Police Blotter: Man Wrecks Car, Pretends It Was Stolen

This week a man allegedly fell asleep and crashed his car, then reported it stolen after it was impounded when he left it on the side of the road.

From the Monrovia Police Department:

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Commercial Burglary
On March 8 at 4:12 a.m., officers were dispatched to an alarm activation at a business in the 500 block of South Myrtle. Upon arrival, officers found the front door had been pried open and the pry tool was left behind. The owner of the business was notified. The only loss was some display jewelry, which was of low value. Surveillance cameras captured the suspects entering and opening the display cases. The suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts and face masks. The suspects exited out the front door and fled northbound from the store and out of view. The investigation is continuing.

False Police Report - Suspect Arrested
March 9 at 12:54 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a grand theft auto. Officers responded and interviewed the person claiming to be the victim. The officers were suspicious of the victim's story, but could not prove he was lying, so they took the report. When the vehicle was entered into the computer system, a record showed the car had just been stored by the California Highway Patrol. Further investigation revealed the car had been abandoned off the westbound transition curve from the 57 Freeway to the 210 Freeway in Glendora. The vehicle was involved in a solo vehicle collision, totaling the car.

When confronted again with the facts the officer had gathered, the reporting party admitted he had lied. He stated he had fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed the car, then took a taxi to his friend's home in Monrovia. The suspect was arrested and charged with filing a false police report. He was released on citation to appear in court.

Public Intoxication - Suspect Arrested
On March 9 at 5:31 p.m., an officer was driving in the 1500 block of South Myrtle when he observed a man staggering to his vehicle, which was parked at a gas station. The subject got into the driver's seat. The officer approached and observed that the subject had passed out with the keys in his hand in the driver's seat. He did not start his car. He was arrested for public intoxication. He was found to be on probation for DUI; a copy of the police report will be forwarded to the court of jurisdiction and a reevaluation will also be requested.

Attempt Commercial Burglary
On March 11 at 3:39 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of West Huntington regarding a burglary alarm. When they arrived, they found the front door had been pried open. A store employee responded and met with the officers at the scene. The employee determined that nothing had been taken. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Methamphetamine - Suspect Arrested
On March 11 at 4:00 a.m., officers were checking the area of the 210 Freeway and Myrtle for the suspect involved in the attempt commercial burglary which occurred earlier. During the search, a suspicious person was found walking east on the 210 Freeway, near Myrtle. The person was detained and questioned, but could not be linked to the attempt burglary; however, he was found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested for the drug violation.


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