Fairview Ave. A resident reported the rear window of her locked car was smashed and her purse was stolen. The crime occurred between 6:00 pm, Thursday, 4/8/2010 and 7:00 am, Friday, 4/9/2010. She reported the loss of a purse, $33.00 in cash, her driver’s license, credit cards and a checkbook. The total loss was estimated at $133.00.

July 1, 2010

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