During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 520 service events, resulting in 95 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:
False Information to a Peace Officer / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant - Suspect Arrested
May 19 at 2:50 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 200 block of West Foothill stopped a bicyclist for a violation. The officer had suspicions that the bicyclist did not provide his true name. The officer's fingerprint reader revealed the suspect did give a false name. The suspect was found to have a warrant out for his arrest and a search revealed a small package of methamphetamine on his person. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.
Felony Evading / Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
May 22 at 2:35 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Duarte Road and Sixth noticed his radar activate, which indicated a vehicle was approaching at a high rate of speed. The vehicle passed by and the officer went in pursuit, attempting to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to stop and made numerous sharp turns in an attempt to get away. The driver finally stopped at the 210 Freeway and was detained. During the investigation, the driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested.
Outstanding Warrant - Suspect Arrested
May 22 at 9:35 a.m., an officer was patrolling a business parking lot in the 100 block of West Foothill when he saw a male subject loitering in front of a store. He recognized the subject and knew he had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for possession of methamphetamine. He detained the subject and confirmed the warrant, then arrested him without incident.
Commercial Burglary - Suspect Arrested
May 23 at 5:00 a.m., officers responded to a burglary alarm at a business in the 300 block of West Huntington. Upon arrival, they found someone had forced a back window open and entered the location. There was no evidence of any property taken. One of the officers noticed a suspicious person on a bicycle leaving the area of Cypress and Magnolia. The bicyclist was detained and found to be in possession of numerous packages of cigarettes. A search of the area revealed that a neighboring business was also burglarized by a suspect using a cutting tool to create a crawl space into the location. The investigation revealed that the cigarettes found in the suspect's possession were stolen from that business. The suspect was arrested. The investigation is continuing.
May 23 at 6:17 a.m., an officer was dispatched on the report of a vehicle burglary that occurred in the 200 block of West Lemon. The window on the victim's vehicle was broken and items inside the vehicle were stolen.
Grand Theft Auto
May 23 at 7:12 a.m., a victim called to report his green, 2005 Honda Pilot had been stolen sometime during the night. The victim's son parked and secured the vehicle in front of the residence the night before. He believes this is related to a burglary at his residence in which his extra keys to his vehicle were taken. There were no signs of forced entry.
Theft from a Vehicle
May 23 at 11:22 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of North May called to report a theft from her vehicle. The suspect took checks and other items from the vehicle during the night. The victim believes she left the doors unlocked.
Robbery - Suspect Arrested
May 23 at 4:18 p.m., loss prevention officers from a business in the 700 block of East Huntington called regarding a female subject they detained for shoplifting. The female would not comply with the loss prevention officer's request to walk back inside the store. After several attempts, the loss prevention officer tried to take the female's hand to control her and she began to fight him. As they fell to the ground, the suspect kicked at the loss prevention officer. A police officer arrived and the female suspect was taken into custody without further incident.
May 23 at 4:49 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of Oakdale Avenue called to report that someone had broken into her home. She had left the location and had been away from her home overnight. When she returned the next day at about 4:30 in the afternoon, she found the rear, sliding glass door had been smashed. Officers arrived and checked the premises. Miscellaneous items, jewelry, and a rifle and revolver were taken.
Hit & Run Traffic Collision / Evading Police / Attempt Suicide / 72-Hour Mental Evaluation
May 23 at 11:55 p.m., police received a call reporting a man and woman arguing in the area of Palm and Canyon. Officers arrived and contacted the female subject. She said she had been arguing with her boyfriend, who then left her there and drove away. An officer saw the boyfriend driving north on Primrose from Colorado, then east on Lemon. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the man drove through the red light at Myrtle. He continued east on Lemon and ran the stop sign at Ivy. He lost control of his vehicle and collided into a parked car in the 200 block of East Lemon. The suspect fled the accident scene on foot. The suspect was not located, but his identity was determined. Officers attempted to locate the suspect at his home, but he was not at the location.
