Friday, January 23, 2015

Third Arcadia Location Found to Contain Indoor Marijuana Grow - UPDATE to News Release on Jan 22, 2015


The original News Release reference case #1500297 on January 22, 2015, has been updated to reflect a third location, an additional arrest, and updated numbers of marijuana plants. Original post:

http://arcadiapolice.blogspot.com/2015/01/two-arcadia-homes-used-for-indoor.html

"During the course of the investigation, Detectives identified a third residence believed to be connected to the cultivation of marijuana.   Surveillance was conducted and a male subject was detained after he fled the residence in a vehicle.   A search warrant was obtained and served at the residence in the 2700 Block of Gilpin Way, which revealed the residence was in fact being used for indoor marijuana cultivation.   As a result, Tong Wang, a 28-year-old male Asian from Arcadia was arrested and booked at the Arcadia City Jail on felony charges of cultivation of marijuana with bail of $50,000.00.

All three locations were found to contain indoor marijuana grow operations with lighting, ventilation, and electrical wiring run throughout.  It appeared the electrical set-up was bypassing the meters and also tapping directly into the electrical service at each location. Approximately 750 marijuana plants were found in various stages of growth throughout the Baldwin location, approximately 922 marijuana plants at the Woodruff location, and approximately 280 marijuana plants were located and recovered at the Gilpin Way address.  No evidence was found at any of the locations to indicate a medical marijuana grow operation.  The investigation is continuing as to property ownership, utility theft, and possible child endangerment."


Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

by: Colleen Flores, Lieutenant

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Two Arcadia Homes Used for Indoor Marijuana Grow Operations - News Release


UPDATED to reflect third location and additional arrest: http://arcadiapolice.blogspot.com/2015/01/third-arcadia-location-found-to-contain.html


Two Arcadia Homes Used for Indoor Marijuana Grow Operations

Date/Time of Release:   January 22, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.

Arcadia Police Department Detectives and SWAT Team served two search warrants at Arcadia homes in the 1800 block of South Baldwin Avenue and in the 300 block of West Woodruff Avenue during the early morning hours today. The two locations were linked during the course of an investigation into possible indoor marijuana grow operations. Both warrants were served without incident and indoor marijuana grows were found at each location.

Prior to the warrant service on Woodruff, a male was detained leaving the location in a vehicle. A second male was seen arriving at the same location in a vehicle and was also subsequently detained along with a female and two male infants who were inside the Woodruff home. Gao Ming, a 46-year-old male Asian from Arcadia, and Jia Hui Shen, a 27-year-old male Asian from El Monte,  and Lan Lau, a 34-year-old female Asian from Arcadia were arrested and booked at the Arcadia City Jail on felony charges of cultivation of marijuana with bail of $50,000.00 each. Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services was contacted to arrange care for the infants.

Both locations were found to contain indoor marijuana grow operations with lighting, ventilation, and electrical wiring run throughout. It appeared the electrical set-up was bypassing the meters and also tapping directly into the electrical service at each location. Approximately 750 marijuana plants were found in various stages of growth throughout the Baldwin location and approximately 500 marijuana plants at the Woodruff location. No evidence was found at either location to indicate a medical marijuana grow operation. The investigation is continuing as to property ownership, utility theft, and possible child endangerment.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150, case #1500297.  If you prefer to provide information ANONYMOUSLY, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the tip page at Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers, www. http://lacrimestoppers.org/.


Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police


By: Colleen Flores, Lieutenant

Police Department Parking Lot Closed February 9 - 20th for Construction


The Arcadia Police Department parking lot will be closed from Monday, February 9, through Friday, February 20, 2015, for construction and paving.


During this time, please use the City Hall parking lot, near the soccer field, for all Police and City business. You can access the City Hall lot from either W/B or E/B Huntington Dr. The Police Department lobby will be open during construction during normal business hours, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.





Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Weekly Activity Highlights for January 11 - 17, 2015

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_1.11.15.pdf

Weekly Tip - Report Suspicious Activity! #SeeSay

The Arcadia Police Department serves a population of approximately 57,000 residents, numerous business and commercial locations, all within about 11 square miles. As expected, the men and women of the department cannot actively police every square inch of our city at all times. Therefore, more often than not, residents and visitors serve as the eyes and ears for our dispatchers and officers.

