During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 434 service events, resulting in 91 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:
February 17 at 4:43 p.m., the victim of a grand theft came into the police station. He reported that he parked his vehicle in a parking lot at Myrtle and Pomona in the morning. When he returned in the afternoon, he found someone had stolen the catalytic converter off his 2004 Toyota Pickup. Investigation continuing.
Felony False Impersonation
February 17 at 10:33 p.m., a male subject was arrested in San Bernardino County for a Monrovia battery warrant from an incident that occurred in 2001. An officer was sent to bring the suspect to the Monrovia jail. The officer dispatched had investigated the original case and discovered the suspect was actually the mother of the male subject's children and she had used his name and information to identify herself to officers in 2001, and on other cases, as well, which resulted in the warrant being issued for the wrong person, the male subject. A felony false impersonation report was completed by the officer and the warrant was reentered into the system with a note as to the true suspect.
Possession of a Controlled Substance - Suspect Arrested
February 18 at 10:36 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the High School in the 800 block of West Colorado regarding a male student being detained. When the officer arrived, he learned the student had been brought into the discipline office for wearing a t-shirt with the word ecstasy written across the front, which is a school dress code violation. While in the office, the student became very nervous and kept reaching into his pocket. School security searched him and found three ecstasy pills in his pants pocket. The student was arrested, booked, and later released to a parent.
Domestic Violence - Suspect Arrested
February 18 at 7:25 p.m., a male subject came home and got into an argument with his wife. During the ongoing argument, the wife tried to take the husband's phone from him. He responded by biting her hand, causing visible injury. He was arrested for domestic violence.
February 19 at 9:58 a.m., an officer responded to the 500 block of West Lime regarding a grand theft report. The victim told the officer he parked his vehicle on Mayflower the evening before, but did not lock it. He returned to his vehicle in the morning and saw the interior had been ransacked and some property taken. Investigation continuing.
February 19 at 5:48 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business parking lot in the 500 block of West Huntington. The victim had parked his vehicle in the parking lot and secured it. When he returned, he saw the door lock had been punched and the third row seat had been taken. Investigation continuing
February 19 at 9:34 p.m., loss prevention from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington observed three suspects cutting tags off of and secreting items on their persons. Officers responded and were in place when the suspects left the store with the merchandise. The officers detained the suspects without incident. Stolen merchandise was found on all three of the suspects. One suspect was found to be on probation for burglary and another was on parole for robbery. A consent search of their vehicle revealed further merchandise that is believed to be stolen from another retail store. The three suspects were arrested and taken into custody.
Grand Theft Auto Recovery
February 20 at 9:07 a.m., an officer was patrolling a shopping center parking lot in the 600 block of West Huntington. The officer noticed an unoccupied vehicle and discovered it to be a stolen vehicle. The vehicle is a 1999 Honda Civic and was reported stolen February 19 out of Baldwin Park. The officer recovered the vehicle.
February 20 at 10:48 a.m., an officer responded to a business in the 1400 block of South California regarding a theft of copper wire. Suspects removed a large amount of copper wire from a spool at a business. The suspects possibly gained access from a back alley. Investigation continuing.
Non-Injury Traffic Collision
February 20 at 11:36 a.m., an officer responded to a solo traffic collision at Myrtle and Colorado. A driver was attempting to make a turn onto Colorado from Myrtle when they hit the signal on the corner and knocked it down. Monrovia Fire Department and the Edison Company responded for exposed live wires.
February 22 at 5:59 p.m., officers responded to a residential burglary in the 300 block of North Mountain. It appears the suspect entered through an unlocked door and stole miscellaneous valuables from the home. Two shotguns were taken, but the suspect left them on the lawn as he fled the area, he may have been startled by a neighbor. During the investigation, it was discovered that a neighbor had seen a suspicious subject sitting in a parked vehicle just south of the victim's house at approximately 7:10 a.m. The subject is described as an 18-19 year old male, 5' 10", with a thin build. He was sitting in an older model, Dodge Plymouth minivan, white in color, with the engine running. The neighbor did not report the suspicious subject to police. Investigation continuing.
February 23 at 6:13 p.m., officers responded to a vehicle burglary that occurred in a hotel parking lot in the 700 block of West Huntington. A window on the vehicle was smashed and a purse was stolen. Investigation continuing.
Unreported Grand Theft Auto - Suspect Arrested
February 24 at 5:14 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department called to report they had been in pursuit of a 1995 Saturn and had one male suspect in custody. They requested a Monrovia officer contact the registered owner, who lives in the 200 block of East Pomona. The vehicle was stolen from the street in front of the registered owner's residence during the night. The victim was unaware of the theft and does not know the suspect.