Last two San Diego gang members sentenced for crime spree robberies including LB jewelry store
The last two of 12 defendants from a North San Diego County criminal street gang were sentenced today for their role in a 2009 crime spree involving the armed robbery of two Orange County jewelry stores, identity theft, and street terrorism. Michael Burgin, 32, and Adam Weick, 31, were found guilty by a jury Jan. 9, 2012.
Burgin was sentenced today to 90 years to life in state prison following a conviction for two felony counts each of second degree robbery, second degree commercial burglary, and street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity, the vicarious use of a firearm by a gang member, and two prior strike convictions for first degree burglaries in 1999 and 2002.
Weick was sentenced today to 21 years in state prison following a conviction for one felony count each of second degree robbery, second degree commercial burglary, and street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity, the vicarious use of a firearm by a gang member, and a prior strike for kidnapping in 2005.
Two cases involved 12 defendants, all residents of San Diego County, and was jointly investigated by the Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD), Tustin Police Department (TPD) and Orange County District Attorney’s Office with assistance from the Orange County and San Diego County Sheriff’s Departments, Chula Vista and Oceanside Police Departments, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Aida Arroyo, 30, pleaded guilty mid-jury trial on Jan. 5, 2012, to one felony count each of second degree robbery, second degree commercial burglary, and street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and the vicarious use of a firearm by a gang member. She was sentenced April 20, 2012, to 12 years in state prison.
Salvador Barajas, 32, pleaded guilty Feb. 5, 2010, to one felony count each of receiving stolen property and street terrorism and was sentenced to 225 days in jail and three years of probation.
Touradj Barman, 69, pleaded guilty March 19, 2010, to one misdemeanor count of a pawnbroker failing to report receipt of property and was sentenced to one year of probation and a $10,000 payment to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund.
Sylvia Elena Castaneda, 31, pleaded guilty June 20, 2011, to one felony count of second degree robbery with a sentencing enhancement for criminal street gang activity and was sentenced to five years in state prison.
Jose Jesus Garcia, 38, pleaded guilty March 26, 2010, to one misdemeanor count of a pawnbroker failing to report receipt of property and was sentenced to one year of probation and a $10,000 payment to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund.
Pedro Avina Hernandez, 32, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 2, 2010, of one felony count each of second degree robbery, second degree commercial burglary, and street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and the vicarious use of a firearm by a gang member. He was sentenced to six years in state prison on Jan. 27, 2012.Alonso Jose Lopez, 34, was found guilty by a jury May 20, 2010, of one felony count each of second degree robbery, second degree commercial burglary, and street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and the vicarious use of a firearm by a gang member. He has a prior strike conviction for kidnapping in 1998, Lopez was sentenced July 23, 2010, to 25 years in state prison.
Daisy Oregon, 23, pleaded guilty Feb. 5, 2010, to one felony count each of receiving stolen property and street terrorism with a sentencing enhancement for criminal street gang activity. She has a prior strike for robbery in 2005. Oregon was sentenced to two years and eight months in state prison.
Arturo Carlos Perez, 23, pleaded guilty July 9, 2010, to one felony count each of accessory after the fact and street terrorism with a sentencing enhancement for criminal street gang activity. He was sentenced to two years in state prison.
In a separate but related case, Veronica Kyriakides, 43, pleaded guilty Oct. 30, 2009, to one felony count of receiving stolen property for the benefit of the gang and was sentenced to six months jail.
At approximately 5 p.m. on Aug. 4, 2009, Arroyo entered Tustin Village Jewelers under the pretense of selling a ring. The jewelry store has security gates and the defendant was buzzed in. While negotiating a price with the store owner, Arroyo asked to be let out of the store to make a phone call. When the owner buzzed the security gate to let Arroyo out, Burgin and Weick immediately rushed in to the store wearing caps and bandanas. They were armed with firearms and demanded at gunpoint that the victim unlock the jewelry cases to give them access to the diamonds.
One of the defendants held a gun to the back of the victim’s head and threatened to shoot him if he did not open the safe. The defendants then duct-taped the victim and put him in the bathroom. Burgin, Weick, and Arroyo stole over $160,000 in jewelry and fled the scene.
Laguna Beach Robbery
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2009, Burgin, Lopez, and Hernandez entered Baca Jewelers in Laguna Beach as the store was closing. They were dressed in black and attempted to hide their faces by wearing hoods and baseball caps. The defendants robbed a store employee at gun-point and stole over $1 million in watches and jewelry before fleeing the scene.
Officers from LBPD responded and Burgin, Lopez, and Hernandez led police on a pursuit from Laguna Beach to Aliso Viejo. The defendants abandoned their car in an Aliso Viejo parking garage and evaded police by fleeing. LBPD officers learned that the abandoned vehicle was owned by Castaneda. Castaneda attempted to impede the police investigation by reporting her car stolen in San Diego County, despite loaning it to Lopez, Burgin, and Hernandez knowing that it would be used for a jewelry store burglary.
Perez assisted Lopez evade arrest and hide in an Oceanside home by acting as a look-out to determine if police were surveiling the home and obtaining a calling card for Lopez to make phone calls without detection. Based on a law enforcement bulletin put out by LBPD, TPD noticed similarities between the two robberies and the agencies began jointly investigating their cases.
Identity Theft and Receiving Stolen Property
On Sept. 8, 2009, Barajas drove Castaneda, Oregon and Arroyo to Laguna Beach to pick up Castaneda’s car, which had been abandoned after the Aug. 25, 2009, robbery and impounded by LBPD. While Castaneda was meeting with LBPD, the three other defendants stole mail from local Laguna Beach mail boxes. Arroyo was in possession of and fraudulently using credit cards, which had been stolen in San Diego County the day before.
Subsequent investigation into the robberies revealed that Kyriakides received the stolen jewelry from the gang members and assisted them in passing it on to two second-hand jewelry stores in San Diego County, San Diego Jewelry and Loan and J&L Jewelers, where Garcia attempted to make identifying the stolen jewelry more difficult by grinding off identifying markings and Barman purchased the property, knowing it had been stolen.
All of the defendants, except for Barman and Garcia, are members or associates of a San Diego Hispanic criminal street gang. They planned and committed these crimes to benefit their criminal street gang.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Jim Mendelson prosecuted this case.
Counterfeiter wore bad shirt and chose bad ride
Police said an astute cashier behind the counter at Laguna Drug led to the capture of a Mission Viejo man who tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill Monday afternoon.
