Thursday, July 28, 2011

Crimes Serve as a Reminder to Lock Up at Night

News Release:

Overnight Hot Prowl Burglaries Last Two Nights in Arcadia

Over the course of the last two nights, Arcadia residents were victimized by similar hot prowl burglaries. The first occurred early Tuesday morning at about 4:49 a.m., in the 100 block of Diamond Street, and the second occurred late last night around 11:00 p.m., in the 600 block of West Walnut Avenue. In both cases, the suspect was described as a male White carrying a flashlight.

The Diamond Street resident was awakened to find a suspect with a flashlight in her bedroom grabbing her purse from near the foot of her bed. The suspect immediately fled from the bedroom, ran through the house, and out the front door. The female resident was home with two teenage children when the crime occurred and no one was hurt in the incident. The only loss was the resident’s purse. Officers found that the suspect had entered the residential unit through an unlocked front door. In this case, the suspect was described only as a male White, 5’-10”, wearing a white t-shirt and basketball type shorts. This crime occurred on July 26, 2011, at about 4:49 a.m.

The second incident occurred last night when a West Walnut resident awoke to the sounds of someone attempting to open his front door. Moments later, the resident heard the suspect now attempting to open a side door. The resident turned on the porch light and was able to see the suspect on the porch. The suspect shined a flashlight in the face of the resident and then fled off the property, never making entry into the location. The resident described the suspect as a male White in his twenties, 5’-10”, 150 lbs, wearing a red shirt. This crime occurred on July 27, 2011, at about 11:00 p.m.

Although in different areas of the City, these crimes and suspect descriptions are similar. In both crimes, the suspect appears to be looking for a crime of opportunity, targeting unlocked residential doors. Please remember to check your home before going to bed. Close and lock your doors and windows, and set your alarm, if you have one installed at your home. Many times, thieves will target homes and vehicles that have been left unlocked or open. Take the time to help prevent this type of crime before it happens! If you see or hear anything suspicious, call the police right away.

Anyone with information on either of these crimes is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150.

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.

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Sgt. Tom Le Veque 

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