Wednesday, January 27, 2016

For Sale Ad Online Leads to Robbery

Incident:   Robbery

On Wednesday January 27, 2016, at about 2:32 P.M., Arcadia police officers were dispatched to the parking lot in the 100 block of East Huntington Drive regarding a robbery. The victim posted a laptop for sale on Craigslist and arraigned to meet the suspect in the parking lot of a local business.  As the victim approached the suspect with laptop in hand, the suspect struck the victim and took the laptop.  The suspect then entered a newer red Ford Mustang with paper plates and fled the area.  Officers were unsuccessful in locating the suspect or the suspect vehicle during an area check.  The victim suffered a minor injury.  

The suspect was described as being a Hispanic male, approximately 25-30 years old, approximately 6 feet tall and heavy build.  He was wearing a black hoodie type sweatshirt. 

This case is currently under investigation by the Arcadia Police Department Detective Bureau.  Anyone with information related to this case 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:      Sergeant Tony Juarez
            Operations Division

Case: 16-0527

What is Suspicious Activity? Here is a Handy Cheat Sheet from APD.

It is not uncommon for us to be asked what type of activity makes something suspicious. Or perhaps a caller is hesitant to call us for fear of knowing whether or not to report something. There is no absolute answer, but we would like to offer you some tips for provoking thought about what type of activity may be considered suspicious.

HERE is a link to our handy cheat sheet for Suspicious Activity.

Remember, when in doubt, call us! If you See Something, Say Something!

Weekly Tip - Dealing with Mental Illness

1. Life Threatening Emergency - Dial 9-1-1

Call 24 hours a day in case of an extreme emergency if you, your loved one and/or the public are facing an imminent threat. 

2. Urgent Questions - call the Department of Mental Health (DMH) ACCESS Center (800) 854-7771 Call: 24 hours a day

If you need help with a situation that seems to be getting worse, but hasn't turned into an emergency, call the DMH Access Center. They will discuss resources and if necessary, may send a Psychiatric Mobile Response team to your location to help evaluate the situation. However, the Response Team won't come out right away, it may take a few hours, so if the situation changes to an emergency, dial 911 immediately. 

3. Start a Caregiver Plan - Dial 2-1-1 Call: 24 hours a day

211 LA County provides access to comprehensive social services and disaster support for Los Angeles County residents. They work closely with the DMH ACCESS Center on mental health resources. They can help you with questions about your loved one's behavior such as suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, or what to do when your loved one becomes gravely disabled. After a series of telephone prompts, you will speak to a live person. (

4. Who Qualifies for a '5150' Hold?

Under certain circumstances, officers can place your loved one on a 5150 Hold. This means a mentally ill person is held for at least 72-hours at a hospital while being evaluated. This can only be done when (1) the individual presents a danger to himself or others, or (2) a person is so disabled that he or she cannot take care of daily life activities (for example, has stopped eating for days and won't come out of the bedroom). However, this is a very difficult standard to meet. In most cases, the APD cannot take your loved one to a hospital against his or her will. 

5. Crisis Lines:

Suicide Prevention and Survivor Hotline: 

(24 hours/7 days) 

Calling from Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties: 

• English: 877-727-4747

• Spanish: 888-628-9454

Calling from outside the above counties:

• (310) 391-1253

Substance Abuse Hotline: 

(800) 564-6600

Veterans Services: 

(877) 452-8387

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 

(800) 950-NAMI (6264)

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center:
(323) 993-7400

*Modified post and information from our partners at Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Fire Leads to Marijuana Grow Location

Incident: Cultivation of Marijuana
On Friday, January 23, 2016, at approximately 12:00 A.M., the Arcadia Police Department responded to a Fire Assist call in the 1000 block of South Fourth Avenue in the City of Arcadia. The Arcadia Fire Department personnel responded and observed numerous marijuana plants in different stages of cultivation as well as equipment used for cultivation purposes and contacted the police department.  The residence was unoccupied at the time of the fire.   

Officers remained on-scene and contacted members of the Detective Bureau for further investigation.  Detectives collected approximately 700 marijuana plants and no arrests have been made at the time of this release.   

This case remains under investigation by the Arcadia Police Department Detective Bureau.  Anyone with information related to this case 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: Roy Nakamura #430, Lieutenant 
Detective Bureau Commander 
Case # 16-0425

Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 Asian American Lunar New Year Festival

The 2016 Asian American Lunar New Year Festival will take place this coming Sunday, January 24, 2016, in Downtown Arcadia. The event will be held from 10:00 am t0 6:00 pm, in the City parking lot, north of Huntington Drive and east of Santa Anita Avenue.
Street parking will be available, along with parking lots at County Park on Santa Anita Avenue, and City lots off First Avenue.
Expect traffic delays in the area of Downtown Arcadia throughout the event.

