Thursday, December 30, 2010

Celebrating the New Year with Gunfire will Not be Tolerated

The following information is a reprint from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, but is applicable to the City of Arcadia:


Every year, a significant number of people throughout the City and County of Los Angeles engage in the extremely dangerous practice of discharging firearms into the air to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.  In an effort to educate and warn the public of the problem, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) have embarked upon an awareness campaign. This campaign is designed to help reduce incidents of indiscriminate gunfire that, while on the decline, has continued to be a deadly tradition in our County and in our City.

The Gunfire Reduction Campaign aims to advise the community that celebrating the New Year with gunfire will not be tolerated in the County andCity of Los Angeles.  California Penal Code Section 246.3 prohibits negligent discharging of firearms.  Any person who violates Section 246.3 will have their firearm confiscated and will be arrested for a felony crime.

On Monday, December 27, 2010, LAPD Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur and LASD Sheriff Lee Baca held a news conference to publicize their concern about holiday-related celebratory gunfire.  To make a significant impact on this problem, thousands of “Don’t Shoot” flyers and posters have been printed and distributed to the community.  It is the hope of both agencies that with the partnership of the media and the distribution of “Don’t Shoot” flyers, the public will be informed regarding the dangers and dire consequences of this irresponsible act.

On July 4, 1999, Brian Perez, a young, outgoing, 9 year-old boy was playing with family members in the front yard of his home.  Someone in the area shot a firearm into the sky and the stray bullet struck Brian in the head, killing him.  Assistant Chief MacArthur stated “Thankfully, since Brian Perez, and with the effectiveness of this Gunfire Reduction Campaign, there have been no known deaths by indiscriminate gunfire in the City of Los Angeles.”

The public is also reminded that toy replica guns that resemble real weapons are also a concern for law enforcement officers and that playing with replica guns is strongly discouraged.

Together, all law enforcement agencies ask the public to STOP the senseless act of firing weapons into the air and CELEBRATE SAFELY. 

In addition, should a shooting occur, members of the community are encouraged to call 9-1-1. 

To report information regarding a crime, please call your local sheriff's station or police station.  Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the websitehttp://lacrimestoppers.org 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Kid Sitting for New Year's Eve?

The City of Arcadia Recreation & Community Services Department is hosting a "New Year's Eve Kid's Night Out" event at the Arcadia Community Center from 6pm to 1am this Friday night, December 31st.  Recreation Staff and Volunteens offer themed games, movies, dinner, snacks and supervision for children ages 4 and above.  Kids will enjoy a New Year’s Eve Party, while their parents enjoy all of the New Year’s Eve Festivities out on the town or a quiet evening at home.  The cost is $25 per child.  For more information, visit the City website for the latest issue of "The Buzz" (page 7),  or call (626) 574-5113.  

Weekly Activity Highlights for December 19-25, 2010

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_12-19.pdf

Weekly Tip - Check Your Credit

With a new year approaching, it is a good time to check your personal credit. Thieves can gain access to your personal information through various means these days and you may not become aware of the problem until damage is already done. The Federal Trade Commission has a website with a link to the only authorized on line source to obtain your credit report from the 3 main credit reporting companies. The service is free and you are entitled to obtain the report once every 12 months. There are some other legitimate sources to obtain the information, however, most come with strings attached or a fee to continue monitoring your credit. Protect yourself from ID theft and potential loss due to ID theft.  Make this a New Year's resolution and moreover, an annual practice!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

All of us at the Arcadia Police Department would like to wish everyone the very best during this holiday season.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Expect Traffic Delays on Sunday



The day after Christmas is sure to bring many visitors, shoppers, and racing fans to the City of Arcadia. The Westfield Santa Anita Shopping Mall will be filled with people seeking sales, exchanges, and returns. The Santa Anita Race Track comes to life once again with opening day of live racing. Yes, this Sunday, December 26th, will surely be a busy day in town!
The mall can be accessed off Baldwin Avenue and Huntington Drive. Shoppers may see gate closures inside Gate 8 (north of JC Penney) and best times for arriving or departing the mall would be in the morning, mid-afternoon, or evening hours after the race track has closed.

The majority of Race Track patrons leave between the hours of 3:00pm - 7:00pm, so the following closures and restrictions will be in place during that time period:

BALDWIN AVENUE:
- Traffic congestion between Huntington Drive & the 210 freeway
- There will be No Parking on Baldwin Avenue between Hugo Reid and Huntington Drive from 3:00pm – 7:00pm

HUNTINGTON DRIVE:
- There will be No Left Turns from E/B Huntington to N/B Baldwin Avenue (Left Turn Lanes will be Closed from 3pm-7pm)
- There will be No Right Turns from W/B Huntington Drive to N/B Baldwin Avenue (Right Lane Closed from 3pm–7pm)

COLORADO PLACE:
- All Southbound lanes of Colorado Place will be closed at the intersection with Colorado Boulevard (closure in effect from 4pm – 7pm). All traffic will be detoured onto E/B Colorado Blvd towards Santa Anita Avenue.

If you would like to avoid the traffic congestion in these areas, you are advised to use the following alternate routes:

ALTERNATE NORTH/SOUTH ROUTES:

Michillinda Avenue
Santa Anita Avenue

ALTERNATE EAST/WEST ROUTES:

Foothill Boulevard
Duarte Road

Santa Anita Race Track gates will open at 10:00 am and the first post is at noon. Racing fans can access Gate 8 off Baldwin Avenue, however, other gates may be less congested. Suggested routes for easier access may include;
  • From the west or northbound on Baldwin Avenue, use Huntington Drive to Gate 3 at Holly Avenue.
  • From the south, use Santa Anita Avenue to Campus Drive for Gate 3 access, or to Huntington Drive for access to Gates 5 and 6.
  • From the east, use Huntington Drive or Colorado Boulevard to access Gates 5 and 6.
Police officers will be manning traffic signals and certain intersections throughout the day. Traffic will be heavy and you should expect delays. Allow extra time for your travel and please be patient.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WANTED! Distraction Burglary Suspect

The above photo is the likeness of a suspect wanted in connection with a distraction type, residential burglary. The crime occurred on December 17, 2010, at about 11:30 am, at a residence in the 1000 block of Fairview Avenue.

