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Mountain View News Saturday, April 11, 2015




During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 
383 service events, resulting in 62 investigations. To see a complete 
listing of crimes reported, go to
ca/monrovia for crime mapping. For Police Department news and 
information, visit our website and follow us on Twitter.

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested

April 6 at 9:33 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 
500 block of West Huntington. An adult male subject entered the 
business and stole a Nike athletic bag that he had filled with 15 pairs 
of jeans. The suspect attempted to flee with the bag, but surrendered 
to loss prevention when he was stopped. The suspect was arrested and 
charged with commercial burglary.

Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested

April 6 at 4:46 p.m., police responded to the report of a female subject 
sitting in front of a motel with a pistol under her sweater. Officers were 
deployed, they stopped traffic in the area and the Foothill Air Support 
helicopter arrived overhead for assistance. The female was then 
detained. No pistol was found on the subject, but a pipe for smoking 
methamphetamine was discovered in the female’s property. She was 
arrested and taken into custody.

72-Hour Mental Evaluation

April 6 at 11:38 p.m., a caller reported a female subject with no clothes 
on, running in the 100 block of West Foothill, attempting to flag 
people down on the street. Officers responded to the area and located 
the female. She was taken to a hospital and held for a 72-hour mental 

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested

April 7 at 10:45 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 
block of East Duarte Road regarding a shoplifter. The suspect took two 
packs of beer from the store and fled the location, hiding around the 
corner. When he was discovered by officers, he had already consumed 
one can of beer. He told the officers he was going to steal more beer as 
soon as he was released from custody. The suspect was arrested and 
held on the likelihood of reoccurrence, pending his court appearance.

Vehicle Burglary

April 7 at 8:13 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business 
parking lot in the 100 block of West Foothill. The victim parked and 
locked his vehicle in the parking lot and went to work at one of the 
businesses. When he returned, he noticed the doors were still locked, 
but the inside of the vehicle had been ransacked. The suspect took a 
couple sports hats and a backpack that was inside the vehicle. A male 
and a female subject were seen near the vehicle at the time of the 
burglary. The investigation is continuing.

False Bomb Threat

April 8 at 8:55 a.m., a female subject called police and claimed a bomb 
was being placed in the gym at Monrovia High School in the 800 block 
of West Colorado. The Police Department response was coordinated 
with the school staff and the gym was immediately evacuated. The 
gym was thoroughly searched, but nothing suspicious was located. 
The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft

April 8 at 11:49 p.m., a grand theft was reported in the 500 block of 
Linwood. The victim left her iPad inside her vehicle, which was left 
unlocked. The investigation is continuing.

(PASADENA, CA) Mie Harboe estimates that over the last 15 years, 
she’s made 1,000 quilts.

 That’s probably an understatement. 

 And doesn’t take into account the many blankets she’s crocheted.

Harboe, 87, spends her days and evenings at her home in Pasadena 
sewing quilts and crocheting blankets, many of which she donates 
to the children and families of Hillsides, a Pasadena- headquartered 
non-profit serving children, youth, and families in need throughout 
Los Angeles County. 

 Harboe starts her day at her sewing machine at 7 each morning 
and finishes around 6 p.m. She spends her evenings crocheting 
blankets or hand-sewing while watching TV. “If I stay with it all day, 
I can make a quilt in one day and a half,” she says. An Afghan blanket 
takes three to four evenings. 

 She rarely takes a day off – usually only when her daughter, who 
lives in nearby Rancho Cucamonga, visits.

 Harboe says she sews because she likes to stay busy and values 
productivity – which might be another understatement. “I have to 
have something to do with my hands,” she said.

 Age has not hampered her output. She still possesses the manual 
dexterity and keen eyesight that such detail work requires. “My eyes 
are good,” she said. “Not as good as they used to be, but I can still 
thread a needle.”

 Harboe says she never considered herself artistic even though 
she used to sew her own clothes and those of her daughter. A quilt-
making class years ago sparked her interest in the craft, and she’s 
been hooked ever since.

 For years, a friend of hers distributed her quilts to the homeless. 
Her colorful “log cabin” patterns made their way to faraway places 
such as Mexico and Afghanistan. When her friend recently died, 
Harboe began to look for a new home for her quilts and blankets, 
and found Hillsides.

 She is happy that her colorful and warm creations are still “going 
out into the world.” 

 Friends supply her with a steady stream of fabric for the quilts. She 
buys yarn for the crocheted blankets from local thrift stores.

 Originally from Odense, Denmark, Harboe moved to Pasadena 
in 1967. Her cozy home is filled with hand-crafted wooden furniture 
made by her late husband Aksal, who passed away seven years ago 
after the couple had been married for 61 years. 

 Harboe can’t say if quilt making and crocheting keep her young, 
but the spark in her eye as she talks about her passion for sewing 
gives credit to this theory.

 She does say that she can’t imagine a life without quilt-making. 
Luckily for the children and families of Hillsides, it appears 
there will be many more quilts in Harboe’s future – and that’s no 

 Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall 
well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and their 
families. For more information, please visit


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