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For the period of Sunday, April 1st, through Saturday, April 7th, the Police Department responded to 980 calls for service of which 120 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, April 1:
Around 5:38 p.m., an officer responded to JCPenney at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, in regards to a theft report. A juvenile suspect concealed merchandise inside his sweatshirt, and exited the store without making payment. The 15-year-old Hispanic male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. A records check revealed the juvenile had run away from a youth center and was reported missing by the Baldwin Park Police Department. He was later released to the Department of Child and Family Services.
At approximately 10:22 p.m., officers responded to Bar Louie, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding two male subjects refusing to leave the location. Officers discovered the suspects were intoxicated and unable to care for themselves. One suspect also exposed himself to patrons, including children. The 25-year-old Hispanic males were arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
Monday, April 2:
At about 2:33 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 000 block of West Arthur Avenue regarding a burglary report. The victim returned home and discovered several items missing, including cash and electronics. One resident believed she may have left a rear door unlocked. No one saw or heard anything suspicious.
Shortly after 4:00 p.m., an officer responded to the UPS Store, 713 West Duarte Road, in regards to a burglary report. The manager discovered unknown suspect(s) stole a bag of cash from an unsecured filing cabinet. No signs of forced entry were located and the manager was not sure if he activated the alarm.
Tuesday, April 3:
At about 11:06 a.m., an officer responded to Foothill Boulevard and Baldwin Avenue regarding a hit-and-run traffic accident. While the victim was yielding to make a left turn, a driver sideswiped her vehicle and fled the scene. The vehicle is described as a white box style truck. No injuries were reported.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., an officer conducted an enforcement stop on a white Expedition for an illegal turn, on Huntington Drive at Centennial Way. The driver was observed turning left from the number two lane. An investigation revealed the 45-year-old Hispanic female was never issued a license. She was cited and released in the field, and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
Wednesday, April 4:
Around 10:35 a.m., officers were dispatched to Right Start Mortgage, 130 East Huntington Drive, in regards to a vandalism report. A juvenile male climbed onto the building and jumped onto the hood of an employee’s car, causing significant damage. An investigation revealed the juvenile and his friend thought it would be funny to video record the incident so they could post it on Facebook. The two 13-year-old White males were cited and released to their parents.
At approximately 3:38 p.m., an officer pursued a black Ford Mustang with three occupants in the area of First Avenue and Duarte Road, which he discovered was reported stolen out of Monrovia. The suspects exited the vehicle and led the officer on a foot pursuit through a strip mall near Duarte Road and Santa Anita Avenue. Shortly after, they were located in an office building parking lot, 16 Campus Drive, where they were taken into custody without incident. An investigation revealed the driver, a 26-year-old Hispanic male, was on felony probation and had a suspended license. The 18-year-old Hispanic male passenger was also on felony probation and had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, and the 28-year-old Hispanic female passenger was found to be a parolee-at-large.
Thursday, April 5:
Shortly after 3:27 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a Honda for tinted windows, on Santa Anita Avenue at Wistaria Avenue. The officer noticed several spray paint cans in the back seat of the vehicle and recovered spray paint can tips and gloves on the driver and passenger’s person. The 19-year-old Hispanic male and 18-year-old White male were arrested for Possession of Vandalism Tools, and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
At about 6:06 p.m., an officer responded to the Arcadia Police Department front counter regarding an identity theft investigation. The victim discovered his social security number had been used by an unknown suspect to file a 2011 Tax Return. The victim has no idea how his information was compromised and is desirous of prosecution.
Friday, April 6:
Around 1:30 p.m., an employee at CVS, 188 East Live Oak Avenue, observed a female subject conceal make up brushes inside a black purse and exit the store without making payment. The suspect is described as Hispanic, between 30 to 35-years-old, 5’6” tall, 200 lbs., with dark hair with blonde highlights, wearing a dark jacket, brown shirt, and black pants. She suspect was recorded on video surveillance and can be recognized if seen again.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., officers were traveling westbound on Huntington Drive, west of Santa Anita Avenue, when they discovered a vehicle with expired registration. The driver explained the vehicle did not belong to her. A records check revealed she had an expired license and no insurance. She was cited and released in the field, and the vehicle was left legally parked.
Saturday, April 7:
At roughly 4:05 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Sport Chalet at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a theft report. A male juvenile was observed concealing an air soft gun and air soft ammunition inside his backpack, and exited the store without making payment. A search of his person revealed he was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The 12-year-old Asian male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. He was later released to his mother.
