Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 21, 2022

MVNews this week:  Page 8


For the period of Sunday, 
May 8th throughSaturday, May 14th, 

the Police Department responded to 
827 calls for service, of which 96 required 
formal investigations. The following 
is a summary report of some 
of the major incidents handled by the 
Department during this period. 

Sunday, May 8:

2. At 3:18 p.m., an officer responded 
to the 800 block of South 
Baldwin Avenue regarding a vehicle 
burglary incident. Surveillance footage 
revealed a male suspect smashed 
the victim’s car window and fled with 
an umbrella and sunglasses. The suspect 
fled in a Toyota RAV4. The investigation 
is ongoing. 
Monday, May 9:

3. At 1:17 p.m., an officer responded 
to the Arcadia Police Department 
front counter to take a grand 
theft report. The theft occurred in the 
200 block of East Foothill Boulevard. 
The victim stated he left his home office 
open for an employee to complete 
some repairs but when the victim returned, 
he discovered his tools, wallet, 
and electronics had been stolen. The 
suspect, a 30-year-old male from Arcadia, 
has not been apprehended as of 
May 17th. 
4. At 5:20 p.m., an officer responded 
to the front counter of the 
Arcadia Police Department regardinga fraud report. The victim discovered 
someone had stolen the victim’s bank 
information and identity. The suspect 
used her identity to open a new bank 
account and attempted to make multiple 
fraudulent bank transfers. 
Tuesday, May 10:

5. At 7:24 a.m., an officer responded 
to Zelo, a restaurant located 
at 328 East Foothill Boulevard, regarding 
a commercial burglary. The 
officer determined an unknown suspect 
smashed the front glass door and 
fled with cash. 
6. At 7:26 a.m., an officer responded 
to the 1100 block of West 
Duarte Road regarding a vehicle 
burglary report. Surveillance footage 
captured the suspect exit his vehicle, 
• Grand Theft: 
1600 Block of 1st Street. On 
05/12/22 at 4:00 am two un-
known male suspects stole the 
catalytic converter to the vic-
tims parked vehicle a grey 2007 
Toyota Prius. Suspects fled the 
area in a dark colored 4 door 
Dodge Charger. Loss was ap-
proximately $1,200. No surveil-
lance video available. 
• Petty Theft:
1565 Central Avenue Hunting-
ton Drive (Duarte High School).
On 05/12/22 at 7:18am suspect 
unknown a male white adult 
with dark hair, wearing a dark 
colored jacket, and blue jeans 
stole the victim’s bike that was 
locked Infront of the location. 
Loss was approximately $800.
Surveillance video available. 
• Grand Theft Auto: 
1000 Block of Galen Street. Be-
tween 05/11/22 at 11:00 pm and 
05/12/22 at 9:00 am suspect(s) 
unknown stole the victim’s rent-
al truck a white 2010 Ford Econ-
oline. The vehicle contained his 
business kitchen appliances with 
a loss of approximately $25,000.
No surveillance video available. 
Vehicle outstanding. 
May 13, 2022• Burglary (Residential):
1800 Block of Orange Grove 
Road. On 05/13/22 between 
5:00 am and 9:00 pm suspect(s) 
unknown shattered the rear slid-
ing glass door and entered the 
location. Suspect(s) ransacked 
the residence and stole a large 
amount of U.S. currency and 
jewelry. Loss was approximately$166,000. No surveillance video. 
The Appeal of Catalytic 
The reason is the value of the 
metals used in the manufactur-
ing of the catalytic converters. 
Catalytic converters contain 
platinum, rhodium, and palla-
dium. The metals are expensive, 
and thieves sell the converters to 
scrap yards for several hundred 
dollars per piece, depending on 
the size of the converter and the 
current rate on the metals inside 
it. It can cost you, on average 
up, to $2000 to replace a cata-
lytic converter, and it is illegal to 
drive your car without one. The 
resulting gap in your exhaust 
system also makes the car run 
poorly until it is fixed. 
How to prevent a catalytic con-
verter theft: 
Always park in well-lit areas 
when possible. If you have a 
personal garage, keep your car 
in the garage with the door 
closed when the vehicle is not 
in use. Park your vehicle close to 
a building entrance or the nearest 
access road when parking in 
a public lot. This is due to the 
increased amount of pedestrian 
traffic in those areas. 
Security devices are available 
that attach to the converter, 
making it harder to steal. Having 
the converter welded in 
place also makes it more difficult 
to remove. Video surveillance 
around your garage or 
driveway is also useful if you 
have the budget for it. Engrave 
your vehicle identification number 
(VIN) or license plate onto 
your catalytic converter to make 
it easier to identify if it gets 


