Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, July 30, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 30 , 2022 



Courtesy of the Duarte PD

Crime and the fear of crime create special problems for the elderly. Crime prevention 
is everyone's responsibility, not just a job for law enforcement. Seniors can learn how 
to protect themselves from crime by following these simple, commonsense suggestions. 
Share these tips with your neighbors and friends, to make it tough for criminals 
to work in your neighborhood.

AT HOME . . .

• Never open your door automatically. Install and use a peephole.

• Lock your doors and windows. (Three quarters of the burglaries involving 
older persons involved unlocked doors and windows; and, less than one 
half of these burglaries are reported.) Keep your garage doors locked.

• Vary your daily routine.

• Use "Neighbor Watch" to keep an eye on your neighborhood. A con 
cerned neighbor is often the best protection against crime because 

 suspicious persons and activities are noticed and reported to police 

• Don't leave notes on the door when going out.

• Leave lights on when going out at night; use a timer to turn lights on and 
off when you are away for an extended period.

• Notify neighbors and the police when going away on a trip. Cancel 

 deliveries such as newspapers and arrange for someone - a neighbor's 
child, perhaps - to mow the lawn if need be. Arrange for your mail to be 
held by the Post Office, or ask a neighbor to collect it for you.

• Be wary of unsolicited offers to make repairs to your home. Deal only 
with reputable businesses.

• Keep an inventory with serial numbers and photographs of re-saleable 

 appliances, antiques and furniture. Leave copies in a safe place.

• Don't hesitate to report crime or suspicious activities.

• Install deadbolt locks on all your doors.

• Keep your home well lit at night, inside and out; keep curtains closed.

• Ask for proper identification from delivery persons or strangers. Don't be

 afraid of asking . . . if they are legitimate they won't mind.

• If a stranger asks to use your telephone, offer to place the call for him or her 


• Never let a stranger into your home.

• Do not leave notes on your door when you are gone, and do not hide your

 keys under the mat or in other conspicuous places.

• Never give out information over the phone indicating you are alone or that 

 you won't be home at a certain time.

• When you are gone for more than a day, make sure your home looks and 

 sounds occupied . . . use an automatic timer to turn on lights, radio or TV.

• If you arrive at home and suspect a stranger may be inside, DON'T GO IN. 

 Leave quietly and call 911 to report the crime.


• If you are attacked on the street, make as much noise as possible by calling 

 for help or blowing a whistle. Do not pursue your attacker. Call 911 and 

 report the crime as soon as possible.

• Avoid walking alone at night. Try to have a friend accompany you in high 

 risk areas . . . even during the daytime.

• Avoid carrying weapons . . . they may be used against you.

• Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings. 

 Walk confidently.

• Have a companion accompany you.

• Stay away from buildings and doorways; walk in well-lighted areas.

• Have your key ready when approaching your front door.

• Don't dangle your purse away from your body. (Twelve percent of all crimes 

 against the elderly are purse snatchings and street robberies.)

• Don't carry large, bulky shoulder bags; carry only what you need. Better

 yet, sew a small pocket inside your jacket or coat. If you don't have a purse, 

 no one will try to snatch it.


• Carry your purse very close to you . . . don't dangle it from your arm.

• Never leave your purse in a shopping cart.

• Never leave your purse unattended.

• Don't carry any more cash than is necessary.

• Don't display large sums of cash.


• Always keep your car doors locked, whether you are in or out of your car.

 Keep your gas tank full and your engine properly maintained to avoid 


• If your car breaks down, pull over to the right as far as possible, raise the

 hood, and wait INSIDE the car for help. Avoid getting out of the car and 

 making yourself a target before police arrive.

• At stop signs and traffic lights, keep the car in gear.

• Travel well-lit and busy streets. Plan your route.

• Don't leave your purse on the seat beside you; put it on the floor, where it is 

 more difficult for someone to grab it.

• Lock bundles or bags in the trunk. If interesting packages are out of sight, a 

 thief will be less tempted to break in to steal them.

• When returning to your car, check the front and back seat before entering.

• Never pick up hitchhikers.


• Many criminals know exactly when government checks arrive each month, 

 and may pick that day to attack. Avoid this by using Direct Deposit, which

 sends your money directly from the government to the bank of your choice. 