The man walked out through the back door onto the parking lot at 4:54 after the employee challenged him over the bogus bill.
Officers arrived and were given a description that included a “black and white checkered shirt”. The first officer to walk out of the back door saw a man wearing a black and white checkered shirt across Ocean Avenue talking to a woman sitting in a U-Haul truck.
She saw the approaching officers and the man, John McIver, 38, tried to run away. He was quickly caught on Forest Lane.
McIver’s backpack was in the U-Haul truck and inside, cops found drugs, syringes, marijuana and a scale.
He was arrested and charged with possession of counterfeit money, possession of dangerous drugs and resisting arrest.
The woman in the truck, Lisa R. Shutterly, 46, Dana Point, was held on a charge of being under the influence of methamphetamine.
Mistake by alarm company sends Laguna cops to a possible burglary in progress – in Palm Springs
Police were called by an alarm company Monday night reporting that a silent alarm had been activated in the 2200 block of Crestview Drive.
Responding officers found an open front door and had the police dispatcher call the residence. There was no answer.
Police began to enter until they heard a voice coming from inside the house. Additional patrol units were called to the scene and a perimeter was set up before officers entered the house. Their guns were drawn as is normal protocol.
A second call to the residence was made at the direction of the Watch Commander who had also responded to the house. That time, a man answered and told the dispatcher that he was the homeowner. He was instructed to walk outside with his hands over his head.
After he had been outside answering questions from police for three minutes, the Watch Commander signaled “Code Four” indicating all was under control.
The alarm company called back about then – and apologized to police – the activated alarm was in the same owner’s Palm Springs home.
The potential when several officers surround a home with guns drawn after hearing voices after an alarm company reported an activation is alarming.
“Fortunately, the officers took the appropriate amount of time in securing the perimeter of the residence, and getting him out, after hearing a voice inside,” said LBPD Lt. Jason Kravetz.
Found money! Did you lose it on April 24?
LBPD property officer Cathy Berg wants to reunite some found money with its rightful owner.
She tells us that money was found in the public bathroom adjacent to the Bank of America on Monday, April 24, 2012. It was in a Bank of America envelope.
If you know more details (how much to the penny!) call Cathy Berg at the Laguna Beach Police Department 497-0396.
Newport woman parks stolen car in the LBPD watch commander’s reserved parking spot
Acting watch commander corporal Andy Peck drove back to the police station after making rounds Wednesday morning – a routine part of his day.
That routine was broken at 9:36 when a Toyota Prius occupied the marked, reserved, Watch Commander’s parking space.
Peck ran the plate and ran it again when it came back as a stolen car from Huntington Beach from Tuesday night. There was a named suspect.
Just then a woman walked up to him acknowledging that she had parked it there to go into the police station to get a newspaper. She was asked her name and she said, “Barbara Kanode,” adding that she lived in Newport Beach.
When asked where she’d gotten the car, police said, Kanode, 47, told them she’d taken the vehicle from her mother the night before.
She was read her rights and taken into custody for vehicle theft.
StuNewsLaguna spoke with a man who came to the police station identifying himself as a family spokesman Wednesday night. “Barbara has been doing this for years and years. Her mother told her the last time she did it that if she took her car again, she would call the police and report it stolen. As you can see, her mother kept her word and she’s not about to back down.”
Watchful neighbors lead police to burglary suspect who was watchful of a sunbather
Officers responded to a large home on Rockledge Road Tuesday morning at 9:23 after two different neighbors reported a possible burglar. The first caller had seen a male climb a fence to enter a courtyard and the second caller, moments later, said she’d seen someone upstairs and could hear the neighbor’s dog barking.
Once a perimeter was secured by police, officers began to slowly and cautiously make entry finally working their way upstairs about three minutes later.
Lt. Jason Kravetz explained, “They saw the suspect standing on a patio and looking over the edge. He was just staring intently over the ledge and towards the beach. At one point, he started climbing over the railing and the officers thought he was going to jump. They ran out onto the patio and grabbed him.”
Kravetz went on to explain that the suspect, 18-year-old Carl Dixon from Lancaster, had been unaware of the presence of the cops a few yards away. “It turned out that he was staring down at a naked woman sunning on the…[secluded]…beach.”
Dixon was arrested for felony residential burglary. Police said it was possible that additional counts could be added later. After booking at the city jail, he was transported to Orange County Jail with bail of $50,000.
Driver runs red light at Coast Hwy & Aster – broadsides two cars and keeps on keeping on
A Rancho Mirage man went to jail for DUI and hit and run Friday night after he ran the red light at N. Coast Hwy and Aster Street before smashing into an Audi and a Mercedes Benz.
A 9-1-1 call at 6:23 p.m. told the dispatcher that a “Beat up old Toyota van…” had just broadsided two cars that were headed toward downtown in slow-moving traffic. The caller said the van hadn’t stopped and was last seen on Cliff Drive going past Las Brisas.
Police later received a call from someone who saw the driver of the van park it on Cliff near Myrtle Street then walking away.
About nine minutes after the hit and run officers located a man answering the description of the driver on a sidewalk without attempting to hide. Victims and witnesses positively identified the man as the driver of the Toyota Sienna van.
Joseph David Miller, 47, was arrested for driving under the influence and hit and run.
Police said all three vehicles received moderate damage but that fortunately, no one was injured.
Aussie visitors learn some things just are not acceptable here
A 17-year-old Laguna Beach boy was outside of the Circle K on Glenneyre at 12:20 a.m. Saturday when two intoxicated men exited the store.
LBPD Lt. Jason Kravetz said. “One of them pulled down his pants, exposed his genitals, and touched himself in front of the 17 year old. Afterwards they got into their vehicle (driven by a third man) and left while the 17-year-old called the police.”
The boy and a friend along with a Circle K surveillance video provided police with the license plate number of the car. Officers found the men on Oak Street.
“They learned the men were all Australian tourists and the two were intoxicated. The boy did not desire prosecution and the men were advised not to disrobe in front of 17-year-olds,” Kravetz said adding that the boy, out after curfew, was released to his parents at Circle K.
Girls with fake IDs learn they might get past a bouncer – but never a police computer check
Two young women handed police officers their driver’s licenses when they had to Friday night – their fake ones.
It all started after a 10:59 p.m. caller reported that, according to the police log, “eight males and two females are drinking wine at the Woman’s Club lower parking lot” near St. Ann’s Dr and Glenneyre.
The caller said they were not in a car. “They are behind a tree and all are wearing jackets and jeans.”
