Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday Tip: Celebrate the 4th of July responsibly

Although you will likely see many fireworks stands popping up in the cities surrounding Arcadia, we would like to remind you that possession or use of ANY fireworks in the City of Arcadia IS illegal.  Our officers will be out watching for violations and work with the Arcadia Fire Department to ensure a safe holiday.  Violations may result in arrest or citation, and seizure of ALL fireworks.

The safest and best way to enjoy fireworks on the 4th of July is to attend a professional fireworks show.  Check HERE for a list of shows throughout the Los Angeles County area (this site is updated as we get closer to the holiday).

The Arcadia Police Department wishes everyone a Happy 4th and remember to celebrate responsibly.  

Monday, June 23, 2014

New allowable construction hours

Recently the City of Arcadia has amended the ordinance which outlines the hours that construction is allowed. The current allowable construction hours are as follows:

Monday-Fridays: 7AM-6PM
Saturdays: 8AM-5PM
No construction on Sundays and Holidays.

Listed below is the actual Arcadia Municipal Code Ordinance, as well as the ordinance describing the type of construction that falls under this section, and the exceptions to the ordinance. 

The term "prohibited hours" as used in this Part shall mean any time after the
hour of 6:00 p.m. of any weekday; any time before the hour of 7:00 a.m. of any
weekday; any time after the hour of 5:00 p.m. of any Saturday; any time before the hour
of 8:00 a.m. of any Saturday; any time on any Sunday; and any time on any of the
following holidays: New Year's Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day;
Veteran's Day; Thanksgiving Day; and Christmas Day, provided that if in any calendar
year any such holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall constitute the

Unless a permit so to do shall first have been obtained as provided in Section 4263, no person shall during prohibited hours engage in any earth excavation, land fill or earth moving operation or in the construction of any portion of a building or structure, nor shall any person during prohibited hours use or operate any truck, tractor, crane, rig or any mechanical equipment of any kind in connection with, in the performance of or in furtherance of any of the foregoing.


 The provisions of the preceding Section shall not apply to any department of the City, to the operations or equipment of any public utility company, or to any vehicle or equipment moving on a public street if such vehicle or equipment because of its size requires a special permit from a regulatory agency for the operation thereof on a public street.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day 2014

The Arcadia Police Department wants to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father's Day.  Enjoy the day and be safe.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Congrats to the Class of 2014-Please celebrate responsibly

The Arcadia Police Department wants to congratulate all the graduates in the Class of 2014.  The 60th Commencement Ceremony for the Arcadia High School is scheduled for Wednesday June 11, 2014. We want to remind all graduates and their parents of the dangers associated with drinking and driving.  Please stay sober during your graduation ceremonies and NEVER drink and drive.

California law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.01% or higher.  Anyone under the age of 21 consuming any amount of alcohol is prohibited from driving. 

Enjoy your graduation celebration responsibly – Don’t Drink and Drive!  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday Tip: Thefts from vehicles

Many thieves look for easy and inviting targets when it comes to selecting a vehicle to burglarize or steal from. It is up to you to make every effort to prevent your car from being targeted. Here are some basic tips that will make your vehicle a little less inviting to a thief:
•LOCK your car!
•Always park in well lighted areas
•Install motion lights in your driveway
•Install and use a vehicle alarm
•DO NOT leave valuables in plain view
•Leave all items of value at home if possible
•Look around when you park. Notice anyone or anything suspicious? Write down license plates and descriptions. Alert on-site security or staff and CALL the police.
Many auto burglaries or thefts from cars occur right in a residential driveway and too often it is because the vehicle was never locked. Arrests of some suspects have revealed they only target cars that have been left unlocked, walking up and down a street trying car doors all the way. Take the time to roll your windows up and secure your vehicle.
Other thieves target victims by watching what is placed inside a trunk or hatch. If you plan on stopping by the gym, park, or elsewhere after work, take the time before you leave to place your belongings safely in the trunk. Don't wait until you park to then transfer your laptop, purse, bag, or briefcase to the trunk. Thieves may be watching and targeting your car.
Some of the most common items stolen are backpacks, briefcases, duffle bags, cell phones, lap tops, money/coins, sunglasses, and other items that are valuable or may contain valuables.  Don’t leave any of these, or other valuable items in plain view.  Hide them, take them with you, or lock them in the trunk.
These are just a few tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim of auto burglary. Be proactive, look around, and most importantly, don't hesitate to call the police if you see something or someone suspicious. Don't become a victim! 
Remember, if you See Something-Say Something. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

News Release: Grand Theft Auto, Felony Evading, Arrest for Suspicion of Murder




Incident:  Grand Theft Auto, Felony Evading, Arrest for Suspicion of Murder
Contact:  Watch Commander – (626) 574-5156

Date / Time of Press Release:  June 2, 2014, 11:30 A.M.

On June 2, 2014, at approximately 11:30 A.M., Arcadia Police Officers located a stolen vehicle occupied with two males in the area of Workman Avenue and Baldwin Avenue.  Arcadia officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle in the area of Santa Anita Avenue and Freer Street, but the suspect driver failed to yield to police, and a pursuit ensued.

The suspect continued to flee westbound on Lower Azusa Road into the City of Temple City.  The suspect drove through a red signal light at the intersection of Lower Azusa Road and Arden Drive, and was struck by a vehicle travelling southbound on Arden Drive.  The suspect vehicle sustained major damage, with the passenger pronounced dead at the scene by LA County Fire Department personnel.  The suspect driver sustained what appeared to be minor injuries, and was taken into custody at the scene of the collision without further incident.

The passenger’s identity is being withheld at this time, pending identification by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and next of kin notification.

 The suspect vehicle reached an estimated top speed of 70mph at one point in the pursuit, but it was estimated to be travelling at approximately 50-60mph at the time of the collision.

The suspect driver of the vehicle was identified as:

Richard John Villareal, male, Hispanic, 28 years-old, and a resident of Arcadia.

This case is currently being investigated by Arcadia Police Detectives, in conjunction with investigators from the LASD – Temple Station.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5123, case #14-2780.

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. 

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Paul Foley, Captain