DUI Arrests

Juan Carlos Gonzalezbolanos, 26, Lake Forest – Sunday, January 16

Robert Lopez, 22, Lake Elsinore – Sunday, January 14

Incident Report

Tuesday, January 16

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Trespassing, Shoplifting

2:45 a.m. The RP stated that the suspect took a banana and was eating inside of the location. The suspect returned and took another banana. Frederick Wood, 77, no fixed address, was arrested for shoplifting and trespassing.

Monday, January 15

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Petty Theft

7:08 p.m. The RP stated that her jacket and cell phone were stolen from the location on January 13, a $220 estimated loss. Three other people had items stolen as well, according to the RP.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

9:36 a.m. Eric Lawrence McGuffick, 53, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

Sunday, January 14

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Steffan Thomas William, 34, Los Angeles

Laguna Canyon Road | 800 Block | Drugs

10:03 p.m. Feiinai Eli, 42, Kansas, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Grand Theft

3:14 p.m. A surfboard was stolen from a tunnel while the RP was getting his vehicle, approximate loss $1,800.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Property

11:34 a.m. A syringe was found in a parking spot on Laguna Canyon Road about 24 hours prior to the call. The syringe was recovered and booked for destruction.

Wendt Terrace | 800 Block | Restraining Order Violation

10:16 a.m. The RP stated that they heard breaking glass from the location. Tina Ladelle Marquette, 53, Laguna Beach, was arrested for parole violation, bail $15,000. This was the fourth time that the suspect had violated the restraining order.


Police Files

High times on Glenneyre end in dispensary bust

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, the saying goes, or in this case, a marijuana dispensary. Last week, a Laguna resident smelled something, well, highly suspicious while walking along the 900 block of Glenneyre. That person also saw a number of people leaving the building carrying white bags, furtively, one imagines.

Building on 900 block of Glenneyre

Turned out that the so-called “Divine Church of Gardens, Laguna Beach,” a tenant in the building, which also houses Sunset Drug, was indeed a place of worship – but the church part was bogus. The deity in question was not God, but weed in all its many manifestations.

“We arrested a man who claimed to be a volunteer for the church. He told officers that he had only been working there for three days, and that marijuana was used as a sacrament in the church’s rituals,” Sgt. Jim Cota, LBPD spokesperson, told Stu News.

After the officers located approximately 20 plus pounds of marijuana on the premises, along with codeine, and $3,000 in cash, the “volunteer” didn’t have a prayer. Lucas Seth Dichiara, age 31, of Irvine was arrested for possession and sales of marijuana and also for the illegal operation of a marijuana dispensary in Laguna Beach.

The landlord arrived on the scene and was flabbergasted. The Divine Church of Gardens was soon excommunicated from the property. (The name of the lessee of the property was not available at this time.)

Officers confiscated all of the contraband and booked it into evidence at the Laguna Beach Police Department.

“It appears there will be no church services this weekend at that location,” Sgt. Cota added.

 

Early morning reckless driver reported by 12 people

On the morning of Jan 15, Martin Luther King Day, a motorist driving a silver Jeep Liberty up Coast Highway was reported for reckless driving by twelve different callers, with reports ranging from driving on the wrong side of the road, not abiding by the speed limit, not stopping at red lights, and swerving their vehicle.

The first call, which came in at 8 a.m., reported that a woman was driving very fast, while the second reporting party described the driver running red lights. The third reporting party stated that the driver was driving the wrong way on the road in an attempt to pass other motorists near Wesley. 

A fifth reporting party pulled over to avoid the driver and called to say that the driver was in the southbound lane of the road. The sixth reporting party stated that the driver was northbound on Legion at a high rate of speed. After more calls about her heading northbound on Broadway, taking a turn to head southbound on Cliff, the driver was detained.

The woman was arrested for reckless driving.


DUI Arrests

Susan Elizabeth Garcia, 57, Laguna Hills - Saturday, January 13

Mark C Adams, 49, Boston - Saturday

Thomas John Peterson, 52, Montana - Friday, January 12

Michael Vogeler, 21, Laguna Niguel - Friday

Thi Anh Nguyen, 45, Huntington Beach - Friday

Angelica Reveles, 37, Texas - Friday

David Oleszkiewicz, 39, Costa Mesa - Thursday, January 11

Incident Reports

Sunday, January 14

Cleo & S. Coast Hwy | Warrant

1:52 a.m. Gregory Dashawa Edison, 20, Los Angeles, was arrested on a North County warrant.