The suspect knocked at the residence door and said that he worked for the water department. The suspect wore an identification badge around his neck that had "State of California" written on it and the name, "John". The suspect said that he was there to check water pressure and the victim allowed him to come inside. The suspect walked throughout the residence and turned on water faucets. While inside the master bedroom, the suspect asked the victim to go and turn off water in the kitchen. The victim left the suspect unattended for a time and returned to find the suspect leaving the residence, telling the victim that he was going to get some paperwork from his truck. The suspect did not return. Shortly thereafter, the victim found the bedroom ransacked and jewelry missing.

The suspect is described as a male, unknown race, 30-39 years old, 5'-09", 150 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160. You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.

Weekly Activity Highlights for December 12-18, 2010

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_12-12.pdf

Weekly Tip - Holiday Fire Safety



One of our Public Safety partners, CAL FIRE, provides this video as a great reminder of the need for holiday fire safety in our homes!  Please be safe during this holiday season and celebrate wisely.  You can follow CAL FIRE on Twitter @CalFireNews for Statewide fire information and news.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Parole & Probation Compliance Operation

On Thursday, December 16, 2010, Detectives from the Arcadia Police Department were joined by personnel from State Parole, the Alhambra, Monterey Park, and San Gabriel Police Departments, for the purpose of conducting parole / probation compliance checks at 22 locations: Arcadia (7), Rosemead (7), San Gabriel (3), Temple City (1), and Alhambra (4). These checks targeted 23 subjects who are on active parole or probation, or who had outstanding arrest warrants. The majority of these subjects are either Asian gang associates or sex registrants.


Results of the compliance checks resulted in:

• 1 arrest for violation of parole

• 1 arrest for a felony warrant and probation hold

• 2 arrests for misdemeanor warrants

• Documentation for 1 violation of parole and 2 probation violations in order to seek future prosecution

• 18 of the 23 subjects were contacted during the compliance checks


Detectives from each of the law enforcement agencies involved came together after several incidents involving Asian gang members that occurred in Arcadia and Alhambra in late November. Arrests were made in those cases. Local investigators will continue to work together and this event is an excellent example of information sharing and the ongoing collective effort to combat gang activity in our communities.

Refer questions to Sergeant Jeremy Lachenmyer, Arcadia Police Department Special Enforcement Team, (626) 574-5183.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Annual Overnight Parking Permits Now Available

The 2011 Annual Overnight Parking Permits are now available for purchase at Arcadia City Hall, Cashier's Office.  You can download the application form on the City website as well as review rules and regulations.  The fee for the annual permit is $84.00 and you are also required to submit a copy of the current vehicle registration, along with your permit application.  For additional information, contact the Cashier's Office at (626) 574-5400.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Congrats are in Order!

Officers Mike Turrell (left) and Kevin Fox (right) are pictured with Chief Bob Sanderson (center) shortly after their ceremonial "swearing in" yesterday.  Both officers graduated from the Rio Hondo Police Academy back in July 2010 and have successfully passed their field training.  Officers Turrell and Fox each received their issued police officer badge during the ceremony.

Officer Turrell is a US military veteran, having served two tours of duty in Iraq with the Marine Corps.  Officer Fox served as a civilian Community Services Officer with APD prior to attending the police academy.  Both men bring great experience and are welcomed additions to our APD family.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday DUI Enforcement

The Arcadia Police Department Traffic Bureau will be participating in countywide DUI enforcement activities over the next few days as follows:
  • DUI Checkpoint, Thursday evening, December 16, 2010, undisclosed location in the City of Arcadia from 6 pm to midnight.
  • Roving DUI Patrol, Friday evening, December 17, 2010, from 6 pm to 2 am.
The holidays bring many celebrations.  Please don't drink and drive!  Remember to have a designated driver or take advantage of programs like Jan's Towing "Tipsy Tow."

Weekly Tip - Watch Out for Your Children!

As a parent, the safety of my children is something that is constantly on my mind. I am sure that any mom or dad will echo that sentiment.   In this holiday season, stores and malls are packed with patrons making your job even more difficult. Stay alert to your children. Never assume that they are just around the corner or hiding behind a clothing rack. Keep them in your sight and don’t hesitate to report suspicious activity to your local police.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children offers child safety tips along with a great deal of information for parents on their website.  Another resource to take advantage of is Wireless Amber Alert; visit the site, enter your cell number, and you will be notified in the event of a local Amber Alert via text message.

Remember that it is never too early to talk with your children about their safety.  Take advantage of the links above and be proactive with your family safety.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Overnight Parking Enforcement Suspended for Holidays

Residents and visitors will not have to obtain temporary overnight parking permits for passenger vehicles parked on the City streets from December 20, 2010 through January 6, 2011.  This permit suspension affords the community the opportunity to entertain guests and visitors without worrying about purchasing permits during the holidays.

This enforcement suspension pertains only to overnight parking restrictions for passenger vehicles between 2:30 am and 5:30 am.  All other parking restrictions remain in effect and will be enforced, such as time zones, street sweeping, curb markings, etc.

