From the Monrovia Police Department:
Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.
January 17 at 3:30 a.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 500 block of West Hillcrest. The resident left her home at 7:00 a.m. and locked her front door. At 10:30 a.m., she returned home and discovered someone had pried open her front door and gained entry inside. The suspect had fled the scene prior to the resident arriving home and had stolen a 42 inch flat screen TV, a Kindle Fire tablet, and a Nintendo Wii. The investigation is continuing.
Hit & Run Traffic Collision - Suspect Arrested
January 18 at 5:37 a.m., police responded to a hit and run traffic collision at the intersection of Huntington and Shamrock. The suspect collided with the victim and fled the scene. Officers located the suspect in the area and stopped him at Mountain and Huntington. The suspect vehicle had moderate front end damage and a broken windshield. The suspect was positively identified and a private persons arrest was made.
Grand Theft Auto Recovery / Hit and Run Traffic Collision
January 18 at 7:37 a.m., an officer observed a speeding vehicle weaving through traffic while traveling eastbound at Huntington and Ivy. The officer followed the vehicle, which turned south onto California. The vehicle, a Toyota Tacoma pickup, continued at a high rate of speed, weaving back and forth. The officer attempted a traffic stop, but as he did so, the driver attempted to turn east onto Los Angeles and lost control of the truck, which crashing through the fence of a residence on the southeast corner of California and Los Angeles. The driver immediately exited the truck and jumped over a wall on the south side of the property.
A perimeter was set up to contain the suspect; however, he was not located. Subsequent investigation included the owner of the truck making a grand theft auto report. The person who reported the truck stolen was not the suspect driver the officer observed. The investigation is continuing.
Driving on a Suspended License / Warrant - Suspect Arrested
January 18 at 8:50 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a suspicious white van driving east on Hillcrest from Madison and turned his police car around to check on the van. The driver pulled over some distance ahead and walked toward a group of three construction workers standing in front of a home that is under construction. The officer exited his vehicle and spoke to the group. He asked a few questions and realized the three construction workers did not really know the subject who had exited from the van. The driver had pulled over and attempted to mingle with the subjects, hoping to fool the officer. The officer determined the driver of the van was driving on a suspended license and had an outstanding warrant for driving under the influence. He was arrested and taken into custody for the charges and his vehicle was stored.
Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant - Suspect Arrested
January 18 at 4:47 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a suspicious person possibly using or dealing drugs in front of a business in the 100 block of West Foothill. An officer responded and detained the suspect and determined he had illegal possession of the prescription drug, Xanax. He also had an outstanding warrant. The suspect was arrested.
Suicidal Subject / Warrants - Two Suspects Arrested
January 18 at 6:21 p.m., a female subject called to report her daughter was suicidal and had threatened to hang herself. Officers arrived and searched the location for the suicidal subject, but she was not at the home. During the search of the house, a large cache of cameras and other electronics was found. A female subject who was at the location was found to have a warrant for receiving stolen property. While she was being taken into custody, the suicidal subject returned home. She was taken to a hospital and held for a 72-hour mental evaluation. Because of the volume of property at the location, a search warrant was served. Another male subject who was wanted by the Burbank Police Department for receiving stolen property showed up at the location. He was also arrested. The investigation is continuing.
Narcotics Warrant - Suspect Arrested
January 19 at 10:23 a.m., officers went to a residence in the 200 block of West Palm seeking a subject wanted on a narcotics related arrest warrant. Upon their arrival, the subject fled to the garage and attempted to hide. He climbed through the attic area of the garage which connects to two neighboring garages. Officers convinced him to climb back into his garage and surrender himself. He was arrested and taken into custody without further incident.
No-Bail Warrant / Possession of Marijuana - Suspect Arrested
January 19 at 3:37 p.m., an anonymous caller reported the location of a subject who was wanted on a no-bail warrant. The subject was at a business in the 100 block of West Huntington with several other subjects who were thought to be gang members. When officers arrived and approached, the suspect attempted to flee. Officers detained him, but he continued to resist. He was eventually subdued and arrested. The suspect was also found to be in possession of marijuana. One of the officers received minor injuries in the altercation.
Commercial Burglary - Suspects Arrested
January 20 at 3:17 p.m., two brothers entered a business in the 300 block of West Huntington with an empty, but sealed, Kindle box and returned it for cash. One brother distracted the manger, while the other brother returned the box. When the employee went to open the box, the suspect turned and ran. The other brother had exited the store just prior. An officer responded and was able to locate one of the suspects and arrested him for burglary. The brother who took the money was still outstanding. Later that evening, the outstanding suspect turned himself in at the Monrovia Police Department and he was also arrested for burglary.