Saturday, January 13

Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

3:16 p.m. Paul David White, 48, San Clemente, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Assault

2:24 p.m. Gordon Weider, 70, no fixed address, was arrested for assault. 

Tyrol Drive | 3100 Block | Fraud

12:40 p.m. The RP’s bank contacted the RP in reference to $200 worth of withdrawn funds.

Mountain Road & Gaviota Drive | Animal Calls

12:39 p.m. A bee swarm was seen in the bushes near Gaviota Drive & Mountain Road in the bushes on the northwest side of Mountain Road. Technical support was called in to support. The sidewalks were blocked of starting from 1:02 p.m. to 2:40 p.m., with posted signs left referring to remaining bees.

Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Keep the Peace

3:26 a.m. A woman was refusing to pay her $10 cab fare.

Diamond & S. Coast Hwy | Traffic Stop

12:33 a.m. A tan four door sedan with two occupants crossed through the red light at Cress Street. Laguna Beach PD pursued, with the vehicle exceeding 100 miles per hour at times. The vehicle ran a red light at El Toro, where California Highway Patrol then took over.

Friday, January 12

Anita Street | 400 Block | Stolen Vehicle

6:43 p.m. The RP stated that their blue Honda Civic was possibly taken sometime after 10 a.m.

Glenneyre Street | 900 Block | Drugs

3:52 p.m. Lucas Seth Dichiara, 31, Glenneyre Street, was arrested for three cannabis related charges.

Thursday, January 11

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Javier Hommy Blas, 31, no fixed address - Additional Charge: Warrant

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

5:04 p.m. The RP state that a wallet was stolen sometime last night, or during the morning prior.

Hilledge Drive | 400 Block | Grand Theft

4:46 p.m. Two demolition hammers worth $4,000 were taken from a job site on January 9. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Grand Theft

2:11 p.m. A car was broken into on January 4. Credit cards were stolen, and the approximate loss was $8,400. The RP was not sure whether or not the vehicle was locked.

Cozumel | 100 Block | Stolen Vehicle

2:05 p.m. The handlebars, battery and wheels of a motorcycle was stolen on December 11.

Mar Vista Avenue | 31600 Block | Petty Theft

10:46 a.m. Tools and jackets were taken from an unlocked vehicle sometime last night.

Wednesday, January 10

S. Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Fraud

2:51 p.m. Attempts to use fake $100 occurred at Hobie, as well as Toes on the Nose. The subject was seen with a female subject in her 20’s. The subjects were on view walking NB on Coast Hwy.  

S. Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Drugs

2:19 p.m. Ricardo Angel Vasquez, 37, Alhambra, was arrested for possession of cannabis with an intent to sell, bail $20,000, with an additional charge of possession of marijuana.

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Fraud

1:06 p.m. The RP stated that there was an attempt made by a subject to use a fake $100.

S. Coast Hwy | 1100 | Fraud

10:19 a.m. The RP stated that money was taken out of her account.

Dumond Drive | 100 Block | Vandalism

8:09 p.m. Graffiti was stated to be on the wall. Municipal Works was contacted for cleanup.


Police Files

Jaw-dropping scam on Glenneyre takes bite out of victim’s bank account

A heavy-set man in his thirties or early forties, wearing navy blue medical scrubs, recently conned a victim on the 1100 block of Glenneyre Street into buying vouchers for three teeth-whitening kits, including the promise of discounts for dental procedures.

“He paid $328.41 on his credit card,” said Sgt Cota, LBPD spokesperson. “When he called and made an appointment with a Laguna Niguel dentist’s office, that’s when he learned that the vouchers were fraudulent.”

Unfortunately, it looks like the victim is just going to have to grin and bear the loss, because the suspect has not been located.


DUI Arrests

Angela McConaughy, 38, Laguna Niguel – Sunday, January 7 Additional Charge: Child Endangerment

Tuesday, January 9

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Stolen Vehicle, Warrant

4 p.m. A vehicle stolen from Huntington Beach on January 4 was pulled over, with the subjects detained at gunpoint. Scott Webly Anderson, 48, Laguna Hills, was arrested on a Central Court warrant. Michelle Louise Wright, 38, Costa Mesa was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, and for possession of an illegal substance, bail $10,000.

Coast Hwy | 31700 Block | Warrant

1:28 p.m. Joshua Poeske, 29, Laguna Niguel, was arrested on a no bail warrant.

