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Monrovia Police: Bear City USA; iPad, Laptop Disappear from Unlocked Car (Sigh); Swapping Wood Chips for iPad; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 8-10. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 411 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 411 service events, resulting in 81 investigations.

Panhandling / Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
On September 8 at 10:39 p.m., an employee from a fast food business in the 400 block of West Huntington reported a male subject soliciting patrons and reaching into vehicles as they waited in the drive-thru. Officers arrived and located the subject; he was determined to be intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a period of sobering.

Theft from a Vehicle
On September 8 at 3:16 p.m., the victim of a theft from a vehicle that occurred in the 200 block of East Cherry Avenue came to the Police Department to report the crime. The victim parked his vehicle in his driveway, but did not lock it. The victim left an iPad and laptop computer in the vehicle. When the victim returned to his vehicle the next morning, he found his property was missing. The crime occurred sometime during the night on May 25 to 26.

Missing Person Located
On September 9 at 7:39 p.m., a group home in the 100 block of East Central Avenue called police to report that an adult resident from the home was missing. The subject was described as being mentally challenged and not being familiar with the area. Officers obtained as much information as possible about the subject, then conducted a thorough investigation and eventually located the subject.

Grand Theft Auto – Suspect Arrested
On September 9 at 10:21 p.m., a police agent conducted a traffic stop in the 1700 block of South Mayflower Avenue for a vehicle code violation. During the initial contact, the driver became belligerent and confrontational. The agent requested an additional backup unit and with assistance, the subject was detained. During the confrontation, the dispatcher was running a computer check of the license plate and learned the vehicle stopped was a stolen vehicle; the driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Bear Incident
On September 10 at 9:57 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of East Olive Avenue called police to report a mother bear and her cub in a tree in their front yard. Officers responded and monitored the bears until the Department of Fish and Wildlife could respond. Media arrived in the area and began broadcasting the incident. California Fish and Wildlife arrived and cleared the officers from the area. They monitored the bear and her cub from a distance to allow them to leave the area and return to the Foothills, but the bears remained in the tree into the evening. As the story was broadcast on television, a large crowd of bystanders and vehicles began to form in the area. Police shut down the 200 block of Olive to through vehicle and pedestrian traffic in an effort to allow the bears to feel comfortable and not threatened to leave the area. Officers monitored the bears throughout the evening and eventually they left the area during the night.

Critical Missing Located / Mental Evaluation
On September 10 at 11:06 p.m., an adult female was reported missing to police. The subject is on medication and had not taken it that day. She has been reported missing several times in the past. Police conducted a thorough search for the subject, but were unable to locate her. Local hospitals and agencies were notified and the subject was entered into the law enforcement missing person’s system. The subject came into the police department lobby the next morning. She was removed from the missing persons system and was picked up from the station by her mother. Later, that morning, the subject went missing again. She was located by police again and taken to a hospital, where she was held for mental evaluation.

Detective Bureau Case Follow-ups

Grand Theft Investigation – Two Suspects Arrested
On September 5, 2014, officers investigated a grand theft at a business in the 600 block of West Huntington. The suspect had purchased an iPad from the business and later returned the box stuffed with paper and woodchips, resealed to look as if it had never been opened. Store employees discovered the crime later and reported it to police. Through investigation, the officer learned the suspect had repeated this crime at several locations. At one location, the suspect listed his driver’s license number and was identified. Surveillance of the suspect was conducted in Chino Hills, Alhambra and Walnut by the Monrovia Police Department Special Enforcement Team and the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force. The suspect vehicle was located at one of the locations, so search warrants were obtained and served, which led to the recovery of the iPad and additional property, including resealing equipment. Two suspects were arrested in this case.

Grand Theft / Burglary – Suspect Identified
On July 16, 2014, officers investigated a crime where a female suspect had cashed an altered payroll check at a business in the 1200 block of South Myrtle. The check was altered and the account listed was not for the corporation listed. A Detective investigated the case and discovered the suspect cashed several checks throughout Los Angeles County. One of the cashed checks contained a thumbprint, which later returned to a female residing in Rosemead. A photo lineup was conducted and the suspect was positively identified. A search warrant was obtained and served. Numerous computers and check writing materials were recovered. Charges will be filed with the District Attorney’s Office.

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