The next morning at 8:18 a.m., officers were dispatched to the suspect's residence in the 200 block of Poinsettia. The 19 year old suspect had returned and was threatening suicide. Officers arrived and were told the suspect locked himself in his room and he had two knives with him. The suspect refused to open the door for officers. Officers forced entry through the door and detained the suspect without further incident. He was taken to a hospital, where he was held for mental evaluation. Charges will be filed with the District Attorney's Office.
May 24 at 6:29 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of McKinley called to report that someone had broken into her vehicle. An officer was dispatched to the location and found that the suspect had broken out a rear passenger window. The victim had left her purse in the vehicle and it had been taken by the suspect.
Commercial Burglary - Suspect Arrested
May 25 at 1:59 p.m., loss prevention from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington reported that a female subject had taken merchandise and exited the store without paying. She fled in a black vehicle driven by a male subject. Loss prevention officers obtained the license plate number. An officer responded and contacted the loss prevention officers, who provided the license plate number of the vehicle and a photo of the female suspect. A DMV check of the license plate indicated the vehicle is registered to a residence in the county area of Arcadia. The officer contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and requested they drive by the location to check for the vehicle. The vehicle was located at the residence. Monrovia officers went to the location and contacted the female suspect. She was arrested for burglary without incident.
Detective Bureau - Case Follow-up
This week the Detective Bureau filed two significant cases with the District Attorney's Office and completed a third case for filing consideration:
Felony Filing for Second Degree Commercial Burglary
Patrol arrested a subject on May 23, 2011 at 0455 hours for the suspected burglary of the cigarette kiosk business at 336 W. Huntington Drive. This suspect was in possession of ninety-six packs of cigarettes from the business. The handling detective processed all of the cigarette packs for latent print evidence. The detective recovered four latent prints from the cigarette packs. The detective obtained the owner's fingerprints and had a forensic fingerprint expert compare the latent (evidence) fingerprints to the owner's fingerprints. The latent (evidence) fingerprints belonged to the owner. This is important because it eliminated the argument of a second suspect actually committing the crime. The person arrested with the cigarettes was wearing gloves when he was arrested. This person is suspected of committing other burglaries and he was arrested two weeks before and charged with trespassing. The detective presented the cigarette case to the District Attorney's Office and the District Attorney filed a felony complaint against this subject for second degree commercial burglary.
Felony Filing for Three Counts of Second Degree Commercial Burglary
Patrol arrested four subjects for burglary on May 18, 2011 for stealing alcohol from the Pavilions' store at 130 W. Foothill Boulevard. These four people matched the descriptions of the four subjects who had just previously committed a burglary of alcohol from our Albertson's store at 725 E. Huntington Drive. These four subjects also had alcohol bottles our Pavilions' store determined to have been from the Pavilion's store in Arcadia. The four subjects made bail and were released from custody. The handling detective conducting his supplemental investigation obtained evidence these four individuals were responsible for the Albertson's burglary and had indeed committed a similar burglary at the Arcadia Pavilion's. The detective presented this case to the District Attorney's office and the District Attorney filed three counts of second degree commercial burglary against all four suspects.
Case Submitted to the District Attorney for Filing Consideration
Patrol responded to a residential burglary at 133 E. Pomona on February 20, 2011. The suspect stole $5, 950 worth of women's jewelry. The handling patrol officer obtained a latent print from a cigarette wrapper found on the residential property. The latent print was processed by the Crime Lab and the print was identified. The handling detective conducted his supplemental investigation and discovered this subject had been arrested by deputies from the Temple City substation on the same day as our burglary. Our detective coordinated with the Temple City detective and learned this subject was arrested with women's jewelry in his possession which the deputies booked into their evidence system as property under observation. Our detective contacted the victim and the victim identified the jewelry as hers. The jewelry was returned to the victim. The detective has submitted this case to the District Attorney to obtain an arrest warrant case of residential burglary against the suspect.