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Numerous Burglaries Reported in Sierra Madre

The following information was supplied by the Sierra Madre Police Department as part of their weekly crime blotter. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Man Attempts Fraudulent Bank Withdrawal Using Fake ID

Sierra Madre Police received a report of a man who allegedly attempted to withdraw money from another person’s account at 1:25 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25.

The suspect, who was described as being between 50 and 60-years-old was allegedly attempting to use a fraudulent California Driver’s license that was complete with the personal information of the other person from whose account the man was attempting to withdraw money.

The incident took place at the branch, located at 100 West Sierra Madre Boulevard. According to the SMPD, the suspect left the bank prior to the officer’s arrival.

Home Ransacked, $11 Stolen

A resident reported an incident of residential burglary involving an unknown suspect or suspects who “entered a locked residence from the west bedroom window and ransacked the house,” according to the .

In addition to the damage, the resident reported that the subject had entered the master bedroom and removed $11.00 from a purse. The suspect or suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction, according to Sierra Madre Police.  The incident was reported to the police at 6:32 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25 in the 100 block of Grove Lane in Sierra Madre.

Items Stolen from Unlocked Cars

At some point between the evening of Monday, Aug. 21, and the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 22, an unknown suspect or suspects reportedly entered an unlocked car and removed a black gym bag that contained “100 music compact discs, an expired California Driver’s License and two yoga bands,” according to the Sierra Madre Police Department. According to the report, the items taken from the automobile were valued at a total of $950, making the incident a potential case of Grand Theft. The incident occurred in the 300 block of Auburn Avenue.

A similar incident was reported at 8:28 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 in the 100 block of East Mira Monte Avenue. In this case, the owner of an unlocked, parked car reported that someone had removed a Garmin GPS, 12 assorted gift cards, and $230 in cash from their vehicle. The incident is believed to have occurred at some time between the evening of Aug. 22 and the morning of Aug. 23.   

Locked Mountain Bike Stolen on Sierra Madre Boulevard

At 5:06 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21 a resident reported that their bicycle had been stolen in the 300 block of West Sierra Madre Boulevard. According to police, the locked blue/purple Trek Single Track 930 mountain bike was taken from the sidewalk area at some time between the morning of Saturday, Aug. 20, and the evening of Sunday Aug. 21.

South Pasadena Man Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Sierra Madre Police arrested a 45-year-old South Pasadena motorist on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at 1:28 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. According to police, the man was initially pulled over for an unspecified vehicle code violation near the intersection of Michillinda Avenue and Sears Way.

Following the stop, police “determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol [and] the driver was arrested and transported to Pasadena Police Department for booking,” according to police. 

Man Arrested for Public Intoxication

At 3:57 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, Sierra Madre Police arrested a 26-year old man on suspicion of public intoxication. Officers took the man to the Pasadena Police Department for booking for disorderly conduct/drunk in public. This incident occurred in the 100 block of North Hermosa Avenue, according to police reports.

Suspected Gun Turns Out to be Video Camera

No crime was reported by the in an incident involving one motorist believing another had pointed a gun at them from another car. Officers later stopped the car and determined that there was no weapon on board and that, rather, the driver had been pointing a video camera, not a gun. This incident occurred at 1:29 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 near the intersection of Rancho Road and Orange Grove Avenue.

In the seven-day period between Sunday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 27, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 239 calls for service. Of those calls, these incidents were considered the most notable and added to the weekly Sierra Madre police Department crime blotter.

For questions about this blotter, email john.stephens@patch.com.

Ann Luke August 31, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Bank of the West is not a branch of Chase Bank.
John Stephens August 31, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Apparently this guy was trying to withdraw money from a Chase Bank account via Bank of the West.
Mary Beth Finnerty July 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Which of the above stories refer to the "NUMEROUS burglaries?" Certainly not the drunk!

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