If you have any questions, please contact the APD Watch Commander at (626) 574-5156.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Robbers Leave Empty Handed

Officers were called to a residence in the area of Lovell and Camino Real last night at about 8:50 pm, after a foiled robbery.  A couple returning home from a trade show in Orange County had just pulled into their driveway, when an older black Honda occupied by four males stopped behind the couple and blocked the driveway.  Two of the males jumped out and pointed handguns at the victims.  The victims ran away and were unharmed.  The suspects proceeded to smash out a couple of windows on the victim's vehicle in order to gain entry.  When the suspects found no property in the vehicle, they fled.

The victims deal in jewelry and believe the suspects had followed them from the show venue.  There was no loss, since the victims contract with a security service who removed all jewelry at the conclusion of the show.  The victims had no valuables with them at the time of the crime.

The suspects were only described as male Hispanics, 20-25 years old, dressed in dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160. You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.

Arcadia Police Department Honors Police Officer & Civilian of the Year for 2010


The Arcadia Police Department awarded their annual Police Officer of the Year and the Civilian Employee of the Year awards last night at the annual Police Association Christmas party.  For 2010, the award recipients were Officer John Jurman and Logistical Services Officer Cris Hoefflin.

Officer John Jurman is pictured above left, along with Chief Bob Sanderson.  Officer Jurman is a tenured member of the Department and is currently assigned to the Traffic Bureau.  John was recognized for his service to the Department, the Police Association (APOA), and the community.  John headed up the Arcadia Police Department Relay for Life team in 2010, spearheading our fundraising efforts to fight cancer.  Most recently, John took it upon himself to seek donations from fellow personnel in order to purchase a market gift card for a family in need that he had come upon during a work shift, going above and beyond the normal call of duty.

Logistical Services Officer Cris Hoefflin was awarded the Arcadia Police Department, Civilian of the Year award for his service and dedication to not only the Department, but to his fellow employees, as well.  Cris is our "go to" person and truly keeps our agency running on a daily basis.  Cris is never without a friendly welcome and a smile to match.  Whenever there is a task to be dealt with or a job to be done in our facility, Cris makes it happen.  Pictured left to right are: Mike Hale, APOA Vice-President; Troy Hernandez, APOA President; Cris Hoefflin; and Chief Bob Sanderson.

Congratulations to both Officer John Jurman and to Logistical Services Officer Cris Hoefflin on their deserving awards!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chief's Annual Christmas Breakfast


Chief Bob Sanderson carried out a long standing Arcadia Police Department tradition this morning, hosting the Chief's Annual Christmas Breakfast.  The breakfast is a great event where current and former members of APD can gather to share memories and a meal prepared by the Chief and fellow police management staff.  In addition to the APD family, all City employees and City staff are invited to attend, along with our elected officials.  

There was a great turnout today with well over 200 plates served.  A special thanks to Vons, Nichol's Egg Ranch, and Papa Cantella's for the generous donations of food for the event.

(Pictured left - Chief Sanderson serving breakfast with Lieutenant Colleen Flores)


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Parking Violation Bail Increase

The Arcadia City Council voted last night to approve a $3.00 increase in bail amounts for parking violation citations issued in the City of Arcadia.  The fee increase is necessary to cover State and court increases over the last year.  The new bail amounts are effective immediately and the increase applies to all parking violations.  The current supply of parking bail envelopes will be used for the immediate future and the new bail amount will be noted by the issuing officer. 

Weekly Tip - Rain, Fog, Mist? Use Your Headlights!

"Headlights are on for safety." Ever see that statement on the back of a big rig? Headlights improve the visibility that other drivers have of your car. That is one reason California adopted a Vehicle Code section(24400) that requires you to drive with lights on when driving in the rain. The section also includes driving conditions that require you to have your windshield wipers on continuously, such as rain, fog, mist, snow or other atmospheric moisture. So, if you are using your windshield wipers, use your headlights as well!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Weekly Activity Highlights for November 28 - December 4, 2010

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_11-28.pdf

Arcadia Police Chief Spends Time in the MDA Slammer!

Chief Bob Sanderson was hauled off to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) jail earlier today!  The MDA Judge threw away the key until Chief Sanderson was able to come up with "bail" in support of the MDA.  Lucky for the Chief, many local supporters, friends, family, and co-workers were able to help achieve his goal and raise sufficient bail.  Chief Sanderson was released from the MDA "Lock-Up" at the Arcadia BJ's Restaurant shortly after lunch today.

As of this afternoon, Arcadia Fire Chief Tony Trabbie and Arcadia Police Chief Bob Sanderson led the fundraising effort for this year's Arcadia MDA "Lock-up", raising $2,690 & $2,600 respectively.  The funds raised will help the MDA sponsor summer camp, treatment research, clinics, and much more.  Thanks to all for your support!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Watch Your Packages!

As we have recently warned about and see other reports in the news, a local resident became the latest Arcadia victim of package theft earlier today.  At about 2:52 pm this afternoon, a witness observed a female approach the front porch of a home in the 300 block of West Woodruff Avenue.  The female removed a package from the front porch and left what was later found to be an empty box in its place.  The female left the area in a black Cadillac driven by a male.

The suspects are only described as a female White, 25-28 years old, 5'-02", thin build, and a male African-American with a shaved head.

The ironic part of this crime is that these two suspects were only rewarded with a small amount of anti-aging cream.  This type of theft is likely to continue to occur with the holidays upon us.  Please be extra vigilant and call the police if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160. You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Season Brings Increased Patrols at the Mall

The holiday season brings with it large crowds at shopping centers throughout the area.  The Westfield Santa Anita Shopping Mall in Arcadia is a popular destination that is filled with shoppers on a daily basis.  The Arcadia Police Department and Westfield Security coordinate and work together to provide additional officers and police presence during the holiday period.  Members of the Arcadia Police Mounted Enforcement Team along with our police officers provide additional uniform patrols on horseback, foot patrol, and in police units throughout the mall property.  Volunteers in Patrol Services (VIPS) also patrol the area as increased visible presence and assist patrol officers with traffic control, parking citations, and other duties as needed.  The Arcadia Auxiliary Communications Service (Ham Watch) also works in conjunction with our officers providing eyes, ears, and instant communication to field units from atop the mall and in the parking lot.  Mall Security provides additional officers on foot and on patrol in the parking lot, along with much needed traffic control during peak periods.  Together, we work to bring you a safe and enjoyable experience.    

