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Monrovia Police: Punching Out a Car; Night Burglary; Power Tool Robbery

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 22-24. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 480 service events, resulting in 84 investigations.
Commercial Burglary / Robbery – Suspect Arrested
July 22 at 3:30 p.m., a male adult entered a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain and selected a power tool, placing it into a backpack.  Loss prevention personnel observed him and followed him as he left the store without paying for the item.  The loss prevention officer identified himself and the suspect swung at him, striking him in the face.  He then attempted to flee, but was restrained by assisting loss prevention personnel; they detained him until officers arrived.  He was arrested and taken into custody without further incident.

Residential Burglary
July 22 at 6:41 p.m., a burglary was reported in the 300 block of Prospect Avenue.  The victim left for work at 5:00 a.m. and returned home at 5:00 p.m.  When she returned home, she noticed the garage door was open.  She called her husband and asked if he was home; he was not.  She went into the house through the garage and the house looked normal.  She searched her dresser and noticed her rings were gone.  Several other items were taken.  The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
July 23 at 6:49 a.m., police responded to the report of a burglary at a residence in the 1200 block of South Alta Vista.  The suspect(s) entered an open living room window.  The screen was closed, but the suspects cut and removed it to enter.  This incident occurred sometime during the night.  The residents were home asleep, but did not hear anything.  When they awoke in the morning, they discovered the burglary.  A 20-inch flat screen television and a silver watch were taken.

Wanted Parolee at Large – Suspect Arrested
July 24 at 8:01 a.m., an officer on patrol saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation in the 2200 block of South Myrtle.  He contacted the subject and a computer check revealed the subject was a wanted parolee at large.  The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
July 24 at 3:21 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a motel in the 1100 block of East Huntington regarding a guest who was refusing to leave his unpaid room.  The officer and the motel owner asked the patron to leave; however, he refused.  He was arrested for trespassing and later released on citation to appear in court.

Battery / Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
July 25 at 2:17 a.m., police were dispatched to the 500 block of King Street regarding a male subject who was causing a disturbance.  When officers arrived, they found an intoxicated male subject.  He had punched the side of a car and then hit the driver.  He was arrested and charged with battery and being drunk in public.

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