Thursday, June 30, 2016

Road Closure - First Avenue for Patriotic Festival

To accommodate the Patriotic Festival on Saturday, July 2nd, First Avenue will be closed between Santa Clara and Colorado Streets, 3:00 - 11:00 p.m. Please use alternate routes.

Come on down to the Arcadia Transit Plaza and enjoy the Festival!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Weekly Tip - NO Fireworks Permitted in Arcadia! Enjoy a Professional Show!

Fireworks stands will soon be popping up in some surrounding communities. We would like to remind everyone, use or possession of any form of fireworks is illegal in the City of Arcadia. In addition to our officers watching for violations, the Arcadia Fire Department will also have area patrols through the 4th of July holiday. Violations may result in arrest or citation, and seizure of all fireworks.

The best and safest source of 4th of July entertainment can be found at a professional fireworks show. The Patch recently ran an informative article with many shows listed throughout Los Angeles County. Be safe and enjoy the show!                     

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for June 19 - 25, 2016

Scammers Use Police Department Phone Number in Caller ID - Don't Fall Prey!

The Arcadia Police Department has become aware of a recent phone scam targeting random citizens.  The suspicious caller claims he needs to collect money due to an outstanding tax debt.  The phone number shown on the caller identification is 626-574-5151, which is the main phone line of the Arcadia Police Department.  Don’t fall for this scam!  The Arcadia Police Department urges the public to stay alert to these types of scam phone calls. 

The IRS, the US Treasury Department will not:

--Call to demand immediate payment over the phone or call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

--Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

--Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

--Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

Visit the IRS website for additional information on scams.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Supporting Community - Foothill Unity Center School Supply Drive

Each year, APD hosts a collection bin on behalf of the Foothill Unity Center's Back to School Drive. Foothill Unity collects new school supplies to be given to local children for the upcoming school year. Help support this worth cause and our local community by dropping off some of the needed items here at APD. Take a look at the above flyer for requested items. For more information, visit the Foothill Unity Center website.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Briefing, 20 Years Ago Tomorrow

Briefing, 20 years ago tomorrow. L to R, then Sgt. Gene Gioia, Off. Dan Crowther, Off. Roy Nakamura, CSO Sandy Gallegos, Off. Vaughan Whalen, Lt. Bob Sanderson, Sgt. Tom Le Veque, Off. Chuck Chapman, Off. Dave Swearengin, Off. Colleen Dunn-Flores, Off. Steve Turner, and Off. Brian Ortiz...can't ID the pair of hands in the left. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Weekly Tip - Hide It! Lock It!! Keep It!!! Help Prevent Auto Burglary!

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. Hide It! Lock It!! Keep It!!! 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. 

Weekly Activity Highlights for June 12 - 18, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Save the Date - Arcadia Business Watch Meeting, July 20th

Join fellow Arcadia Business owners and managers for an information meeting to help protect your business from criminal activity. Similar to Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch brings the local business community together in an effort to educate and promote crime prevention and awareness. For additional information, please contact Community Affairs Liaison Steve Delgadillo at 626.821.2649.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
6:30 PM

Community Room at APD

Ready! Set! Go! - Wildfire Action Plan from LA County Fire Department

Please take the time to review this Wildfire Action Plan from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, especially if you live in or near our foothill communities. With the fires actively burning east of us, this is a topic not to ignore. Be safe and prepare! 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day 2016

"Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever." ~Author Unknown

The Arcadia Police Department would like to wish a Happy Father's Day to all dads, and to anyone who has the role of a father in a child's life!

Friday, June 17, 2016

The HEAT is On - National Weather Service Issues Excessive Heat Watch for LA County

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Los Angeles County through June 20th. 


Both the Arcadia Public Library and the Arcadia Community Center are designated Cooling Centers during normal business hours. Google also provides a map of current, local Cooling Centers.

