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:, 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

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:

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

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

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 HERE to locate your LA County polling location.