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Monrovia Police: Drugs and Counterfeit Money; Price Tag Switching; Dirty-Foot Burglar; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 21-24. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Suspicious Subject
On August 21 at 8:13 a.m., officers responded to an apartment complex in the 100 block of West Olive regarding a male subject in his 20's pounding on the front doors. The subject then walked into an apartment. When officers arrived, the subject ran out of the complex and into traffic; he was nearly hit by vehicles. Officer detained the subject, and further investigation revealed the subject is Autistic and had walked away from a group home in the 200 block of West Olive. It appears the subject was scared and was trying to get out of the complex. He has walked away from the home in the past.

Possession of Counterfeit Bills / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Possession of Burglary Tools / Violation of Gang Injunction – Suspect Arrested
On August 21 at 7:36 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers observed a subject commit a vehicle code violation on a bicycle. A second subject was walking with him. As the officers made a u-turn and attempted to stop the bicyclist, he tried to hide behind a vehicle and the second subject ran. The bicyclist then tried to walk away from the officers. As the officers told him to stop, the subject lifted his left hand in the air and something fell to the ground. The subject was detained, and the items that fell were determined to be counterfeit $20.00 bills. The subject was found to be in possession of burglary tools, a methamphetamine pipe, altered checks, and was also in violation of the gang injunction order. He was arrested and taken into custody for numerous charges. The second suspect was not located.

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
On August 21 at 8:00 p.m., a business in the 500 block of West Huntington called police to report a shoplifter in custody. The female subject went into the business with a pair of scissors concealed in her purse. She selected two pairs of earrings and to shirts, and then entered a fitting room. She switched price tags on the shirts and cut the tags off one pair of earrings. She returned one shirt and one pair of earrings to the racks, and then paid for one shirt that she had switched tags on, making it a lesser price. She then exited the store without paying for one pair earrings and was detained by store security. Officers responded to the location, arrested the suspect and took her into custody for commercial burglary.

Commercial Burglary / Identity Theft – Suspect Arrested.
On August 21 at 8:13 p.m., a female subject entered a business in the 500 block of West Huntington. She attempted to pay by using a fraudulent Mexico Metrical Consular Identification card. It had her picture on it, but someone else's identifying information. She was detained by store security and was found to be in possession of another fraudulent Mexico Identification card. She verbally identified herself as a fictitious person. Officers responded to the location and took the suspect into custody for the above listed charges.

Commercial Burglary
On August 22 at 5:40 p.m., officers responded to a burglary alarm at a business in the 900 block of West Huntington. The suspects forced open the front door of the restaurant and kicked open the office door where the safe is located. The suspects did not attempt to get into the safe, but took cash from a register. The suspects were captured on video cameras. Both suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts, masks, and gloves. The investigation is continuing.

Forgery / Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Violation of Gang Injunction – Suspect Arrested
On August 22 at 9:25 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 700 block of West Walnut regarding a suspicious person. Upon arrival, officers observed the suspect trespassing in an apartment complex laundry room, charging his cell phone. Further investigation revealed he was under the influence of a controlled substance. This suspect was the subject who ran from officers on August 21. The suspect was also found to be in possession of a stolen personal check that was forged and made payable to him. The suspect was additionally charged for violating the conditions of the City of Monrovia's gang injunction. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Commercial Burglary
On August 23 at 4:39 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 1800 block of South Mountain on a burglary alarm activation. Upon arrival, officers discovered forced entry through a front glass window. It appears the suspect(s) kicked in an interior door leading into the accounting office. The suspect(s) ransacked the location and fled undetected. Officers conducted a building search, but did not locate any suspect(s). The responsible person could not determine a loss at this time. The investigation is continuing.

Trespassing – Suspects Arrested
On August 23 at 10:58 p.m., a church in the 700 block of South Shamrock called police to report subjects trespassing. The property manager reported two suspicious subjects on the property. Officers arrived, located the suspects and arrested them for trespassing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On August 23 at 11:09 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers contacted a female in the 300 block of West Colorado. She was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. She was arrested.

Residential Burglary
On August 23 at 11:24 p.m., a resident in the 1500 block of South Fifth Avenue called to report that someone had been in their home. They left their house at 9:00 p.m. and returned at 11:00 p.m. All doors and windows were locked, except a bedroom window off the master bedroom. Upon their return, they found dusty footprints on the bed in the master bedroom. The window was closed, but the screen was now bent. The suspect appears to have entered and exited through the same window and replaced the screen. The loss is undetermined and the investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
On August 24 at 11:28 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at California and Evergreen for a vehicle code violation. When the officer approached the unlicensed driver, he believed the driver was intoxicated, so field sobriety tests were conducted. The driver was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

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