  • Stay hydrated by getting plenty of water to drink
  • Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing
  • Apply sunscreen before you venture into the sun
  • Schedule activities during cooler hours of the day
  • Stay indoors, preferably with air conditioning
  • Take advantage of Cooling Centers
  • Pay attention to friends, family, and co-workers for any warning signs
  • Check in on elderly family and neighbors twice a day during heat waves

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wall of Honor and Department Awards

For many years, plaques with the names of those recognized with Department Awards were placed inside a dusty display case or found on a wall in various places within our building. In an effort to highlight the dedicated, professional, and courageous work men and women of the Arcadia Police Department have been doing for nearly a century, newly designed plaques have been prominently placed on the atrium wall inside the Department. Those members of the Department who have been recognized over the years, and in the future, will have their names mounted on the plaques. Our Department Awards include: The Medal of Valor, The Medal of Distinction, The Medal of Merit, and The Life Saving Award. A recent addition to the Department Awards is The Purple Heart, acknowledging those who have been seriously injured during the course of their duties. Newly designed plaques for Officer of the Year and Civilian of the Year will be mounted soon.

The APD atrium is now host to photos of past Chiefs of Police, photos documenting a Century of Service, our Department Awards, and a memorial honoring Officer Albert E. Matthies, the only member of APD to have been killed in the line of duty.

Host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting

One of our neighborhoods on South Eighth Avenue got together for a Neighborhood Watch Meeting last night. Community Services Officer Mike Vercillo spoke with the crowd of residents eager to participate. If you are interested in joining or hosting Neighborhood Watch, please give Mike a call at 626.821.2648.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Weekly Tip - Disabled on the Freeway? Dial 5-1-1.

You may have noticed their white tow trucks and service vehicles on Los Angeles County Freeways, but how do obtain service? Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) is available during most commute hours in LA County and can be reached by dialing 5-1-1 and selecting "Motorist Aid" during the call. FSP services are free and include changing flat tires, jump-starts, towing disabled vehicles safely off the freeway, and even emergency gas. Take a look at the FSP webpage for additional information and hours of operation.

Remember, always pull out or traffic when possible. If you are involved in a minor collision, pull to the shoulder to look at damage or exchange information.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Welcome 4 New Explorers to APD Law Enforcement Explorer Post 101

Four young men and women graduated from the San Gabriel Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Academy yesterday, becoming members of Arcadia PD's Law Enforcement Explorer Post #101. The Explorer academy is a shortened version of a Police/Sheriff Academy class, geared toward introducing young people to the career of law enforcement.

Retired APD Chief Bob Sanderson, pictured with each of the Explorers, has been and continues to be a key member of the SGV Academy, mentoring and influencing countless young people over the years. Pictured clockwise from top left are: Nick Marshall, Yulissa Hernandez, Ryan Harada, and Simran Gurayia. Explorer Marshall was awarded the 2nd Place trophy for his Academy Notebook.

Congrats and welcome to APD!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is an annual event where Law Enforcement throughout the world run with the "Flame of Hope" bringing awareness and support to Special Olympics. The Arcadia Police Department is proud to participate in the event, taking the hand-off of the torch near Huntington Drive and Fifth Avenue from the Monrovia Police Department. Our personnel carry the torch west on Huntington Drive, south on Santa Anita Avenue, and turn west on Las Tunas Drive, ultimately handing off the torch to Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Temple Station, near Baldwin Avenue.
The torch reached Arcadia at about 11:15 am this morning where members of APD/APOA carried on this tradition for a very worthy cause.  Thanks to all our runners and support personnel for their participation! Take a look at the APD Facebook Page for additional photos.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Weekly Tip - Temps Rising Equal Risk for Seniors and Heat Illness

Summer heat waves can be dangerous and it seems the high temperatures have hit the area. A very high body temperature can damage the brain and other vital organs. Some health conditions can make it harder for the body to stay cool in hot weather. These include old age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn, or drug and alcohol use. Our senior population can be especially at risk during times of high temperatures.