Highlighted Activ

ity for May 12 –

18, 2022

During the last 
seven-day period, the Police Department 
handled 409 service events,
resulting in 88 investigations. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect 
Arrested May 12 at 2:26 a.m., 
an officer patrolling the intersection 
of Myrtle and Longden stopped a vehicle 
for a traffic violation. The driver 
displayed symptoms of being under 
the influence of alcohol. After an investigation 
it was determined she was 
under the influence. She was arrested 
and transported to the Monrovia Police 
Department jail for a sobering 

Grand Theft May 12 at 9:57 a.m., a 
resident in the 300 block of Heather 
Heights called to report that his catalytic 
converter was stolen from his vehicle 
sometime during the night. Thisinvestigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto May 12 at 2:29 
p.m., a rental facility in the 1600 block 
of S. Mountain reported that a rented 
Bobcat loader had yet to be returned. 
The vehicle was entered into the stolen 
vehicle system. This investigation 
is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto May 13 at 2:10 
p.m., a victim called and reported his 
vehicle was taken from a business 
parking lot in the 1600 block of S. 
Mountain. Officers arrived and conducted 
an investigation. The vehicle 
was entered into the national stolen 
vehicle database. This investigation is 

Warrant – Suspect ArrestedMay 13 at 8:02 p.m., an officer was 
patrolling the intersection of Primrose 
and Palm when he saw a vehicle 


The following is 
a synopsis of crimes reported for 
the week of May 08, 2022 - May14, 2022. 

May 09, 2022

• Grand Theft: 
1600 Mountain Avenue 
(Walmart). On 05/09/22 at 5:30 
pm a male black adult wearing 
a white shirt, light colored stone 
washed jeans, black beanie, large 
chain/necklace around the neck 
and a surgical mask was observed 
on surveillance video at 
an unmanned “Money center” 
register. The suspect is observed 
unlocking the register with an 
unknown device and once register 
is open, he places all the 
currency into a white shoppingbag. The suspect meets up with 
a second male black adult, who 
was wearing a multicolored 
spray paint the lens of the surveil-


lance camera, and proceed to smash 
the victim’s vehicle window and steal 


a handbag. The suspect is described 
as a White or Hispanic male with a RESTAURANTS 
moustache and was wearing a light 

colored baseball hat and a light col-Chick-fil-A and Starbucks received approval in August 2021 to construct and operate new drive-thru restaurants at the 
ored Nike sweatshirt. The suspect fled southwest corner of Huntington Drive and Encino Avenue (former Claim Jumper restaurant site). The Chick-fil-A resin 
a Honda sedan. The investigation is taurant will be a 4,562 square foot, one-story building with outdoor dining space and the Starbucks café would be a 2,200 
ongoing. square foot, one-story building with outdoor dining space. 

Wednesday, May 11: As part of this project, approximately 8,600 square feet of land was dedicated to the City of Monrovia for future parkland 

7. At 10:59 a.m., an officer re-use. The future development of a park at this site will require additional public input, as well as separate review and apsponded 
to a residence in the 400 
block of Fairview Avenue regarding a DUARTE 
vehicle burglary report. Surveillance 
cameras captured the suspect drive DUARTE TO HOST DEDICATION 
into the secure parking garage, the CEREMONY HONORING GORDON LOYD 
suspect then moved the camera with 


his hand, and proceeded to smash the 
victim’s vehicle window. The suspect 

The City of Duarte is hosting a bike rack dedication ceremo

fled empty-handed. He fled in a black 

ny honoring the late Gordon Loyd Gibbons, owner of Loyd’s

Toyota sedan. The investigation is 

Custom Bicycle Shop in Duarte, on Tuesday, May 24 at 11:30 

pending a review of the surveillance 

AM on the Donald & Bernice Watson Recreation Trail.

“We are proud to honor Mr. Gibbons’ life and continue cel

8. At 11:34 a.m., an officer reebrating 
his legacy in the community,” said Mayor Margaret 

sponded to the Arcadia Police De-

Finlay. “Though he is dearly missed, the bike rack installed 

partment front counter to take a fraud 

in his honor serves as a reminder of his passion and long-

report. An investigation revealed the 

time dedication to Duarte.” 

suspect responded to the victim’s for-
sale ad and mailed the victim a check 

Gibbons was born on December 11, 1917 in Whittier, CA.

