Saturday, April 29, 2017

Deputy David March, You Are Not Forgotten!

Today is the anniversary of the murder of Deputy David March. Dave was killed during a traffic stop on Live Oak Avenue, east of Peck Road, on April 29, 2002, at about 10:40 a.m. A memorial was built in his honor at the scene. Temple Deputies remember Deputy March not only on the anniversary of his death, but throughout the year by displaying his call sign, "57" on the rear window of Temple units. Please join APD in honoring this slain local hero, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Deputy David March.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trending in Arrests/Crime

Driving under the influence appears to have played a key role in an Assault with a Deadly Weapon incident that took place on April 20th. A little after 10:00 p.m. a suspect backed into a parked vehicle at the Arco Gas Station at Baldwin Avenue and Las Tunas Drive. The suspect initially got out and spoke with the driver of the vehicle he struck. A verbal argument took place and the suspect threatened the other driver. The suspect got back into his vehicle and began to drive in circles around the gas pump island and other vehicle, screeching the tires. He then turned his car and appeared to intentionally strike the passenger side of the still parked victim vehicle as the first APD unit arrived at the gas station.

The suspect pulled away, circling the gas pump island and victim again at speed, then pulling out of the lot as the police unit attempted to stop the suspect. The suspect failed to yield and the officer pursued the vehicle southbound on Baldwin Avenue. At Lower Azusa Road, the suspect drove onto the sidewalk and then back into the roadway, losing control of the car. The suspect became involved in a collision with 5 other vehicles stopped for the signal at Baldwin and Lower Azusa. The suspect got out of his car, was uncooperative with officers, failed to follow instructions, resisted arrest, and was ultimately taken into custody.

Li Guanrong, a 33-year-old male from San Gabriel, was arrested and booked at the Arcadia City Jail on felony charges, including Driving Under the Influence.

Please report Drunk Drivers. If you encounter someone you believe to be driving under the influence, dial 9-1-1 and provide the vehicle information, location and direction to dispatchers. Be a good witness!

Anyone with information on this case or other cases is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5156. Or, if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website

Weekly Activity Highlights for April 16 - 22, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Weekly Tip - Be Safe While Out Walking!

Warmer weather, daylight saving time, summer approaching, are all reasons more pedestrians are hitting the road in the early mornings and evenings.  It is important to practice good walking and running safety as a pedestrian.  Many factors impact whether or not drivers will see pedestrians. Some vision obscurements and lighting conditions are not controlled by the pedestrian, but we can greatly enhance our safety and visibility with some proactive steps:
  • Wear light/bright colored clothing, preferably clothing with reflective strips or perhaps a safety vest.
  • Carry a lighted flashlight when walking at night.
  • Use sidewalks when available.
  • Walk facing traffic so you can see cars approaching.
  • If walking or running in the roadway, stay out of traffic lanes - it is unsafe and possibly unlawful.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing streets, additional lanes, or driveways.
  • Never assume drivers will stop or yield - walk defensively.
  • If you must have music or talk on your phone, use only one earpiece and keep the volume down. Listen for traffic!
  • Be aware of your surroundings and practice personal safety!
    • Vary your routes so you are not predictable.
    • Avoid dimly lit roads, alleys, and areas.
    • Carry identification and a cell phone.
    • Walk with a partner or friend.
    • Don't approach vehicles stopping near you or in your path.
    • Consider personal safety items such as pepper spray.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trending in Arrests/Crime

Last week, APD released video clips of two suspects wanted for Attempt Residential Burglary. Local media posted the clips and suspect information on television, online, and other news sources. The pair were involved in a "Knock-knock" style, nighttime, attempted residential burglary back on April 1st. The female suspect rang the door bell and when no one answered, the male suspect kicked open the front door, activating the residence audible alarm. The pair fled in a dark colored vehicle, possibly a Toyota Prius. During the commission of the crime, the male suspect appeared to be holding a handgun in his right hand.

