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Great white shark reported by diver at Boat Canyon, Marine Safety closes beaches in caution

On Tuesday, Jan 28, at 5 p.m., at the 600 block of Cliff Drive, LBPD received a report regarding a diver bumping into what he believed to be a great white shark. 

According to Marine Safety Capt Kai Bond, “At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, a diver snorkeling at Boat Canyon reported a sighting of a shark to Marine Safety personnel. And in turn, the Marine Safety Department took the following actions – we documented the incident utilizing the state shark policy incident report. In addition, we launched our Marine Safety drone, called Osprey One, to search the area from Crescent Bay to Main Beach.”

Capt Bond said although Marine Safety did see some pinnipeds and marine life, “we did not observe a shark.”

“Out of abundance of caution, we posted an advisory for one-half mile in each direction, where the location was reported of the initial sighting, which went from Crescent Bay Point to Bird Rock,” Capt Bond said.

The posting remained up for 12 hours. It was taken down the next morning after the Marine Safety drone was launched again and did a thorough search of the area.

“We didn’t see the shark and the posting was lifted,” Capt Bond said. “I’d like to reiterate that sightings are rare along our coastline. Typically, when they’re seen they’re passing through our waters.”

Doctor Christopher Lowe, Professor and Director of the CSULB Shark Lab Dept of Biological Sciences – HSCI 122, in Long Beach, is the expert in shark activity and information that Marine Safety refers to. Capt Bond reiterated how rare seeing sharks are near our coastline as substantiated by Dr Lowe’s expertise.

LPBD arrests man wanted on federal warrant for human smuggling

On Monday, Jan 27, at 12:42 p.m., at the 1700 block of Laguna Canyon Road, an LBPD officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “The driver, Coby House, was contacted and found to have an outstanding no bail with full extradition federal warrant for smuggling people.” 

Sgt Cota said, “The warrant was confirmed through federal probation as being signed off by a federal judge and enforced by U.S. Marshals.” 

“Coby Christopher House, 21, was arrested for the warrant and later taken to OC Jail,” Sgt Cota said.

No bail was set.

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.

Burglary at Rimcrest Circle reported

On Monday, Jan 27, at 12:43 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to a report of an attempted burglary in the 3200 block of Rimcrest Circle. Officers arrived and contacted the reporting party who stated an unknown subject had entered the residence earlier. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The RP’s relative was inside of the residence and the suspect was scared away. There was a loss of approximately $6,000.”

According to police reports, the rear slider was smashed, and the incident was caught on camera. The suspect covered their face. Two cameras and three camera lenses were taken.

 A report was taken and submitted to the Investigations division.

  -By Suzie Harrison


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