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Police Blotter: Bear Can't Get Enough Delicious Cat Food

This week a bear broke into a home, devoured cat food, left, and then came back for more. Read on for more.

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The weekend's highlighted issues and events:

Vehicle Burglary

On July 26 at 8:34 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of East Greystone. The victim reported someone entered her unlocked vehicle during the night and took a gas credit card, change, receipts and a cup holder.  Investigation continuing.

Vehicle Burglary

On July 26 at 12:39 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of West Olive regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported that someone broke in to her vehicle sometime during the night and took property from her vehicle. She had parked her vehicle in the parking structure and returned to find her driver's door ajar. The property taken was a baby stroller and a pair of Gucci sunglasses. No signs of forced entry. Investigation continuing.

Residential Burglary

On July 26 at 3:34 p.m., an officer went to the 1300 block of Orange regarding a residential burglary. The suspect(s) broke a bedroom window to the rear of the house and made entry. The suspect(s) took gold jewelry items and a portable 7" TV. It appears they left the same way undetected. Investigation continuing.

Bear Incident

On July 27 at 6:59 p.m., a small bear tore the screen off of a residential window and entered the residence in the 800 block of Ridgeside. It ate some cat food that was placed on the kitchen floor and left the location. Approximately 20 minutes later the bear returned and ate more cat food that was placed on the front porch which was intended for the cat.

Criminal Threats

On July 28 at 8:10 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a male subject who verbally threatened to kill the security guard. The security guard pepper sprayed the subject and called the police. The subject was located and arrested for criminal threats.

Suspicious Device

On July 28 at 8:20 p.m., officers responded to the 1800 block of Estrella Avenue regarding a suspicious device that was affixed to a street sign. In the interest of public safety Monrovia Police Officers evacuated residents and established a perimeter around the immediate area. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was notified and arrived within 30 minutes. Sheriff's Deputies detonated the device and rendered it safe. Residents were allowed to return to their homes. The device was not found to be an explosive.

Stranded Hikers

On July 29, a Monrovia Police Dispatcher received a phone call from a man who claimed he was on the Red Box Trail, he and a friend started a hike from Mount Wilson. They followed the trail, but got turned around, ran out of water and his phone was dead. The dispatcher had his phone number so she contacted the phone company and they were able to determine the general location of the phone. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was contacted and given the coordinates from the phone and the Sheriff's Rescue Helicopter Team located the hikers.

Special Enforcement Team Weekly Activity

Warrant - Suspect Arrested

On July 25, Special Enforcement Team members conducted a traffic stop at California and Los Angeles. The passenger of the vehicle is a known gang member with a no bail warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody.

Warrant - Suspect Arrested

On July 25, Special Enforcement Team members conducted a pedestrian check in the 200 block of East Maple on a known gang member. He was arrested for an outstanding Monrovia Police Department warrant.

dan macias July 31, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I live in the 800 block of Ridgeside. While I didn't actually observe it, I believe a bear tore off a screen and entered through an open window and ate a dozen avocados that were laying on my kitchen countertop. A day or two later it came back and tried to re enter. It again tore off the repaired screen but couldn't get in the closed and latched window. All of my downstair windows must now be closed and latched.
Kelly July 31, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I love our bear stories, but I do not like the idea of the bears breaking into homes. I wonder how often bears actually break into homes.
punkster July 31, 2012 at 04:14 PM
It is very troublesome and THIS bear may need to be removed...........The Bears teach one another and it this little guy continues, we have a HUGE problem, compared to what generally goes on now......which is NOT trouble free for sure!
Nathan McIntire (Editor) July 31, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Wow Dan, that's one persistent bear. Do you have any photos of the bear from other occasions? If so please upload them or email them to me.
Lori Lomas July 31, 2012 at 04:45 PM
We have twice had bears try to get in thru window screens - once in the dining room, while I was sitting at the table only a couple of feet from the window. I hollered at him, and he changed his mind and wandered off. Luckily, no ripped screens in either incident...just slightly bent screen frames.
Dan Crandell July 31, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Over the next few weeks of summer we can expect more bear sighting. I believe the bear comes to town to sample what's cooking on our BBQ's. Our outdoor cooking rings the dinner bell.
Tracey July 31, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Leaving cat food on your doorstop in our area is a big NO NO. Bear proof garage cans are also a must. If we are going to live in their area, we need to take steps to assure we are not attracting them. We have dogs and they chase them away each time they come into our yard.
dan macias July 31, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I've lived up here since 1978 and in that time we've learned to co exist with the bears. Naturally, we try to keep the temptation to a minimum but it was a FIRST to have the bear actually come in. I have never before thought twice about securing the windows from bears but that has obviously changed. They are smart animals and learn to return until the "easy pickings" are no more.
Gayle M. Montgomery July 31, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Kitty is going to be so upset, unless he ate the cat, too. LOL. Can we get the bear to go after the car vandals? We seem to have a rash of those as well. This feeding the cat on the porch thing also feeds the skunks and other varmints. We may need to be smarter about how they get fed. I'm guessing there's somebody up in their territory who has been feeding the bears on purpose, leaving things out for them thinking they're doing a good thing. If that's the case, this may explain for some of this bolder behavior.
Betsy Woodford August 01, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Yes I was thinking it was probably the bear who went into my garage and took my IPOD out of my unlocked car. LOL. Let's see maybe he was after my song, "Honey".

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