Officers arrived and found five people behind the building Lt. Jason Kravetz said.
“Karina Melo Keene, 18 of Escondido, was arrested for possession of a fake government ID, providing false ID to police officers, and minor in possession of alcohol. 19-year-old McKenzie Nicole Mitchell of Las Flores was also arrested for possession of a fake government ID and providing false ID to police officers,” Kravetz said.
Police almost always check the ID of anyone they make contact with regardless of the circumstances.
Fake IDs (usually driver’s licenses) are frequently sold to young people between 18 and 20 showing a birth date making them at least 21. Generally, the cost runs from $50 - $100. Some bars use a scanner that only the “best” quality fakes will fool.
Police computers and the DMV database are never fooled.
The three males provided their true IDs and were not detained.
By the way, unincorporated La Flores is in OC near Rancho Santa Margarita.
Property owner, private lender victimized by broker who placed a $400,000 loan on house
The owner of a rental property in the 3000 block of Mountain View learned last week that his free and clear home had a $400,000 mortgage. Police said the man, who owns multiple properties, checked on the Mountain View house and picked up three letters addressed to him.
Lt. Jason Kravetz explained that the letters addressed the fact that the homeowner was late on payments for the $400,000 real estate loan that was in favor of a private lender.
“When he first contacted the lender, he was told that a broker had handled the paperwork on his behalf a few months ago. As he and the lender delved further into the situation, it became apparent that both had been victimized by the fraud,” said Kravetz.
Kravetz said the investigation is in its initial stages and would not comment as to whether or not the broker’s identity was known.
Colorado man arrested for pushing woman down a stairwell causing “severe” injuries
A 55-year-old woman received head injuries, facial injuries and lacerations and fractures in her arms after an argument escalated into her being pushed down a flight of stairs Sunday evening.
A man police identified as Rudy James McEntire, 34, of Boulder, Colorado, was arrested at the scene on a charge of felony battery causing great bodily injury.
Police said two 9-1-1 calls were received at 7:32 from the 300 block of Mermaid Street asking for medics. One of the callers was McEntire, police said.
Lt. Jason Kravetz said in a prepared statement, “At the scene, officers interviewed witnesses along with the named suspect. They learned the victim was upset because she accused the suspect of ‘hitting on’ her sister. This came shortly after her sister’s boyfriend recently died.
“The victim allegedly kicked the suspect in the groin and he responded by pushing her backwards. This caused her to fall down the stairs.”
McEntire was booked at the City Jail and released after posting $25,000 bail.
Detectives arrest four; take heroin, pot and methamphetamine off the street at Doheny
Laguna Beach PD detectives conducted a parolee search on a mobile home near Doheny Beach in Dana Point Thursday morning after they had learned that a “person of interest” in a case they are investigating lived there.
On scene, the object of their search was the only person not arrested according to Lt. Jason Kravetz who said four people were taken into custody.
“One of the people there was found to be lying about his identity. This was probably due to the fact that he had three warrants for his arrest (one was DUI, the second was petty theft with a prior, and the last one was possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia with $50,000 bail - $80,000 total). The detectives arrested Gary Paul Kalani Green, 33 of Dana Point on the warrants.
“Green also had new charges added: using a false name, possession of heroin for sales (a little over 9 grams seized), possession of Opana for sales (nine 40 mg. pills seized) and possession of methamphetamine for sales (almost one gram seized).
Detectives also arrested Kevin Andrew Hannegan, 36 of Dana Point for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hannegan and Green both had knives in their belts. Kravetz said the information would be referred to the OC District Attorney for possible prosecution.
Tyler Monroe McCoy, a 47-year-old Lake Elsinore resident was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana for sales.
Patricia Anne McLaughlin, 32 of Lake Elsinore, was arrested for a Harbor Court DUI warrant.
Laguna Beach officers honored at Crime Survivors Banquet
Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn president Larry Bammer (left) and Lieutenant Jason Kravetz (far right) congratulate Detective Julia Bowman, Corporal Jason Farris at last Friday evening’s Crime Survivors Banquet
LBPD detective Julia Bowman and Corporal Jason Farris were honored at the annual Crime Survivors Banquet which took place at the Marriot Suites in Garden Grove last Friday evening.
The purpose of this annual event is to present public safety personnel from the private and public sector with awards for assisting and helping victims of crime. Several nominations are submitted for these awards, but only a select few receive this prestigious honor.
Detective Bowman was recognized for her outstanding work on a series of sexual assault cases, which occurred in a downtown rug store. What initially began as a single sexual assault case quickly expanded into a larger incident involving eleven different victims.
Detective Bowman was honored for her tenacity and ability to comfort and protect the victims of these violent assaults. Orange County Sexual Assault Prosecutor Jennifer Walker attended the event and commented that; “Julia is an officer who always gives 110% and never forgets about the victims.”
Corporal Jason Farris was honored for his work with the homeless population in Laguna Beach.
Corporal Farris has become the “go-to” Community Services Officer in Orange County. Many other police agencies have heard about his program and have sent their own officers to Laguna Beach in order to train with him.
Recently, Corporal Farris and another Seal Beach Officer started a county consortium of Community Services Officers who are all doing similar work. The idea is that the group will get together on a quarterly basis in order to share ideas and express what has, and has not, worked.
These two Laguna Beach Officers have done an excellent job of setting the right example for many others to follow!
$785 in cash grabbed from Jack’s cash register
The long arm was on the other side of the law Tuesday afternoon at Jack-In-The-Box on S. Coast Hwy.
According to police, “A tall skinny man went into Jack-In-The-Box at 1:44 and ordered food. When the cashier had the drawer open, she momentarily turned away. She looked back and saw the guy removing cash from the register.”
The suspect eschewed his food and ran with the cash - $785.
He is described as a white male in his late twenties wearing a baseball cap – tall and skinny as aforementioned – with a white sweater and gray pants.
He was last seen running down Brooks Street toward the beach.
Police are checking the video surveillance tape trying to identify the suspect.
One good arrest deserves another and another
Laguna Beach detective sergeant Bob Rahaeuser led an investigation that has so far resulted in the arrests of five people on charges ranging from drug possession and credit card theft to counterfeiting.
Things got started in the first week of March when Surf & Sand Resort called police when it was discovered that the bill for a room was being paid with a stolen American Express card.
Two women were in the room and they told police that a male they knew had paid for the room. One of the women, Rancho Santa Margarita resident Amy Lynn Vartanian, 51, was arrested for felony possession of methamphetamine.
