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Monrovia Police: Five Vehicles Burglarized in One Block; Wrong-Way Driver Busted for Marijuana; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 31 - August 3. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Commercial Burglary – Suspects Arrested
On July 31 at 11:21 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding the report of two suspects running from the location that had committed a theft. The suspects fled in a dark-colored SUV that headed northbound on Mountain. The officers located the vehicle in the 400 block of West Maple Avenue, where the two suspects were detained and arrested. The stolen property was recovered.

Vehicle Burglaries
On the morning of July 31, five vehicle burglaries were reported to police. The burglaries occurred in the 700 block of Cresent Avenue, 200 block of Avocado Place, 100 block of North Garfield Place, and two vehicles were broken into in the 100 block of North Fifth Avenue. The burglaries occurred overnight and in some incidents the vehicle windows were smashed to gain entry. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Marijuana for Sales / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On July 31 at 5:33 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle traveling the wrong direction on a one way street and stopped the vehicle. During the traffic stop, a strong odor of marijuana was detected from inside the vehicle, and a computer check revealed the driver had a warrant for his arrest. A search of the vehicle uncovered a large amount of marijuana, along with scales and packaging material. The driver was arrested for the above listed charges and taken into custody.

On August 1 at 2:16 p.m., a minor traffic collision occurred on private property at a business in the 1300 block of South Mountain Avenue; one vehicle backed into another vehicle. While the drivers involved were speaking to each other regarding the collision, a passenger from the vehicle that was backing confronted the driver of the other vehicle. The passenger punched the victim several times and then fled the scene. The entire incident was caught on video surveillance. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On August 3 at 10:44 p.m., an officer responded to the report of a traffic collision with a vehicle on the sidewalk at Huntington and Shamrock. On arrival, a witness reported that she was walking on the sidewalk when the vehicle jumped the curb onto the sidewalk and nearly hit her. Further investigation determined the driver was under the influence of prescription drugs and marijuana. The driver was arrested.

Special Enforcement Team Activity - Vehicle Pursuit / Suspended Driver’s License / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On July 31 at 8:21 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation at Peck and Jeffries, but the vehicle did not yield. Officers went in pursuit of the vehicle and the driver eventually stopped. The driver was found to have a suspended driver’s license and a warrant for his arrest. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Felony Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On August 2 at 8:30 p.m., a Special Enforcement Team officer was on patrol in the 400 block of West Foothill when he stopped a motorist for a vehicle code violation. Through investigation, the officer determined the motorist was intoxicated. The driver was arrested and taken into custody. A computer search revealed the suspect had three previous DUI convictions, including a previous felony DUI conviction. The motorist was charged for felony DUI and held at the Monrovia jail pending his court appearance.

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