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The Arcadia Police Department also dealt with two residential burglaries, including one in which a vehicle was stolen.

For the period of Oct. 7-13, the Arcadia Police Department responded to 988 calls for service, 113 of which required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Teen Accused of Shoplifting From Nordstrom

At about 2 p.m. on Oct. 7, an officer responded to Nordstrom at the Santa Anita Mall regarding a theft report. A teen had allegedly hidden a pair of sunglasses inside his pants and left the store without paying. The 17-year-old was arrested, transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking and later released to his guardian.

Driving With a Suspended License

At 6:08 p.m. on Oct. 7, a 32-year-old man was cited and his car was impounded following a traffic stop at Peck Road and Foothill Transit. The man had been driving with a suspended license and expired car registration.

Speeding Causes Vehicle Collision

Shortly after 5:50 p.m. on Oct. 8, an officer responded to a two-party traffic accident in the area of Santa Anita Avenue, south of La Porte Street. One of the drivers rear-ended the vehicle in front of him. The officer determined the driver who caused the accident was speeding. No injuries were reported.

Residential Burglary

Around 10:51 p.m. on Oct. 8, an officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Balboa Drive regarding a burglary investigation. Someone had forced the bathroom window open, ransacked the home and fled undetected with the stolen property. The responding officer found one fingerprint and a neighbor reported seeing a suspicious man in the area. The subject can be identified if seen again.

Tires Slashed

At about 5:48 a.m. on Oct. 9, an officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Oakwood Drive regarding a vandalism report. The victims discovered the tires had been slashed on three of their vehicles. No one saw or heard anything suspicious. However, the officer found dried blood around all of the cut tires. The suspect possibly injured his hand while slashing the tires. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Elder Abuse

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, an officer responded to Bank of America, 169 East Foothill Boulevard regarding a theft investigation. An elderly woman had told bank staff that her caretaker had been stealing from her. The caretaker had allegedly forged numerous checks totaling approximately $1,900 issued to herself and her boyfriend. The 22-year-old suspect was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. The case was referred to the Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services for further review.

DUI

At about 2:14 a.m. on Oct. 10, officers arrived at the intersection of Santa Anita Avenue and Foothill Boulevard regarding a traffic collision. The driver of a White Nissan had collided with the center median, claiming his tire had gone flat. However, the driver reportedly had a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent. The 42-year-old man was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. His vehicle was impounded. No injuries were reported.

Suspected Fraud

Around 2:03 p.m. on Oct. 10, a man came to the Arcadia Police Department front counter to file a suspicious circumstances report. The victim explained he received multiple phone calls from a person he did not know, claiming to be a computer technician. The caller informed the victim he had received an error message from the victim's computer. The caller instructed the victim to turn on the computer and follow specific instructions. The victim refused, as he believed it was a scam involving someone trying to retrieve his personal information. 

Embezzlement From Extended Stay

At around 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, an officer responded to the Arcadia Police Department front counter regarding an embezzlement report. The manager of Extended Stay of America at 401 East Santa Clara Street discovered more than $6,000 in cash missing. He told police his records indicated an employee may be responsible. Further investigation is being conducted by the Detective Bureau.

Sticky Fingers at H & M

Shortly after 7:23 p.m. on Oct. 11, an officer was dispatched to H&M at the Santa Anita Mall regarding a theft report. A teen had allegedly concealed several items inside a gym bag and exited the store without making payment. The 17-year-old boy was cited and released to his mother.

Cocaine Possession

At 10:18 p.m. on Oct. 12, a resident of the 900 block of West Duarte Road reported two people playing loud music and possibly drinking alcohol in public. One of the two allegedly had cocaine. The 30-year-old woman was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Vehicle, Property Stolen From Home

At about 10:34 p.m. on Oct. 12, an officer responded to the 1000 block of Woodacre Lane regarding a residential burglary report. Someone had forced a window open, ransacked the home and stolen valuable property, including a vehicle parked in the garage. No one saw or heard anything suspicious.

DUI Drifting Lanes

At about 3 a.m. on Oct. 13, an officer conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Golden West Avenue and Arcadia Avenue on a vehicle drifting between lanes. Upon speaking with the driver, the officer reportedly noticed the odor of alcohol on the driver's breath. The 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Bank Fraud

Shortly after 12 p.m. on Oct. 13, an officer was dispatched to the Arcadia Police Department front counter regarding a fraud report. The victim's bank had notified him that someone in England and Scotland had withdrawn funds from his checking account. The victim had his debit card at the time of the report and did not know how his information was compromised. 


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