Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Weekly Tip - Stay Informed with Nixle Alerts!

The Arcadia Police Department News & Information Blog is a great way to stay informed on up to date info from your Police Department. But we also offer emergency alert, advisory, traffic, and community information that can be sent directly to your cellular phone and email. This service is provided FREE to you and free to local governments nationwide by Nixle. Nixle is operated in conjunction with NLETS, an international public safety information network providing secure, authenticated messaging.

The information distributed through Nixle is controlled by personnel at the Arcadia Police Department. Notifications or alerts of an emergent nature, community information, traffic or road closures, crime information, are just some of the examples of what can be communicated to the residents who subscribe to Nixle. The information can be sent to the entire user group or a specified target area based on locations related to the information. For example, a crime bulletin may be sent to a particular neighborhood or a specified radius, such as within a ¼ mile of the target address or area.

There are two ways to "subscribe" to the Arcadia Police Nixle alerts and notification. In order to receive just emergency alerts, you can text your zip code, 91006 or 91007, to the law enforcement Nixle number of 888777 on your text capable cell phone. You will receive a confirmation text in response letting you know that you are set-up properly. This will work for any zip code so long as the local agency or county is participating in Nixle. You may incur text related charges but that is based upon your personal cellular plan. This type of enrollment limits your notifications to emergency alerts to your cell phone only!

The more complete and informative way to subscribe to our Nixle page is to register on-line at By subscribing via the web, you will be able to receive all messages from the Arcadia Police Department. Once you subscribe to the Arcadia Community Wire, there are settings that allow you to select things such as the time of day that you may be notified and also types of notifications.

By using Nixle, the Arcadia Police Department adds another valuable tool that allows us to better communicate and share information with our community. Use of Nixle is in addition to conventional notifications, meetings, bulletins, news releases, and other forms of communication. We look forward to sharing information with you!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Cancel "At-Risk" Missing Person - News Release

Incident:                                             Cancel “At Risk” Missing Person (Located)
Date and Time of Release             March 23, 2012

James Randall McCain was located on March 23, 2012 after being admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles County.  Mr. McCain was transported to the hospital after experiencing an undisclosed medical condition and will be hospitalized for an undetermined amount of time.

His disappearance does not appear to be suspicious at this time.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By:      Dan Crowther, Sergeant

Refer Case # 12-1166

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Weekly Tip - Keep Your Dog Safe!

The Valley Traffic Division of LAPD recently sent out an informative Nixle message offering some great points on traveling with your pets.  Adding to their great advice, we wanted to remind you that it can be unlawful, and moreover hazardous, to transport any animal or dog in the open bed of a truck or pick-up.  California Vehicle Code section 23117 specifies the animal must be contained or cross tethered to prevent their falling, jumping, or being thrown from the vehicle.  See the link for other language and mandates in the code section.  There are some exceptions, such as in farming or rural areas. 

The ASPCA also offers tips on car travel with your pet, along with a printable version on their website.

Remember these laws are in place and the tips offered to help keep your pet and all traveling public safe. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Metro Gold Line Update, March 18-31, 2012

The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Project reports no full freeway closures scheduled for eastbound IS 210 Freeway during this two week period.  Partial lane closures may impact traffic during overnight hours.

Missing "At-Risk" Adult - News Release

Incident: Missing “At-Risk” Adult *Update*

Date and Time of Release: March 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

James Randall McCain
Male White, 6’00/175 lbs, 58 years old
Last seen wearing a lt. blue polo shirt and jeans

Mr. McCain was reported missing on March 13, 2012. He was last seen at his residence, in Arcadia, on March 12, 2012, at approximately 4:00 p.m. It is reported Mr. McCain suffers from dementia. This is the first time he’s been reported missing to the Arcadia Police Department. Mr. McCain does not have any family in the area, nor does he frequent any specific places or locations. Additionally, Mr. McCain commonly travels by either foot or bus, and is not known to drive a vehicle.

Mr. McCain is registered as a sex offender in this State and can be found in the Megan’s Law Database. He has been in compliance with registration guidelines, has had no recent contact with law enforcement to suggest criminal behavior, and his conviction requiring registration is over two decades old. At this time, there is no nexus between his registration status and the missing person report.

The Arcadia Police Department continues its search for Mr. McCain, and is seeking the public’s help in locating him. With no local known relatives, follow-up has been difficult. Local hospitals and area law enforcement have been alerted as well. Anyone with information regarding Mr. McCain’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5156.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Tom Le Veque, Lieutenant

Refer Case #12-1166

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day from all of us at the Arcadia Police Department!
Celebrate smartly and safely! If you plan on attending a celebration party or event where you will be drinking, please designate a driver for you and your group. Should you partake too much, take advantage of Jan's Towing Detour Program. Jan's will take both you and your car, in tow, home. There are some restrictions, call Jan's at (626) 914-1841 for details.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Robbery - News Release

Incident: Robbery

Date and Time of Release: March 14, 2012 / 3:30PM

On March 14, 2012, at approximately 12:30 PM, calls were received by the Arcadia Police Department via the 911 system reporting a possible auto burglary that just took place in the parking lot of a business complex located at 411 East Huntington Drive. The callers reported that three male subjects were seen breaking a window of a vehicle. When the officers arrived at the location, it was determined that a robbery had taken place.

