Police Blotter: Armed Robber Can't Start The Car He Stole

Police said they apprehended a man after he stole car keys at gunpoint but couldn't start the car. Read on for more.

From the Monrovia Police Department:

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Commercial Burglary - Suspects Arrested

January 31 at 11:11 a.m., two juveniles, 17 and 15 years old, went into a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain. They both concealed Internet cable connectors in their waistbands and were detained by store loss prevention. They admitted their intent to enter the business and steal the items. They were arrested and taken into custody for the offense, and later released to parents.

Residential Burglary - Three Suspects Arrested

January 31, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department contacted a suspicious male subject in the area of Lemon and Ranchito and requested a Monrovia officer respond to the location. The officer responded and contacted the subject. The subject was not from the area and told the officer he was looking for his dog that had wandered away. The subject had no wants or warrants. He was identified and released. The officer had a strong suspicion the subject was lying about his activity in the area and he continued to patrol the area.  

A resident contacted the officer and told him the male subject had met up with another male subject in a white shirt and they had left the area together. The officer located a subject in a white shirt who matched the description at a park in the 600 block of Shamrock. He contacted the second subject and while speaking with him, he observed a car with the windows open and keys in the ignition. The officer then left the location.

Believing the subjects were connected with the car, he and another officer watched the car from nearby. Within a short period of time, the two male subjects the officer had contacted and a third male subject ran to the car and got in. The officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle before they could leave the area.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located possible stolen property, including an Xbox and bicycle parts. While they were still searching the vehicle, a police dispatcher advised the officers that a call had been received of a home in the area with the front and rear doors open. The address of the residence matched the address on some documents found in the car the officers were searching. The three suspects were arrested for residential burglary. The suspects had forced entry through a rear door into the home located in the 1000 block of Oak Leaf and had stolen property from the residence.    

Residential Burglary

January 31 at 12:39 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 300 block of North Canyon. The suspect(s) entered the home through an unlocked rear door. The loss was jewelry, camera equipment and a laptop. A male Hispanic with short hair with gel in it and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt was seen in the driveway around the time the crime occurred. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary

January 31 at 2:24 p.m., officers responded to the report of a burglary in progress in the 100 block of Norumbega. A female Hispanic in a newer, dark grey BMW with paper plates that read "Discount Auto" was seen leaving the residence. Officers arrived and searched the area, but did not locate the suspect vehicle. Through further investigation, officers learned there were at least two people in the car. Jewelry and other items were taken in the burglary. The investigation is continuing. 

Residential Burglary

January 31 at 2:34 p.m., a burglary was reported in the 100 block of North Myrtle. The suspect(s) entered the residence through an unlocked rear window. The suspect(s) gathered costume jewelry into a bag; however, it was left at the scene and no other loss was discovered. The burglary occurred sometime between 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. It appears the suspect(s) were scared off and left the location prior to taking any property. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto

January 31 at 4:36 p.m., police responded to a business in the 3300 block of South Peck Road.  A silver, 1992 Toyota sedan was stolen from the business lot sometime after 2:20 a.m. The vehicle had traffic collision damage to the right rear quarter panel. The investigation is continuing.


February 1 at 9:31 a.m., vandalism was reported at a business in the 900 block of South Myrtle. Suspect(s) etched graffiti into four panes of glass. No suspects were seen. The incident possibly occurred in the evening or early morning hours. Investigation continuing. 

Petty Theft

February 1 at 6:05 p.m., a cashier from a business in the 400 block of West Huntington reported that a female Hispanic suspect left the store with a cart full of groceries without attempting to pay for the food. She loaded the groceries into a dark SUV and fled east on Huntington. Officers checked the area, but did not find the suspect. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto

February 2 at 10:46 a.m., two commercial tractor trucks with attached trailers loaded with seafood were reported stolen from a business in the 1700 block of South Mountain. The theft occurred sometime after 10 p.m. A white vehicle could be seen in the surveillance video. Four suspects exited and walked out of view toward the trucks. The trucks were started and warmed up, and then driven out. The tractor trucks were a white, 1999 Peterbuilt and a gold, 2004 Peterbuilt. The investigation is continuing.

Armed Robbery / Attempted Carjacking - Suspect Arrested

February 2 at 5:34 a.m., officers were dispatched to a hotel in the 700 block of West Huntington regarding a robbery investigation. The victim arrived in his vehicle and parked in the hotel parking lot. As he exited his vehicle, a male suspect approached and told the victim to give him his cell phone. The suspect brandished a handgun and took the victim's cell phone and car keys. The suspect attempted to start the vehicle, but the vehicle would not start and the alarm sounded. The suspect exited and left the area on foot, northbound through the parking lot. The suspect took the victim's keys and cell phone.  Officers responded and located the suspect in the area and detained him. The suspect was positively identified by the victim and was arrested and taken into custody.


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