Are You a Teen Interested in Law Enforcement?

Are you a teen interested in a Law Enforcement Career? A great path is to become a Law Enforcement Explorer with your local Police Department, Sheriff, or Highway Patrol Station. Many of our officers here in Arcadia were once Explorers and have gone on to long and rewarding careers in Law Enforcment. The Explorer program is a hands on way to imerse our youth inside the field and examine whether or not they have the desire, commitment, and ability to make this a life long career.
APD has a long standing and active Explorer program. We would like to congratulate our latest academy graduate, Explorer Briana Mata, who graduated this past weekend from the 16-week Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Explorer Academy. Briana is pictured with Captain Larry Goodman, along with Explorer Advisors, Detective Jeff Start and Officer Wally Ashby. If you would like information on the APD Explorer program, please call Detective Stark at 626.574.5188. Link HERE to a recruitment post with additional information.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Weekly Tip - Join Your Neighbors, City Hall, and APD on Nextdoor

Interested in connecting with you neighbors, exchanging ideas and sharing information? We have a great way for you to do just that!
The City of Arcadia has a long history of encouraging neighborhood interaction and communication. We believe that knowing the people who live near us makes for stronger neighborhoods, and oftentimes results in cherished friendships. The way we communicate with our family, friends, and neighbors has changed significantly in recent years with the increasing popularity of social media. One social network you may want to take a look at is is a private network that posters communication between neighbors. Participation is free. Discussion topics can range from information sharing to notices about local events and school activities, contractor recommendations, disaster preparedness, crime prevention, lost pets and…what would you like to talk about? Neighborhoods establish and manage their own Nextdoor website. The information shared on each Nextdoor site is visible only to the members who live in the neighborhood and have verified their address.

How does Nextdoor work?
Nextdoor allows neighbors to create a private website for their neighborhood. On Nextdoor, members can find neighbors in the directory, view a neighborhood map, ask for advice, exchange local recommendations, and share neighborhood information with each other. Residents can choose to see and respond to updates via e-mail, or only on the website.

How much does Nextdoor cost?
There is no charge for an Arcadia resident to participate in their neighborhood site.

How is Nextdoor different from a neighborhood mailing list?
Nextdoor is designed for the specific communication needs of a neighborhood. For example, Nextdoor websites include a neighborhood map and directory, and a catalogued list of recommendations for local services. Members can choose to receive e-mails about each new post, see everything in a daily digest, or turn off e-mails and check the website for new posts from neighbors.

What is the City’s involvement in Nextdoor?
The City will have the ability to post information on an Arcadia neighborhood site; however; the City cannot view discussions that take place outside of those related to the City post. Information the City will share with neighborhoods – individually or collectively – might include that relate area street projects, event announcements, crime prevention and safety tips, and emergency bulletins.

How do I get started?
Go to and put in your address to see if your neighborhood is already established. If not, define your neighborhood, invite your neighbors to the group, and get the discussion going! The website includes step-by-step instructions for getting started – it’s easy! Please note that for optimal participation and success, it is recommended that your neighborhood have between 250 and 2,500 properties.

Follow Nextdoor on Twitter @Nextdoor or like them on Facebook.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hot Prowl Burglary Arrest

Incident:Residential Burglary Arrest

On Saturday January 16, 2016, at approximately 1:07 a.m., Arcadia police officers were dispatched to the 00 block of E. Longden Avenue on report of a residential burglary that just occurred.  The victim advised that he was awakened by a male suspect inside of his house.  The suspect fled the location when the victim woke up.  Responding units located and detained a subject walking in the area.  The subject had property belonging to the victim on his person.  

Arrested was Arellano Gabino, male 19 years old who resides in Los Angeles.  Gabino is being housed at the Arcadia Police Department jail and his bail is set at $50,000.00.  

This case is currently under investigation by the Arcadia Police Department Detective Bureau.  Anyone with information related to this case 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:Lieutenant Vaughn Whalen
Operations Division

Case: 16-291

Friday, January 15, 2016

Search Warrant Leads to Prostitution Arrests


DATE AND TIME OF RELEASE:  January 15, 2016, 2:00 P.M.

On Thursday, January 14, 2016 at approximately 8:00 P.M., Detectives from the Arcadia Police Department served a search warrant at a residence, located in the 400 Block of W. Duarte Road suspected of being a brothel.  Detectives received tips via the “See Something Say Something” campaign, identifying suspicious activity taking place.  Detectives began surveillance of the location and confirmed criminal activity was taking place.