Katrina R. Anthony, a 21-year-old female from Highland, turned herself in to Arcadia Police Detectives after becoming aware of her photo being shown by the media. APD had also received tip information identifying Anthony as the possible suspect. Anthony was booked on a felony charge at the Arcadia City Jail and later released after posting bond. The male suspect has yet to be identified.

APD is requesting the public's assistance in locating and identifying the male suspect. Anyone with information on this case or other cases is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5156. Or, if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website

Weekly Activity Highlights for April 9 - 15, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Weekly Tip - Spring Brings Out the Wildlife

It's that time of year, Spring is in the air and wildlife are starting to become more active.  As temperatures begin to warm up, residents in the foothills will begin to see more and more wildlife activity.  It's normal to see deer, bears, bobcats, and even the occasional mountain lion in the residential areas of the northern part of Arcadia. 
The City of Arcadia’s proximity to the foothills increases the opportunity for various wildlife to wander into neighborhoods and onto private property. Bears are no strangers to the foothill neighborhoods and the likelihood of bears coming into yards, pools, and trashcans is increased during the warmer months.
Foothill residents should be alert for wildlife in their neighborhoods and take the following actions to reduce activity in their area:
- Secure trash cans in an enclosure if possible
- Harvest ripened fruit from trees
- DO NOT FEED the bears
Make sure to check your yards and closely monitor children to ensure they do not come into contact with bears or other wildlife that might cause them harm.
Should you see a bear in your neighborhood, contact the Arcadia Police Department at: (626)574-5151
For additional tips and information, please visit the California Department of Fish & Wildlife at:

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter 2017

Wishing the best to everyone during this Easter holiday. In addition to all those on the road for the holiday weekend, many schools are out for spring break. Take care on the roads and travel safely. Happy Easter!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Robbery Suppression Patrols in Arcadia This Weekend

This past Wednesday, we posted about recent area robberies occurring in Arcadia and surrounding communities. Most of the robberies have occurred in the evening hours with some unsuspecting victims possibly being followed home. Always be aware of your surroundings, including while driving. If you believe your are being followed by a vehicle, don't drive to your home. Instead, make your way to your local police station if possible, or at minimum, a well-lighted, busy business where there are other people. Remain in your locked vehicle and call the police. Awareness and Avoidance are two of your best tools in personal safety.

The Arcadia Police Department will be deploying suppression patrols this weekend during evening hours. Both additional officers in marked units, along with members of our Investigations Section in unmarked units will be on the streets. Please remember to be a good witness and if you See Something suspicious, Say Something!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dispatcher Appreciation Week 2017

The week of April 9-15, 2017 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Appreciation week, also known as Dispatcher Appreciation Week.  Our dispatchers are the ones who answer most of the incoming calls to the department, answer all the 911 calls, and relay important information to our officers in the field. 
Dispatchers are the ones behind the scene, who are often not recognized for their work.  They are the ones who answer when you dial 911 when you need help. They are a calm voice in that moment of need, and the ones who get the information to tell first responders where they are needed. 
Telecommunicators Week began in California in 1981 and quickly grew to national recognition. Just ten years later, Congress designated the second full week of each April as a time to remember the critical role that dispatchers play in keeping us all safe.
On behalf of the Arcadia Police Department, we say “thank you.”  Thank you to all the public safety telecommunicators and dispatchers out there.  And of course, we say a special “thank you” to our dispatchers.

Trending in Arrests/Crime

During the early morning hours on April 5th, two suspects were seen, by an alert resident, possibly burglarizing cars in a rear car port in the 800 block Fairview Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene, both suspects immediately took off on foot. Additional officers set up a "containment" and during an area search, both suspects were found in bushes at a nearby apartment complex. Officers found property on the suspects that had been taken from the auto burglaries, along with keys to a vehicle they had stolen earlier in their crime spree from the 1100 block Fairview Avenue.

