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Police Blotter: Bar Vigilantes Beat Up Robbers

A wrap-up of police activity so far this week.

This week some bar patrons took justice into their own hands, several burglaries were reported on Norumbega, and a teenage girl was confronted for her rude remarks on a social networking site. Read on for more.

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Residential Burglary

March 22 at 12:32 p.m., police responded to a residential burglary in the 300 block of Norumbega. The resident was away from the home for approximately 2 hours. When she returned, she found a screen had been removed from a window and the house had been burglarized. The investigation is continuing.

Attempt Residential Burglary

March 22 at 5:44 p.m., an attempt residential burglary was reported in the 400 block of South Canyon. The resident found a screen on one of the windows of the home had been cut; however the suspect(s) did not gain entry. Investigation continuing.

Residential Burglary

March 22 at 7:22 p.m., a resident living in the 300 block of Norumbega returned home and discovered his residence had been burglarized. The suspect(s) pried open the back door and made entry to the home. They ransacked the home and took the resident's jewelry. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto

March 22 at 10:27 p.m., police were dispatched regarding the report of a stolen vehicle in the 800 block of West Colorado. The resident parked her new, black, 2011 Kia Optima on the street in front of her house. She locked the doors and went into her home. She went back outside at approximately 10:25 p.m. and saw that her vehicle was gone. There are dealership paper license plates on the vehicle from Kia of Covina. Investigation continuing.

Challenging to Fight

March 23 at 5:13 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 1700 block of Alamitas. A caller advised police that a large group of teens from Duarte were outside threatening a girl who resides there. Officers detained a group of juveniles from Duarte High School. The conflict stemmed from the reporting party posting rude remarks about the girls on a social network site. She had challenged the girls to come to her residence to fight. Races were mixed and no gang associations were noted. A complaint will be filed with the court once the investigation has been completed. 

Commercial Burglary - Suspect Arrested

March 23 at 7:51 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington regarding a female subject who had stolen some items and exited the store. An officer arrived and saw the female running from loss prevention officers. The female was detained with the stolen items and no means to pay for them. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Commercial Burglary

March 24 at 6:36 p.m., a business in the 400 block of West Huntington called to report a theft that had occurred a half hour earlier. A male and a female entered the store. While the male subject bought beer and paid for it, the female selected other items. She attempted to remove the security tab, but was unsuccessful. The security sensor went off when she walked out the door with the items. They fled the location in an older, black, Jeep Cherokee with paper license plates.  Investigation continuing.

Robbery

March 25 at 1:40 a.m., police received a call from a local bar in the 1500 block of South Myrtle reporting that three male suspects had robbed them. Officers responded and the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter assisted. The suspects were described as about 5'10", early 20's, wearing black clothing and black baseball caps with bandanas covering their faces. One of the suspects had a handgun, which may have possibly been a toy replica. One of the suspects removed the business owner's wallet from his pocket, which contained his ID and cash.  

Before the suspects could exit the business, a patron struck the suspect holding the gun with a cue stick, causing him to fall to the floor. Another patron tried to take the gun away. As this was going on, another patron struck the other suspect in the head with a beer bottle. The suspects ran out the side door into the alley and out of sight. Investigation continuing.

Residential Burglary

March 25 at 8:57 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 900 block of Genoa. The burglary occurred some time between 7:00 and 8:45 p.m. Entry was made through a rear door, which was pried open with an unknown tool. Two laptop computers and one empty safe were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Trespassing / Obstructing and Delaying a Peace Officer / Criminal Threats - Suspect Arrested

March 25 at 9:18 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a male subject trespassing. When officers arrived, the suspect locked himself in a bathroom at the location for several minutes, but eventually came out. The suspect became verbally abusive with officers and refused to obey their commands. He was arrested at the location for trespassing and obstructing and delaying an officer. The suspect was uncooperative during the booking process and threatened to kill one of the officers. The suspect was additionally charged for criminal threats.

Spousal Abuse - Suspect Arrested

On March 25 at 10:59 p.m., a family disturbance was reported in the 500 block of West Duarte. Officers arrived and found the female subject/victim had visible injuries after being assaulted by her common-law husband; he was arrested at the location for spousal abuse. The incident was reported to the Department of Child and Family Services because the children were present. An Emergency Protective Order was issued and served to the suspect while he was confined at the Monrovia Jail.

Spousal Battery - Suspect Arrested

March 26 at 12:40 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of West Colorado regarding spousal battery. The investigation revealed that a boyfriend and girlfriend were arguing over information placed on a social network site. The male alleged his girlfriend hit him in the head and the female alleged her boyfriend threw a shoe at her. Based on the officers investigation, he determined the female to be the primary aggressor and she was arrested for spousal battery.

Jerry A March 28, 2012 at 12:57 AM
What good does it do if when your giving the description of three armed suspects who committed an armed robbery if you don't list their race or ethnicity ? Should we assume that the suspects were white ? That's what most people will assume. I've noticed that the Monrovia Patch does this all of the time while the Pasadena Star News or other news websites will list the race or ethnicity of fugitives at large. Does this have something to do with being politically correct ? If so, your only helping the criminals. And why would you call citizens who have the cajones to get involved apprehending felons vigilantes ??? Not everyone in Monrovia is a pantywaist and is dependent on 911 and government.
Jerry A March 28, 2012 at 02:09 AM
I see two types of journalism here, one that's factual and the other that is politically correct and bias. Even the headlines titles are diffrent. One calls citizens " vigilantes" while the other warns criminals be careful when you commit a crime in Monrovia, you might get your butt kicked. From -> http://monrovianow.com/monrovia-police-careful-who-you-challenge-to Commercial Burglary March 24 at 6:36 p.m., a business in the 400 block of West Huntington called to report a theft that had occurred a half hour earlier. A male Hispanic and a female Hispanic entered the store. While the male subject bought beer and paid for it, the female selected other items. She attempted to remove the security tab, but was unsuccessful. The security sensor went off when she walked out the door with the items. They fled the location in an older, black, Jeep Cherokee with paper license plates. Investigation continuing.

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