Detectives hit the pavement, i.e., the Internet and tracked down the suspect who they believe had used the credit card. Last Thursday afternoon, they went to the Costa Mesa Marriott and took Harold Eric Larson, 36, Orange, into custody on charges of burglary, grand theft and false personation relating to the Surf & Sand caper.
Police questioned front desk personnel and learned that Larson had also taken another room…using the same American Express card. Detectives found a man and a woman in the room.
Jeffrey Michael Heath, 30, of Orange was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and held without bail for violation of parole.
Samanthe Farish, 21, Westminster, was taken into custody for violating her probation, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), receiving stolen property (she had someone else’s wallet and ID on her), false identification and impersonating another (she used another person’s name and credit card to obtain other hotel rooms). She was also held without bail.
On Friday, detectives learned that Larson had taken other hotel rooms including at the Westin. When they went to the Westin, the front desk told them that someone was still in the room and had just ordered room service.
Lt. Jason Kravetz said, “Detectives raced up there and also called Costa Mesa PD for assistance. They detained Summer Tiffany Slayman, 31, Laguna Hills, in the room. She had approximately $2,020 in counterfeit $20 bills in her possession. She also had several forms of personal identification of four different people who had recently been victims of identity theft. She was arrested for making/passing fictitious currency, and unauthorized use of personal information. She is a friend of Harold Larson.”
More charges are pending as the investigation is ongoing.
Caretaker admits taking $178,000 in jewelry from home here when questioned by police
LBPD detectives arrested Robert Wayne Erfurt at the Robin Hood Motel in Anaheim Tuesday when he readily admitted to them that he had stolen jewelry valued at $178,000 from a home in the 1300 block of Moorea Way where he worked as a caretaker.
A friend of the homeowner left the jewelry at the Laguna home in December while her San Diego County residence was being remodeled. When she came to get her belongings the jewelry was missing. A police report was made on April 2.
In a press release, Lt. Jason Kravetz said that many people had access to the Moorea Way home between December and the end of March. “One caught the attention of the officers because he hurriedly left while they were taking the initial report.
“Detectives went to this man’s Orange apartment in order to interview him, but his landlord said he picked up and left on April 2nd and had not been seen since.”
Pounding the pavement led to detectives learning that Erfurt, 52, a convicted felon, was staying at the Robin Hood Motel.
After being detained and questioned, police said, the suspect admitted the theft and showed detectives where he had hidden all of the items in a magnetized box attached to the frame of his truck. Police also found a quantity of methamphetamine.
Erfurt was charged with two felonies – grand theft and possession of a controlled substance. He will be taken to Orange County Jail according to Kravetz.
Homeless man defends encampment – defies a park ranger and attempts to bite a Laguna cop
An OC park ranger in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park came across two homeless encampments Monday. After having one man move on without incident, the ranger dismantled the camp’s accouterments and loaded them in the back of a vehicle for eventual disposal.
Later that afternoon, another camp was found about 50 feet from Laguna Canyon Road near the SC Edison substation across from Canyon Acres Drive.
Lt. Jason Kravetz said, “The second encampment had an individual who was refusing to leave the area…” when the park ranger ordered him to do so. The ranger called police.
The man continued to refuse to budge when an officer arrived on scene and told him to leave the area. “He kept telling the officer to ‘get lost’ and refused to identify himself. The officer told him to stand up and the man lunged at the officer,” added Kravetz.
“He tried to bite the officer who managed to taser him. Still, the man wasn’t taken into custody until other officers arrived and assisted him along with the park ranger.”
Luis Osvaldo Correra Diaz Jr., whose last known address was in Laguna Niguel, was taken to Mission Hospital for clearance then booked at the city jail on charges of battery on a police officer and resisting/obstructing/delaying and officer.
Did this woman bail on a cabbie or herself?
A cab driver reported that a woman, described as about 30 wearing dark gray slacks and a black shirt, had jumped out of his cab at the base of the Third Street hill on Mermaid Street. He said she was last seen running up the hill at about 11:15 a.m. and hadn’t paid a $109 cab fare.
Police patrol units did a perimeter area search but were unable to locate anyone answering the woman’s description.
The cabbie had picked her up at the Fullerton Transportation Center.
In her haste to jump out, she overlooked the fact that she had a handbag, luggage and a laptop in the cab – valued at well over $109 – and with identifying documents. The property was booked into the police department.
Detectives are doing a follow up investigation.
S. Coast Hwy & Bluebird Canyon Drive | Sunday, April 8 | 3:18 a.m.
Danielle Anne Buketta, 21
Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Sunday | 1:24 a.m.
Thomas Moore, 35, Huntington Beach (with a prior)
N. Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Sunday | 12:59 a.m.
Michael B. Beasley, 41, Washington State
S. Coast Hwy & Legion Street | Saturday, April 7 | 11:54 p.m.
Jeanette Lynn Perez, 40, Whittier
Forest Avenue & Ocean Avenue | Saturday | 2:12 p.m. Cell Caller
Henry L. Hernandez, 19, Laguna Hills
Laguna Canyon Road | 21000 Block | Friday, April 6 | 1:24 a.m. Traffic Crash
Joshua M. Climaco, 21, San Juan Capistrano
Sunday, April 8
Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Probation Violation
12:53 a.m. Brian Robert Schaar, 26, was held on the order of the OC Probation Dept for a Flash Incarceration (maximum 10-days) for violating the conditions of his release from jail, i.e., drinking alcohol. This is his third such incarceration for being on probation for grand theft.
Saturday, April 7
Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Public Intoxication
11:05 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a man causing a disturbance on the sidewalk that included yelling at passersby. Larry Partee, 74, no fixed address, was arrested for 647f.
Coast Hwy & 7th Avenue | Public Intoxication
7:42 p.m. Robin Lynn Main, 48, Dana Point, was arrested for public intoxication.
Glenneyre | 1300 Block | Hit & Run
6:31 p.m. The owner of a Porsche Cayenne reported that a black Lexus IS 250 had backed into his SUV. The RP added that as he watched, an older man got out, looked, and then drove away with a female passenger. Police were given the license plate number. About an hour later, a patrol officer located the suspect vehicle parked in the Subway parking lot with damage to the rear bumper consistent with the damage to the Porsche. The officer located the driver and passenger and obtained his information after he denied knowledge of the incident. The case will be investigated and turned over to the DA for possible prosecution.