Late Night Robbery of Taxi Driver

A taxi driver was flagged down by two males last night at about 11:35 pm on Baldwin Avenue south of Duarte Road.  The males entered the cab and directed the driver to the rear of businesses east of Baldwin.  One of the suspects pointed a revolver at the taxi driver demanding his money and the keys to the taxi.  The driver complied and then was told to get out of the taxi by the suspects.  The driver fled the taxi on foot, leaving the suspects in the vehicle.  A few moments later, a witness saw the suspects walk away from the taxi, eastbound on Naomi Avenue toward Lovell Avenue.  The driver was not harmed and the loss was only cash.
The suspects were both described as male Hispanics, 17-20 years old, wearing dark clothing.  One suspect was tall and "skinny", about 6'-05", wearing a black beanie and gloves.  The second suspect was approximately 5'-05", also "skinny", wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160.  You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Four Charged in Baldwin Avenue Stabbing

On November 5, 2010 at about 6:50 pm, a 17 year old young man from Arcadia was lured into a physical altercation by a lone suspect, at a business located in the 1000 block of South Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia. The fight moved outside the business toward the parking lot when the suspect was joined by three additional suspects who attacked the victim. The suspects struck, kicked, beat the victim with a pipe-like object, and during the attack, the victim was stabbed twice in the torso. The suspects fled and were not apprehended. The victim was hospitalized and is recovering from his injuries.

Over the course of the next few weeks, Arcadia Detectives conducted follow-up investigation and developed information that led to the arrest of four individuals for this crime. Two adults, Andy Lieu, 18 years old from El Monte, and Jonah Moon, 18 years old from Norwalk, along with two 17 year old juveniles were booked at the Arcadia City Jail on attempted murder charges. The juveniles were from Alhambra and Cypress. Detectives believe that the attack was in retaliation for an altercation that took place earlier in the day in another local city and that both incidents were gang related. All four suspects are believed to be members of a local Asian street gang.

A felony complaint was filed on November 29, 2010 by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office with charges of attempted murder - PC 664/187(a) and criminal street gang enhancements on each of the four suspects. Lieu, Moon, and the two juveniles are being held on $1,000,000.00 bail at Los Angeles County facilities.


Weekly Tip - Parking Lot Survival

The holiday season is upon us!  And with that brings large crowds and parking lots filled with anxious shoppers.  Private property accidents contribute to a number of our calls for service during the holiday season and most of these incidents are avoidable.  Here are some tips to help avoid collisions and other vehicle related incidents on private property;

•Slow down, don't be in a rush. The sales will still be going on when you get there.

•Obey shopping center or mall stop signs, yield signs, speed limit signs. They are there for a reason...SAFETY!

•Drive only in marked isles. Avoid driving across the parking lot and watch out for those that are using parking stalls as a short cut.

•Park a little further away. It is probably quicker than driving up and down looking for that perfect spot.

•Look all around before backing out and back SLOWLY from your stall.

•Watch for pedestrians and watch out for yourself while walking in the parking lot.

•Avoid the urge to "beat" the other driver to that one last spot.

•Practice common sense and courtesy. Everyone can be on edge in a crowded parking lot. Give each other a break.

•Leave valuables at home or at least out of sight in your LOCKED vehicle.

•Park only in marked stalls.  Fire lane, red zones, handicap stalls may all be enforced at most shopping centers.

•Always be aware of your surroundings. Park in well lighted areas. Alert store security or the police to suspicious persons or vehicles.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving 2010!


The Arcadia Police Department wishes everyone the best on this Thanksgiving 2010!  Enjoy a safe holiday with family and friends.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Snow Festival

From the Arcadia Recreation & Community Services Department;

Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Snow Festival!


Saturday, December 4th

Get ready for the holidays and come join us for breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 4th at the Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007. Breakfast with Santa is $8 per person and includes breakfast, photos with Santa and holiday entertainment. There will be two options for breakfast: 8:30-9:30am (#4030) or 10:30-11:30am (#4031). Space is limited. Registrations are being accepted now! Just go on-line to the City of Arcadia’s website: www.ci.arcadia.ca.us, to download the registration form or stop by the office, 375 Campus Drive.

The Holiday Snow Festival is free to the public and will also take place at the Arcadia Community Center on the same day from 9am-2pm. This event will feature holiday entertainment, crafts, trolley train rides, dual sled runs and two snow play areas. Carl’s Jr. will be available for purchase from 11:30am-1:30pm. Santa will only be present at the Breakfast with Santa Event. Parking will be available at Gate 4 of the Santa Anita Race Track. Shuttle service will be available to transport participants to and from the Community Center from 7:45am-2:15pm. In the event of rain, the Snow Festival will be held Saturday, December 11th. For more information please call 626.574.5113!

Early Thanksgiving from the Arcadia Chinese Association

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 Sanderson and personnel from APD were joined by members of the ACA for a photo before lunch.  ACA President Edward Wong, pictured center, 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 the Arcadia Police Department! 

Weekly Tip - Driving for the Holiday?