 And, at many banks, free checking accounts are available to senior citizens. 

 Your bank has all the information.

• Never withdraw money from your bank accounts for anyone except 

 YOURSELF. Be wary of con artists and get-rich schemes that probably are 

 too-good-to-be- true.

• You should store valuables in a Safe Deposit Box.

• Never give your money to someone who calls on you, identifying himself as 

 a bank official. A bank will never ask you to remove your money. Banks 

 need the use of your money, and they don't want one of their customers to 

 invite crime by having large amounts of cash around.

• When someone approaches you with a get-rich-quick-scheme involving

 some or all of YOUR savings, it is HIS get-rich-quick-scheme. If it is a

 legitimate investment, the opportunity to contribute your funds will still be

 there tomorrow-after you have had time to consider it.

If you have been swindled or conned, report the crime to your local police. Con-
artists count on their victim's reluctance to admit they've been duped, but if you 
delay you help them get away. Remember, if you never report the crime, they are 
free to cheat others again and again and you have no chance of ever getting your 
money back

For the period of Sunday, July 17th 
through Saturday, July 23rd, the 
Police Department responded to 
870 calls for service, of which 103 
required formal investigations. 
The following is a summary report of some of the major 
incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, July 17:

1. At 10:11 a.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 1600 block of South Baldwin Avenue regarding 
a domestic dispute. An investigation revealed 
an argument between a husband and wife resulted in 
the husband hitting his wife multiple times. Both parties 
were transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital 
for evaluations. The suspect, a 48-year-old male from 
Arcadia, was arrested a short time later and transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

2. At 3:57 p.m., an officer responded to Fun 
Box, located at 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding 
a grand theft report. The victim discovered his cellphone 
and car keys had been stolen. The victim believed 
the theft occurred between 3:20 p.m. and 3:35 

Monday, July 18:

3. At 7:13 a.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 900 block of West Huntington Drive regarding 
a vandalism report. The officer determined 
the victim’s ex-boyfriend cut her window screen after 
they separated. The 34-year-old male from Arcadia is 
outstanding as of July 26th. 

4. At 9:32 p.m., an officer responded to Tee Top 
of California, located at 11901 Goldring Road, regarding 
a commercial burglary. An investigation revealed 
unknown suspect(s) used a rock to smash the front 
lobby window in an apparent effort to burglarize the 
business. No loss was reported. 

Tuesday, July 19:

5. At 1:13 p.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 600 block of East Live Oak Avenue, regarding 
a mail theft report. Sometime between July 
16th and July 19th, someone pried open two mailboxes. 
It is unknown if they fled with stolen mail.

6. At 10:10 p.m., an officer responded to the 
1100 block of South Santa Anita Avenue regarding 
a residential burglary report. Surveillance footage 
captured two suspects entering the victim’s home by 
prying open a window, but once inside, the suspects 
fled emptyhanded. The victims were home at the time 
of the crime. The suspects are described as two thin 
males, both wearing masks, hooded sweatshirts, and 

Thursday, July 21:

9. At 12:32 p.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 1100 block of Catalpa Road regarding a 
theft from vehicle report. The victim discovered his 
gardening equipment had been stolen from the back 
of his truck. Surveillance footage revealed the suspects, 
both Hispanic males, fled in a black, older model, 
Chevrolet Suburban. 

Friday, July 22:

10. At 12:22 a.m., an officer responded to the 
Santa Anita Race Track, located at 285 West Huntington 
Drive, regarding a stolen vehicle report. Sometime 
between July 21st at 2:30 p.m. and July 22nd at 12:22 
a.m., someone stole the victim’s silver Chevrolet Silverado. 
The vehicle was later located by Los Angeles 
County Sheriff’s Department, in the area of East Los 

11. At 11:33 a.m., an officer responded to 24 Hour 
Fitness, located at 125 North Santa Anita Avenue, 
regarding a burglary incident. The victim stated his 
locker had been broken into and his cellphone and 
cash were stolen. The crime happened sometime between 
11:00 a.m. and 12 p.m. on July 21st. 

