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Musician’s guitar is stolen between sets at the White House, suspect caught on video

On Monday, Oct 28, at 10:14 p.m., an LBPD officer responded to the White House, at the 300 block of South Coast Hwy, for a theft report. The officer contacted the victim, who stated that once he finished his set, he placed his Martin D15M guitar inside of a black Martin hard guitar case. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “At around 9:15 p.m., he placed it against a wall of the bar. At first, he believed a fellow musician took it but determined that did not occur. A suspect has been identified via video. This information has been passed on to the Investigations Division.” 

The loss of the equipment was approximately $1,600.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day yields 277.7 pounds of medications 

On Saturday, Oct 26, LBPD partnered with the DEA to host the DEA’s 18th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a crucial initiative that addresses a big public safety and health issue. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The LBPD prescription medication drop-off last weekend yielded 277.7 lbs. It was very much a success.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides an opportunity for citizens to prevent drug addiction and overdose.

In 2017, approximately six million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. 

The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Last fall, citizens turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 state and local law enforcement partners.

It’s important to dispose of unused medication the right way. The usual methods of disposing of unused medications, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

According to Sgt Cota, “It’s not every day that we get the opportunity to combat such an epidemic together, but the city and the Police Department were enthused to be able to take part in this initiative.”

LBPD is raising awareness about men’s cancer with “No Shave November,” locals are invited to join in

As the Pink Patch Project comes to an end, LBPD would like to remind the public again about No Shave November. Today (Friday) is the first day of November and LBPD is going to participate in No Shave November for a second year. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The month of November is being called ‘Movember,’ an initiative to raise awareness about cancer, men’s health, and to raise money for charities related to researching and developing cures for all forms of cancer.” 

LBPD, with the endorsement of the Command Staff and City Manager, looks forward to participating in the event again and is allowing employees to forgo facial grooming standards for the month of November to show their support.

LBPD No Shave

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LBPD is growing awareness of men’s cancer with “No Shave November”

“The goal of ‘No Shave November’ ( is to grow awareness by embracing men’s hair, which many cancer patients lose, by letting it grow freely,” Sgt Cota said. “The goal is to help educate others about cancer prevention, saving lives, and aiding those who are fighting the battle.

Sgt Cota reiterated LBPD’s dedication to fight against cancer.

“At the same time, we will all enjoy seeing who can grow some nice mustaches and beards for all to see,” Sgt Cota said. “The Laguna Beach Police Department did well last year and collected over $3,000 in donations. I am hoping that we will be able to surpass last year’s donations.”

  -By Suzie Harrison


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