Monday, November 28, 2011
Following are the highlighted issues and events for November 21-27, 2011.
Burglary / Criminal Threats - Suspect Arrested
On November 21 at 11:45 a.m., a resident in the 1300 block of South Primrose found a male subject rummaging through clothes in her garage. The suspect told the resident he was running from the police, and if she contacted the police, he would be back to hurt her. He fled the area and the victim called police. Officer responded and located the suspect. The suspect was positively identified by the resident. He was arrested for the charges of burglary and criminal threats.
Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
On November 21 at 9:26 p.m., officers responded to the report of a drunk driver in the parking lot of a restaurant in the 600 block of West Huntington. Upon arrival, officers saw the vehicle traveling east on Huntington. They stopped the vehicle for several traffic violations in the 600 block of West Huntington. After investigation, the driver was determined to be under the influence and was arrested for DUI. The vehicle was stored.
Grand Theft from Vehicle
On November 23 at 7:43 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of Highland reported that someone had broken into his vehicle. His vehicle was parked in the driveway and was broken into sometime after 9:00 p.m. the previous night. The officer found all of the vehicle doors were unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry to indicate a burglary. A laptop computer worth about $1000.00 was taken. No witnesses or suspects were located. Investigation continuing.
Petty Theft from Vehicle
On November 23 at 12:35 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Lotone Street regarding theft from a vehicle. The female victim reported her vehicle was parked in the driveway at 9:30 p.m. the night before. In the morning, she discovered her Bluetooth earpiece was missing from the center console. She checked the rest of the vehicle and discovered that her black faux fur coat was missing from the trunk. All doors were unlocked and there were no sign of forced entry. The investigation is continuing.
Grand Theft from Vehicle
On November 23 at 1:41 p.m., a male subject came into the police department lobby to report a theft of checks from his vehicle. He had parked his vehicle in the street in front of his residence in the 500 block of West Scenic Drive. The crime had occurred sometime during the night. He had several money orders in the center console that were made out to a business and he thought he had locked the doors, but there were no signs of forced entry. Investigation continuing.
On November 23 at 9:52 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Mountain View regarding an attempt robbery. Five juveniles were talking on the corner of Mountain View and Mountain when a white Honda occupied by three male black suspects pulled up. Two of the suspects exited the vehicle and approached the juveniles. They simulated handguns under their shirts, demanded money and electronics, and threatened to shoot the juveniles. The third suspect, still sitting in the vehicle, suddenly revved the engine of the car. The two suspects then returned to the vehicle and they all fled, abruptly, without any property. Investigation continuing.
Driving Under the Influence / Hit and Run Traffic Collision - Suspect Arrested
On November 24 at 7:14 a.m., a traffic collision occurred in the 100 block of North Fifth Avenue and the driver ran from the scene. When officers arrived, they conducted an area search and observed a subject who matched the description of the driver walking in an alley. The subject ran, but was detained in a nearby yard. The suspect was positively identified as the driver involved in the collision by witnesses. The driver is a 17-year-old juvenile who had been drinking. The juvenile was arrested, cleared medically, and later released to a parent on a citation.
Commercial Burglary / Forgery - Suspects Arrested
On November 25 at 9:00 a.m., dispatch received a call from the manager of a retail business in the 500 block of West Huntington. The manager was reporting a female suspect attempting to purchase merchandise with counterfeit 100 dollar bills. Officers conducting extra patrols in the area responded within minutes and detained a female suspect inside the store. A second suspect who had selected merchandise and left without paying was detained in her vehicle. During the investigation, both suspects were found to have additional counterfeit bills in their possession. A receipt for another store in the same shopping center was discovered on the suspect who was sitting in the vehicle. Officers checked the second business and discovered that both suspects had also made purchases there using counterfeit 100 dollar bills. The suspects were arrested and taken into custody.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant - Suspects Arrested
On November 25 at 2:57 p.m., an officer observed a subject at a red signal heading south on Mayflower at Huntington. The left turn signal turned green and the driver suddenly turned into the left turn lane and cut off several vehicles. The officer stopped the driver, and through investigation, the driver was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was arrested. During a search of the vehicle, officers located a small plastic case containing two plastic baggies of methamphetamine and one baggie of marijuana. There was a passenger in the vehicle that had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. The passenger was also arrested.