Saturday, July 23:

13. At 3:00 p.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 2400 block of South 6th Avenue regarding 
a trespassing incident. Two suspects, a 46-year-old 
female from El Monte and a 44-year-old male from 
Monrovia, were found trespassing at the location and 
were subsequently arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking.


14. At 6:08 p.m., an officer responded to Hope 
International Church, located at 1741 South Baldwin 
Avenue, regarding a stolen vehicle report. Sometime 
between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on July 23rd, someone 
stole 2000 International yellow bus from the business. 
The bus was recovered by Los Angeles County 
Sheriff’s Department, San Dimas Station. 


The following is a synopsis of crimes reported 
for the week of July 17 – July 23, 

July 17, 2022 •Grand Theft: 500 block of Bettyhill 
Avenue. On July 17, 2022 at 8:39 AM, suspect(s) 
unknown stole the catalytic converter to the victims 
parked vehicle a blue 2001 Toyota Prius. Loss was approximately 
$1,300. A witness observed a male Hispanic 
adult with a bald head runway carrying a catalytic 
converter and enter a silver sedan occupied by 
two other male Hispanics and a female Hispanic.


July 18, 2022 •Petty Theft: Highland Avenue and 
Business Center Parkway. On July 18, 2022 between 
9:15 AM and 6:25 PM, suspect(s) unknown stole the 
victim’s “Golden Cycles Fixie” bike that was secured to 
the bike rack at the location. Loss was approximately 
$180. No surveillance video available.

•Grand Theft Auto: 1989 Buena Vista Street. Between 
July 16, 2022 5:30 PM and July 18, 2022 5:30 
PM, suspect(s) unknown stole the victims parked vehicle 
a black 2002 GMC Yukon. Vehicle recovered. No 
surveillance video available.

July 19, 2022 • Grand Theft Auto: 1300 Block of 
Highland Avenue. On July 19, 2022 at 1:07 AM, 
suspect(s) unknown stole the victims parked unlocked 
vehicle a silver 2019 Toyota Prius. Vehicle 
recovered by Carson Sheriff Station. No surveillance 
video available.


July 20, 2022 • Attempt Grand Theft Auto:

3000 Block of Treefern Drive. Between July 19, 2022 at 
6:30 PM and July 20, 10:30 AM, suspect(s) unknown 
attempted to take the victims parked vehicle a red 
2004 Chevy Silverado. Vehicle ignition and steering 
column damaged. No surveillance video available.


July 22, 2022 •Grand Theft:

600 Block of Greenbank Avenue. On July 22, 2022 at 
12:40 PM, suspect(s) unknown stole the catalytic converter 
to the victims parked vehicle a blue 2007 Honda 
Accord. Loss was approximately $1,500. No surveillance 
video available. 


July 23, 2022

• Attempt Grand Theft:

500 Block of Mountain Crest Road. On July 23, 2022 at 
4 AM, suspect(s) unknown attempted to take the catalytic 
converter to the victims parked vehicle a white 
1989 Ford F350. Damage was approximately $300. 
No surveillance video available. Victim observed two 
unknown males flee the area in a older model dark 

• Grand Theft:

2200 Block of Huntington Drive. On July 23, 2022 
between 3:30 PM and 4:12 PM, suspect(s) unknown 
stole the catalytic converter to the victims parked vehicle 
a blue 2006 Toyota Tundra. Loss was approximately 
$2,500. No surveillance video available. 

• Grand Theft Vehicle:

1336 Starhaven Street. Between July 22, 2022, 8:30 PM 
and July 23, 2022, 9 AM, suspect(s) unknown stole the 
victims parked vehicle a black 2014 Chevy Silverado. 
Vehicle recovered. No surveillance video available.


Highlighted Activity for July 21 – 27, 

During the last seven-day period, the 
Police Department handled 375 service 
events, resulting in 79 investigations. To 
see a complete listing of crimes reported, go to for 
crime mapping. For Police Department news and information, 
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Residential Burglary

July 21 at 10:36 p.m., a caller in the 300 block of N. 
Alta Vista advised that he had checked his video surveillance 
and saw two individuals climb over the fence 
of his neighbor’s house across the street. Officers responded 
and located a broken sliding glass door to the 
rear of the location. The house was ransacked. This 
investigation is continuing.

