Police Files

Suspect re-arrested nearly two years after alleged citywide crime spree, bail set at $150,000

On Monday, July 8, at 9:02 a.m., Reed Swingley was arrested on a warrant related to an alleged crime spree that occurred in the summer of 2017. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Detectives located him in Riverside where he was re-arrested without incident.” 

 Sgt Cota said, “During the summer of 2017, Reed Swingley [allegedly] went on a crime spree in the City of Laguna Beach generating multiple cases within a few days. Victims included Mozambique restaurant, Horst Architects, as well as numerous Laguna Beach residents and visitors.”

The crimes Swingley allegedly committed included commercial, residential, and vehicle burglaries, as well as petty and grand thefts. Items stolen included a safe, a large amount of cash, an antique saxophone, and a bronze statue.

According to Sgt. Cota, a review of surveillance video from one of the businesses, as well as the residence, identified a person of interest and a suspect vehicle. 

 “Thanks to video surveillance and diligent police work by patrol officers, detectives, and dispatchers, Swingley was identified. Swingley ultimately was arrested in the City of Laguna Beach and much of the stolen property was recovered from Swingley’s vehicle during the arrest,” Sgt Cota said of the 2017 arrest.

Before Swingley was arrested on Monday he had previously been released.

“Based on the amount of victims and follow-up required, the OCDA’s office elected to release Swingley pending further investigation. Following an extensive investigation, an arrest warrant [for] $150,000 was eventually obtained for Swingley’s arrest,” Sgt Cota said.

Reed Myron Swingley, 56, was arrested on a warrant. Bail was set at $150,000.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Several boxes of jewelry stolen while resident is out of town

On Tuesday, July 9, at 1:37 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1600 block of Tahiti Avenue for a reported burglary. The officers arrived and found unknown suspects(s) had smashed a bathroom window and entered the house. It appears the crime was focused on the master bedroom and one wardrobe and dresser. 

According to Sgt Cota, the victim was on vacation at the time, but was contacted by the officers and according to her verbal confirmation, it looks as though several boxes of jewelry of substantial value was taken. 

CSI was conducted and a report was taken. Detectives responded and will assume the investigation going forward. 

-By Suzie Harrison