Child Endangerment - Suspect Arrested
On November 25 at 8:46 p.m., a Monrovia park ranger observed a juvenile stumbling through a park in the 300 block of South Myrtle. He contacted the juvenile and determined he was drunk. Officers and medics were requested as the minor was beginning to hallucinate. The minor was taken to a hospital and his parents were contacted. The investigation revealed the minor had been provided alcohol and marijuana by a 20-year-old, male subject. There were several other adult males present who had also encouraged the minor to drink and smoke. The adult male who provided the minor with the alcohol was arrested and admitted to providing the alcohol and a marijuana pipe, but he denied providing the marijuana. He is charged with felony child endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The investigation regarding the other male subjects is ongoing.
Commercial Burglary / Felony Child Endangerment - Suspect Arrested
On November 25 at 10:36 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of West Huntington reported a female suspect had stolen merchandise, left the store, and was driving away in a red vehicle. An officer in the area observed the vehicle attempting to enter the 210 Freeway from Huntington going wrong-way up the exit ramp. The officer was able to catch up and stop the vehicle. The female suspect had a four-year-old child in the car with her. The suspect was taken into custody and positively identified by the loss prevention officer. He advised the officer that the female suspect had the child with her when she committed the crime. During a pat-down search, a usable quantity of methamphetamine was found on the suspect and a search of the vehicle revealed a usable quantity of cocaine. The suspect was charged with commercial burglary, felony child endangerment, and the related narcotics charges. The suspect is the child's aunt. The child's mother was contacted and the child was released to her.
On November 27 at 10:44 p.m., an officer responded to a medical assist of an elderly woman having difficulty breathing at a residence in the 400 block of East Olive. The officer arrived and knocked on the door, but no one answered. The officer made entry into the residence by forcing the front door open. Upon entering, he located the woman, who was unable to answer the door, and assisted her until Monrovia Fire Department arrived. The woman was taken to a hospital by ambulance for treatment.
Stop Graffiti Bounty Program
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The official notice was in the morning Email...
Neighborhood Watch Report
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the activity for the week of November 17-24 will be included in next weeks Neighborhood Watch Report.
Lori A. Le Veque, Administrative Secretary
Friday, November 18, 2011
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 509 service events, resulting in 97 investigations. Following are the highlighted issues and events. To see a complete listing of crimes reported, go to http://www.crimemapping.com/map/ca/monrovia for crime mapping.
On November 10 at 10:36 p.m., police responded to the 100 block of South Alta Vista regarding a domestic disturbance. The disturbance was between a male and female who have a four-year-old child together and are in the process of separating, but still live together at this time. The male subject was upset and pushed the female out the front door and down a small flight of stairs. When she hit the ground, she struck her head and sustained other visible injuries. The male subject disabled all of the phones so the female could not call police. He grabbed the small child and held her as he yelled threats to the victim, stating he would harm or kill her. The child was traumatized by the incident. Police arrived and arrested the suspect without further incident. He was booked for domestic violence, criminal threats, disabling the phones, and for child endangerment.
Grand Theft Auto
On November 12 at 1:01 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen in the 200 block of Los Angeles. The vehicle was a white, 1994 Honda Civic. The vehicle was stolen some time between 11:00 p.m. on November 11 and 1:00 a.m. on November 12.
On November 12 at 4:00 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 900 block of South Mountain saw a male subject walking in the rain wearing only shorts. The subject told officers he had not slept for three days, he had not taken his medication, and he did not know where he was or where he was going. He was taken to a hospital, where he was held for mental evaluation.