No doubt that many families will be traveling some distances this Thanksgiving holiday.  Whether you are driving across town or much further, here are some tips to help keep you safe on the road:
  • Plan ahead, know your route and itinerary, and share this information with relatives along with your vehicle description and license plate number.
  • Check your vehicle for things such as proper tire pressure, wiper condition, spare tire, and fluids.
  • Check the weather reports and road conditions.
  • Pack snacks, water, and first aid supplies.
  • Don't rush!  Leave plenty of time for you travel.
  • Slow down and increase following distance!
  • Don't drive distracted!  Put the phone down, let your passengers read the map and play with the radio.  Keep your eyes on the road!
  • Buckle up and wear your seat belt!
  • Be responsible, don't drink and drive!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Overnight Hot Prowl Burglary & Vehicle Theft

A resident in the 300 block of Oxford Drive woke up this morning to find a front window on his home standing open.  He checked further and found that his home had been burglarized and a car stolen from the driveway sometime overnight.  It appears that sometime between 11:00 pm last night and 6:10 am today, the suspect(s) forced open the window and made entry into the home.  The suspect(s) removed a purse, cash, house and car keys, and a Wii game console from the residence.  The suspect(s) then made off in the resident's vehicle, a 1998 BMW 740, 4-door, dark blue, license #3WTP022 CA, with a yellow "Carmel" sticker on the rear bumper.  The vehicle remains outstanding at time of this posting.

Please remember to close and secure your windows and doors.  Thieves will look for vulnerable targets such as open windows or unlocked vehicles and doors.  HERE is a link to a previous post on burglary prevention.

Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160.  You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.

Residential Robbery on California

A woman was the victim of a residential robbery that occurred in the 300 block of California Street on Thursday, November 18, 2010.  The event began at about 10:00 am when the woman, a housekeeper, answered the residence door to a man that she believed was a delivery person.  The male suspect pointed a handgun at the victim, bound her hands with duct tape, and lead her to a room inside the residence.  The suspect was joined by a second male and the pair ransacked the location.  The victim did not see the suspects leave but waited for a period of time and was then able to free her hands.  The victim called her employer who in turn notified APD at about 11:00 am.

The victim described the first suspect as a male Hispanic, 40 years old, average height and weight, poor complexion, moles and acne (blackheads), wearing a dark baseball cap, long-sleeve white shirt, armed with a silver semi-auto handgun.  The second suspect was only described as a male Hispanic.  Both suspects spoke only Spanish during the robbery.  

The victim suffered bruising on her wrists during the crime but did not require medical attention. The suspects made off with a safe, jewelry, and watches.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160.  You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.

Gas Leak Forces Closure of Santa Anita Avenue

Drivers attempting to travel on Santa Anita Avenue were inconvenienced for about 3 hours yesterday due to a gas leak that forced the closure of the roadway.  Arcadia Police Officers and Fire Fighters were called to the 2000 block of South Santa Anita Avenue at about 11:45 am after a construction crew ruptured an underground gas line while digging.  The crew was related to the roadway construction project along Santa Anita Avenue, contracted by the City.  Several homes were evacuated as a precaution and traffic was diverted at Longden Avenue to the south and Wistaria Avenue to the north.  The roadway was reopened shortly before 3:00 pm.  Thanks to several members of the Arcadia Police Volunteers in Patrol Services (VIPS) for assisting with the traffic control.  The VIPS are a great asset to the Department and respond in situations like this to free up our Patrol resources.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Weekly Tip - Package Theft from Your Porch

Have you ordered Christmas presents over the phone, via the Internet, or by mail? Chances are that those packages will be delivered straight to your front porch. The majority of deliveries do not require a signature and are generally left at your door, even if no one is home to accept them. This time of year brings out those looking for a crime of opportunity as well as those thieves that actually target your delivery. Thieves will follow or watch for the UPS, Fed Ex or other delivery trucks and then target a home after a delivery is made.

Here are some suggestions for helping to prevent a theft of your packages: Use your workplace as the shipping address, track your shipments by phone or on-line so that you know what day they should arrive, ask you neighbor to watch for your delivery and then hold the items until you arrive home, keep an eye on your neighborhood and report suspicious persons and vehicles sitting or cruising the area, request a signature delivery option if available, or request the shipment be held at the shipping facility such as a UPS office. Check with "mailbox" businesses in your town and see if they will accept shipment of your item for a fee. If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, then report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company and your local police.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Weekly Activity Highlights for November 7-13, 2010

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_11-7.pdf

Vehicle Vandalism Spree

At about 12:19 am on Saturday morning, November 13, 2010, Arcadia Officers were called to the 300 block of South Baldwin Avenue on report of multiple vehicle vandalisms.  The victim heard a loud noise outside their apartment and looked out to see two males and a female walking away from the parked cars along Baldwin Avenue.  A short time later, the victim went outside to find that several side mirrors on the parked vehicles had been broken.  The victim only described the suspects as teenagers, two males and one female, dressed in dark clothing, last seen walking north on Baldwin.

Over the course of the next hour, Officers found similar vandalisms to vehicles in the 200, 300, and 400 blocks of South Baldwin, one in the 900 block of Hugo Reid Drive, and one in the 00 block of Altura Road, for a total of nineteen vehicles damaged.  The exact dollar amount of the damage is unknown at this time.  Based on the witness information and crimes located, it appears that the suspects began their crime spree shortly after midnight, attacking vehicles in the 200 block of South Baldwin Avenue.  The suspects continued to walk northbound and damaged vehicles as they progressed, turning westbound on Hugo Reid, ultimately ending their activity in the area of Altura Road.  The crimes occurred between about midnight and 12:40 am.  The suspects used unknown force or object to break the side view mirrors.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160.  You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.

Chief Sanderson "Jailed" for a Good Cause

Chief Bob Sanderson sent the below memo to personnel at the Arcadia Police Department from his cozy cell at the "Arcadia Lock-Up" to help fight Muscular Dystrophy; 
Greetings Friends,

I have joined the fight against Muscular Dystrophy again this year by participating in the “Arcadia Lock-Up”. The good people at MDA are taking me to their lock-up on December 7th and keeping me behind bars until sufficient bail is raised for my release. MDA has set my bail at $1,250.00 but I’d like to make a statement to them that I have been framed and that my good friends will not only raise the $1,250 bail, but exceed that amount as a testimony that I am innocent and must be freed!