Catalina Street | 1100 Block | Public Intoxication
1:57 a.m. Cops went to a residence after a male caller reported that his ex-girlfriend had been at his front door yelling and pounding away. She was located walking down the street when officers arrived. Jennifer Ann Guilfoyle, 32, Laguna Beach, was arrested for public intoxication.
Friday, April 6
Ledroit Street | 300 Block | Grand Theft from a Vehicle
8:48 p.m. Cash, wallet, sunglasses and a prescription pad were stolen from the unlocked car of a physician.
Jewel Avenue | 31600 Block | Battery
8:06 p.m. It was reported that a known female suspect had hit the RP earlier.
Temple Hills Drive | 1900 Block | Terrorist Threats; Extortion
7:33 p.m. An unknown male called the RP and threatened to kill his wife. In the course of the call, the man, who had an unknown accent, said he would not do it if he were paid $4000.
Monterey Drive | 500 Block | Petty Theft from a Vehicle
6:11 p.m. Sunglasses and a spare ignition key were stolen – Loss: $490.
Sunset Terrace | 100 Block | Petty Theft from a Vehicle
4:32 p.m. Items valued at $500 were stolen from an unlocked Scion.
Laguna Beach High School | Theft
3:06 p.m. A flip video camera issued to a student for a class project was taken between 12:40 and 2:15 p.m. from the girls’ locker room at the gym.
Holly Street | 300 Block | Petty Theft from a Vehicle
1:19 p.m. Cash and a skateboard were taken from an unlocked pickup truck.
Laguna Beach High School | Possession of Stolen Property
11:32 a.m. A 17-year-old male student was taken into custody and brought to the police station on a charge of felony possession of known stolen property – an iPhone stolen earlier at the school. His parents came to the station and took him home.
Thursday, April 5
Glenneyre | 2400 Block | Fraud; ID Theft
5:50 p.m. A woman reported that she had received two letters from the IRS indicating that an unknown person had filed tax returns using the Social Security number of her mother who had passed away last year.
Treasure Island Beach | Vandalism
7:47 a.m. Gang-style tagging was discovered on a ramp to the beach.
Detectives arrest Lake Forest man as a parolee at large – he’s a person of interest in $41K jewelry heist
Lt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Dept said detectives went to Garden Grove last Thursday afternoon to locate a parolee at large.
William Lee Jacob, 22, of Lake Forest was taken into custody at 7:50 p.m. for a parolee at large no bail warrant.
Kravetz explained, “They had been looking at him as a possible suspect in a burglary of jewelry from a home in the 300 block of Canyon Acres Drive where he was partying on March 15. He was one of many potential suspects who attended this party and jewelry valued at $41,000 was found missing afterwards.
“While identifying everyone, the detectives learned that Jacob was wanted. At this point, he is being held only for the parolee at large warrant.”
Callers thwart Tustin man trying to drag woman to his truck – he was arrested for kidnapping
9-1-1 callers reported hearing a woman screaming at 12:27 Sunday morning and one caller reported that a man in a pickup was dragging a woman by the arms attempting to get her into his pickup. The calls came from the general area near Canyon Hills and El Toro Road.
The calls continued until the man, driving a blacked out hunter green Dodge Ram pickup took off as sirens drew closer, according to police.
Another caller reported that the woman was injured in the area of Santa Rosa Court. When police arrived, she refused medical treatment.
According to the police log, she identified the man and said he lived in Tustin at a motel. Tustin police were familiar with the subject and checked the motel. The man, a white supremacist gang member, had checked out at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Tustin officers checked further and found out his sister had a business there and they saw the Dodge Ram parked in a parking lot in back of the business. At 2:26 Tustin informed LBPD that the suspect was asleep and Tustin units observed the pickup until Laguna police units arrived.
At 3:06 a.m., Joseph Barrack, 37, was taken into custody at gunpoint with the help of Tustin officers without incident, police said. He was charged with felony kidnapping and domestic violence.
After he was transported back to Laguna, he was booked and later taken to OC Jail with bail set at $100,000.
Crime committed in Dana Point
Sheriff’s Dept releases composite of man wanted in connection with fraud and impersonating a deputy
The OC Sheriff’s Dept released this composite of a suspect wanted in connection with a fraudulent check used to make a purchase in a Dana Point store while identifying himself as a Deputy Sheriff an showing a badge. He is said to be 5-11, 210. The crime occurred March 11 and the composite was released yesterday.
On Sunday, March 11 at approximately noon, a man entered The Jig Shop, located at 34186 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, and inquired about fishing rods and reels. After two hours of shopping the suspect agreed to purchase four rods and four reels at a cost of $2,917.86.
The suspect wrote a check and provided fictitious identification. The suspect also showed the clerk a star shaped badge and said he was a deputy sheriff from Mission Viejo. The suspect refused to remove the fictitious identification from his wallet to be photocopied; it could only be copied through the plastic window of the wallet.
The check turned out to be bogus, which the store later learned from its bank.
Busted brake lights life-changing for San Juan man
A Laguna Beach PD patrol unit drove behind a gray Chevy pickup as both vehicles headed north on Coast Hwy near West Street in South Laguna. As they slowed, the officer saw that the brake lights on the pickup truck weren’t functioning properly. The officer made a routine car stop in the Aliso Beach east parking lot just before noon.
During the stop, the driver provided police with a Social Security number in an attempt to identify himself after he was unable to produce his driver’s license.
Lt. Jason Kravetz said it became quickly evident to the officers on scene that the SS number belonged to another person.
“The suspect admitted purchasing the number in Santa Ana for $55. He said he used it to gain employment,” Kravetz explained.
Edwin Garcia Lopez, 28, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for driving on a suspended license, identity theft and falsifying documents to conceal citizenship status. According to the police log, he worked at a Laguna Beach lodging establishment.
ICE will further investigate his case.
In an attempt to help Lopez from having his pickup towed and impounded, an officer waited at Aliso for his sister to come there and take possession of the car keys. As she was about to drive off, police learned that she didn’t have a license and issued her a citation.
Irvine woman returns to the scene of the crime in less than 40 minutes and then returns to jail
Mottahaereh Sadeghi, 54, Irvine, was arrested Sunday afternoon after a pair of incidents that took place within a 40-minute span at the Mobil Mart downtown.
Lt. Jason Kravetz said a store clerk observed Sadeghi after she came into the store at 11:49 a.m. The clerk became suspicious after she walked out without buying anything. He viewed the store’s surveillance tape and saw that she allegedly had taken a Red Bull and a bag of sunflower seeds. He called police and said she had been last seen on foot headed east on Broadway. The store was willing to prosecute.