Detectives believe the pair is responsible for multiple vehicle burglaries, thefts from unlocked vehicles, and grand theft autos, which occurred in the same neighborhood in the two days prior to the arrests.

Moises Verduzco, 25-year-old from Los Angeles, and Walter Martinez, 25-year-old from El Monte, were both booked at the Arcadia City Jail on multiple felony charges. Martinez is also currently on Parole.

Anyone with information on this case or other cases is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5156. Or, if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website

Weekly Activity Highlights for April 2 - 8, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Weekly Tip - Recent Area Robberies, Be Aware and Alert

Our personal safety is something we should always be considering.  As you can see from the screen shot above, there have been a number of area street and residential robberies in the last four weeks. With this in mind, there is no better time for a Personal Safety reminder. Here are some tips and thoughts on steps you can take to help maintain your personal safety:
Awareness & Avoidance - Not enough can be said for being aware of your surroundings. It does not matter where you are, at home, out shopping, driving, at the park, DO NOT settle into a fog and become so involved in your task that you fail to look around. Scan the area before you head out. Look around and see what potential threats may be looming. Are there suspicious persons parked by your car? Is there a car approaching slowly from behind or following you? If you see something that makes you suspicious or uncomfortable, walk away, return to the store, and report the activity and your observations to security or store staff.
Be a Good Witness - If you see a crime or fall victim, be the best witness you can be. Without good suspect descriptions it is difficult for police to conduct follow-up, apprehend criminals, and hopefully, help prevent others from becoming future victims. Basic physical descriptions such as hair color and style, height, weight and build, clothing color and type, suspect vehicle description and license plate, direction of travel, are all things that a responding police officer will ask for. Try and make note of anything specific to the suspect such as tattoos, scars, piercings or perhaps damage in a particular location on a suspect vehicle.
Consider the Stakes - If this is a property crime and you are in fear for your safety, give up the purse, the wallet, the car. Your personal well-being is much more valuable than your property. Property can be replaced, you can't.  

Don't be a Target - Walk with a purpose and look about surveying your surroundings. Carry your keys and whistle in your hand, not buried in your purse. This allows you to immediately open your vehicle or set off your car alarm if needed. Keep your purse tucked under your shoulder, not dangling down or sitting unattended in a cart.
Query the topic of personal safety on-line. There are many quality sites that offer additional advice and products that can bolster your safety. Best overall advice...Awareness and Avoidance!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

APD Recognized by the US Postal Inspection Service

The Arcadia Police Department has always had a great working relationship with our law enforcement colleagues, including the United States Postal Inspection Service. Today, the Assistant Inspector In Charge of the US Postal Inspection Service, Los Angeles, Eric Shen, and Postal Inspector Kimberly Granger paid APD a visit to recognize our staff for exceptional service and assistance in prosecuting cases in collaboration with the Postal Inspection Service. Over the course of the last year, APD has joined Postal Inspectors to successfully prosecute a number of cases involving mail theft, package theft, and fraud. From the work of our Patrol Officers, Evidence Technicians, and in particular, Detective "CJ" Clark and Detective Sergeant Brett Bourgeous, the local office wanted to recognize our efforts. Pictured L to R are Captain Paul Foley, Detective Lieutenant Colleen Flores, Assistant Inspector In Charge Eric Shen, Postal Inspector Kimberly Granger, Detective "CJ" Clark, Detective Sergeant Brett Bourgeous, and Evidence Technician Emily Hess.

Officer and Civilian of the Year for 2016

Officer Jordan Elders was recently recognized as Arcadia Police Department Officer of the Year 2016. For the last year and a half, Jordan has taken a lead role in addressing a growing transient population in Arcadia with the focus being on assistance and health. Jordan collaborated with local hospital staff and area law enforcement to obtain medical treatment, mental health assistance, and even relocation. In one particular case, Jordan was able to reunite a woman with her family in Pennsylvania where she remains to date, happy and sober. Captain Larry Goodman, Officer Jordan Elders, and Sergeant Brian Ortiz are pictured.

