For the period of Sunday, Oct. 14-20, the Arcadia Police Department responded to 967 calls for service, 112 of which required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Matt Denny's Burglarized, Liquor Stolen
At about 5:14 a.m. on Oct. 14, officers responded to Matt Denny’s, 143 East Huntington Drive, regarding an alarm. Officers found someone had forced a rear door open, ransacked the restaurant and fled undetected with several bottles of liquor. No one saw or heard anything suspicious.
Man Allegedly Steals Mail
At approximately 11:41 p.m. on Oct. 14, officers arrived at the 400 block of West Longden Avenue regarding a possible mail theft. Two witnesses reported seeing a man loitering in front of their home and watching him steal a package from a neighbor’s mailbox. The package reportedly contained an iPhone 5 case. Officers caught up with the 31-year-old suspect one block over and transported him to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
Around 2:25 p.m. on Oct. 15, an officer attempted to pull a driver over in the area of Fifth Avenue and Santa Clara Street for not having a front license plate, and police say the rear license plate was stolen. Instead of puling over, the driver reporetedly led the officer on a high-speed chase along East Huntington Drive. Because of heavy traffic in the surrounding business district, the officer stopped the pursuit. The suspect can be identified if seen again.
Drug Paraphenalia Found in Car
Shortly after 10:20 p.m. on Oct. 15, an officer conducted a traffic stop at Huntington Drive at Morian Place on a blue Honda Civic with tinted windows. The driver reportedly had possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers arrested the 53-year-old woman and transported her to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
At approximately 7 a.m. on Oct. 16, an officer stopped a vehicle for speeding on Duarte Road, near Lyndon Avenue. The officer reportedly smelled alcohol coming from the driver's breath. The driver was allegedly under the influence with a blood alcohol level greater than 0.08 percent. Officers arrested the 48-year-old and transported him to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
At about 8:32 a.m. on Oct. 16, an officer responded to the 300 block of East Camino Real Avenue regarding a battery investigation. An argument between two people who lived at the home had escalated into a physical altercation. According to investigators, both parties assaulted the other.
At 12:52 p.m. on Oct. 17, an officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Duarte Road and El Monte Avenue for having a defective windshield. The driver reportedly revealed he had an expired license. The officer cited and released the 23-year-old driver.
Shoplifting from Macy's
At 7:17 p.m on Oct. 17, an officer responded to Macy’s at the Santa Anita Mall regarding a reported theft. A 29-year-old woman had allegedly concealed merchandise inside her purse and exited the store without paying. Officers arrested her and transported her to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
Driver Reportedly on Meth
At approximately 9:34 a.m. on Oct. 18, an officer stopped a vehicle on westbound Live Oak Avenue at Second Avenue for speeding, swerving and having expired registration. The 38-year-old driver was reportedly on drugs and had a suspended license. He also allegedly had methamphetamine, along with and open beer container in his car. Officers arrested him and transported him to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
Screaming Woman Runs Through Traffic
Shortly after 8:25 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of Santa Anita Avenue and the 210 freeway regarding a woman screaming and running through oncoming traffic. Witnesses restrained her until officers arrived. She had reportedly jumped out of a moving vehicle after an argument with her boyfriend. She was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital because officers determined she was a danger to herself and others.
Parolee Steals Bicycle
Around 1:41 a.m. on Oct. 19, an officer stopped a cyclist in the area of Huntington Drive and Santa Anita Avenue for having inadequate lighting equipment. The 22-year-old cyclist, a parolee, reportedly said he had stolen the bicycle out of an open garage in Monrovia. An assisting officer confirmed the information and contacted the victim. Officers arrested the cyclist, transported him to the Arcadia City Jail for booking and placed him on a parole hold.
Credit Card Machine Vandalized
At about 11:17 a.m. on Oct. 19, an officer was dispatched to Unocal 76 at 102 East Duarte Road regarding a reported vandalism. The manager discovered someone had tampered with the cables of the credit card readers on four gas pumps. The manager said he believed the person or persons responsible may have obtained customers' credit card information. He notified the processing company of the incident. No one reported seeing or hearing anything suspicious.
At about 7:57 p.m. on Oct. 20, an officer was dispatched to CVS at 188 Las Tunas Drive regarding a theft in progress. Officers talked with the suspect, who was sitting inside his vehicle. The 20-year-old reportedly told officers he had gone into the CVS twice to steal stuff for himself and his girlfriend. Video surveillance showed a second suspect exiting the first suspect's vehicle prior to the officer’s arrival; however, the subject was not located. Officers arrested the first suspect and transported him to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, officers were dispatched to the “Arcade 2” area of the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, in reference to an altercation possibly involving pepper spray. An investigation revealed two groups of male subjects became involved in a verbal argument during which one suspect sprayed the opposing group with pepper spray. The victims explained members of the opposing group claimed gang membership and fled out of sight. Further investigation is being conducted by the Detective Bureau.