for payment. The victim deposited the 

He opened his first bike shop in Monrovia, CA in 1959,

check that was for more than the listed 

eventually relocating to Duarte in 1985, where he reopened 

sale price. The suspect instructed the 
victim to refund him the difference. 
The victim complied and paid the ARCADIA 

suspect. Following these transactions, 


the victim’s bank notified him that the 
initial check was fraudulent and that 

May 20, 2022 – Enjoy a relaxing and fun evening learning to paint with the Friends of the Arcadia Public Library on

the full check amount would be de-

Thursday, June 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cay Mortenson Auditorium at the Arcadia Public Library. All supplies and

ducted from his account. The identity 

instruction will be provided, and every attendee will leave with a painting of a lovely tropical sunset to celebrate the begin-

of the suspect is under investigation. 

ning of vacation season! 
Thursday, May 12: 

This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Arcadia Public Library and the proceeds will help the Friends support the

9. At 10:47 a.m., an officer atLibrary’s 
programs and services. Each year, for example, the Friends of the Library fund the annual Summer at Arcadia

tempted to initiate a traffic stop on a 

Public Library program for children, teens, and adults. Prizes, performers, incentives, and more are provided to the com-

vehicle near the intersection of Santa 

munity free of charge thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Friends.

Anita Avenue and Huntington Drive 
for displaying an expired registration 

Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online at

sticker. The vehicle failed to yield, and 
a pursuit ensued. The pursuit was ter-

For more information, please call 626.821.4364, or visit the Arcadia Public Library’s website at

minated when the suspect entered the 

enrich/arcadia_public_library/general_information/friends_of_the arcadia_library.php.

210 Freeway at Baldwin Avenue. The 
vehicle is registered to a 34-year-old 

The Arcadia Public Library is located at 20 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia. The Library is open Monday through Thursday from

female from Duarte. The investiga

10 am to 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. You can also follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter.

tion is ongoing. 

commit a traffic violation. A traffic 
stop was conducted and an investigation 
revealed that the driver had an 
outstanding warrant for his arrest. 
The driver was arrested and taken 
into custody. 

Assault Report – Suspect ArrestedMay 13 at 8:45 p.m., officers were dispatched 
to the intersection of Primrose 
and Linwood regarding a suspect 
who had just assaulted a victim. Officers 
arrived and located both parties. 
The victim sustained serious facial 
injuries and was transported by paramedics 
to a local hospital for treatment. 
The suspect was arrested and 
taken into custody. 

Attempted Grand TheftMay 14 at 5:11 a.m., a resident in the 
200 block of W. Walnut called to report 
she could see a suspect underneath 
a vehicle possibly trying to remove 
the catalytic converter.
Officers responded to the location 
and conducted an area search, but 
were unable to locate the suspect. Officers 
checked the vehicle and there 
was no loss. This investigationis continuing. 

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested 
May 15 at 6:23 a.m., an alarm 
activation at a business in the 400 
block of E. Duarte was received. Officers 
responded and checked the 
interior of the location. The officers 
located a male adult hiding under a 
blanket. He was detained pendingfurther investigation. The suspect 
was arrested and taken into custody. 

Grand Theft Auto 
May 15, at 9:37 a.m., a resident in the 
500 block of E. Los Angeles called and 
reported his vehicle was taken sometime 
during the night. The vehicle was 
entered into the stolen vehicle system. 
This investigation is continuing. 

sweatshirt, blue jeans, and surgical 
mask who appeared to be 
a lookout. Both suspects walked 
out of the store and entered a 
light-colored compact SUV. 
Loss was approximately $9,700. 

May 11, 2022

• Burglary (Commercial):
1193 Huntington Drive (Planet 
Fitness). On 05/11/22 at 7:24 
pm suspect unknown a male 
Hispanic adult 33-38 years old,
5’07” – 5’ 08”, 150-160 lbs., wearing 
a black baseball hat, black 
“New Balance” windbreaker,
blue jeans and red shoes entered 
the employee break room and 
stole miscellaneous employee 
property. Loss was approximately 
$1,030 and approximately. 
Surveillance video available. 
May 12, 2022 

Loyd’s Custom Bicycle Shop on Highland Avenue. 

“Mr. Gibbons left a positive impact on the Duarte community, 
including myself,” said Councilmember Vinh Truong. 
“His passion influenced me to take an interest in bikes, and 
I became an avid bike rider because of him.” 

Gibbons lived in Duarte until his passing in 2021, at age 

103. At its meeting in July 2021, the Duarte City Council 
approved the memorial bike rack installation to commemorate 
Gibbons’ 36-year commitment to Duarte youth, families, 
and residents through the work of his bike shop. The 
memorial bike rack is currently available for use along the 
Donald and Bernice Watson Recreation Trail. The dedication 
ceremony will take place on the Donald & Bernice Watson 
Recreation Trail at the east end closest to Royal Oaks 
Park with a reception to follow. 
For more information, please visit the City’s website. 

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