Residential Burglary - Senior Citizen Scam
On November 12 at 11:24 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of North Magnolia regarding a theft report. The theft had occurred the day before at the home of a senior citizen couple in their late 80's. On November 11 at 5:00 p.m., the female victim answered her door to two male, White suspects in their late 20's. She recognized the suspects as two subjects who had come to their home a month prior, soliciting car service. The two suspects actually did minor repair work at the home on the couple's vehicle. The victim's husband was not home, so the suspects asked to leave their phone number. When the victim walked to her kitchen and told them to wait while she got a pen and paper, they followed her inside, uninvited. One suspect asked to use the restroom while the other distracted the woman, but instead of using the restroom, he went into her bedroom and stole money and all of her jewelry. The two suspects left and the victim did not discover the theft until later that evening. The suspects were driving a black, Ford F150 truck with chrome wheels.
On November 12 at 11:46 a.m., police responded to a burglary that occurred in the 400 block of South Myrtle at a private business. The business is only accessible from the rear alley and one must walk up a flight of stairs. The suspect(s) forced a window open to gain entry and stole money and a laptop.
Attempt Armed Robbery
On November 12 at 6:06 p.m., a male subject in his late 20's approached a woman in a parking lot in the 600 block of West Huntington. The suspect displayed a black handgun and demanded the victim give him her purse. The victim refused to give up her purse and the suspect turned and fled on foot, heading east. The suspect is described at a male Hispanic, wearing blue jeans and a grey shirt with a graphic design on the shoulder. Officers responded and conducted an area search for the suspect, but were not able to locate him. There was no harm to the victim and no loss.
On November 14 at 7:45 p.m., police responded to the report of a window-smash vehicle burglary that occurred in a business parking lot in the 700 block of East Huntington. The crime occurred between 6:20 and 7:35 p.m. There was no loss. Investigation continuing.
On November 14 at 10:01 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a window-smash vehicle burglary that occurred in a business parking lot in the 500 block of West Huntington. The crime occurred between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. There was no loss. Investigation continuing.
Vehicle Burglary / Grand Theft Auto Recovery
On November 15 at 1:13 a.m., a 1993 Honda Accord was reported stolen from the front of a residence in the 1400 block of South Magnolia. The crime occurred between 9:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. The vehicle was found and recovered a short distance away. The GPS system and a toolbox had been stolen from the vehicle. Investigation continuing.
Possession of Narcotics / Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia - Suspect Arrested
On November 16 at 7:05 p.m., police received a call reporting a suspicious vehicle parked at Greystone and Ivy. Officers arrived and found the male occupant was preparing to ingest heroin. He was arrested for possession of narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia and taken into custody.
Serial Vandalism - Suspects Arrested
On November 16 at 8:09 p.m., police received a call reporting a vandalism incident that had just occurred in the 300 block of East Colorado. Two male suspects were seen "tagging" a wall and fleeing on foot. Officers arrived and began a search of the area. A witness told an officer the suspects ran through an apartment complex. Officers entered the complex and were seen by the suspects, who immediately attempted to run away. They were detained quickly and positively identified by the witness. Through investigation, it was learned that these two suspects are responsible for an extensive series of recent vandalism. The suspects each confessed to other crimes and led officers to additional unreported vandalisms. Also discovered during the investigation, were the identities of two previously unknown suspects. These two have also been responsible for many recent vandalism incidents. The suspects, a male juvenile and male adult, were booked for vandalism. The juvenile was cited and released to his mother. The adult was booked for felony vandalism and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Other charges are pending on all four suspects.
Detective Bureau Case Follow-up
Monrovia Special Enforcement Team officers assisted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department serving several warrants. Three warrants were served in Monrovia. The warrants resulted in three arrests and the recovery of four guns.
