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March 25th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
For the period of Sunday, March 8, through Saturday, March 14, the Police Department responded to 926 calls for service of which 135 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, March 8:
1. Units responded to Foothill and Dexter around 4:26 a.m. in reference to a solo traffic collision. The vehicle had collided into a tree but no one was located at the scene. An area search was made and the 23-year-old male Hispanic driver was found walking down the street. A field sobriety test was conducted, and it was determined that he was operating the vehicle while intoxicated. The man was arrested for DUI without incident.
2. Around 6:26 a.m., officers saw a possible stolen vehicle leave the Motel 6 parking lot and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The male Caucasian or Hispanic driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. The suspect driver ran several red lights and traveled between 70-75 mph on city streets. He later drove onto the eastbound 210 Freeway traveling between 90-125 mph and was weaving in and out of traffic lanes. The pursuit was subsequently terminated by the 57 Freeway.
Monday, March 9:
3. A commercial burglary occurred at the County golf course maintenance yard located at 210 West Huntington between 8:00 a.m. on March 8 and 5:00 a.m. on March 9. Unknown suspect(s) broke into the facility and removed power tools and mechanical equipment totaling almost $7,500.
4. Around 6:00 p.m., a commercial burglary occurred at Victoria’s Secret located at Westfield Mall. Four male Caucasian or Hispanic suspects entered the store; two acted as lookouts while the other two concealed over 70 bras into bags. The suspects then all left the store together with about $3,000 in merchandise.
Tuesday, March 10:
5. Units responded to Longden and Eighth around 12:45 p.m. in reference to an assault and robbery that occurred around midnight on March 3. The victim advised that he was on the horse trail when a male African-American transient confronted him and tried to start an altercation. The victim wanted to avoid a fight so he walked away. The suspect then struck him with a blunt object in the abdomen, punched him several times in the face, and stole his bicycle. The victim went to the hospital and was treated for broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
6. Between 2:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., an auto burglary occurred at El Dorado and First. Unknown suspect(s) broke a window and stole a GPS unit that was attached to the windshield.
Wednesday, March 11:
7. A victim came to the station around 3:48 p.m. to file an identity theft report. He advised that he had filed a tax return but it was rejected by the IRS. When he contacted the IRS, he was told that a tax return had already been filed with the same personal information, but with a different address. Unknown suspect had obtained the victim’s personal information by unknown means and used it to file a tax return.
8. A strong-arm robbery occurred at 556 Las Tunas around 8:30 p.m. The victim was waiting to enter the locked building when a male suspect approached from behind and grabbed her purse. He then ran to a waiting dark blue or dark green, four-door vehicle driven by another suspect. Officers conducted an area search, but the suspect vehicle was not found.
Thursday, March 12:
9. Between 9:30 p.m. on March 11 and 6:30 a.m. on March 12, a commercial burglary occurred at Merrill Lynch, 801 West Huntington. Unknown suspect(s) smashed a rear window to enter the location and stole a flatscreen television.
10. A residential burglary occurred in the 1700 block of Rodeo between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) made forced entry via the front door and ransacked rooms. The victims will provide a list of stolen items at a later date.
Friday, March 13:
11. A known female subject with an outstanding warrant was seen exiting a vehicle at Santa Anita Inn, 130 West Huntington, around 1:50 p.m. The 46-year-old Caucasian was contacted and a search subject to arrest was made. White crystalline substance, resembling methamphetamine, and syringes were found on her person and inside her vehicle. She was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
12. A commercial burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Canyon Road between 4:00 p.m. on March 12 and 6:30 a.m. on March 13. The house is under construction and unknown suspect(s) may have used a key to enter the location in order to steal a $2,400 paint sprayer.
Saturday, March 14:
13. Shortly before 2:00 a.m., units were dispatched to Baldwin and Woodruff in reference to a traffic collision. A 22-year-old female Asian driver struck two parked vehicles and a brick and wrought iron fence. Officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, and a field sobriety test revealed that she was operating the vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. During the booking process at City jail, a baggie containing a white powdery substance resembling cocaine was found in her pocket. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in prison, DUI, driving with a suspended license, and traffic accident.
14. Shortly after 11:00 a.m., officers responded to Wells Fargo Bank, 1038 South Baldwin, regarding an identity theft report. The bank manager indicated that the victim wanted him to file a report on his behalf since he was out of the country. The victim had discovered over $31,250 in unauthorized purchases were made using his account. The bank manager advised that an unknown suspect had added his/her name onto the victim’s accounts by using his personal information.