Police Blotter: Burglar Lets Himself In, Smashes Things and Leaves

This week a burglar apparently only had destruction in mind when he broke into a home and destroyed a bunch of stuff. Read on for more.

From the Monrovia Police Department:

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 347 service events, resulting in 61 investigations.

Vehicle Burglary

January 14 at 6:54 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 1000 block of Orange Avenue. The victim's vehicle was parked in the driveway. The victim reported the vehicle was locked, but there was no sign of forced entry. The loss was an empty case for sunglasses and a cord for an Ipod. Investigation continuing. 

Commercial Burglary / Fraud / Identity Theft - Suspects Arrested

January 15 at 4:51 p.m., an employee of a business in the 400 block of West Huntington called to report a possible fraud incident at their location. Three suspects entered the business, selected merchandise and went to the registers. Two of the suspects claimed they forgot their store credit card and were allowed to enter their social security number on the touch pad and presented identification. The employee believed the identification to be fraudulent and notified store security and a store manager. The employee delayed the subjects until officers could arrive. 

Upon their arrival, the officers arrested two of the suspects for burglary, identity theft, forgery and other charges. The third suspect was arrested for an outstanding warrant. During an inventory search in the jail, the arresting officer noticed a receipt which indicated one of the suspects purchased over $4,500 in merchandise from a store in Duarte. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was notified regarding the incident in their city. 

Burglary / Felony Vandalism

January 16 at 6:30 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 200 block of East Lime. The victim left the residence to visit a relative in the front house between 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. When she returned, she found someone had entered her home and smashed her computer, television, and a lamp. Nothing was stolen. There were no signs of forced entry. The victim suspects the ex-boyfriend of her daughter, who had a key to the residence. It appears the suspect entered the home with the intent of committing felony vandalism. Investigation continuing.

Residential Burglary

January 16 at 9:42 p.m., police responded to a residence in the 500 block of North Alta Vista on the report of a residential burglary. The victim left home at 8:30 a.m., and when she returned at 9:35 p.m., she found her home had been ransacked. The suspect pried open the rear door to gain entry. A handgun, iPad and jewelry were stolen. Investigation continuing. 

Monrovia Police Department Seeks Help Identifying Battery Suspect

The Monrovia Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect of a battery incident that occurred in Old Town Monrovia on New Year's Day. Below is a sketch artist's rendering of the possible suspect. If you were a witness or have any information as to the identity of the suspect in this crime, please contact Detective Rob Wilken of the Monrovia Police Department at (626) 256-8000.


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