When leaving your vehicle parked and unattended, make sure you do not leave any personnel items, such as GPS system, purse, cell phone, or computer laptop in your vehicle. If you need to leave valuables in the vehicle - use the trunk. If your vehicle does not have a trunk - place valuables under the seat out of view, and always lock your vehicle.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Arcadia PD has had a twitter account for a couple of years now. They aren't that different crime wise compared to us and worth following for up to the minute information, especially traffic problems in Arcadia if you have to be there. Follow them at @ArcadiaPD.
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 504 service events, resulting in 107 investigations. Following are the highlighted issues and events. To see a complete listing of crimes reported, go to http://www.crimemapping.com/map/ca/monrovia for crime mapping.
Arson - Suspects Arrested
On November 3 at 3:43 p.m., police received a call reporting smoke coming from the railroad tracks at Monterey Avenue. An animal control officer was near the tracks and saw three juveniles leaving the tracks near the smoke. Officers responded and were able to detain the three juveniles. During the investigation, the officers were able to determine that the juveniles not only set this fire, but were also responsible for four previous fires set on the tracks over the past several weeks. The juveniles were brought to the station and Juvenile Hall was notified. Juvenile Hall requested the juveniles be cited and released.
Grand Theft Auto - Suspects Arrested
On November 4 at 12:41 a.m., an officer observed a suspicious vehicle eastbound in the 500 block of West Huntington. A license plate check revealed the vehicle was stolen. The officer stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of East Evergreen and detained four occupants. The vehicle was part of a sting operation through the California Highway Patrol's Taskforce for Regional Auto-theft Prevention (TRAP). CHP was notified and responded to the scene. CHP TRAP officers took the suspect into custody and stored the vehicle. Two other occupants were arrested, one for a misdemeanor traffic warrant and the other for a no-bail warrant out of Monrovia. The fourth person complained of chest pain and was taken to a hospital.
Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision - Suspect Arrested
On November 4 at 2:28 a.m., officers responded to the 1800 block of Ninth Avenue regarding a traffic collision. A driver hit a parked vehicle. The driver was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for driving under the influence.
On November 4 at 7:45 p.m., a woman was sitting on the window sill of her second floor apartment in the 400 block of East Foothill and fell from the window onto the patio below. When officers and paramedics arrived, she was conscious and was able to tell the officers she had not been pushed; she simply lost her balance and fell. Neighbors were questioned and said they did not hear any disturbance from the apartment. At this time, no foul play or crime is suspected.
Hit & Run on Private Property
On November 5 at 3:51 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of East Huntington regarding a hit and run collision. An employee who works night hours came out to his car to find it had been struck and shoved up onto the walkway from the parking lot area. He did not know when the incident occurred and no suspects were observed. There was white paint transfer found on the car. Apparently, the suspect cut through the parking lot and struck the car, then fled the scene. An area check was conducted, but the suspect vehicle was not located.
Drug Activity / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Suspect Arrested
On November 5 at 10:29 p.m., an officer stopped a bicyclist for not having lighting equipment at night. During the contact, the bicyclist admitted to having drugs and a pipe on his person. The suspect was patted down and found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a drug pipe. The suspect was arrested.
California Highway Patrol Activity in Monrovia / Driving Under the Influence / Pursuit - Suspect Arrested
On November 6 at 8:29 p.m., the CHP was involved in a pursuit of a suspected drunk driver. The suspect exited the 210 Freeway at Myrtle and the pursuit eventually terminated in an alley behind a bar in the 1500 block of South Myrtle. The suspect fled on foot, but was apprehended by CHP Officers in the 100 block of East Pomona. The CHP did not request Monrovia Police Department's assistance during this incident.
Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
November 6 at 10:11 p.m., an officer on patrol observed an intoxicated subject behind the wheel of a stopped vehicle that was blocking the roadway in the 500 block of West Chestnut. The engine was running and the driver told the officer he had driven from El Monte. The officer arrested the driver for driving under the influence. The suspect's criminal history revealed he had three other DUI arrests within a 10-year period. The suspect was charged with felony driving under the influence.