Police searched the general downtown area for a person answering her description without success.
Shortly before 12:30, the clerk was surprised when Sadeghi showed up at pump number three with a red can to buy gasoline. The clerk called police. Meanwhile, a woman in a red VW Jetta told the clerk that the suspect had stolen her gas can.
Police arrived and detained Sadeghi and quickly learned that she was on parole for a similar offense. That automatically enhanced the new charge to a felony and her parole was violated leading to a no bail arrest.
Kravetz said officers located Sadeghi’s car in the 100 block of Cliff Drive. Inside were two handicap placards that had been stolen in Laguna Hills. An additional felony charge of possession of stolen property was added.
She was booked here and taken to county jail.
If you worry that someone you care about might be using the drug methamphetamine – read on
Methamphetamine use continues to be a growing problem – especially in Orange County. From the State’s website:
Methamphetamine is an odorless, bitter-tasting, crystalline powder that dissolves easily in water. Common names are speed, ice, meth, crystal, crank, fire, and glass. It is a man-made, addictive stimulant-hallucinogenic compound, which associates the properties of cocaine with those of LSD.
Methamphetamine excites specific brain systems and has a high potential for abuse and dependence. Its use releases high amounts of dopamine, a neurotransmitter, which stimulates the brain and enhances mood and body movement.
Methamphetamine can cause arrhythmia and ventricular fibrillation similar to symptoms experienced during a heart attack. It can cause weight loss and increases the risk of blood clots, stroke, and hyperthermia.
The County’s Health Care Agency, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services recently published an easy to understand handout entitled, “Symptoms of Meth Use.” All of the following are symptoms:
Paranoia and nervousness
Sleeplessness and severe depression
Extreme irritability and anxiety
Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
Teeth grinding, bad teeth and body odor
Skin ulceration and infections
Auditory and visual hallucinations
Violent and erratic behavior
Loss of pleasure
Laguna cops nab Indian Jewelry thief with DNA
Detectives from the LBPD arrested a Corona del Mar man, 51-year-old Jeffrey Todd Stark, outside of his home Thursday morning.
A DNA analysis linked Stark from one the recent string of five commercial burglaries involving Native American jewelry [SNL March 13] and also linked him to a Newport Beach burglary, police said.
Lt. Jason Kravetz said in a prepared statement that their investigation “…revealed that Stark was in possession of a car seen leaving the most recent burglary on March 10 [the second burglary at Kokopelli Gallery – 332 Forest Ave]. He also matched the description of the suspect in the store video released on March 12, and had injuries consistent with the DNA evidence left at the scene.
After his arrest, Detectives obtained a search warrant for his home and recovered several stolen pieces of Native American Jewelry, which had been taken during the Laguna Beach burglaries. Indian Territory (twice) and Great Exchange Consignment were also victimized in the spree.
Kravetz said Stark has been booked at the Laguna Beach Police Department and will be charged with four counts of commercial burglary and possession of stolen property. It is anticipated that the Newport Beach Police Department will also be adding additional charges at a later date.
LAPD cop moonlighting as a security guard at Surf & Sand busted for burglary and grand theft
Laguna Beach detectives followed up on a theft report made by security at Surf & Sand Resort and confirmed that an officer from the Los Angeles PD, moonlighting as a security guard at the resort had stolen $290 in sheets from a locked hotel storage room. The suspect placed the sheets in his personal vehicle.
Jeffry Paul Quinton, 48, Anaheim Hills, is facing one felony count each of grand theft and commercial burglary. He faces a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in state prison if convicted.
In a press release, the District Attorney said Quinton was entrusted with access to an online “lost and found” logging system for the hotel. Last October hotel staff recovered $2,000 from a hotel room, secured it into a lost and found safe, and logged in the information.
The following day, Quinton is accused of accessing the electronic system and changing the $2,000 to list a “gold watch” in its place. He is accused of changing the room number where the money was found, falsely logging that the watch was returned to its owner, and stealing $960 out of the safe.
On Dec. 26 he is accused of covering the surveillance camera in the security office with tape for several minutes. While the camera’s view was blocked with tape, he is accused of stealing $680 out of the safe deposit box in the office.
On Jan. 24 this year, Quinton is accused of disappearing for over an hour during his shift, stealing $290 in bedding from a locked hotel storage room, and storing the items in his car. LBPD reviewed the surveillance at the request of the hotel and discovered the theft.
Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.
Drunk driver has a hard time navigating canyon
Three cell callers contacted the police dispatch center about a Friday night driver trying to reach town via the Canyon. The first call was answered at 8:21 p.m.
The first caller was at the 73 Toll Road and El Toro Rd and reported that the driver was all over the road. When he reached the intersection of El Toro RD and Laguna Canyon Rd., he didn’t stop and went through the intersection before colliding with a power pole’s guy wire cable.
He managed to get free of that dilemma and created another one when he went off the roadway further down LCR. He slowly made his way up the embankment and into a barbed wire fence. The second caller reported that he was having difficulties getting his car loosened up and on its way.
Officers were responding but Paul Vernon Blanke, Jr. 50, of Orange, managed to get away from the fence and once more was headed into town.
Police managed to get his attention and he pulled over in the 500 block of Broadway. He failed his field sobriety tests – and was taken into custody for drunk driving.
Increased LBPD cops patrolling on St. Patty’s to reduce alcohol-related crashes
The LB Police Department is increasing the patrol staff around town over St. Patrick’s Day weekend with hopes of reducing the number of fatalities of injuries from alcohol-related car accidents.
The city will be saturated with additional officers to better identify and remove DUI offenders from the streets during certain holiday weekends and it’s proven to have been an effective method. The PD hopes publicizing the increase will deter drivers from drinking and getting behind the wheel.
The LBPD recommends a few tips to stay safe while on the road:
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1;
And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.
If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
The operation is funded by the AVOID 26 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
S. Coast Hwy & Legion Street | Sunday, March 4 | 10:17 a.m.
Cynthia Lizzeth Del Castillo, 29, Santa Ana
St. Ann’s Drive | 100 Block | Sunday | 7:16 p.m.
David Samuel Dresnick, 46, Coto de Caza (with a prior)
Wednesday, March 7
Blue Lagoon | Burglary, vehicle
6:55 a.m. Items valued at $500 were taken out of a Toyota RAV 4.
