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Monrovia Police: Illegal Two-for-One Sale; Skateboard Rip-Off; Tip Jar Break-In; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 19-21. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 368 service events, resulting in 70 investigations.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
April 19 at 1:25 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of Wildrose called police to report a white truck parked in front of his house. The dash board of the truck was on his front lawn. An officer responded and ran the license plate of the vehicle, which returned as a reported stolen out of El Monte on May 17. The vehicle was recovered.

Vehicle Burglary
May 19 at 8:03 p.m., a witness phoned police to report two adult male subjects that drove into a parking lot in the 700 block of East Lemon in a red sports car type vehicle. The subjects stopped, exited their car and shattered the window of a parked car. They appeared to be removing something from the vehicle and then they fled. Police responded and an area search was conducted, but the suspects were not located. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
On May 19 at 8:07 p.m., loss prevention personnel at a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain called police to report a shoplifter in custody. They observed the male subject select two drills and place them into a cart. The subject left the cart in the garden department with one of the drills still in it. He went to the check out area and paid for the second drill, and then left the store. He returned a short time later and retrieved the drill he had left in the cart. He then proceeded to the check out area. He told employees he had already purchased the drill and showed them the original receipt. He left the store with the drill and was stopped outside by loss prevention. An officer responded and arrested the suspect.

Stolen Vehicle
On May 20 at 12:14 a.m., a worker at a business in the 1400 block of South Myrtle Avenue flagged down an officer to report his vehicle had been stolen from the business parking lot during his shift. An area search was made, but the vehicle and suspect were not located. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle 
On May 20 at 2:29 p.m., a theft from vehicle was reported in the 400 block of Patterson Drive. The victim is unsure if he locked his vehicle or not. Miscellaneous items were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Person
On May 20 at 5:30 p.m., two subjects, one light skinned wearing a gray muscle shirt and one dark skinned wearing a red and yellow hat, approached the victim in the 900 block of West Duarte. They asked the victim for directions and then grabbed the victim’s skateboard out of his hands. The suspects ran west on Duarte Road and out of sight. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary / Grand Theft
On May 21 at 6:11 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of South California regarding a grand theft. He spoke with the project manager at the location, who told him someone broke into the equipment boxes during the night and stole a large amount of construction tools. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglaries
On May 21 at 5:35 p.m., an officer responded to a business in the 200 block of West Duarte Road on the report of two vehicle burglaries. Two vehicles were broken into while the victim’s were inside a gym working out. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
On May 22 at 1:30 a.m., a customer at a gas station heard glass breaking at a nearby business in the 700 block of West Huntington. She looked in the direction of the business and saw what she thought were shadows of men inside, so she called the police. When the officers arrived, they saw two male subjects in dark clothing exit the store and run across a field along the 210 Freeway. The front window of the business had been shattered. Containment of the area was established, but the suspects were not apprehended. The loss from inside the business was a small amount of cash from a tip jar. The investigation is continuing.

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