September 29, 2011, Vehicle Burglary - Suspect Arrested
On November 7, an officer on patrol in the 600 block of East Huntington recognized a suspect wanted for vehicle burglary. The suspect was with two other subjects. The officer detained the subjects and subsequently arrested the wanted suspect. The vehicle burglary occurred on September 29, 2011, at an apartment complex parking structure in the 100 block of West Colorado. Fingerprints were lifted at the scene from the vehicle and a suspect was identified. The detective assigned to the case notified patrol of the suspect's identification and the suspect was located on November 7.
On November 9 at 5:17 a.m., a caller reported his vehicle broken into overnight. The vehicle was parked in a parking lot in the 700 block of West Huntington. The vehicle had been locked and secured.
Petty Theft from a Vehicle
On November 9 at 8:11 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 1300 block of South Primrose regarding a theft from a vehicle. The victim reported that he parked his vehicle in his driveway at approximately 4:00 p.m. He left the vehicle unlocked and the windows were cracked about 2 inches on both sides. Overnight, the suspect(s) entered the vehicle and took his wallet, which was left in the driver side compartment.
On the morning of November 9, three locations called to report vandalism that had occurred overnight. The locations had been vandalized with similar graffiti. The vandalism occurred in the 500 block of Fallen Leaf, 600 block of South Shamrock and the 100 block of East Chestnut. Investigation continuing.
Grand Theft Auto Recovery
On November 9 at 4:42 p.m., an officer drove by a suspicious vehicle parked in the 300 block of Genoa. He conducted a DMV check on the vehicle's plate and it returned as stolen out of Sacramento on November 6, 2011. The vehicle was recovered.
Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance - Suspect Arrested
On November 9 at 5:35 p.m., a caller reported a subject who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs trying to start his vehicle at Myrtle and Foothill. A second caller reported the subject drove off east in his vehicle. Officers responded, located the vehicle and stopped it east of Myrtle. The investigation revealed the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance and he was arrested and taken into custody.
Grand Theft Auto
On November 9 at 8:33 p.m., a 2005, 4-door, white Chevy Silverado was reported stolen from the 800 block of Bonita. The crime occurred between 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Grand Theft Auto
On November 9 at 8:50 p.m., a 2000, white Honda Civic was reported stolen from the 500 block of West Huntington. At 10:40 p.m., an officer located the vehicle parked in the 600 block of West Huntington. The vehicle's engine was cold when it was found. It appeared the suspect(s) took the vehicle for a joyride, ransacked it, stole a toolbox and the vehicle's registration, and abandoned the vehicle.
Tip of the Week
Tips for Driving in Rain
First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather. When driving in rainy conditions, it is more difficult to see other vehicles, road signs and the road itself. It is critical to make sure you can see and be seen. Turn your headlights on even in a light rain, or in gloomy, foggy or overcast conditions. Not only do they help you see the road, but they'll help other drivers see you.
Before it starts to rain, replace old or brittle wipers. Replace your wipers regularly, at least once a year. Wiper blades in bad condition don't clear water from the windshield very well and distort your view. Older vehicles may need to have the whole wiper arm replaced. The arms bend over time and sometimes can't keep enough downward pressure to clear the windshield, even with new blades installed. Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule); this needs to be increased in wet weather. Don't follow large trucks or buses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision.
Wet-weather driving also demands gentle use of all main controls - steering, clutch, brake and accelerator - and a larger allowance for errors and emergencies. Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions and watch out for brake lights in front of you. And, again, most importantly, slow down! This should be obvious, but people are so used to driving certain speeds on certain roads that sometimes they forget the need to slow down when inclement weather presents itself. Slow Down and Drive safely!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Trespassing - Suspect Arrested
On October 27 at 11:24 a.m., a 19-year-old male subject was placing pizza advertisements on the front door of houses when he came across an unlocked door in the 200 block of Sunset. He decided to enter the home. He was found loitering in the kitchen by the housemaid, and when discovered, he ran out of the house and out of sight. Police responded and he was apprehended on the next street over, continuing his work. He was placed under private person's arrest for trespassing.