Tuesday, March 6
Nyes Place | 400 Block | Burglary, residential
9:58 a.m. A home was left unlocked for an hour and a half Monday. In that timeframe, a Kindle and jewelry valued at over $3,000 were taken.
Laguna Terrace Park | Neighbor Dispute
5:54 a.m. A caller complained that a neighbor who was upset because the RP’s outside light was too bright had banged on the wall of his mobile home with a shovel awakening him. When the RO went outside, his neighbor’s wife allegedly photographed him. Officers restored the peace and provided both parties with information about the county Community Service Programs neighbor dispute program.
Cleo Street & Gaviota Drive | Public Intoxication; Resisting/Obstructing/Delaying
2:58 a.m. Police responded to a disturbance call and upon arrival, found a woman in the middle of the street who was “…crying hysterically claiming she had been beaten…” Police said she claimed to have been at a nearby nightclub and went to a hotel with a group of people when it closed. She claimed that she left when the others started doing drugs and an orgy began. The cops called a taxi for her but she continued to cry loudly and grabbing officers tightly by the arm. She was asked then told, according to police, to stop but she continued. The cab arrived and she refused to take it. Julia Sylvia Elliott, 48, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for public intoxication and obstructing. Police said, “Officers went back to the room afterwards and spoke with the partygoers. There were no signs of drug use and they…[said]…that she had been kicked out because of her uncontrollable behavior.”
Monday, March 4
Louise Street | 1600 Block | Suspicious Circumstances
11:31 p.m. The RP heard her car door open and called police. She said she’d also heard the sound of “shuffling feet”. When officers arrived, they found the open car door and did an area search without finding a possible suspect. They did find an open garage door on Ledroit St. Nothing was missing from the RP’s car.
Coast Hwy & Aliso Circle | Felony Fugitive Warrant Arrest
9:52 p.m. A car stop led to the arrest of Louisiana resident Margaret Bethany David, 50, of Louisiana, for a no bail probation violation from that state.
Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Burglary; Falsely Procuring a Controlled Substance; ID Theft
1:50 p.m. A San Juan Capistrano woman, Elizabeth Ann Gastellum, 45, was arrested for burglary, obtaining a controlled substance and using another person’s identity to obtain credit, all felony charges, after a doctor discovered that prescriptions had been forged and filled by someone using the physician’s name and state license number. The drug of choice: hydrocodone. Police said this is an ongoing investigation.
Wave Street | 200 Block | Credit Card Fraud
8:21 a.m. An unknown suspect used the RP’s credit card. Details not available.
St. Ann’s Drive | 300 Block | Disturbance
12:20 a.m. A caller reported that three men were fighting and breaking glass bottles in the parking lot of Neighborhood Congregational Church. Police arrived and found three friends who had been drinking. Police said one friend had kicked another in the groin after the latter had broken a glass bottle on the parking lot surface. Police had the trio pick up the glass then sent them along their respective ways.
Sunday, March 4
Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Domestic Violence
6:13 p.m. 65-year-old Thomas Allen Parker of Mission Viejo was arrested for misdemeanor battery/domestic violence and violation of a court protective order. Parker allegedly battered his spouse creating the 9-1-1 call. She already had a protective order against him, police said.
S. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Drugs
4:11 p.m. The front desk at Surf & Sand Resort called police to contact a guest. Officers made contact with Amy Vartanian, 51, and eventually arrested her for felony possession of 3/4 of a gram of methamphetamine. Bail: $25,000.
Catalina Street | 1400 Block | Theft from a Vehicle
12:45 p.m. Items were taken from a vehicle that had been left unlocked overnight.
Woman injured when struck in crosswalk Tuesday
A 68-year-old Laguna woman (consoled by an officer above) suffered a broken wrist and contusions to her head after being struck by a white Nissan X-Terra at Glenneyre and Park Ave Tuesday at 3:21 p.m. Police said the accident is still being investigated but the 34-year-old Dana Point woman driving the SUV apparently did not see the pedestrian as she entered the crosswalk. No charges have been made.
Parolee goes back to jail over a second boot
A man and woman went into the Second Chance Thrift Store on Broadway Monday afternoon and browsed the shoe section. Police said John Curtis Kindred, 57, admired a boot and asked the clerk why only one shoe was displayed in the store.
“The clerk explained that the matching shoes are behind the counter to discourage theft.” LBPD Lt. Jason Kravetz said. “The couple remained in the store for about five minutes before exiting hurriedly, the clerk told officers.”
Kindred returned again a few minutes later alone. “While the clerk was assisting a customer, she saw him lean over the counter trying to take a matching boot. At that point, she then saw the boot on the wall was missing. She confronted him about the theft and he went outside and retrieved the missing boot,” Kravetz added.
According to Kravetz, he begged her not to call the Police and abruptly ran out of the store. She chased after him and saw him trying to board an OCTA bus. “She yelled at the bus driver to shut the door and not let him in and the bus driver complied.”
Officers arrived and took Kindred into custody for petty theft. When his ID was checked, police learned that he was on parole for burglary and also had a prior conviction for petty theft. He was charged with petty theft and felony petty theft for a prior. His parole officer ordered that he be held without bail for violating his parole.
Thief lost the shirt off his back for a pack of cigs
Police said 37-year-old Brian Matthew Devore of Mission Viejo went into the Village Mart at Coast Hwy and Broadway at 8:51 a.m. Thursday morning for a pack of cigarettes. Apparently, he had no plan to pay for them.
Police said Devore grabbed the cigarettes only to have the clerk grab them away from him. Devore managed to forcibly remove the smokes from the grasp of the clerk and pushed him before starting to run out of the store.
Lt. Jason Kravetz of the LBPD explained what happened next: “The clerk then grabbed onto his shirt and ripped it off as Devore ran from the store. Officers found the shirtless suspect in the 300 block of Ocean Avenue.”
The clerk made a field ID of the suspect and Devore was arrested for robbery and commercial burglary, both felonies. He was booked with bail of $100,000.
Police said the cigarettes were recovered.
Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | Wednesday, February 29 | 1:55 a.m.
Toni Robin Yater, 30, Dana Point
Coast Hwy & Wesley Drive | Tuesday, February 28 | 2:12 a.m.
Johnny Harris Bisaha, 21, Laguna Hills (with a prior)
Diamond Street | 100 Block | Tuesday | 12:40 a.m.