The Arcadia Police Department Civilian of the Year 2016 was awarded to Records Manager Audree Luevano. Audree received the highest number of nominations this year with all of them citing her hard and continuous work throughout the year in coordinating our transition into our new Records Management System.  From selection, to implementation, to training, and updating…Audree’s work with our new Records Management System is both appreciated, and something we will all benefit from for many years to come. Records Manager Audree Luevano and Chief Bob Guthrie are pictured below.

We are proud of both Jordan and Audree and wish to congratulate both on their awards! 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Traffic Information for Santa Anita Derby Day 5K

The Annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5K Run & Walk will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.  As a result of this event, vehicles driving on Baldwin Avenue between Huntington Drive and Foothill Boulevard will be delayed or diverted from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  It is recommended that alternate routes be used during this time period to avoid being detoured or delayed.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Sergeant Brian Ortiz or the on-duty Watch Commander at the Arcadia Police Department, (626) 574-5156.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Additional event information can be found at the official Derby Day 5K website HERE.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Weekly Tip - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month


April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  In California, the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the Arcadia Police Department, CHP, local law enforcement, and community partners throughout the state are working together to make the roads safer by highlighting the dangers of being distracted while driving, especially by cell phones.

“Law enforcement would rather see everyone off their cell phones than hand out a lot of tickets,” said Rhonda Craft, director of the Office of Traffic Safety.  “Take care of calling, texting, setting your GPS and everything else before you hit the street.”

Lawmakers agree that distracted driving continues to be a growing problem among California’s motorists.  Assembly Bill 1785 went into effect on January 1, requiring all drivers in California to keep their cell phone out of their hands while operating a motor vehicle.  Under the new law, a driver may activate or deactivate a feature or function of the cell phone or wireless communication device by swiping or tapping its screen only if it is properly mounted or not being held in a driver’s hand. Specific information on the new law can be found at

The Office of Traffic Safety will begin a new public awareness campaign throughout the state in April emphasizing how the new law makes virtually all hand-held cell phone activity illegal – talking, texting, and using apps The campaign aims to end distracted driving through education and raise awareness about the associated dangers.  The goal is to change motorist behaviors and save lives, not just in the month of April but year-round. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9 percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.

The Arcadia Police Department will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the state to provide educational experiences as well as zero tolerance enforcement efforts to discourage distracted driving.  Officers will have a special emphasis this month on enforcing all cell phone and distracted driving laws. The goal is to gain voluntary compliance by drivers, but sometimes citations are necessary for motorists to better understand the importance of driving distraction free.

Throughout the month of April, the Arcadia Police Department will be deploying extra traffic officers, with grant-funded resources, for the purpose of distracted driving enforcement. Violators will be stopped and cited with fines set at $162 for first time offenders.  This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Weekly Activity Highlights for March 12 - 18, 2017 and March 19 - 25, 2017

Due to a website issue, we were unable to post the link to the Weekly Activity last week. Here are links for both weeks.

March 12 - 18, 2017 (

March 19 - 25, 2017 (

Trending in Arrests/Crime

Each week, we will post an arrest of interest pointing toward arrest and crime trends within Arcadia. Recently, on a Friday evening, a man was sitting on a bus bench near Baldwin Avenue and Camino Real Avenue. A black Ford Crown Victoria pulled up behind the man through an adjacent business parking lot with the headlights shining in his direction. Two subjects got out of the Crown Vic, shining a spot light from the passenger side at the man. The two subjects approached the man telling him they were with Arcadia PD and to stand up. The subjects lifted their windbreakers revealing some sort of badge on their waists. One subject began to "pat-down" the man and removed his wallet and cell phone. The subject looked through the wallet but as an unknown person walked by, the subjects ran back to the Crown Vic, leaving the wallet and phone. There was no money in the wallet at the time. The subjects left and were last seen driving west on Huntington Drive.

