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April 2nd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
For the period of Sunday, March 15, through Saturday, March 21, the Police Department responded to 1,016 calls for service of which 148 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, March 15:
1. Between 9:00 p.m. on March 14 and 12:10 a.m. on March 15, an auto burglary occurred in the 100 block of North First. Unknown suspect(s) smashed a car window and stole a purse, camera, and clothing items for a total reported loss of almost $4,000.
2. Macy’s loss prevention personnel advised that they had detained a female juvenile for theft around 2:00 p.m. The girl took clothing items into a fitting room, cut the security sensors with scissors, concealed them in a shopping bag, and left the store. Additional stolen property from Wet Seal, Charlotte Russe, Spencer’s Gifts, and Cali-ONE were also recovered. The 16-year-old Caucasian was arrested for commercial burglary and possession of burglary tool.
Monday, March 16:
3. Shortly after 11:00 a.m., a victim came to the station to file an identity theft report. Unknown suspect(s) obtained the victim’s personal information by unknown means, acquired a Kohl’s credit card, and made gift card purchases totaling $1,500.
4. Units responded to Borders located at Westfield mall around 4:58 p.m. regarding a commercial burglary that occurred between 6:23 p.m. and 6:39 p.m. on March 15. The manager advised that she received notification that several Borders’ stores were burglarized yesterday, so she checked her surveillance video. When reviewing the video, she discovered that two male Hispanic suspects stole about 50 DVD’s and Blue Ray movies. The total loss was about $2,000.
Tuesday, March 17:
5. Around 10:10 a.m., a victim came to the station to report an identity theft incident. Unknown suspect(s) acquired the victim’s personal information, made fraudulent charges on two different credit cards, and withdrew cash from his checking account. The total loss to date is almost $3,000.
6. Officers were called to the AMC Theaters located at Westfield mall around 8:00 p.m. regarding a man detained for vandalism. Investigation revealed that a 28-year-old male Caucasian was under the influence of multiple prescription medications and alcohol, and he began suffering hallucinations. Believing that he was being followed, he went into a family restroom at the theater and used a cigarette lighter to set off the sprinkler system, resulting in the flooding of the restroom and the main hallway. It was determined that the subject was a danger to himself so he was transported to a hospital for a 72-hour hold.
Wednesday, March 18:
7. A traffic stop was initiated in the 100 block of East Huntington around 12:24 a.m. for several vehicle code violations. A 38-year-old male Asian driver was contacted and it was determined that he was operating the vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was arrested at the scene without incident.
8. The Department received several extortion reports over the past few days regarding a man calling the victims and demanding $30,000. He also threatened to harm the victims and their family members if he did not get the money. Because the suspect made so many calls to numerous victims throughout the area, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be handling the cases.
Thursday, March 19:
9. A theft investigation was conducted at the high school, and it revealed that several male students were involved in stealing cell phones from other students’ backpacks. The stolen cell phones were then sold. A 15-year-old Caucasian student was arrested for grand theft from person; a 15-year-old Hispanic and a 16-year-old Caucasian were arrested for receiving stolen property; two other students were suspended from school for attempted theft.
10. Around 2:17 p.m., units were dispatched to Westfield mall regarding a male subject detained by security personnel for sexual battery. Investigation revealed that a 24-year-old male Asian suspect groped and rubbed his hands across intimate parts of 7 employees at Gilly Hicks. A private person’s arrest was made, and the man was taken into custody.
Friday, March 20:
11. Loss prevention personnel from JC Penney advised that they had detained a female juvenile for theft around 1:00 p.m. The girl was seen concealing merchandise in bags hanging from a baby stroller. A private person’s arrest was made, and the 16-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody for grand theft. Almost $720 in property was recovered. She was later cited and released to her father who was present while she committed the thefts.
12. Around 7:00 p.m., units responded to the 600 block of Fairview in reference to a domestic disturbance. A male suspect was contacted but he refused to open the front door and was belligerent towards the officers. After 24 minutes, the suspect finally complied and opened the door but he continued to ignore officers’ orders. The 22-year-old Asian was eventually taken into custody for obstructing/resisting.
Saturday, March 21:
13. Between 5:00 p.m. on March 20 and 8:15 a.m. on March 21, a grand theft occurred at REI, 214 North Santa Anita. Unknown suspect(s) stole a $2,500 bicycle from the store.
14. Shortly after 5:00 p.m., officers were sent to Borders regarding shoplifting suspects who had returned to the store. The manager recognized the suspects as those who had stolen DVD’s and Blue Ray movies on March 15. Private persons’ arrests were made, and Hispanic suspects, ages 18 and 40, were taken into custody for commercial burglary.