Aaron Carl Dezreal, 38, Laguna Beach
S. Coast Hwy & Oak Street | Monday, February 27 | 11:07 p.m.
Tammie Colette Hanna, 41, San Juan Capistrano
N. Coast Hwy & Irvine Cove Drive | Monday | 4:14 a.m.
Joselyn Marie Balliyot, 27, Capo Beach
Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Sunday, February 26 | 7:19 p.m. Cell Caller
Cary Holt, 48, Laguna Beach
Police also arrested Michelle Hutchinson, 43, Laguna Beach, for resisting/obstructing
Laguna Canyon Road | 600 Block | Sunday | 2:17 p.m.
David Pogue, 47, Corona del Mar (with a prior)
Tuesday, February 28
Top of the World Drive | 28700 Block | Grand Theft
2:39 p.m. Watches were taken from RP’s home – Loss: $4500.
Coast Hwy & Broadway | Parole Violation
1:12 p.m. Chastain Carson, 39, no fixed address, was taken into custody as a parolee at large and taken to Santa Ana City jail where he was held without bail for Dept of Corrections pickup.
Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Parole Violation +
12:04 p.m. Cops responded to a report of a man harassing and chasing passersby on the sidewalk as well as kicking over trashcans. On scene, the man was contacted but wasn’t cooperative and gave police phony identification information. When all was sorted through, it was determined he was John Louis Whelpley, 42, no fixed address, a parolee at large. He was arrested for parole violation (no bail) and resisting/obstructing and providing false identification and having an open container of alcohol.
Bluebird Canyon Drive | 500 Block | Vandalism, vehicle
7:55 a.m. The rear window of a 2008 Audi S4 was smashed overnight.
Monday, February 27
Forest Avenue | 400 Block | Vandalism
12:22 p.m. A retailer called police after a woman threw a vase while inside the store breaking it into smithereens then leaving. She was described as Asian with bleached blond hair wearing a green plaid hooded coat with a fur collar. Police did an area search and were UTL.
N. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Public Intoxication
12:38 a.m. Police arrested a woman that callers reported to be sleeping on the steps in front of an art gallery. Kelly Christine, 42, Laguna Beach, was arrested for public intoxication.
LBPD releases annual crime and activity report – violent crimes are down – theft-related crimes are up
Police say 41% of thefts in 2011 were from unlocked vehicles
The Laguna Beach Police Department issued a press release this week with their 2011 Annual Report.
Violent crime (homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults) was down nine percent from the previous five-year average.
The department also announced that larceny (theft-related crimes) had increased 20.4% with 41% of the larceny incidents from unlocked vehicles. All other categories of property crimes (burglary, vehicle theft and arson) are down (burglary -8.6%) with the overall total showing an increase of 11.3%. The vast majority of thefts from unlocked vehicles result in losses of under $1,000, making them misdemeanors.
The LBPD press release stated: “While the property crime rate reached an all time high in the 1990’s, it began to decline over the next twenty years. More recently, we have seen property crimes at a 40-year low point but the numbers have started to rise again. Regardless of the rise, property crimes in 2011 were 51% lower than in 1990.”
LBPD also stated:
There appears in the report an increase in Misdemeanor Arrests, DUI Arrests, and Traffic Stops. This is mainly due to efforts under the Office of Traffic Safety - DUI grant. Elimination of the ongoing threat to public safety by drinking drivers remains a priority of the Police Department. Officers are encouraged to maintain a high enforcement profile for this particular crime.
Police Emergency calls show a decrease of 33.7%. The large decrease appears because the average included a comparison with the past five years. The average was skewed by the 5,875 emergency calls in 2007 and 3,189 in 2008.
In July 2007, the Public Safety Dispatchers began using a new dispatching software program. Many non-emergency calls were unfortunately coded as emergencies, which we believe caused the problem. It has since been corrected through additional training and the call numbers now appear more accurate.
While they may be significantly lower than the five year average, emergency calls dropped from 2,390 in 2010 to 2,327 in 2011 or less than 1%.
Animal Shelter Statistics:
The Animal Services statistics show some remarkable decreases due to a number of issues impacting them. In December of 2010, the Animal Shelter lost nearly everything in the flood caused by a significant storm. Shortly after, a planned remodel of the Animal Shelter began, necessitating a move into temporary facilities with a much more limited capacity. Some policy decisions had to be made, which resulted in a decrease in impounded dogs and cats, claimed dogs and cats, and adopted animals. Eight months later, the staff was again impacted by their move back to the remodeled facility.
This chaotic year for the Animal Shelter staff is reflected in the statistics. Nearly every category experienced a marked decrease with the exception of dog bite reports.
In spite of all the issues, the staff is back on track and we expect 2012 to reflect an effective year.
To download a PDF of the entire report: Click Here
The Annual Reports for 2007 through 2011 can be found on the Police Department’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/default.asp
Rash of car burglaries in Laguna Beach
The Laguna Beach PD issued the following press release late Friday:
During this past week, the Police Department has noted a dramatic increase in the number of car burglaries and thefts from unlocked vehicles. All residents are being warned to lock their vehicles and be on the lookout for suspicious activity in the early morning hours between midnight and 6 a.m.
The following incidents all took place during the early morning hours of Wednesday February 29 (Tuesday night) and/or Thursday, March 1:
The driver’s side window of a parked Porsche Cayenne on Via Majorca Street was smashed so that the suspect could steal an iPhone 4.
Two sets of golf clubs, a laptop and a backpack were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked near Glenneyre and Alta Vista.
Another window smash car burglary occurred in front of a home inside the gated Smithcliffs community. This time a wallet was stolen from the vehicle.
Two vehicles parked in an underground structure at 2037 South Coast Highway had their windows smashed. The burglars took a laptop computer out of one of the vehicles.
Suspects entered an unlocked vehicle parked in a garage inside the gated Lagunita community and stole a camera valued at $2,500.
Someone used a rock to smash the front window of Kokopelli Gallery at 332 Forest Avenue and stole approximately $10,000 worth of Native American jewelry.
Unknown suspects smashed the window of a car parked in an underground parking garage at 330 Cliff Drive. Items worth $1,000 were stolen from the vehicle.
A purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 200 block of Ruby Street.
Detectives are working on trying to identify the suspects, but need the public’s assistance. If you have information about the thefts, you are encouraged to contact Detective Matt Meadows at (949) 497-0758 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Anyone else who sees individuals acting suspicious during these early morning hours are urged to call the Police Department at “911”. The suspects are believed to be dressed in dark clothing and carrying flashlights. They are using an unknown type of vehicle to store their stolen items and travel around Laguna Beach.