On October 27 at 3:40 p.m., a fire was reported on the railroad tracks behind the 700 block of Montana. Officers responded and discovered a cloth towel on fire. They put out the fire. Witnesses saw two junior-high-school-aged, male subjects, leaving the area of the tracks, walking west along the tracks out of sight. Both had skateboards. It is unknown if they were the subjects who started the fire. Officers searched the area, but did not locate any suspects.
On October 27 at 6:16 p.m., police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of North Myrtle. The victim estimates the suspect attempted to enter the property between 8:15 a.m. and 5:35 p.m. on October 27. A rear window screen was cut, allowing access to the door handle. There was no loss. The suspect may have been scared off prior to completing the burglary. Investigation continuing.
On October 27 at 7:19 p.m., an officer responded to the 500 block of East Olive regarding a burglary report. The victim saw that her jewelry box appeared to be tampered with earlier in the week, but due to being in a rush, did not investigate further. She later discovered that five gold rings and a bottle of Brandy were missing. There was no forced entry or evidence discovered. Investigation continuing.
Warrant / Gang Injunction Service - Suspect Arrested
On October 28 at 5:39 p.m., Monrovia Police Department received a call from San Gabriel Police Department advising they had a female in custody for a no-bail warrant out of Monrovia. The female is a documented gang member named in the gang injunction, but had not been served. Her warrant was for felony vandalism she had committed in the City of Monrovia. An officer responded and served her the gang injunction papers and took her into custody for the warrant. She was transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail.
Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision - Suspect Arrested
On October 28 at 10:02 p.m., an adult, male subject left a World Series party on Beechwood and collided with a parked vehicle; both vehicles were heavily damaged. Police responded to the scene and the driver was determined to be driving under the influence. He was arrested and taken into custody.
On October 29 at 4:57 a.m., police received the report of a traffic collision with a vehicle rolled over at Myrtle and Huntington. A driver had grown impatient waiting at the traffic light and drove north on Myrtle to make a u-turn. The driver failed to see an approaching vehicle and struck it. The driver of the second vehicle lost control and the vehicle rolled over. Injuries were complaint of pain only and one person was transported to a hospital by paramedics.
Domestic Dispute / Suicide
On October 29 at approximately 12:01 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of South Myrtle. When officers arrived, they found a man holding a woman at gunpoint. Officers immediately confronted the male suspect and ordered him to put the gun down. The suspect then turned the gun on himself and took his own life. The investigation revealed that the suspect was the woman's ex-husband and they had one child together. The suspect had followed his ex-wife and child and had confronted them where the incident occurred. The woman and child were not injured. The investigation is continuing and is being conducted by the Monrovia Police Department Detective Bureau.
Outside Assist - California Highway Patrol
On October 29, a caller reported a drunk driver on the 210 Freeway, striking walls with his vehicle and driving on the rim of one tire. Another caller then reported a traffic collision with the vehicle rolled over in the area of Myrtle and the 210 Freeway. The driver had exited the freeway at Myrtle, striking the cement construction barricades. He lost control of his vehicle and went through the fence for the freeway embankment. The vehicle struck a large light standard with such impact it sent the light fixture flying off the pole and bent the pole severely. The driver was found unconscious trapped inside his vehicle. Monrovia Fire Department personnel responded and extracted the driver by cutting off the top of the car. The subject was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
On October 30 at 2:53 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Magnolia and Genoa regarding a subject that was using a realty sign post to vandalize two cars. On arrival, the officers found the suspect had fled. Two vehicles parked on the street were heavily damaged. A search was conducted for the suspect, but he was not located. Investigation continuing.