S. Coast Hwy | 1800 Block | Petty Theft

8:48 a.m. A 20-inch-tall “Mother Mary” statue valued at $300 was taken from the location.

Park Avenue | 400 Block | Petty Theft

4:07 a.m. The RP stated that a man stole his $20 shoes within the last 12 hours. The RP saw the shoes inside the man’s sleeping bag, which the subject was underneath.

Monday, January 8

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Kurt Andrew Holtorf, 55, El Segundo

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Warrant

9:31 p.m. Terry Dwayne Sanders, 40, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

S. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Vandalism

3:49 p.m. Graffiti was seen on one of the walls of the location. 

Catalina Street | 800 Block | Petty Theft

1:02 p.m. Two packages were stolen from the location.

N. Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Domestic Violence

12:33 p.m. Both Husaini Nazia, 29, Anaheim, and Austin Kellogg, 23, Anaheim, were arrested for domestic violence, $50,000 bail for each.

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Warrant

10:16 a.m. Kyle Albert Winton, 37, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

Cozumel | 300 Block | Fraud

9:14 a.m. The RP’s credit cards were being used under his name with a $36 loss. A Prime membership was also opened.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Drugs

4:36 a.m. Reginald Jemal Davis, 48, no fixed address, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sunday, January 7

S. Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | False Identification

9:13 p.m. Jasper Luke Potter, 22, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of narcotics, and for false identification.

Forest Avenue & Coast Hwy | Warrant

6:31 p.m. Neilesh Bhikhu Chauhan, 46, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

Forest Avenue & Coast Hwy | Probation Violation

6:15 p.m. Daniel William Delrosario, 25, no fixed address, was arrested for no bail probation violation.


Police Files

Active shooter exercise proves frighteningly realistic – and effective – involving more than 100 first responders 

This was the scenario developed for the active shooter exercise which took place on Wednesday this week at LCAD: a (fictional) 40-year-old disgruntled male with a fixation on LCAD had been seen on campus a few days prior. He’d posted threats on social media. Now he was endangering the life and safety of students, staff and faculty at the college.

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First responders with guns drawn

How would the police and fire department defuse this active shooter threat? And what aspects of their response might need more practice or adjusting?

These were the reasons for setting up this exercise, expertly put together by Sgt Eric Lee and Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator, who worked hard to gain funding through a grant of 100K from the Urban Area Working Group.

Makeshift blood, gunfire from blank rounds, sirens and fallen victims (actors) made for a realistic and frightening scene, but first responders kept their cool during three tense morning exercises and three afternoon exercises. 

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A bloodied victim is attended to during the exercise

 “This [comprehensive] operation was coordinated by the Police Chief over the course of a year,” said LBPD spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota. “It was motivated by the Columbine event.  Each team was evaluated by evaluators and debriefings were held immediately afterwards.”

Representatives of the Laguna Beach Unified School District as well as police agencies from Irvine, UCI, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, as well as 40 members of the LBPD were present.

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Policing could be said to be an art form also

City manager John Pietig, the mayor of Laguna Beach and the president of LCAD, Jonathan Burke, either observed or took part – Jonathan Burke playing the role of victim, at his request.

The successful exercise proved another feather in the cap for the LBPD under the leadership of Chief Laura Farinella, who gained tremendous praise in 2017 also for her handling of the America First protest march. She is understandably extremely proud of her officers.

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The successful exercise was another feather in the cap for the LBPD

For further information, contact Public Information Officer Sgt. Jim Cota at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-464-6671. 

 

DUI checks planned for today, Jan 12 & Jan 18

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy Friday, Jan 12 & Thurs, Jan 18, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

In California, this deadly crime led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.  

Studies of California drivers have shown 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.

Hand over your keys if you’ve had too much to drink

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 cost of a ride home is cheap! Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

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

For further information, contact Lieutenant Tim Kleiser at (949) 464-6655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


DUI Arrests

Anthony Rettberg, 36, New Jersey – Sunday, January 7

Incident Report

Saturday, January 6

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert Jerzy Progowski, 42, Aliso Viejo

Kevin Michael Kiely, 21, Yorba Linda

5th Avenue | 31700 Block | Grand Theft

12:52 p.m. A laptop, a hot spot, and other items were taken from an unlocked vehicle the day prior. 

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Warrant

10:06 a.m. Ralph Francis Bowers, 47, Huntington Beach, was arrested on a West Court warrant.