Would you take a few moments and go to the website listed below and make a donation to raise my bail but more importantly, to send your message to MDA that you support the families that suffer with Muscular Dystrophy and want to make their holidays a little easier or by sending an MDA kid to camp?

I sincerely appreciate your support for MDA.

Here’s the webpage:


https://www.joinmda.org/MyLockup/MyHomepage/tabid/193251/Participant/rsanderson/Default.aspx



Best Regards,

Bob Sanderson,

Chief of Police
Arcadia Police Department

Please consider helping out this worthy cause and making a donation to the MDA.  You can easily make your donation through the link above to Chief Sanderson's MDA donation page.  Hopefully, we will be able to set the Chief free by December 7th! 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Road Closure Info - Arcadia Festival of Bands


The City of Arcadia is hosting the 57th Annual Festival of Bands Parade on Saturday, November 20, 2010. Over forty high school bands will compete in this prestigious event. There will be a number of street closures associated with the event that will affect vehicular travel. The parade will take place on Baldwin Avenue and Duarte Road in Arcadia on Saturday, November 20, 2010, kicking off at about 8:30 am. Street closures will be as follows:

 Baldwin Avenue between Huntington Drive and Naomi Avenue – CLOSED for ALL vehicular traffic from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 Duarte Road between Golden West and El Monte Avenue – CLOSED to thru traffic from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 Campus Drive between Santa Anita Avenue and Holly Avenue – CLOSED to thru traffic from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Only emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross roadways in the parade closure. Residents will be allowed into surrounding neighborhoods with proof of residency, but must use alternate roadways such as Golden West, La Cadena, El Monte, Santa Anita, Huntington, or Camino Real.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Weekly Activity Highlights for October 31 - November 6, 2010

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_10-31.pdf

Residential Burglar Arrested

Great timing to coincide with the weekly tip for this week; a 26 year old La Crescenta man was arrested yesterday after a resident called Arcadia Police to report the suspect acting suspiciously.  The witness called APD at about 10:50 am on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, after an unknown male came to her door in the 1300 block of North Baldwin Avenue.  The male told the resident that he was looking for his dog, asking her if she had seen the animal.  The male then drove off in a gray SUV.  The resident did not recognize the male and thought that his actions were suspicious and she called the police.
Responding Patrol Officers found a gray SUV backed into a residential driveway nearby on Baldwin Avenue.  They conducted a records check on the SUV license which showed the vehicle to be stolen.  Officers checked and found what appeared to be a forced open sliding window at that residence where the stolen SUV was parked.  As they were checking the location, Officers detained a male suspect in the rear yard without incident.  Officers found that the residence had been ransacked.  It appears that the suspect had made entry to the location, ransacked the interior and attempted to avoid capture by hiding in the rear yard after APD Officers arrived on scene.  Although the property was not removed from the residence, Officers found handguns, jewelry, computer equipment, and other evidence inside the location that was moved and abandoned by the suspect. 
Joshua J. Jacob, 26 years old from La Crescenta, was arrested and booked at the Arcadia City Jail for residential burglary and auto theft, thanks to a local resident who did not hesitate to call the police.


Weekly Tip - Don't Hesitate to Call the Police!

The Arcadia Police Department serves a population of approximately 55,000 residents within 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, our residents serve as the eyes and ears of 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 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. Many times, after burglaries have occurred and after suspects have escaped, our reports indicate that at least one resident in the immediate area did in fact witness this, or some other type of activity prior to the crime, but for some reason, did not think more of it, or simply did not want to inconvenience the police.

The best way to decrease residential burglaries is to prevent them from occurring in the first place, by giving criminals the message that if they’re in our neighborhoods, and about to commit a crime, they are being watched – not ignored – through a joint effort by our residents and our 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 911.

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

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What You Need to Know About Senior Fraud! - A Workshop for Seniors

The City of Arcadia Recreation & Community Services Department in partnership with the Arcadia Police Department is offering a workshop for seniors on ways to protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud. An old scam that preys primarily on the elderly, sometimes called the “Grandparent Scam”, has found it way back to the area. In recent weeks, the Arcadia Police Department has taken a couple of reports on this type of scam, one of which involved an actual loss of money. Don’t become the next victim! Sergeant Davis from the Arcadia Police Department will be talking to seniors on ways to protect themselves.

Consumers lose billions of dollars each year to fraud. People over age 50 are especially vulnerable and account for over half of all victims, according to a study conducted by American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). People who commit these types of crimes, “con criminals,” often target older people knowing they have spent a lifetime earning their savings. Con criminals go wherever they can to find money to steal. They use everyday tools—the mailbox, the telephone, the Internet—to reach into your pocketbook. You can help educate your friends, parents, and others by becoming familiar with some of the more common scams and how they operate. Then share that information with others.

The workshop will inform you on what to do if you have questions on how to handle a situation and also give you tips on what to do if an unfamiliar person approaches you at home. The workshop will be held at the Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007 on Tuesday, December 7th at 10am. Don’t miss this event….Very important information will be provided!

For more information or to register, please call Arcadia Senior Services at 626.574.5130.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Young Man Stabbed During Altercation

At about 6:50 pm on Friday evening, 11/05/10, Arcadia Police Officers were called to a strip mall located in the 1000 block of South Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, regarding a fight. The reporting party said that there were about 5 males involved in a physical altercation. A second caller advised Police Dispatchers that one subject had possibly been stabbed and that the suspects had fled in a vehicle. The suspects were described as 4-5 male Asians, late teens to early 20’s.