The subjects were both described as male Asians, one 25-30 years old and the other 19-20 years old. Both had short dark hair and medium builds, wearing dark clothing and windbreakers. No weapons were seen, although the subjects told the victim they had weapons. 

We have had no other reports similar to this, and although not arrests have been made, it is important to share the event with the community for awareness.

If our officers are in plain clothes conducting enforcement, they will be readily identifiable, most often wearing marked raid jackets, shirts, or vests, and if not immediately involved with police action, will show their identification. All of our unmarked police vehicles are also equipped with blue/red emergency lighting.

Anyone with information on this case or other cases is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5156. Or, if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Weekly Tip - Dog License and Leash Law Info

Dog Licenses
Licenses are required for all dogs over the age of four months, along with proof of rabies vaccination. If the dog is spayed, proof of sterilization is also required when obtaining the first license.
Licenses may be purchased on a yearly basis at the Cashier's Office at Arcadia City Hall located at 240 W. Huntington Drive or at the Pasadena Humane Society. 

The following are current City of Arcadia license fees:
  • $30 for non-spayed animals
  • $15 for spayed animals
  • $15 for senior citizens with non-spayed animals
  • $7.50 for senior citizens with spayed animals
License forms can be downloaded HERE.

Leash Law
When on public property, all dogs must be kept on a leash not exceeding six feet in length. In addition, when walking a dog on a public street or in a public park, you are responsible for the prompt and sanitary disposal of any feces left by the dog.
Animal control services in the City of Arcadia are provided by the Pasadena Humane Society. Additional services available to animals of Arcadia residents include: affordable spay/neuter services, vaccination clinics, microchipping, pet adoption, dog daycare, dog boarding, dog behavior and training classes; and humane education classes. Please contact their offices by calling 626- 792-7151.

Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA
361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105
Fax 626-792-3810

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Trending in Arrests

Each week, we will post an arrest of interest pointing toward arrest and crime trends within Arcadia. Drug arrests are not uncommon and this past week saw a batch of different events involving possession or under the influence of drug arrests. One event of interest involved a group of four persons who were driving in West Arcadia Tuesday morning at 3:00 am with no headlights on. An officer stopped the van they were in for vehicle code violations and contacted all four subjects. Two of the subjects were in the rear of the van behind a cage, one lying on the floor and another seated in a folding chair. Ultimately, all four subjects were removed from the van and during the officers' investigation, a quantity of heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana was found during a search. Other items such as a scale, syringe, and currency was also found.

Jason M. Giannini, 27-year-old male from Tujunga, Sevan Asatoorian, 33-year-old male from Glendale, and Juan C. Fuentes Jr, 27-year-old male from Tujunga, were all arrested and booked on felony charges at the Arcadia City Jail. Mark S. Zaba, 28-year-old male from Tujunga was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge. Booking photos were not available at time of posting.

Anyone with information on this case or other cases is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5156. Or, if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weekly Tip - Child Seat Safety

During the week of March 26, 2017 through April 1, 2017, the Arcadia Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting directed enforcement focused on child seat safety. During this week officers will be targeting drivers who allow children to ride in vehicles while not properly restrained.

Education is a significant deterrence when it comes to child seat safety. Educational materials will be handed out to area schools and officers will be available for questions regarding child seat safety.

Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death for children and young adults. In 2014, over 6000 children under 14 were killed or seriously injured as a result of vehicle crashes in California. Sixty-three percent of children who died were unrestrained.

