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Monrovia Police: Switch to Pasadena Humane Society; iPad Robbery; Faking a Firearm; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 6-8. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 406 service events, resulting in 84 investigations.

Transition of Monrovia Animal Control to Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA
Effective January 1, 2014, animal control services for the City of Monrovia are now being handled by the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS).  Monrovia Police Department Staff have met with PHS Staff to familiarize them with the City and to help prepare for the transition.  The PHS has been publicizing and reaching out to Monrovia residents to inform them of the change.

Grand Theft Auto
January 6 at 12:23 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 500 block of East Olive. The victim parked her vehicle in front of her residence the night before.  When she returned to her vehicle the following day, she discovered the vehicle was missing.  The vehicle is a white, 1995 Toyota Camry.  The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
January 6 at 4:18 p.m., police dispatch received an alarm activation at the residence in the 300 block of Melrose.  When officers arrived, they discovered a rear bedroom window open with footprints at the base of the window.  It did not appear that the suspect(s) made entry, but the resident will inspect the home and notify police if a loss is discovered.  The investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest - Suspect Arrested
January 6 at 7:35 p.m., an officer stopped a driver at Myrtle and Lemon for committing a vehicle code violation.  A computer check revealed the driver had a warrant for his arrest with a bail set at $30,000 out of Irwindale.  The driver was arrested, booked and then released to Irwindale Police Department.

Strong-arm Robbery
January 6 at 8:23 p.m., police responded to a strong-arm robbery at the Monrovia High School gym.  During a basketball game in the gym, a male adult was attempting to charge his iPad in the lobby area of the gym.  As he was plugging it in, he was pushed by another male adult from behind, causing him to fall.  The suspect then took the iPad from the victim and ran out of the gym.  He fled in a dark colored vehicle, similar to a Honda Accord, occupied by three other male subjects.  The suspect appeared to be 18 to 20 years old, 5'10", with a thin build.  The investigation is continuing.

Altering a Firearm Replica
January 7 at 8:42 a.m., police received a call reporting a man with a gun at the cemetery in the 200 block of East Duarte.  Apparently, the suspect saw his ex-girlfriend at the cemetery with her new boyfriend.  The suspect approached the victims, who were sitting in a vehicle, and the new boyfriend began to exit the vehicle.  The suspect lifted his shirt and displayed the firearm, telling the boyfriend, "Don't think about it."  The female told the suspect they were calling the police and the suspect fled on foot.  Officers arrived as the suspect was jumping over a fence.  He was detained, but the firearm was not in his possession.  The suspect claimed he needed paramedics and was taken to a hospital.

An area check was conducted and the firearm was located.  The firearm was found to be an Airsoft replica firearm with the colored orange tip removed.  The suspect was interviewed, and he denied having the firearm with him, but admitted it did belong to him.  The officers will be submitting the report to the District Attorney's Office.

Warrant Arrest - Suspect Arrested
January 7 at 6:26 p.m., a female resident in the 200 block of North Mountain called police to report her adult son was yelling in the house and was out of control.  Officers arrived and calmed the son down.  A computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest with a bail set at $50,000.  Officers arrested the suspect and he was taken to Los Angeles County Jail, where he was held until his court appearance.

Residential Burglary
January 8 at 6:00 p.m., a resident in the 900 block of Norumbega called police to report his home had been burglarized.  He left for work in the morning and returned at 5:45 p.m.  Upon his return, he discovered his front door unlocked, which he remembered locking that morning.  He entered and discovered his house had been ransacked and burglarized.  The suspects had entered the home by breaking a backdoor window.  The loss was primarily jewelry.  The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
January 8 at 10:14 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of West Huntington.  The driver parked his vehicle in a hotel parking lot and went into the hotel.  At 9:30 p.m., he returned to his vehicle and discovered the window had been shattered and his empty laptop bag had been taken.  The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
January 8 at 11:04 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 900 block of West Huntington.  The driver parked his vehicle in a hotel parking lot and went inside the hotel.  When he returned to his vehicle at 10:45 p.m., he discovered his vehicle's window was shattered and his laptop bag containing his computer had been stolen.  The investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
January 9 at 5:35 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 900 block of West Walnut.  Officers arrived and found that a solo male driver had crashed his vehicle into a parked car, but was not injured.  Field sobriety tests were conducted, and the male driver was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for DUI.

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