During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 510 service events, resulting in 91 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:
Crime Notification - Imposter - City Water Department Worker
On March 14 at approximately 10:30 a.m., an elderly female resident in the 600 block of West Maple answered a knock at her door. A 35 to 45 year old Hispanic male wearing white pants and a white shirt identified himself as a "water department employee." This suspect was wearing an identification badge on a lanyard around his neck. He told the resident he needed to check her water because the water in the area was contaminated. The resident allowed the suspect inside her home. He checked the water in her kitchen faucet and then told the resident to check her bathroom faucet. When the resident left to check the bathroom faucet, the suspect removed cash and a checkbook from the resident's purse. The suspect left and the resident discovered the crime. Investigation continuing.
Formative Years Project
The Monrovia Police Department's classes for the Formative Years Project are scheduled to begin May 5, 2011. The Formative Years Project is a program aimed at parents and their children, grades 1st through 3rd, which introduces important life values and skills to children at an early age. Providing this training when children are young begins the process of building healthy and safe practices that can set the stage for a lifetime of success and healthy living. Please see the flyer attached at the end of this report for more information on how to register for classes.
March 17 at 7:40 a.m., officers responded to the report of a break-in at a camp building in the 1100 block of North Canyon. The officer determined the suspect used a cylindrical piece of concrete to break the southwest window to gain entry and took a portable DVD player, 10 portable radios, and a backpack with a medical kit. The building was unoccupied at the time. Investigation continuing.
Brandishing a Knife - Suspect Arrested
March 17 at 4:36 p.m., officers responded to a park in the 300 block of South Myrtle regarding a disturbance between two boys. On arrival, the officer detained the two subjects, one is 18 years old. Apparently, an argument began between the two boys and the 18 year old produced a knife and brandished it. He was arrested and later released on a citation.
Vandalism - Suspect Arrested
March 17 at 11:45 p.m., officers responded to Evergreen and Myrtle regarding a male subject that had been seen writing graffiti on the wall of the freeway. Officers responded and detained the subject. The graffiti was not gang related. The suspect was arrested for vandalism. The Monrovia Police Department's $100 Graffiti Bounty was given to the reporting party of this incident.
Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Suspect Arrested
March 18 at 12:38 a.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 900 block of South Fifth Avenue regarding a disturbance between a male subject and female subject that were yelling at each other. When the officers arrived, the male subject was gone and the female was in her hotel room. A small plastic bag of methamphetamine was found on the ground next to the female, along with a used glass smoking pipe, which was found under her duffle bag next to her. The female was arrested.
Grand Theft Auto Recovery - Suspect Arrested
March 20 at 3:46 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Huntington when he observed a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was confirmed stolen and officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop on the vehicle and arrested the driver. The driver claimed he just bought the vehicle, but Los Angeles Sheriff's TRAP detectives reported the vehicle had been stolen from a dealership. Investigation continuing.
March 21 at 3:30 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Hurstview regarding a woman being attacked by a dog. The officer was able to scare the dog away and the female was able to leave the property without injury. The dog's owner was cited.
March 21 at 7:44 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of El Nido regarding a burglary alarm. When officers arrived, they discovered that someone had forced entry into the residence by removing a bathroom window screen and breaking the window. The resident was notified by the alarm company, and he reported that he had left the residence moments before the alarm activation. A witness was located who stated a newer, white Toyota Camry was seen leaving the location after the alarm activated. Investigation continuing.
March 22 at 9:30 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 300 block of West Huntington regarding a robbery. A white female suspect walked into the business and approached the counter brandishing a large kitchen knife. She stated that this was a robbery and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk behind the counter stepped back and told a customer to call police because they were being robbed. The suspect calmly turned and walked out of the business, down the street and out of sight. An area search was conducted, but the suspect was not located. It was later learned that two similar robberies occurred in the City of San Dimas. Video surveillance was captured of the incident in Monrovia. The investigation is continuing.