California law requires children to ride in a safety seat or booster, in the back seat, until they are at least eight years old. However, most children need a booster seat for proper belt fit until they are 10 to 12 years old. SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. recommends that children ride in the back seat, which is 40% safer than the front, until they are old enough to learn to drive. For more information on child passenger safety, visit

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Congrats and Welcome to Our Newest Police Officer

Congrats are in order to Officer Sergio Machado. Sergio graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Academy Class #419 last Friday and was named Honor Recruit for his class! This award is given to the recruit who achieves the highest numerical average based upon leadership qualities, academics, marksmanship, and physical performance throughout the training period. Sergio served in the US Army for a decade, no doubt playing a part in this well earned honor. Sergio is pictured with Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Chief Bob Guthrie. We are honored to welcome Sergio to the APD family!

Friday, March 17, 2017

This St. Patrick's Day, Plan Before You Party!

Remember: Impaired Driving, Drugs and Alcohol can Kill

St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s favorite holidays to celebrate and party. Unfortunately, too many people are taking to the roads after drinking, making the holiday one of our most dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 252 people lost their lives in drunk driving-related crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period from 2011-2015. More than a fourth of them were killed in drunk driving crashes that occurred in the early morning, post-party hours (midnight to 5:59 a.m.). 

That’s why the Arcadia Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety are teaming up to reach all drivers with an important life-saving message and warning: Don’t Drive Impaired by Drugs or Alcohol.

The Arcadia Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI Saturation Patrols to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment. In addition to this St Patrick’s Day enforcement effort, all police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver throughout the long weekend.

If you plan to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day, follow these tips to stay safe:

       Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both.  “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving”

       If you’re planning on driving, commit to staying sober. If you’ve been out drinking and then get behind the wheel, you run the risk of causing a crash or getting arrested for a DUI.

       Drugs such as many prescription medications, marijuana or illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving, leading to a DUI. When mixed with even a small amount of alcohol the affects can be compounded.

       If you have been drinking, call a taxi or sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. You can download the Designated Driver VIP free mobile app, “DDVIP,” for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

       Help those around you be responsible, too. Walking while impaired can also be deadly, as lack of attention could put you at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. If someone you know is impaired by alcohol or drugs, do not let them get behind the wheel and help them find a sober ride home. 

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911’ if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

Robert T. Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Kollin Cieadlo
Traffic Sergeant

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trending in Arrests

Each week, we will post an arrest of interest pointing toward arrest and crime trends within Arcadia. Bait package arrest again leads to much more than a parcel theft. Last Thursday morning, officers were alerted to a GPS enabled bait package being taken and quickly located the suspect vehicle in the 300 block of West Duarte Road in Monrovia. Officers tried to stop the suspect vehicle, a small U-Haul box truck, but the driver fled. Officers pursued the vehicle on streets and the 210 freeway, discontinuing the pursuit due to the driver's dangerous actions. At one point, the driver used the truck to collide with and push another vehicle out of the way in order to get around the other vehicle. Dispatchers continued to monitor the GPS location of the bait package, ending up in the City of Azusa. 

With the assistance of the Foothill Air Support Team (FAST), officers from Azusa PD were able to locate and detain both the male driver and a female passenger after they fled from the U-Haul truck, abandoning it in a parking lot in Azusa.

During the investigation, we learned the U-Haul truck had been stolen in the City of Pomona the evening prior to this incident. Inside the truck officers found a bicycle and other evidence taken in an overnight commercial burglary in the City of Monrovia, along with stolen bait package.

Alan G. Alamillo, 39-year-old male from La Verne, and Ilena M. Rutledge, 22-year-old female from Montclair, were arrested and booked on multiple felony charges at the Arcadia City Jail. Alamillo is also believed to be involved in the commercial burglary of a cell phone store in Arcadia back in January.

(Alan G. Alamillo / Ilena M. Rutledge)

Anyone with information on this case or other cases is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5156. Or, if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website

Weekly Activity Highlights for March 5 - 11, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Weekly Tip - Enjoy a Safe St. Patrick's Day!

On a holiday like St. Patrick's Day, there is no doubt that many folks will be celebrating long into the night. 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.

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!