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Police Blotter: Mountain Lion Spotting Reported

It was a busy week for the Arcadia Police Department.

For the period of Sunday, Feb. 19-25, the responded to 966 calls for service, 114 of which required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Feb. 19:

Around 1:36 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding on Las Tunas Drive at Live Oak Avenue. Upon contact with the driver, the officer noticed an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and person. An investigation revealed the 32-year-old man was driving under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

At approximately 4:25 p.m., a man allegedly entered at the and stole a pair of headphones from a display rack. The suspect was caught on video surveillance. He is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30's with dark hair and a medium build. He wore a dark jacket and blue jeans.

Feb. 20:

At about 1:40 a.m., an officer conducted a vehicle check on a red Ford Mustang parked on the north side of Clark Street at Peck Road. A vehicle search revealed the driver had credit cards and identification cards issued to different people and three laptop computers, which were suspected to be stolen. The 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of Possession of Stolen Property and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Shortly after 4:21 p.m., an officer was dispatched to at 39 West Las Tunas Drive regarding a theft report. The cashier reported observing a woman select a recyclable shopping bag from a display unit, fill the bag with merchandise and leave the store without paying before fleeing the parking lot in a blue Chrysler. The suspect is described as a Hispanic woman, approximately 25-years-old and 5-feet-4-inches tall with brown hair.

Feb. 21:

At about 3:41 p.m., an officer responded to the 000 block of Hugo Reid Drive regarding a residential burglary report. Unknown suspect(s) forced entry through a rear window and ransacked all of the bedrooms. The amount of loss was unknown at the time of the report due to the family being away on vacation.

At approximately 6:59 p.m., an officer responded to at the Santa Anita Mall regarding a theft report. An employee reportedly set her cell phone on a display shelf to help a male adult customer retrieve a jacket. While retrieving the jacket, the employee noticed the customer's female friend, a black woman, approximately 30-years-old, wearing dark clothing, was near her phone. Within minutes, the employee discovered her phone was missing and noticed the customer's friend quickly left the store. The employee believes the woman took her phone. 

Feb. 22:

Around 4:03 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 000 block of West Lemon Avenue regarding a residential burglary report. The victim returned home and discovered her jewelry was missing. Unknown suspect(s) forced entry through a side door and fled undetected. No one saw or heard anything suspicious.

At approximately 5:39 p.m., an officer responded to at the Santa Anita Mall regarding a woman in custody for theft. The suspect allegedly concealed merchandise inside her purse and left the store without paying. The 20-year-old suspect was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Feb. 23:

Shortly after 8:55 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 000 block of West Norman Avenue in regards to a theft report. The victim was notified by FedEx that two packages had been delivered to her home; however, the packages were nowhere to be found. The officer determined unknown suspect(s) stole the packages from the resident's front porch and fled undetected.

At about 5:37 p.m., officers responded to a three-party traffic collision on West Duarte Road, west of South Baldwin Avenue. While party two was stopped for traffic ahead, she was rear-ended by party one, which caused her vehicle to move forward and collide with the rear of party three. No major injuries were reported.

Feb. 24:

Around 2:30 p.m., a reporting party observed a mountain lion walking southbound on Canyon Road from Carolwood Road. Officers conducted an area check but did not locate the animal.

At about 11:27 p.m., an officer conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle for a broken headlight in the area of Second Avenue and Huntington Drive. The officer discovered the driver's license had expired. The driver was cited and released.

Feb. 25:

At roughly 3:12 a.m., an officer observed a silver BMW sedan swerving between lanes on Foothill Boulevard, and conducted a traffic stop at Santa Anita Avenue. Upon contact with the driver, the officer noticed an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and person. An investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol and had a suspended license due to a previous DUI. The 35-year-old man was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
 
Shortly after 10:11 a.m., an officer was dispatched to regarding a commercial burglary report. While the band members were at rehearsal, unknown suspect(s) entered a secured classroom and ransacked their backpacks. One student discovered his backpack had been stolen while fourteen others reported several items missing. No one saw or heard anything suspicious.

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