On October 31 at 7:32 a.m., a school district employee called to report graffiti on their warehouse in the 400 block of Almond. An officer responded and located the graffiti on the warehouse east facing wall and on a small retaining wall. The graffiti is gang related and was written in black spray paint. Investigation continuing.
On October 31 at 9:16 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 1200 block of South California was flagged down by a resident. The resident reported that the north facing wall of a house had been vandalized with graffiti. The graffiti is gang related and was written in green spray paint. Investigation continuing.
Vandalism - Suspect Arrested
On October 31 at 9:45 a.m., a witness called police to report a male subject vandalizing a stop sign at Ivy and Walnut with yellow paint. The witness stayed on the phone and helped direct police to the suspect's location, and the suspect was detained. The subject was positively identified by the witness and arrested. The reporting party was notified that they would be eligible for Monrovia Police Department's Stop Graffiti Bounty Program for reporting the incident that led to an arrest. See below for program information.
Vandalism / Petty Theft / Curfew / Trespassing - Suspect Arrested
On November 1 at 2:10 a.m., officers responded to a call of three subjects throwing pumpkins in the 200 block of North Encinitas. Officers discovered pumpkins broken up on several streets in the area, but no suspects were located. At 3:33 a.m., a caller reported hearing someone throwing pumpkins in the area again. Officers arrived and located a subject dressed in all black. When officers attempted to detain him, he fled the area, jumping fences. The 17-year-old male subject was eventually detained. There were no other suspects located. The suspect was arrested for the above listed charges. He was eventually cited out and released to his mother.
Grand Theft Auto
On November 1 at 7:30 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of West Duarte regarding the report of a stolen vehicle. The victim parked his vehicle in his assigned carport stall and locked it. Sometime between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m., the vehicle was stolen. The vehicle is a black, 1995 Nissan Maxima. All keys are accounted for. Investigation continuing.
On November 1 at 7:59 a.m., a subject from the same complex in the above incident approached the officer and reported that someone had broken into his vehicle. This vehicle was parked across from where the stolen vehicle had been parked. The vehicle was found with the trunk ajar and the two front doors open. The loss was undetermined. Investigation continuing.
On November 1 at 9:06 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Maurice regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported that she parked her Lexus in the driveway at 6:00 p.m. The vehicle was secured and locked. She returned to her vehicle the next morning at 9:00 a.m. and saw the front passenger window smashed. She looked in the vehicle and noted her purse was missing from the front passenger seat. The victim did not hear or see anything during the night. Investigation continuing.
On November 1 at 9:57 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 1500 block of Pilgrim Way. The victim parked his vehicle on the street in front of his house at 6:00 p.m. The vehicle was secured and locked. The victim returned to the vehicle at 9:00 a.m. the next morning and noticed the inside had been ransacked. The stereo, navigation system and an iPod were taken. The victim did not hear or see anything during the night. Investigation continuing.
On November 1 at 10:07 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of Norumbega called police to report a vehicle break-in. The vehicle was broken into sometime between 5:00 and 7:30 a.m. in the morning. The victim's purse was taken from the vehicle.
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance - Suspect Arrested
On November 2 at 1:47 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of South Primrose called police and reported unknown subjects on his roof. Officers responded, but no subjects were located on the roof. The officer noticed that the reporting party was displaying signs of drug usage. After checking the subject further, the officer determined that he was under the influence. The subject was arrested and taken to Monrovia Police Department, where he was charge with being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Tip of the Week
Theft Prevention from Vehicles
Always lock your doors and roll up all windows when you leave your car. Car thieves regularly patrol parking lots and try door handles to see if they will open. They will even try door handles on cars parked in driveways late at night when you are sleeping. They are hoping for an unlocked vehicle that they can get into quickly and they will take anything left inside. You should always store valuable items in the trunk, so that a criminal does not see them and become tempted to break into your vehicle.