Police Files

Sheriff’s deputies nab pair casing cars in two Wilderness Park lots

OC Sheriff’s deputies called for LBPD assistance after the deputies had observed a man tampering with parked cars at Nix Nature Center and Laguna Canyon Road on the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park property.

The man left the Nix lot in a car driven by a woman and began tampering with cars in the Laguna Canyon Road lot, police said.

Sgt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD said, “Nothing was taken from either vehicle, but the one at Nix Nature Center had some damage to electrical wires. LBPD detectives searched the vehicle the two suspects were in and found burglary tools.”

There have been several reports of vehicle burglaries at the parking lots recently, but there is no direct connection with this incident.

LBPD detectives interviewed the suspects and arrested them both for felony conspiracy, attempted vehicle theft and possession of burglary tools.

They were identified as Jose Luis Soto-Tobar, 25, no fixed address and Brenda Cansino-Leon, 28, from Florida.

They were both booked at the police station and taken to county jail with bail set at $20,000 each.

Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation set for this Saturday

The Laguna Beach Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation this Saturday, June 18, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. 

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are violating traffic safety laws.

Motorcycle fatalities jumped dramatically in California by over 28 percent from a decade low of 352 in 2010. In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, which is at a five year high. California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers alike. 

Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more raises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.

Riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at or 1-877 RIDE 411 (1-877-743-3411).

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.”