Some general tips for all of us to help prevent heat illness may include:
  • Stay hydrated by getting plenty of water to drink
  • Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing
  • Apply sunscreen before you venture into the sun
  • Schedule activities during cooler hours of the day
  • Stay indoors, preferably with air conditioning
  • Take advantage of Cooling Centers
  • Pay attention to friends, family, and co-workers for any warning signs
  • Check in on elderly family and neighbors twice a day during heat waves
Visit the CDC website for additional information and tips.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Congratulations to Two Arcadia High Seniors

Congratulations are in order for two of Arcadia High School's Seniors!

Dylan Morris was the recipient of the 2016 Friends of the Arcadia Historical Society's, Lieutenant Ed Ostashay Scholarship. Dylan is also an APD Police Explorer and is planning on attending Cal State Fullerton. This scholarship is in honor of retired APD Lieutenant Ed Ostashay who passed away in 2013. Ed was an avid classic car enthusiast and worked to obtain the restored APD unit, maintained by the Historical Society.

Annika Lile was the recipient of the 2016 Arcadia Police Officers' Association, Officer Albert E. Matthies Memorial Scholarship. Annika plans on attending Pepperdine University. This scholarship is in honor of APD Officer Albert Matthies who was killed in the line of duty in 1927. Officer Matthies remains the only Arcadia Police Officer killed in the line of duty in the Department's history.

Detective Jeff Stark is APD's School Resource Officer and is pictured with both students. Arcadia Historical Society's 2nd Vice President, Beverly Street, is pictured with Dylan and Detective Stark.

Congrats to both Dylan and Annika - you honor the memory of Ed and Albert!

Weekly Activity Highlights for May 29 - June 4, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Commercial Burglary Suspects, Seeking Public Assistance

Incident:  Commercial Burglary Suspects, Seeking Public Assistance

Date and Time of Release:  June 2, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Contact:  Watch Commander (626) 574-5156

Two suspects are wanted after burglarizing the CVS Pharmacy in the 1400 blk S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, on May 25, 2016, at about 9:30 PM. As one suspect distracted a pharmacist with a “consultation,” the second suspect jumped the pharmacy counter and moved directly to a supply of bottled Promethazine w/Codeine cough syrup. He grabbed a number of bottles and placed them in a brown bag. Both suspects then ran out of the store through an emergency exit. No suspect vehicle was seen. We are seeking public assistance in identifying the two suspects.

Both suspects are described as males, White or Hispanic, 20-30 yrs, 5’07’/130 and 6’0”/160.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150, case #16002821.  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, www.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By:  Lt. Roy Nakamura, Investigations
APD Case #16-2961

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for May 22 - 28, 2016

Weekly Tip - Vacation Home Checks

Before you head out of town for vacation this summer, do everything you can to make sure your home is safe while you are gone.  After you get your home ready and ask your neighbors to keep an eye out for anything suspicious, there is one more thing you can do to have extra piece of mind while you are away.

The Arcadia Police Department’s Volunteers in Patrol offer a free Vacation Home Check service. Police Volunteers will keep a periodic eye on your home and conduct random safety checks of your property.  To sign up for this free service, call 626-574-5151 the day before you leave. 

Wanted for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Incident:  Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Date and Time of Release:  June 1, 2016 at 12:25 AM

Contact:  Watch Commander (626)574-5156

On May 31, 2016, at about 8:43 PM, officers from the Arcadia Police Department responded to a disturbance at a hotel located in the 100 block of West Huntington Dr.  The female victim reported that she had been physically and sexually assaulted by a known male suspect while inside one of the hotel rooms.

Officers from the Arcadia Police Department attempted to make contact with the male suspect inside the hotel room, but he was not found. Efforts are now underway in order to locate him. The suspect has been identified and is listed below.

Adrian Thomas Chavez, a 41 year old Hispanic male


Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By:  Sergeant J. Bonomo

APD Case #16-2961