Police warn of series of lawn ornament thefts in Monterey Park

MONTEREY PARK — Police Friday warned the public of a rash of lawn ornament thefts in the city over the past month.
“Due to a crime trend involving the theft of potted plants, statues and other garden ornaments, residents are encouraged to be on the alert for individuals who are taking such items,” Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazelin said in a written statement.
Eight such incidents have been reported to police since May, she added.
“Generally, these thefts are committed during the late-night or early-morning hours,” Mazelin said.
According to police, locations where the thefts have been reported include: the 400 block of South Chandler Avenue; the 300 block of South Chandler Avenue; the 100 block of South Moore Avenue; the 1000 block of East Hellman Avenue; the 2300 block of Westcott Avenue; the 1100 block of Crest Haven Way; the 600 block of West Newmark Avenue; and the 1800 block of Kempton Avenue. 
Anyone who sees suspicious activity is asked to call Monterey Park police immediately at (626) 573-1311.
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