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Monrovia Police: Armed Robbery; Bus Collision; Vehicle vs. Telephone Pole; Thefts, Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 27-March 2. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Grand Theft Auto
February 27 at 8:58 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 200 block of Montana Avenue. The victim parked his vehicle, a gray Toyota Highlander, on the street at 11:00 p.m. in the evening. He returned at 6:00 a.m. and saw his vehicle was missing. All keys were accounted for and no broken glass was found on the street. At 5:02 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of Genoa called police to report a gray SUV parked on his property blocking his driveway. The vehicle was the Toyota Highlander stolen earlier that morning. The vehicle was recovered. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From an Unlocked Vehicle
February 27 at 12:18 p.m., a petty theft from a vehicle was reported in the 1400 block of Monterey. The victim parked her vehicle in front of her house the night before and left the vehicle unlocked. She returned to her vehicle in the afternoon the next day and found the interior had been ransacked. A small amount of cash and miscellaneous clothing were stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
February 27 at 1:05 p.m., a caller reported a parking problem in the 300 block of Violet. A parking control officer responded and ran the license plate. The vehicle was reported stolen to the San Dimas Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle is a green, 1994 Honda Accord. The Sheriff’s Department was notified of the recovery and the vehicle was released to the victim.

Theft From an Unlocked Vehicle
February 27 at 1:39 p.m., a theft from an unlocked vehicle was reported in the 300 block of South Alta Vista. The victim parked his vehicle and left it unlocked. When he returned to it, a small amount of cash and a pair of gloves were missing from the glove box. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
February 27 at 4:57 p.m., police responded to the report of a residential burglary in the 1300 block of Orange Avenue. The victim left the house at 7:00 a.m. and returned at 4:50 p.m. She entered the house and found the bedrooms had been ransacked and property had been taken. She called police. The suspects had pried open a bedroom window in the rear of the house to gain entry. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From an Unlocked Vehicle
February 28 at 3:41 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 200 block of South Alta Vista. The victim reported that unknown suspects entered his vehicle and took his laptop computer. The vehicle was left unlocked. The investigation is continuing.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
March 1 at 7:01 a.m., a citizen called police and reported a suspicious male subject wearing dark clothing hiding in the bushes in the 2100 block of South Myrtle, near the Fire Station. An officer arrived and determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested for being drunk in public and taken into custody for sobering.

Traffic Collision
March 1 at 4:18 p.m., public works reported a vehicle collided with a telephone poll in the 2600 block of South California. The pole was knocked down, but there were no injuries. Verizon and Southern California Edison were notified for repairs.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 1 at 4:27 p.m., police received a call reporting a traffic collision. A transit bus collided with a vehicle, then struck a tree at Palm and Magnolia and came to rest on the southeast corner. The driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries and a passenger in the bus complained of pain.

Grand Theft Auto
March 1 at 8:30 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 500 block of West Duarte. The victim parked his vehicle in the parking lot of his apartment building and locked his vehicle. The vehicle stolen is a red Nissan Sentra. No broken glass was found at the scene. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto / Pursuit / Minor Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested / Vehicle Recovered
March 1 at 3:30 a.m., an officer on patrol saw a suspicious vehicle at Mountain and Huntington driving at night with no headlights. When he attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspect vehicle slowly accelerated. The officer went in pursuit of the vehicle for a short distance and the suspect driver chose to stop. The 17-year-old driver admitted to stealing the vehicle and he had the odor of alcohol on his breath. The registered owner lives in Baldwin Park and was not aware his vehicle had been stolen. Baldwin Park Police Department took the stolen vehicle report. The juvenile was arrested and later released to his mother.

Armed Robbery
March 2 at 4:31 p.m., police dispatch received a call from a store cashier that had just been robbed. The store is located in the 1200 block of South Myrtle. The cashier was standing at the entrance of the store. The suspect pushed the cashier into the store and ordered the cashier to give him the money from the register. The suspect produced a blue steel revolver and pointed it at the cashier. The cashier gave the suspect the cash from the register and the suspect fled. The suspect is described as a male White with blue eyes, 5’10” to 6', 200 to 225 pounds, wearing a blue hat, dark colored hooded sweatshirt and jeans. The suspect was also wearing gloves and had a bandanna or mask around his neck that he pulled up, covering the lower portion of his face as he entered the store. The investigation is continuing.

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