As a result of the investigation, a female Chinese National, and two male San Gabriel Valley residents were arrested on misdemeanor charges ranging from, P.C. 647(b) - Prostitution and P.C. 653.22 – Loitering for the Purpose of Soliciting Prostitution.

We encourage responsible citizens to report any and all suspicious activity they may observe to the police department.  Remember, if you see something, say something!

The investigation is being conducted by the Arcadia Police Department Detective Bureau.  Anyone with information related to this case 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:       Brett Bourgeous
            Detective Bureau Sergeant

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for January 3 - 9, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for Jan 3 - 9, 2016

Weekly Tip - Temporary Overnight Parking Permits Available Online or at APD

A reminder that permits are required for all overnight parking on City streets, 2:30 - 5:30 a.m., in the City of Arcadia. Overnight enforcement was suspended for several weeks surrounding the holidays, however, enforcement began again the morning of January 4, 2016.

Temporary permits can be purchased online or at the kiosk to the front of the station. Annual permits are available for purchase at the Cashier's Office, Arcadia City Hall. For additional information or to download an Annual Permit Application, please visit our website.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Weekly Tip - Keep an Eye Out for Card Skimming

Card skimming involves the unauthorized copying of electronic data from your debit card or credit card. Thieves will use hidden equipment, such as pin-hole cameras and card reading devices to obtain your PIN and card data. The stolen data is then encoded onto a counterfeit card, which is used to withdraw funds or make purchases without your knowledge.

This type of crime can occur anywhere, but most commonly occurs at gas stations, ATM machines, or restaurants. Gas pump and ATM machines can be tampered with and thieves will place devices that resemble the actual equipment on the machine in order to read your card as it is used. Restaurants are used by suspects who carry handheld skimming devices to trap credit and debit card magnetic information. The suspect may be the server of your table. Some restaurants have actually gone to use of portable card readers so that the transaction can be performed at your table, directly in front of you. This type of device helps to secure the transaction for your protection.

There are many resources on the web that give you information on this type of theft and fraud. Read the Wikipedia entry on the topic and it will give you some insight and topics to query. Here is another link to a helpful website, "Bustathief", where they actually have photos of modified ATM machines and what to look for to prevent your information from being taken.

Some quick prevention tips:
  • Keep your cards in sight. If the sales clerk moves to a different register, accompany them. This may be difficult at a restaurant but you may consider asking to pay at the register.
  • Pay attention to the number of times your card is swiped and make sure that any transaction that is not the actual sale is voided.
  • Use the credit option as opposed to entering your PIN.
  • Check the machine for any loose or unusual "reader" or equipment. Immediately report any tampered machine or out of order machine to the bank or business.
  • Do not accept "assistance" from a good Samaritan at an ATM. If the machine does not properly work, move on!
  • Use ATM machines inside the bank or business, visible and open to the public.
  • Check your bank records and statements often. Look for unusual or unauthorized activity.
  • Report any lost or stolen cards immediately.
  • If you see anything or anyone suspicious near an ATM machine, call the local police!

Weekly Activity Highlights for December 27, 2015 - January 2, 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Coffee with a Cop February 11th

Date changed to Thursday, February 11th
9-11 am, same location.

Join your neighbors and officers for coffee and conversation on Thursday, January 28th, at Coffee with a Cop. We will have our new Mobile Command Post open for tours as well. See you on the 28th!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Overnight Parking Enforcement Resumes Tonight!

Just a reminder that Overnight Parking Enforcement resumes tonight. Annual permits can be purchased at City Hall and temporary permits are always available online, or at the kiosk to the front of the police station. There is no street parking without a permit between 2:30-5:30 a.m. in the City of Arcadia.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

DUI Saturation Patrols Planned for Tonight

Contact:  Sgt. Kollin Cieadlo – 626-574-5475

DUI Enforcement Operations Planned

Arcadia, CA - Officers from the Arcadia Police Department’s Traffic Bureau will be deploying to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.  DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on January 2, 2016 between the hours of 7:00 PM and 3:00 AM in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years officers have investigated 119 DUI collisions which has resulted in 76 people being injured.

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 

The cost of a ride home is cheap, nothing compared to a $10,000 DUI conviction and the ‘inconvenience’ of not driving your own car home is nothing compared to the inconvenience of spending time behind bars.

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the Arcadia Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

Robert T. Guthrie

Chief of Police

By: Kollin Cieadlo

Traffic Sergeant

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!


Friday, January 1, 2016