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Monrovia Police: Attack on Toy Soldiers; Car vs Bike; Oops! Wrong House; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 2-5. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Grand Theft
January 2 at 8:16 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a construction site in the 700 block of West Duarte Road. The foreman at the site reported that someone had cut the chain link fence off of the wash, entered a house under construction, cut the steel chain securing the property, and left the location with an air compressor and three hoses. The investigation is continuing.

Felony Vandalism
January 2 at 8:54 a.m., an officer responded to the corner of Olive and Myrtle on a report of vandalism to city property. A city employee reported a toy soldier holiday decoration had been forcefully removed from its base and thrown among the plants. It’s unknown if it can be repaired. The investigation is continuing.

Theft from a Vehicle
January 2 at 2:26 p.m., the victim parked his vehicle on the street in front of his residence in the 200 block of Highland in the evening. He returned to the vehicle the next day at about 11:00 a.m. As he entered the vehicle, he realized his backpack was missing from the rear sear. The backpack contained an iPad and a laptop. The vehicle is equipped with a self-locking system that secures the vehicle after being unattended for longer than three minutes. There were no signs of forced entry. The investigation is continuing.

Felony Hit and Run Traffic Collision - Vehicle vs. Bicyclist
January 2 at 4:05 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Hillcrest regarding a hit
and run collision. A bicyclist reported that he was struck by a tan or gray Toyota and was complaining of pain to his side. The male driver of the vehicle left the scene, eastbound. The vehicle has damage to the front driver's side. The bicyclist was taken to a hospital for treatment. The investigation is continuing.

Prowling on Private Property / Violation of Court Ordered Gang Injunction – Suspects Arrested
January 3 at 4:20 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 900 block of South Magnolia observed a suspicious suspect who appeared to be looking into a vehicle at Chestnut and Magnolia. Containment of the area was set up and an additional suspect was discovered. Both suspects are known gang members. One of the suspects has been served with the gang injunction notice and the other was served by the officer. Both suspects were arrested for prowling on private property and one of them was charged with violation of the gang injunction.

Theft from a Vehicle
January 4 at 7:06 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 400 block of North Magnolia. The victim parked his vehicle the night before at 9:00 p.m. and left it unlocked. When his wife went out to the vehicle the next morning, she found the glove box and center console were open. The victim checked the vehicle and found property was missing from the center console. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
January 4 at 8:00 p.m., a burglary alarm was activated in the 00 block of Hidden Valley Road. Officers responded to investigate and found property on the front lawn of the residence. A perimeter was established and the Foothill Air Support helicopter checked the area for suspects, but none were located. It appears the residence was ransacked. The owners responded and were doing an inventory of the loss. The investigation is continuing.

Possible Hot Prowl in Progress / Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
January 5 at 2:30 a.m., a resident in the 500 Block of South Mayflower called police and reported a suspect trying the handle of the back door of their home. They watched the suspect light a cigarette and start smoking. Once the officers arrived, they determined the suspect believed he was at a friend’s house and he was waiting for the friend to get home. The suspect was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for being drunk in public.

Vehicle Burglaries
On January 5 in the early morning hours, four vehicle burglaries were reported to police. The burglaries occurred in the 100 block of Spanner, 400 block of West Hillcrest, and the 700 block of West Foothill. The vehicles were all broken into overnight and items of value that were left in the vehicles were taken. The investigation is continuing.

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