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Monrovia Police: Suspects Arrested in Rash of Vehicle Burglaries; 'Well, Yeah, I Got a Meth Pipe'; Gang Members Hit Wrong House

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 27-30. - Brad Haugaard]
 
Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events. 
 
Burglary / Stolen Vehicle
June 27 at 6:06 a.m., a burglary and grand theft that occurred overnight at a construction site near Magnolia and Evergreen was reported to police.  Unknown suspect(s) broke into a locked storage container and took supplies and tools.  They also stole a white, 1997, Ford flatbed truck, which was parked in front of the storage container.  The investigation is continuing.
 
Residential Burglary
June 27 at 3:21 p.m., residents from the 300 block of North Mayflower arrived home and found the front and back doors of their residence open.  They looked inside and saw the house had been ransacked and called police.  They were unable to determine if anything had been taken at the time.  Investigation continuing.
 
Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
June 27 at 6:13 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington regarding a burglary.  A male adult entered the store, selected merchandise and tried to return several items in order to obtain store credit.  He was denied the return, so he exited the store with the items he had tried to return.  He was stopped by store security and detained.  An officer arrived and interviewed the suspect; he was arrested for burglary as he admitted he went to the location with the intent of taking the merchandise.    
 
Rash of Vehicle Thefts and Burglaries
On June 28, 29, and 30 numerous vehicle thefts and burglaries that occurred during the night were reported to police.  Some of the vehicles were left unlocked and some were locked.  The suspect(s) entered the vehicles and took cash, paperwork, electronics and other miscellaneous items that were left in the vehicles.  In one incident, a window was smashed and a purse was taken that was left on the floorboard of the vehicle. 
 
Three different suspects were arrested in the City this week, two for drug charges and one for receiving stolen property.  All three suspects have a history of theft from vehicles and were contacted as officers provided extra patrol for thefts from vehicles.  The investigations are continuing.
 
Receiving Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
June 28 at 10:10 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of West Huntington on the report of a suspicious subject looking into vehicles.  Officers detained a subject matching the description and found he was carrying two bags.  A search revealed he had two car stereos in the bags, which he said were given to him.  An investigation was conducted, and the subject was subsequently arrested for receiving stolen property.
 
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
June 29 at 7:40 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 300 block of South Mountain observed a subject who has a history of theft from vehicles.  The subject was contacted and through investigation, it was determined he was under the influence.  He was arrested and taken into custody.
 
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
June 29 at 8:40 p.m., while on patrol in the area of Magnolia and Olive, an officer saw a suspicious subject duck behind a vehicle in the driveway of a residence.  The subject has a history of theft from vehicles.  The officer stopped and contacted the subject.  During the consensual contact, the officer asked the subject if he had anything illegal on him.  The subject admitted to having a methamphetamine pipe in his pocket.  The officer located a used glass smoking pipe on the subject.  He was arrested.
 
Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
June 30 at 3:40 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle occupied by three subjects for failing to yield in the 2100 block of South Myrtle.  All three subjects were found to be on probation for theft.  The driver did not have any identification on his person and had a baggie of methamphetamine in his pocket.  The driver was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and his vehicle was stored.  The passengers were identified and released.
 
Injury Traffic Accident
June 30 at 1:38 p.m., two vehicles collided in the intersection of Huntington and California.  One of the vehicles failed to stop for the red light and ran into a car in the intersection.  The jaws of life were used to remove the passenger in the rear seat; she sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital.
 
Shots Fired at Occupied Vehicle
June 30 at approximately 10:15 p.m., a female adult who is living in a motor home was sleeping in the vehicle.  The motor home was parked in the 1100 block of South Ivy.  The woman heard a noise and looked out the window.  She saw a dark-colored, possibly blue, Nissan Maxima or Sentra, occupied by three to four male Hispanic subjects.  The driver of the vehicle yelled out a gang epithet and then fired three or four shots at the motor home.  The suspects then fled in the vehicle, north on Ivy and east on Huntington.
 
Officers arrived and inspected the motor home.  They located three bullet holes in the glass windows.  The victim does not know who the suspects are and did not recognize the vehicle.  She has no gang affiliation.  The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the Monrovia Police Department.   

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