Wednesday, November 19, 2014
With the holiday season comes the return for potential increase in residential burglary and theft. Over the course of the last week, Arcadia and the surrounding cities have seen residential burglary popping up throughout the area. This screen shot from CrimeMapping.com shows just the residential burglary activity in and near Arcadia from 11/12-18/14. We encourage you to subscribe to CrimeMapping and take advantage of the "Crime Alerts" notification feature. Stay abreast of activity in your neighborhood and the surrounding community.
Please take a look at our recent APD Blog post on Burglary Prevention at Home for tips and additional information. And, as always, please be our eyes and ears in your neighborhoods. The Department has deployed additional officers specifically targeting residential burglary intervention, both in marked and unmarked units, but you know your neighborhood best. If you See Something, Say Something!
Are you an inviting target for a crime of opportunity? In the past, we have had reports of stolen purses and phones from victims who were shopping, or simply not paying attention to their valuables. Phones and wallets have been left on sales counters, along with purses in baby strollers, each have been scenarios for stolen items.
What can you do to help protect yourself? Start by shopping smart. Always be aware of your surroundings and who is near you. Don't become so engrossed in your shopping or check-out that you fail to see the person sliding up next to you or your cart. Never leave your purse or purchased items unattended in a cart, on a counter, or at a table...not even for "just a minute." Thieves will look for easy targets and persons who may be inattentive to their belongings. That open purse or wallet next to you while you are making your purchase is an invitation for theft.
Keep your purse closed. Don't toss wallets and phones back inside without closing the flap or zipper. Check your phones and put them back on your belt, in your pocket, or zipped in the purse. Setting your phone on the counter to continue a sale is an easy way to forget it.
Be mindful of your personal space. If you are "bumped" on the side or someone just happens to slide up close to you, check your wallet or purse and make sure that you have not become the target of a thief.
Watch your cards! Credit, debit, charge cards are easily "skimmed" by use of portable devices meant to quickly capture your card information. Your information can be later transferred to a magnetic strip on a different card and used for theft. The employee should be sliding your card right in front of you. If there is a need to move to a different register, go with them.
Shop smart and pay attention to who is around you! Keep an eye on your valuables and don't invite a crime of opportunity!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
A big "Thank You" to members of the Arcadia Police Department came today in the form of an early Thanksgiving lunch, provided by the Arcadia Chinese Association. Chief Guthrie was joined by members of the ACA and ACA President Francine Chiu for a photo before lunch. ACA President Chiu took a moment to express gratitude to members of the Department and say "Thank You" for our service. Thanks to the ACA for the great lunch and for taking the time to honor members of our Department!
Officer Walter Ashby was honored by KNBC's The Challenge on Sunday night as Hero of the Night. The honor follows his actions, while off-duty, in saving the life of a young drowning victim. Wally pulled the young victim from a pool and performed life-saving CPR on her for over three minutes prior to paramedics arriving. The toddler regained consciousness before being transported to the hospital and she is alive and well today thanks to Wally's actions. The event occurred in early October in Irvine.
Arcadia Police Chief Bob Guthrie wrote in a commendation letter to Wally, "...your actions epitomize what it means to be a police officer. Your courage, decisiveness, and action in the face of adversity are at the heart of everything we have come to hope for and expect from our police officers. And you, Wally, rose to the occasion when it mattered most. I tip my hat to you, Officer Ashby, for a job exceptionally well done. I couldn't be prouder of you."
Great job, Wally!
Great job, Wally!
Friday, November 14, 2014
Incident: Road Closures for the 61st Annual Festival of Bands Parade
Contact: Watch Commander, (626) 574-5156
On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the City of Arcadia is hosting the 61st Annual Festival of Bands Parade. Forty high school bands will compete in this prestigious event. There will be a number of street closures associated with the event that may affect vehicular travel. Street closures will be as follows:
- Baldwin Avenue between Huntington Drive and Naomi Avenue – CLOSED for vehicular traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Duarte Road between Golden West and El Monte Avenue – CLOSED of vehicular traffic from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Campus Drive between Santa Anita Avenue and Holly Avenue – CLOSED from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Residents living south of Huntington Drive, north of Duarte Road, east of Baldwin Avenue, and west of Holly Avenue are asked to use the intersection of La Cadena Avenue and Huntington Drive as the primary entrance and exit from the area. Other residents will be allowed into the surrounding areas with proof of residency.
The event will kick-off at 8:40 a.m. with a Dignitary Parade. Bands should step-off at about 9:00 a.m. HERE is the band order of assignment list.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office reports a 33-year-old man convicted of committing residential robberies in the San Gabriel Valley was sentenced today to 374 years to life in state prison.
On July 23, defendant Jose Lewis Avila was found guilty by a jury of nine counts of second-degree robbery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime and one count of child abuse. Jurors also found true special allegations that Avila used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a BB gun, and that he inflicted great bodily injury.
The Arcadia crime occurred shortly after midnight on a 2011 April morning, in the 1100 block of South Third Street. The suspect discharged the BB gun during the robbery, striking the victim in the face while she held her child. See the original Blog post HERE.
The case was investigated by the Alhambra, Arcadia, Monterey Park and San Gabriel Police Departments.