Police Files

Vandalism “shooting spree” damages local stores, homes, and cars

On Friday, Feb 21, at approximately 7:52 p.m., LBPD Dispatch began receiving multiple calls regarding vandalisms to windows of businesses, homes, and vehicles between the areas of 1400 N Coast Hwy to 1500 S Coast Hwy.

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “A pellet gun appeared to be used in the vandalisms. The suspect vehicle was described as a dark gray four-door sedan. Officers were unable to locate the suspects.” 

According to police records, the first incident took place at 7:56 p.m., at the 1300 block of S Coast Hwy. “The RP was stopped going southbound when someone threw something against the RP’s vehicle and hit the RP’s head. The window was shattered; there was a mark on the vehicle.” According to dispatch logs, the RP declined medical attention. 

Later at 8:05 p.m., at Anita Street and S Coast Hwy, LBPD received a call regarding a front windshield of a vehicle that “was hit and damaged.”

Thirteen minutes later, at 8:18 p.m., at the 1500 block of S Coast Hwy, an incident was reported in reference to a broken window at a resident’s home. 

Then at 8:57 p.m., at the 700 block of S Coast Hwy, a caller reported [an unspecified business] that a “front window was broken and glass was falling.”  According to dispatch logs, the “window was dropping large chunks of glass on the sidewalk, making it unsafe.” The RP said the weapon was “possibly a pellet gun and the window was still cracking.” The owner was contacted and advised by LBPD.

Later at 7:52 p.m., at Cottage Furnishings, at the 800 block of S Coast Hwy, LBPD received a report that “someone drove by and threw something at the window and the window was all cracked.” As Sgt Cota reported, the RP said the suspect was driving a “dark grey four-door sedan.”

Another incident that occurred on Friday was reported Saturday, Feb 23, at 11:40 a.m., at the 1300 block of S Coast Hwy. A store manager reported a “shattered display window that occurred sometime last night.”

Police Files Vandal Shootings Vertigo Home

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Courtesy of Vertigo Home Facebook 

Vertigo Home was hit during a vandalism “shooting spree” on Feb 22

And Vertigo Home, at 1550 S Coast Hwy, was also targeted on Friday. According to their Facebook page, a display window was shattered. The post on Saturday morning said, “Fortunately, no monkeys were injured during last night’s drive by shooting,” in reference to a Seletti brand monkey lamp in the front window.

Lastly, on Saturday, at 12:49 p.m., at S Coast Hwy and Nyes Place, LBPD received a report of a “black Mercedes driver side window that was hit by something, possibly rocks or a BB gun.”

Sgt Cota said, “The investigation is ongoing.”

LBPD helps NBPD with alleged stolen car arrest

On Monday, Feb 24, at 12:25 a.m., LBPD officers were alerted to an alleged stolen vehicle coming into Laguna Beach. The officers eventually located the vehicle near El Moro (Crystal Cove) travelling northbound into Newport Beach. 

According to Sgt Cota, “One officer was able to get assistance from NBPD and a high-risk car stop was conducted at Poppy Street and Coast Highway. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Newport Beach.”

Sgt Cota said, “The female driver was detained and after an investigation it was uncovered that the reported stolen may be part of an insurance fraud scam.”

According to Sgt Cota, NBPD agreed to assume responsibility of the case since it originated in their city, the vehicle was recovered in their city, and the suspects live in Newport Beach.

Local unlicensed teen allegedly takes parents’ car without permission, overturns it and is found injured

On Monday, Feb 24, at 12:42 a.m., LBPD officers responded to a traffic collision with injuries involving an overturned vehicle at El Toro Rd and Laguna Canyon Rd. 

According to Sgt Cota, “Officers were informed that the vehicle was on fire, but the driver was out of the vehicle. Officers arrived and discovered that the vehicle was on fire, but officers were able to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher.”

Sgt Cota said, “The solo occupant and driver was found to be an unlicensed 17-year-old teenager, who had taken the vehicle without parental permission. Due to the nature of the accident and the fact that the driver was a juvenile, LBFD transported the female to Mission Hospital for a medical evaluation.”

The vehicle allegedly hit a metal no pedestrian crossing pole, which caused the vehicle to flip upside down. The vehicle was towed from the scene and a collision report was taken.

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.

  -By Suzie Harrison