Friday, January 5

S. Coast Hwy| 500 Block | Property

2:53 p.m. A small leather purse with a long strap was stolen the night prior. The RP had left the purse at the location.

Rim Rock Canyon Road | 1700 Block | Burglary

10:35 a.m. Someone went into the RP’s residence when she was there the day prior and stole her purse.

Broadway Place & N. Coast Hwy | Warrant

Diane Green, 48, Anaheim, was arrested on a West Court warrant for driving without a licence.

Thursday, January 4

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Ibrahim Ismali Eldumiati, 51, Irvine

Eric Lawrence, McGuffick, 53, no fixed address

Brian Robert Schaar, 32, no fixed address

Regatta Road | 1400 Block | Vandalism

2:59 p.m. The RP’s trees were cut down by a named suspect.

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Defraud Innkeeper

9:55 a.m. The subject left without paying their $462 bill the day prior at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, January 3

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Charles Fredrich Alzner, 34, Irvine

Morningside Drive | 1300 Block | Petty Theft

1:32 p.m. The RP’s placard and glasses were taken from the vehicle that was parked in the garage. The total loss was $200.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Hit & Run

12:41 p.m. A white GMC Yukon hybrid was sideswiped on the driver’s side.

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Traffic Collision

10:40 a.m. A limo hit a flower bed, causing $450 in property damages. 

Wave Street | 100 Block | Vandalism

8:14 a.m. A named suspect poured salt on the RP’s grass and plants, poured oil on the floor, and took mini blinds from the location.


Police Files

DUI checks planned for Jan 12 and 18

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy Friday, Jan 12 and Thurs, Jan 18, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

In California, this deadly crime led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.  

Studies of California drivers have shown 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.

Hand over your keys if you’ve had too much to drink

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 cost of a ride home is cheap! Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

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

For further information, contact Lieutenant Tim Kleiser at (949) 464-6655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Active shooter exercise scheduled for Jan 10, tomorrow, at LCAD: Do not be alarmed by simulated gunfire, sirens

Laguna Beach Police Department has partnered with the Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) who will be hosting a full-scale active shooter exercise on Wed, Jan 10, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at their main campus, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. All activities will occur on LCAD property. 

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LCAD campus will be the epicenter of an active shooter exercise on Jan 10

The purpose of this exercise is to test our interagency capabilities and the mission readiness of our first responders during an active shooter incident. In addition to Laguna Beach police officers and firefighters, the exercise will involve personnel from our surrounding law enforcement and fire department agencies including Irvine, UCI, Newport Beach, and Costa Mesa. 

During the exercise you may hear sirens and simulated gunfire coming from the area of Laguna College of Art & Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. 

Laguna Canyon Road will remain open throughout the event and traffic control officers will be in place to mitigate any traffic congestion. 

The exercise will not be open to the public and only authorized personnel and the media will be allowed to attend. 

This exercise is partially funded through a federal grant received by the Anaheim/Santa Ana Urban Area Security Initiative. 

For further information, contact Public Information Officer Sgt. Jim Cota at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-464-6671. 

Sandbags available to protect against flooding: tips to keep your property dry during winter storms

With winter storms forecast this week, the City is offering pre-filled sandbags at no cost to residents and business owners of Laguna Beach who may need them to protect their property. These sandbags are not for private contractors or commercial purposes. 

Pre-filled sandbags are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week as of today on a first-come-first-serve basis; (limit 10 per resident). Sandbags can be picked up at either of the two following locations: 

ACT V Parking Lot – 1900 Laguna Canyon Road or 

Aliso Beach Inland Parking Lot – 31118 Coast Highway.

Additionally, the City offers free, unfilled sandbags at the four fire stations.

The unfilled sandbags cannot be filled with sand from Laguna’s beaches or playgrounds. For locations where sand can be purchased go to www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/emergprep/sandbags.htm.

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Floods can cause serious damage

The City is also doing its part to protect the community by cleaning and inspecting the Laguna Canyon Channel, maintaining public terrace drains and manholes, and conducting outreach including workshops and mailers to property and business owners. 

The City encourages residents to protect their homes from flooding by remembering the following tips: Clear out rain gutters and pick up litter and loose objects on your property. Anything loose can be washed away; check your own yard drains to make sure they are not clogged; while not required, flood insurance is recommended for flood prone properties.

Visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/emergprep. for further information about Emergency Preparedness and for video footage from past Laguna Beach disasters.

