Police Blotter: Good Samaritans Can't Catch Purse Snatcher

This week a robber snatched a purse from a woman at the Friday Family Festival, a woman caught a car burglar in the act, and a drunk driver littered and got pulled over. Read on for more.

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The weekend's highlighted issues and events:

Commercial Burglary - Suspect Arrested
On June 28 at 5:19 p.m., security personnel from a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain called to report they had a male suspect in custody for shoplifting. The suspect admitted to going to the location to steal merchandise. A pat-down search of the suspect revealed a key for a vehicle. Officers checked the parking lot and located the vehicle, and additional stolen property was found. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
On June 29 at 10:05 a.m., an officer responded to the 1500 block of California regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported that someone broke into his vehicle sometime during the night and took property from his vehicle. He had parked and locked his vehicle, but left the driver's side window open approximately one and a half inches. It appears the suspect used this opening to unlock the vehicle and gain entry. Investigation continuing.

Strong-Arm Robbery
On June 29 at 9:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of East Colorado regarding a strong-arm robbery. The victim was at the Monrovia Street Fair sitting on a curb when a male suspect in his twenties, unknown race, wearing a black baseball cap, black shirt and tan shorts, ran by the victim, grabbed her purse from her and fled. The suspect ran east on Colorado. Several witnesses ran after the suspect, but were unable to catch him. The victim waited approximately 30 minutes before reporting the incident to police and the witnesses left the area prior to police arrival. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle - Suspect Arrested
On June 29 at 9:56 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 600 block of East Cypress. The victim called police to report seeing someone in her vehicle. The suspect attempted to flee the scene, but the victim followed him and reported his location to police. Police arrived and took the suspect into custody. It appears that the suspect entered the victim's unlocked vehicle and removed coins, which were located in the suspect's possession. The suspect was charged with petty theft with a prior and is currently on parole. A parole hold was obtained.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
On June 30 at 2:34 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 100 block of Duarte and observed the driver of a vehicle throw trash out of the window. The driver was stopped for littering. During the investigation, the driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence. The driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was cited.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
On July 1 at 12:06 a.m., an officer noticed a suspicious vehicle parked along the curb in the 800 block of Alta Vista. The engine was running and the vehicle was occupied by a male subject who appeared to be asleep behind the wheel. The officer approached and contacted the subject. The driver was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for driving under the influence.

Domestic Violence - Suspect Arrested
On July 1 at 3:14 a.m., a family disturbance was reported in the 300 block of East Wildrose. Officers arrived and detained a male and female subject. During an argument, the male subject broke a photo of the couple, cutting his finger. The female subject then struck the victim in the face, causing visible injury. The female suspect was arrested and taken into custody.


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