Around 7:13 p.m., a male subject was observed removing cash from a cash register at Nordstrom at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue. An investigation revealed the suspect was a former employee previously terminated for theft, who used an unknown employee’s identification number to open the register. The 60-year-old White male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
On April 2 at 8:40 p.m., dispatch received numerous 9-1-1 calls of shots fired in the area of Sherman and Los Angeles. Officers responded to the area and found six cartridge casings in the street and two bullet holes in a front facing wall in the 1200 block of Sherman. No one was injured. A compact car was seen right after the shooting, driving westbound on Cherry at a high rate of speed. No suspect description. Investigation continuing.
Parolee-at-Large / Possession of Burglary Tools / Possession of a Deadly Weapon
On April 4 at 2:39 a.m., an officer stopped and contacted a male and female walking in the 500 block of Parkrose. Upon talking with them, their statements conflicted as to why they were in the area and where they were going. Further investigation revealed the male subject was a parolee-at-large with an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. The officer located a large knife and a burglary tool near the area where he arrested the suspect. The suspect later admitted possession of the knife and the burglary tool. He was charged with the additional crimes.
On April 4 at 5:35 a.m., officers were dispatched to 600 block of West Olive, where a suspect was seen prowling at a residence. When the resident went outside, the suspect fled, running eastbound through a neighbor’s yard. An area search was conducted for the suspect, but he was not located. Investigation continuing.
April 5 at 2:14 p.m., a robbery was reported in the 1600 block of South Mountain. A female victim went to a business parking lot to meet a subject she contacted on Craigslist. The victim was purchasing a brand new iPhone from the suspect. The suspect approached the victim, who was standing outside her vehicle, and handed her a box. As she inspected the box, the suspect grabbed her money from the front pocket of her sweatshirt, and the force caused her to fall backwards. The suspect fled with the money, running north towards Evergreen. He was described as a male White, 30 years old, 6’0”, 180 pounds, black spiked hair, wearing a grey sweatshirt. Investigation continuing.
April 5 at 5:42 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of Mountain reported that someone had broken into their home. The suspect entered the location through a front window and ransacked the home, taking jewelry, a safe, and other miscellaneous items. A neighbor saw a possible suspect on the property. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic or Filipino, 25 years old, 5’5”, thin build, wearing glasses, a tan sweater and blue jeans. The suspect was driving a white, 2 door, older model Acura, with pink primer around the doors and a black paper license plate with the word “power” written on it. Investigation continuing.
April 5 at 5:54 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 300 block of South Canyon. The victim parked her vehicle on the street at 7:30 p.m. and returned to her vehicle the next morning at 9:00 a.m. There were no signs of forced entry, and the victim did not realize a seat was missing from the vehicle until 5:00 p.m. that day. She then reported the burglary to police. Investigation continuing.
April 6 at 10:48 a.m., a vehicle was reported burglarized in the 1800 block of Sixth Avenue. The vehicle was parked in the street in front of a residence at 1:00 a.m. and locked. The victim returned to vehicle 10:30 a.m. and found the passenger door unlocked. The glove compartment was ransacked and her purse was taken from the trunk. The investigation is continuing.
Brandishing a Handgun in a Threatening Manner – Suspects Arrested
April 8 at 7:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Los Angeles Street regarding a suspect that drove by in a black Nissan Altima, brandishing a handgun in a threatening manner. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter was monitoring the radio frequency and located the suspect vehicle. The helicopter directed responding units to the vehicle and it was stopped at Ivy and Cypress. The victim positively identified the vehicle and the driver, as the suspect, but she did not desire prosecution. The vehicle was searched, but the gun was not located. The driver was unlicensed and did not have valid identification. He was arrested and later released upon verifying his identity. A passenger was arrested for violation of Monrovia’s gang injunction and was taken into custody. Two other occupants in the vehicle were identified and released.
Weapons Violation – Suspect Arrested
April 7 at 8:20 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Treelane and Camino Real because the license plate was found to have a warrant associated to it. Upon contacting the female driver, she was found to be unlicensed. A search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana inside the vehicle and a handgun was found concealed in the engine compartment; the gun was wrapped in a white towel and wedged against the vehicle battery. The male passenger is the registered owner of the vehicle. He was arrested and charged for possessing the firearm. He was also found to be in possession of a stolen access card.