For further information, contact Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator, at 949- 497-0389 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


DUI Arrests

None this period

Incident Reports

Tuesday, January 2

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Donald Leonard Pierce, 44, no fixed address

Byron Paul MacLeod, 68, Dana Point

Skyline Drive | 1200 Block | Burglary

4:52 p.m. A purse was reported missing at an unknown time.

Cozumel | 100 Block | Assault

8:14 a.m. A 19-year-old man stated that he was jumped from behind, and was struck in the back of the head with what he believed to be the subject’s hand. The RP was standing behind his vehicle with the trunk open at the time of the occurrence. Bryce Sharif Summers, 18, Laguna Beach, was arrested for assault, bail $500.

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Drugs, Weapons, Destroying Evidence

2:29 a.m. Mark Matthew Anstine, 34, Colton, was arrested on a felony charge for being in possession of ammunition for a .380 caliber handgun. In addition, the subject was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and for attempting to destroy evidence - a glass narcotics pipe.

Monday, January 1

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Stephen Macken, 40, Ireland

Sanjeev Michael Sunak, 46, Irvine

Myles Clayton Regan, 21, Laguna Beach

Camden Marion Wade, 28, San Diego

Lindsay Hanley, 36, Tennessee

Sunday, December 31

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Hunter David Graham, 22, Coto De Caza

Marie Lillian Titolo, 57, Laguna Beach

Sean Lynn Aylward, 22, Chico

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

3:03 p.m. Robert Lenn Caltabiano, 45, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

Pacific Coast Hwy | 30000 Block | Warrants

1:11 p.m. Charles Nathan Olsen III, 47, Dana Point, was arrested for four outstanding Harbor Court warrants for possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia with bails ranging from $1,500 to $5,000. Olsen was also arrested for the following open charges: providing false identification to an officer, bail $20,000, for possession of drug paraphernalia, and for possession of narcotics.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Vandalism

11:30 a.m. The back taillight of a gray Toyota Prius was damaged in back of the lot of the location. The RP stated that the vehicle was possibly keyed as well. 

El Toro Road & Laguna Canyon Road | Reckless Driving

10:21 a.m. The woman driver of a silver Toyota Tundra with no license plates was seen throwing items out of the vehicle.


Police Files

Multiple guns stolen from home on Coronado Drive: fingerprints might provide DNA evidence

At 8:07 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 30, an officer took a burglary report from a resident at the 1200 block of Coronado Drive. Sometime between Dec 25 and 30, an unknown suspect pried open an exterior bedroom door and stole three firearms and an Xbox.

According to the logs, DNA was obtained on the scene.

“This case was just given to the Investigations Division and [is now] an active investigation,” said Sgt. Jim Cota of the LBPD.  “DNA can be someone’s handprint, saliva off a cup, even a fingerprint.”

We wonder how many burglars and would-be burglars realize how far the science of DNA has come in recent years. 

12 pairs of designer glasses snatched from tented house, also on Coronado Drive

Laguna residents, also in the 1200 block of Coronado Drive, left on vacation between Dec 21-23 and had their house tented for termites. When they returned, they noticed that a box of 12 designer prescription glasses had been taken from one of their vehicles inside the garage. The approximate loss is valued at $40,970.

“War on trees” continues

Two eucalyptus trees on a property located in the 31000 block of PCH were cut down sometime on the night of Wednesday, Dec 28.

“The property manager stated that when he returned to the property on Thursday Dec 29, two of the eucalyptus trees on the property had been cut down,” Sgt. Cota stated. “The trees were located on the hillside approximately 50 yards from the house. The estimated value of the trees is $400.”

Detectives are looking into whether a dispute over a view was at the heart of this incident. They will be looking into the matter to see if it is a criminal or civil matter.

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A recent victim of the “war on trees,” this eucalyptus was poisoned and had to be cut down by the City

Don’t let possible buyers take your car for a test drive or this could happen to you

On Wednesday, Dec 27, on the 3200 block of Laguna Canyon Rd., two people took a 1999 Ford for sale on a “test drive” and did not return – they must have liked its performance. It was located out of town in Westminster shortly before 5 p.m.

“People selling their cars need to be cognizant who they are selling the car too and never let someone take the vehicle for a test drive alone,” advises Sgt. Cota. “If you choose to let someone take it, retain their driver’s license and take a photograph of them. A cash deposit would also be a great deterrent as well.” 

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