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Monrovia Police: Mountain Lion; Bean Bagging a Bear; Burglar Has Keyless Key; Swearing While Drunk; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 6-8. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 484 service events, resulting in 84 investigations.

Commercial Burglary
June 6 at 6:36 a.m., an employee at a business in the 3000 block of S. Peck Road called police to report a burglary. They opened up the business in the morning and discovered someone had cut their office alarm system, then cut a hole through a wall of their office trailer. The suspects rummaged through the office. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
June 6 at 6:39 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of N. Grand Avenue reported that three of his vehicles had been burglarized. The suspect entered by unknown means into all three locked vehicles and took miscellaneous items belonging to the victim. The investigation is continuing.

Mountain Lion Sighting
June 6 at 6:57 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of Monroe reported seeing a mountain lion in their backyard. When officers arrived, the mountain lion was gone. They checked the area, but could not locate the lion.

Vehicle Burglary
June 6 at 7:40 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of Scenic walked outside his home to go to work and discovered two of his vehicles and his neighbor’s vehicle had been burglarized. He parked his car the day before at approximately 3:00 p.m. He advised the officer that he definitely had locked his car, however, there was no sign of forced entry. Officers believe the suspect had some type of keyless entry device to overcome the lock. The suspect took miscellaneous items from the vehicles. The investigation is ongoing.

Shoplifing – Suspect Arrested
June 6 at 2:32 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington regarding a male adult who was being detained for shoplifting. The suspect had stolen miscellaneous clothing and had been detained outside the store with the stolen merchandise. Officers arrived, investigated and arrested the suspect.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 6 at 5:05 p.m., officers and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to an injury traffic collision that just occurred in the 200 block of N. Primrose. The investigation revealed the driver of a red vehicle traveling northbound at a high rate of speed lost control and swerved into a parked truck, then continued north on Primrose, leaving several feet of skid marks and crashing into an Edison light pole. Edison responded to repair the pole. The driver was charged with multiple vehicle code violations.

Driving Under the Influence/Evading a Police Officer – Suspect Arrested
June 7 at 12:11 a.m., a female adult called police to report that her purse had been stolen by a suspect who was driving a stolen vehicle in the 700 block of E. Huntington. She was following the suspect in her friend's vehicle. Officers responded and located the stolen vehicle near Huntington and Mount Olive. The driver failed to yield to officers. He eventually stopped near his residence in Duarte. The driver was found to be driving under the influence and was too impaired to drive a motor vehicle safely. He had taken the vehicle without his in-law's permission. The owner of the vehicle did not want to prosecute and the female victim’s purse was not found in the vehicle. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence and evading officers.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
June 7 at 2:10 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Venice Avenue. A resident in the area called police to report a suspicious male subject walking around their street. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. As they were approaching, they saw the subject throw a methamphetamine pipe on the ground. The subject was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
June 7 at 6:41 p.m., loss prevention personnel at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a theft. A male and female suspect entered the store and selected clothing merchandise. The suspects entered the dressing room, concealed merchandise on their person, and then left the store without paying. Loss prevention personnel were able to write down the license plate of the suspect vehicle. Officers located the vehicle at a residence in the City of Montebello and contacted the two suspects. The suspects admitted to the crime and the merchandise was recovered. The case will be presented to the District Attorney seeking theft charges against the suspects.

Bear Incident
June 8 at 10:08 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of Norumbega regarding the report of a large bear in a backyard. Officers arrived and deployed two beanbag rounds at the bear, which caused the bear to climb a tree in the yard. Officers advised residents to stay indoors and wait for the bear to come down. Officers received a second call hours later when the bear was in the yard again. They responded and were able to persuade the bear to go back up into the foothills.

Grand Theft Auto
June 8 at 2:30 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 800 block of W. Olive Avenue. The victim parked his vehicle across the street from his residence in the evening and went to bed. The victim awoke to the sound of his vehicle engine being started. He jumped out of bed, looked out the window and saw his vehicle being driven away. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
June 8 at 6:40 p.m., officers were sent to the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding a disturbing female subject who was swearing at passersby. Officers contacted the subject and determined she was too intoxicated to care for herself. The suspect was arrested and held for a sobering period. She was later released with a citation to appear in court.

June 8 at 7:01 p.m., the caretaker of a church located in the 100 block of W. Palm came to the police station to report a vandalism. A suspect wrote graffiti on a staircase wall with a marker. The investigation is continuing.

False Information to a Peace Officer
June 8 at 9:57 p.m., officers were dispatched to the parking lot of a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain Avenue regarding three subjects who appeared to be selling merchandise from the trunk of a parked vehicle. Officers made contact with the subjects, but they denied selling items without a permit. During the investigation, one of the subjects could not produce any form of identification. He verbally provided false information to the officer in attempts to elude an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He admitted to lying to the officer and was arrested for providing false information to a peace officer and the outstanding warrant.

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