Battery on a Peace Officer

July 23 at 5:15 p.m. the jailer attempted to fingerprint 
an inmate, but she resisted. Officers attempted 
to bring her out of the cell, but she became immediately 
combative and struggled with them. During the 
struggle, she managed to kick and scratch officers. She 
was restrained and extracted from the cell for fingerprinting. 
While being fingerprinted she kicked the on 
duty Jailer. This case will be forwarded to the District 
Attorney’s Officer for filing consideration.

Medical Assist

July 23 at 5:51 p.m., several callers advised that there 
was an unconscious male subject on the ground at the 
metro platform. Officers arrived and located the male 
who was unresponsive. Drug paraphernalia was found 
near the subject and the officer administered Narcan. 
The subject gained consciousness and was transported 
to a local hospital by paramedics. 

Hiker Rescued

July 23 at 6:44 p.m., a caller reported 
he had been hiking for twelve hours 
near the Clamshell trail. He advised 
he was out of water and not feeling well. Officers, 
paramedics,and the Pasadena PD airship responded. 
The airship located the hiker. Los Angeles 

County Fire Air11 was requested to respond. Air11 
rescued the hiker. Paramedics then transported him 
to a local hospital for treatment. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested

July 24 at 3:22 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop 
on a vehicle that was driving with no headlamps near 
the intersection of Duarte and Myrtle. The female 
adult driver was contacted and displayed signs and 
symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. A 

DUI investigation was then conducted. The driver 
was ultimately arrested for DUI and transported to 
the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a 
sobering period.

Injury Traffic Collision

July 25 at 6:28 p.m., officers responded to an injury 
traffic collision involving three vehicles in the area of 
Foothill and Sunset. Officers arrived and discovered it 
was a solo traffic collision into the rear of three parked 
vehicles. The driver complained of pain and was transported 
to a local hospital for treatment.

Arson / Making a False Police Report – Suspect Arrested 
July 26 at 5:12 a.m., a resident in the 1300 block 
of Sherman called to report someone set a tree in his 
front yard on fire. He said he extinguished the flames 
before riding his bicycle to a local business and calling 
the police. The resident gave officers a description, 

but there was no one matching that suspect in the 
area. Officers were able to view a surveillance camera 
on the street and discovered that the resident who had 
called in the report had actually been the one who lit 
the tree on fire. He was arrested and taken into 


Bear July 27 at 3:47 p.m., a resident in the 300 block 
of Meadow Lane reported a bear in her pool. When 
officers arrived, the bear had cooled down and left the 



Nationwide, people who are experiencing a mental health crisis and in need of 
immediate help are now able to dial or text 988 and receive assistance through the 
new Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number. 

A new 988 Call Center, operated by Didi Hirsch, is now taking calls coming into 
the 988 hotline in Los Angeles County. Trained operators are available to triage 
callers to receive the appropriate services, including suicide crisis counseling over 
the phone and mental health de-escalation counseling over the phone. In addition, 
they will also triage callers to determine when dispatching a mobile crisis 
team is appropriate and, in rare cases, connection to law enforcement when safety 
is of concern.

The following represents a summary report of some of 
the major incidents handled by the Sierra Madre Police 
Department during this period. This list is not intended 
to be considered exclusive or all-inclusive. 

Sunday, July 17 

DUI Arrest 
At approximately 10:00 PM, officers observed a vehicle 
commit a vehicle code violation near the intersection 
of Sierra Madre Blvd and Park Ave. Officers 
conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and observed 
the driver to have the smell of alcoholic beverage 
coming from their person. Officers performed field 
sobriety tests on the driver. Due to the results of the 
test, officers determined that the driver was unable 
to safely operate their vehicle, and they were placed 
under arrest for driving under the influence. 
The driver was taken to Los Angeles County Jail for 

Saturday, July 23

Domestic Battery Arrest 
At approximately 10 PM, officers responded to the 
00 block of Suffolk Ave for reports of a domestic 
violence incident in progress. Officers arrived and 
investigated the incident. One of the involved parties 
was arrested and booked at Pasadena Jail for battery.

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