Having a large residential community, it is not surprising that some of our most frequent calls for service involve property theft or residential burglary. In most cases, a residential burglary begins with some type of suspicious activity within a neighborhood, often in broad daylight. This activity may range from unknown persons in vehicles perusing the area, to individuals going door to door, determining whether or not residents are home. These individuals will most likely have a driver waiting for them for a quick getaway in case someone begins to question their actions.

The best way to decrease residential burglaries is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Give criminals the message if they are in our neighborhoods, and about to commit a crime, they are being watched – not ignored – through a joint effort by our residents and the police department.



If you witness suspicious activity in your neighborhood, or see something that doesn't sit right with you, do not simply draw the blinds and turn away; please pick up the phone and call our department’s non-emergency dispatch number at (626) 574-5123 – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Of course, if you witness a crime in progress or have an emergency, always remember to dial 9-1-1.

Neighborhood crime prevention neither begins, nor ends, with a burning porch light. As members of a greater community, we are all responsible for its protection, as safety does not simply end at a property line. Get to know your neighbors and your neighborhood, remain alert, and never hesitate to call our police department. Do not simply assume someone else has called the police - three calls received are better than no calls at all. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Watch Your Speed! Our Traffic Bureau Certainly Will Be!


In 2014, there were 880 traffic collisions reported in the City of Arcadia.   Of these collisions, unsafe speed was the primary collision factor in 122 (14%) of the accidents.  In 2014, unsafe speed was the leading cause of collisions reported to APD.

The fundamental goal of our Traffic Bureau is to seek to reduce traffic collisions through a three-pronged approach of engineering, education, and enforcement.  On January 22, 2015 the traffic bureau will take steps toward accomplishing our goal by conducting selective and proactive enforcement of drivers driving at an unsafe speed on certain roads throughout the City. This operation is being conducted as part of a Selective Traffic Enforcement Grant received and funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Not on just this day, but everyday, Watch Your Speed!

For questions or more information, please contact Sergeant Kollin Cieadlo, Traffic Supervisor, 626.574.5475.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Are You a Teen Interested in Law Enforcement? Join the Arcadia Police Explorer Post!


WHAT IS AN EXPLORER?

An explorer is a volunteer scout that participates in civilian observer ride-a-longs. He or she assists the police with searches for evidence; report writing, desk officer duties, command post operations, crime prevention surveillance, disaster assistance, crowd and traffic control, security at major events, and other challenging assignments, some of which help the Explorers earn money for their post. Explorers also participate in educational and recreational trips, which involve visits to other police agencies throughout California and the Nation. With the training and direction received as Police Explorers, many young men and women have gone on to choose law enforcement as a career. Others have chosen to enter the Armed Forces and are now serving around the world.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Arcadia Police Department Explorer Program is designed for youths 14 to 18 years of age. After graduating from the San Gabriel Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Academy, explorers are assigned to Explorer Post 101. Police officers then work with the explorers in an effort to provide community service. Officers also provide insight and guidance to explorers who decide to pursue a career in law enforcement.

EXPLORER ACADEMY

The Explorer Academy is held at the San Gabriel Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Academy located in the City of Arcadia. Training includes instruction in crime prevention, basic law, report writing, drill and ceremonies, physical training, and other topics. Instruction is provided by current and retired Police Officers. Upon successfully completing the Academy requirements, recruits will receive a certificate verifying completion of training and an identification card.

QUALIFICATIONS

-Be at least 14 years of age and in the ninth grade, or 15 (regardless of the grade).
-Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all schoolwork.
-Pass an oral interview and a background investigation.
-Have no record of arrest convictions.
-Be free of any physical deficiencies that would jeopardize yourself or others.
-Maintain good moral character.
-Register with Learning for Life (Boy Scouts of America)
-Demonstrate a willingness to participate in Explorer activities.
-Attend and graduate from the Explorer Academy.

EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORMS

All equipment and uniforms (except shoes) are provided by the Police Department.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact a member of the Explorer Coordination Team at the Arcadia Police Department:

Detective Jeff Stark
Officer Wally Ashby
Officer Jordan Elders

(626) 574-5188 or (626) 574-5150