Arriving Officers found a 17-year old male Hispanic victim still at the scene, suffering from a stab wound to the torso. The victim was alert and was immediately treated by Arcadia Fire Department Paramedics who transported the victim to a local hospital. The victim’s injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Initial investigation indicates that the victim was seated in a business at the strip mall and was confronted inside that location by a lone male suspect. The two became involved in a physical fight which spilled into the parking lot. The initial suspect was joined by several additional male suspects who all attacked the victim. At some point during the attack, the victim was stabbed in the torso by an unknown object. The suspects then fled the scene in a late model, white Scion vehicle.

Although the victim is not known to have a gang affiliation, witnesses allegedly overheard the name of a gang being exchanged between the suspects as they fled. This did not appear to be a random act of violence as indications are that the initial suspect targeted his attack on the victim. The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to contact Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160. 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.

"Grandparent Scam" - Don't Fall Prey

An old scam that preys primarily on the elderly, sometimes called the "Grandparent Scam", has found its way back to the area.  In recent weeks, the Arcadia Police Department has taken a couple of reports on this type of scam, one of which involved an actual loss of money.

The typical scenario begins with a phone call to an elderly victim.  The suspect caller will identity themselves as the victim's grandchild or perhaps ask the victim, "Don't you know who this is?"  The suspect will play on the victim's emotions, they may cry or apologize for not calling more often.  The suspect will then enter into a sad tale of hardship or say that they have been arrested and are in need of bail.  The scammer usually will instruct the victim to go to a local money transfer location and wire or overnight the funds to another location and ask them to keep the event secret from other family members.  In some cases, the scammer may have accomplices that will join the suspect during the phone call in attempts to legitimize the request by representing themselves as a police officer or bail agent.

We hope to help prevent this type of crime by providing education and bringing awareness to the topic.  No different than in person, always be certain of who you are dealing with when on the telephone.  Always verify information and identity.  Ask questions that only your actual relative should know.  Don't volunteer names or other personal information unless you have initiated the contact.  Take the time to verify a legitimate need through other sources such as other relatives or by making independent inquiries yourself, not to a phone number provided by the suspect.  Never rush to wire money or send checks via courier.  You are likely to lose your cash before you even realize that you have been victimized.  These suspects are predators hoping for an emotional response.  Let good judgment and reason guide you.  Your legitimate loved one would understand and welcome your concern.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Arcadia Police Department seeks Reserve Police Officers

Are you interested in serving the Arcadia community as a Reserve Police Officer? The Arcadia Police Department is seeking members of the community who would like to join its Police Reserve program. Reserve Police Officers work side by side with full-time police officers and respond to all service calls. Reserve Police Officers make arrests, handle investigations, control traffic, and work a variety of community events.

If you would like more information about becoming an Arcadia Reserve Police Officer, please visit the city's website to view & download the job flyer:



If you have any questions and would like to speak with a Reserve Program Coordinator, please call (626)574-5150 and ask for either Sergeant Crowther or Lieutenant Foley.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Burglar alarm leads to arrests of 3 suspects in Arcadia - Pasadena Star-News

Burglar alarm leads to arrests of 3 suspects in Arcadia - Pasadena Star-News

Weekly Tip - Signal Light Out? Stop!

The weather is changing and we have seen recent lighting and rain storms which cause power outages.  With power outages come blacked out intersections and signals. California law is pretty straight forward for drivers coming upon inoperative signals at an intersection. STOP! If the signals are blacked out and not working, drivers must treat the intersection like a stop sign. CVC 21800(d)(1) is the section that governs inoperative signals. If there is a Police Officer directing traffic, you must proceed as directed. Otherwise, stop and proceed when safe to do so. Power outages, collision damage, storm related problems, equipment failure, all can contribute to a blacked out signal. Always be alert, watch ahead, and drive smartly.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Weekly Activity Highlights for October 24-30, 2010

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_10-24.pdf

Wanted for Armed Robbery

 

Location: Subway Restaurant 411 E. Huntington Dr. Arcadia
Occurred on October 25, 2010 at about 9:25 pm, see previous post for details.
Suspect #1: (Pictured) Male Hispanic 20-30 years old, 5-08, 180lbs, tattooing on neck, weapon is a black semi-auto handgun.
Suspect #2: Male Hispanic 20-30 years old, 5-10, 150lbs, wearing white t shirt and black shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160. You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Don't Forget to Vote!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 is the day for the General Election.  Polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm.  Visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website for additional information on the elections.

Forgot your polling place?  Not a problem...click HERE to locate your LA County polling location. 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Warning About Halloween Candy Laced with Marijuana

The following is a news story from KABC7 discussing the dangers associated with candy laced with marijuana. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department held a news conference on the topic on October 29, 2010.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Traffic Delays & Parking Restrictions along Santa Anita Avenue

The City of Arcadia will rehabilitate Santa Anita Avenue from Camino Real to Longden Avenue, Duarte Road to Christina Street, and Foothill Boulevard to the 210 Freeway. A contract company will be performing the work. Damaged concrete will be repaired, a signal communication line will be installed, new signal poles installed, the surface of pavement will be removed, and then the entire roadway will be repaved. The work was scheduled to begin on Wednesday October 27th and should be completed before December 31st. Work hours will be from 7:00 am to 5:00pm.
Drivers and residents should expect traffic control devices, lane closures, equipment operations, materials on the street, driveway closures, and sidewalk closures. Possible delays may occur when traveling through this area.
Due to the nature of the work, access to resident’s driveways may be disrupted and residents may need to park on the street. The Arcadia Police Department will issue a blanket parking permit to the areas directly impacted by the construction on a daily basis. There is no need to obtain or purchase an overnight parking permit on the nights that your property is impacted. Should your vehicle receive an overnight parking citation in error, please contact the APD Watch Commander at (626) 574-5156.
If you have any questions or need to contact someone about the construction, you may contact the City Engineers Office at (626) 574-5411.

