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LBPD seizes arsenal of 57 guns, Nazi regalia during criminal threats investigation

On Thursday, Nov 15, at 6:48 p.m., at the 800 block of Cliff Drive, a Laguna Beach resident reported receiving threatening phone calls and texts involving suspect Mitchell Todd.

Todd owns and operates the business Orange County Dove Release, which provides the release of doves at events, primarily at weddings and funerals. 

Todd was hired by the reporting party to release doves at his son’s funeral. According to reports, based upon a dispute on the day of the funeral involving scheduling and payment, Todd did not render his services nor was he paid. 

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During criminal threats investigation, LBPD finds arsenal of guns at suspect’s home

Following the funeral, according to LBPD, Todd began sending the victim text messages and voicemail messages demanding payment and making threats.

“Upon listening to the voicemail messages from Todd to the victim, Todd first threatened with court proceedings, but quickly appeared to become upset and further threatened to have specific people come to his work and to his relatives’ home until he was paid,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The last voicemail message from Todd to the victim was the distinct sound of a handgun slide being pulled back and released as if a cartridge (bullet) was being chambered.”

In a voicemail to the reporting party, Todd allegedly said that it was time for him to go where his son went.

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Laguna Beach resident reports receiving threatening voicemails and text messages that escalated

Upon service of the search warrant on Todd’s Huntington Beach residence, 57 firearms of various styles and calibers were seized, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. Todd also had numerous Nazi paraphernalia that was photographed and documented by LBPD. Out of the 57 guns seized, only 12 were registered to him and many others were not registered at all, according to Sgt Cota.

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57 firearms of various styles and calibers were seized, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition and Nazi paraphernalia

“I am extremely proud of all of the detectives for the teamwork they exhibited on the Mitchell Todd investigation and arrest. They arrested a person that clearly showed behavior that was extremely dangerous,” Sgt Cota said. “Additionally, they took 57 weapons away from someone who clearly should not be in possession of them. As a supervisor of the Investigations Division, I am very pleased with the outcome.”

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Mitchell Ralph Todd 

Mitchell Ralph Todd, 51, of Huntington Beach, was taken into custody by LBPD detectives for criminal threats without incident. According to Sgt Cota, further charges may be added.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Panga boat lands at West Street Beach on Thursday – 9 detained, authorities search for more suspects

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Another panga boat landing, this time at West Street Beach

On Thursday, Nov 29, at 6:58 a.m., LBPD received two calls from residents reporting a panga boat landing at West Street Beach. Both callers said that all the occupants ran from the boat as soon as it came ashore. 

According to Sgt Cota, “They were last seen running towards the cliff area below Coast Highway.”

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Residents report panga boat landing on Thursday morning 

LBPD, LB Marine Safety, and LBFD immediately responded to the area and worked alongside the US Customs and Border Patrol, US Coast Guard, State of California Department of Parks and Recreations, and OC Sheriff’s Department. 

“With the assistance of all the partner agencies, a thorough search of the area was conducted and ended with the capture of nine adults,” Sgt Cota said. “Seven came from the panga boat and two were waiting in vehicles parked on Coast Highway.”

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LBPD and Marine Safety rushed on scene working with a handful of agencies

The investigation remains ongoing as law enforcement continues to search for outstanding subjects. 

For further information, contact the lead agency, US Customs and Border Patrol, at (619) 216-4182.