The initial investigation revealed that three male suspects wearing dark-colored sweatshirts with hoods approached a vehicle in the parking lot and used an object that resembled a crowbar to smash out the windows occupied by a driver and a passenger. One of the suspects then took a bag out of the vehicle through the window. The suspects then fled in a silver or white vehicle, possibly a Honda or a Toyota product, with a paper dealer plate. The last known direction of travel is not known at this time. A check of the immediate areas did not locate the suspects or their vehicle. The victims suffered minor injuries.

The victims were reported to be jewelry couriers and the loss is being withheld at this time while further investigation is being conducted by the Arcadia Police Department Detective Bureau. Anyone with information is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5150. You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: R. Nakamura #430, Lieutenant

Refer Case # 12-1177

Residential Burglary Arrests - News Release

Incident: Residential Burglary Case #12-1176

Date and Time of Release: March 14, 2012 / 3:00PM

On March 14, 2012, at approximately 11:40 AM, the Arcadia Police Department received a call from a resident regarding suspicious circumstances. The caller reported that a vehicle dropped off three male passengers who entered the backyard of a neighboring residence located in the 700 block of Katherine Lane. The driver of the vehicle then parked away from the residence and remained in the vehicle. The caller also added that prior to entering the backyard, one of the subjects rang the doorbell.

Moments later, all three subjects ran out towards the street where the awaiting vehicle picked them up. The same caller provided the description of the vehicle, the subjects and their direction of travel. The vehicle was soon located by the police and the vehicle was stopped without incident. All subjects seen at the Katherine Lane residence were detained including the driver of the awaiting vehicle.

Officers discovered that a burglary had been committed at the residence on Katherine Lane. The subjects were identified as juveniles from the Pasadena/Altadena area. The juveniles were arrested for burglary and transported to the Arcadia Police Department for processing.

The case is currently being investigated by the Detective Bureau and the loss has yet to be determined. Please direct all inquiries to the Watch Commander at (626)574-5156.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: R. Nakamura #430, Lieutenant

Weekly Activity Highlights for March 4 - 10, 2012

Weekend DUI Enforcement for St. Patrick's Day

The following is a news release from the APD Traffic Bureau:

Incident: Sobriety & Driver’s License Checkpoint

The Arcadia Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint at multiple locations within the city on Friday, March 16th, 2012. Officers from this agency will also be conducting a DUI Patrol on Saturday March 17th. More deaths and injuries are caused by impaired drivers than any other violent crimes, including hand guns and knives combined. That being said, we would like to remind the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving and encourage the use of sober designated drivers.

Jan’s Towing provides a no cost “Don’t Drive Drunk” detour program, 365 days a year, and will provide a free lift home for drivers and their vehicles up to 7 miles in their service area. Call (626) 334-1383 for more information.

Don’t forget to visit the Arcadia Police Department News & Information Blog or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Nixle for other pertinent news and information.

Remember, the solution begins with you!

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Brett Bourgeous, Traffic Sergeant

(626) 574-5475

Weekly Tip - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Safely

On a holiday like St. Patrick's Day, there is no doubt that many folks will be celebrating long into the night and some, drinking while partying. The Arcadia Police Department encourages everyone to party responsibly and to not drink and drive. Here are some quick statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA);

Every day, 32 people in the United States die, in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 45 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.

Here are a few tips to avoid becoming a DUI statistic:

• Designate a non-impaired driver to take you home or pick you up

• Celebrate at home and stay there

• Be a good host, offer those who have been drinking a place to spend the night

• Call a taxi

• Don't ignore the problem. If you are with someone who is intoxicated, don't let them drive. If you see someone attempting to drive that is under the influence, call the police. Stop the problem before it begins.

• Use a "Tipsy Tow" service. Our local tow company, Jan's Towing, offers a free local ride home for your car and you if you have been drinking. Call (626) 914-1841 for information.

Don't become or cause a DUI statistic!  Don't become an unwilling passenger in a police unit! Be responsible, Don't Drink and Drive!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Weekly Activity Highlights for February 26 - March 3, 2012

Weekly Tip - Phone Scam & the IRS

Don't think anyone needs to be reminded it is tax season, but we do want to make you aware of yet another phishing scam by phone.  Recently, a City employee received a call on a non-published line from a female caller claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The caller appeared not to know she had reached a City line and tried to solicit personal information from the employee.  The caller claimed there was a problem with the employee's taxes and wished to confirm her social security number and other information.  The caller hung up when the employee politely told her that her taxes had already been filed and the refund received.

Phishing scams by telephone are nothing new.  Thieves are always looking for a new or different way to obtain personal information from people and then use it to gain fraudulent credit, commit theft, and other crimes.  Many calls, like this one, are done randomly and the victim is not specifically targeted.

The IRS offers some good advice and information on scams using their name.  Link to the IRS website for additional information.  And remember, the IRS will not call you to obtain personal information. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Eight Nights of Full Eastbound 210 Freeway Closures, March 4-17, 2012

The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Project is reporting up to eight nights of full eastbound lane closures for this bi-weekly period, March 4-17, 2012. The closures will take place overnight and impact the eastbound IS 210 Freeway between Rosemead Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue. Foothill Boulevard will be used to detour traffic through the Arcadia area. Please use alternate routes during the closures. Additional information can be found at or by calling the 24-hour hotline at 855-446-1160.