Halloween Traffic Safety Reminder

This weekend brings plenty of Halloween gatherings along with our kids trick or treating in our neighborhoods.  If you are out and about driving this weekend, pay close attention for pedestrians and little goblins running across the street.  Watch out for our kids as they trick or treat on Halloween night from house to house or while getting out of parked cars.

Arcadia, like many communities, has many homes that are decorated and offer "haunted houses" which attract crowds of kids and traffic.  When visiting these locations, enjoy the experience but remember to obey traffic laws and parking regulations.
  • Don't double park or drop off passengers in the roadway.
  • Don't block driveways.
  • Don't park in crosswalks.
  • Don't park in front of fire hydrants.
Please be courteous and respectful of your neighbors.  Drive carefully and be aware of all the children celebrating this weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Weekend DUI Enforcement

Officers from the Arcadia Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting roving patrols throughout the City on Friday evening, October 29, 2010, from 6 pm to 2 am.  This directed enforcement will target drivers who are impaired and operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

On Saturday night, October 30, 2010, Traffic Officers from law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles County will be out in force conducting roving DUI patrols as well.  APD will dedicate a two-officer unit to the effort, known as "Avoid the 100", funded through grant monies from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Dial 911 to Report Drunk Drivers!
  • Be Responsible, Don't Drink & Drive!
  • Use a Designated Driver or other alternative such as "Tipsy Tow" from Jan's Towing, (626) 914-1841.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Weekly Tip - Halloween Safety

The safety of our children is on our minds each and every day. The celebrations and traditions that go along with Halloween add to the importance of monitoring our children's activity and giving them the guidance to help keep them safe. Here are a couple of websites that offer good tips on Halloween safety:
There are also options to traditional "trick or treating" that allow your children to celebrate in a controlled and safe environment. The Arcadia Public Library is offering a trick or treat in the library, today, Wednesday, October 27th at 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm.  Call the library for information and registration at (626) 821-5567.   The City will be hosting their annual Halloween event at the Community Center on Friday, October 29th from 4:30-6:30 pm.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Weekly Activity Highlights for October 17-23, 2010

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_10-17.pdf

Armed Robbery at Subway

At about 9:25 pm Monday evening, October 25, 2010, two suspects robbed the Subway sandwich shop located in the 400 block of East Huntington Drive and made off with an amount of cash.  The first suspect entered the store and pointed a handgun at an employee, telling her to place the cash in a bag that he was holding.  The employee complied and handed over cash from the register as the suspect grabbed additional money from the tip jar.  The suspect fled out of the location and met up with the second suspect who was outside, acting as a look-out.  Both suspects fled on foot.

The first suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 20-30 years old, 5'-08", 180 lbs, gray baseball cap, long sleeve burgundy shirt, black shorts, colored tattoo on neck, wearing black framed glasses, armed with a black handgun.  The second suspect was described as a male Hispanic, 20-20 years old, 5'-10", 150 lbs, light skinned, wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160.  You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.

Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign

Earlier this month, law enforcement from throughout the Los Angeles area conducted a day of zero tolerance enforcement for distracted driving violations.  Officers across the county will once again be out in force today, Tuesday, October 26, 2010, in an effort to combat distracted driving.  Arcadia Patrol and Traffic Officers will join in the effort and will have zero tolerance for cellular phone, texting, and other distracted driving violations today.

Remember that holding your phone and using the speaker during a call while driving is still a violation.  Using a speaker equipped phone is not the same as using a bluetooth device.  Please put the phone down and leave the texting and calling for when you have arrived safely at your destination.  This same advice goes for reading a newspaper, putting on make-up, or pampering a pooch in your lap while driving.  Each of these have the potential to constitute a distracted driving violation of unsafe speed.  Drive safely, drive smartly! 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Red Ribbon Week 2010

Red Ribbon Week is October 23th-31st, 2010. Red Ribbon Week began in remembrance of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena who was kidnapped and murdered in Mexico in 1985. Agent Camarena had been working undercover for the DEA and was key in developing information that led to the eradication of large scale narcotics manufacturing operations in Mexico. Mexican cartel leaders sought revenge for these operations, murdering alleged informants and ultimately Agent Camarena. The Red Ribbon Coalition website gives a well written summary of the history of Red Ribbon Week and offers an excellent tribute to slain DEA Agent "Kiki" Enrique Camarena.

Following his death, in Agent Camarena's home town, Calexico, CA, the public outpouring of support turned in to an organized community response in which citizens dawned red ribbons. They became a voice for prevention in order to reduce the demand for illegal drugs and use of drugs in America. The following year the California State PTA adopted the Red Ribbon Campaign. Then, in 1988, Red Ribbon Week was recognized nationally with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan serving as the Honorary Chairs.

Today, the Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Burglary Victim Followed Home?

Last night at about 6 pm, a woman returned home to the 800 block of West Huntington Drive after running errands, which included a stop at a bank in Rosemead.  The victim pulled into her townhouse garage and left the garage door open.  She exited her car and walked toward the interior door when she heard a noise and saw a male suspect reaching into the passenger side of her car.  The suspect grabbed the victim's purse which was still on the passenger seat.  The suspect immediately ran out of the garage and into an awaiting vehicle which fled the complex to eastbound Huntington Drive.  The victim was not injured and the loss included the purse and contents along with an amount of cash.  She was not sure whether or not she had been followed after leaving the bank.

The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, 25 years old, 5'-08", "skinny", dark short hair and clean shaven.  The suspect was wearing a black t-shirt and jeans.  The suspect vehicle was an older model 4-door sedan, white in color.

Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160.  You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.