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Police Files

Suspected explosive device closes Thalia St Beach 

On Tuesday, Feb 5, at 4:56 pm, LBPD officers responded to a suspicious item that washed up on Thalia Street Beach, at the 100 block of Thalia Street. The RP was advised not to handle it.

“Officers and Laguna Beach Lifeguards arrived on scene and located a small cylindrical canister. It was identified as a Naval sea marker,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “OCSD Bomb Squad was contacted, the beach was closed off, and officers along with LB lifeguards remained on scene.”

Police Files Explosive Device

Courtesy of LBPD

A suspicious device washed up at Thalia Street Beach, closing the beach – OCSD Bomb Squad was called in 

 OCSD Bomb Squad arrived a short time later and removed the canister for disposal. The sea marker was described to be silver and 18 inches in length, with “CCC” on the side, according to police reports.

Alleged battery at library, woman transported to hospital

On Monday, Feb 4, at 4:43 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to the Laguna Beach Library parking lot, at the 300 block of Glenneyre Street, in reference to a battery investigation. 

“The victim advised that her boyfriend, Javier Blas, kneed her in the stomach and fled,” Sgt Cota said. “She was transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach for complaint of pain.”

Police Files BlasAccording to police records, the RP reported that the “suspect put his knee in her ribs and cracked a rib.”

Javier Hommy Blas, 32, of Laguna Beach, was located at Main Beach and taken into custody on domestic battery charges.

Bail was set at $10,000.

According to Stu News Laguna records, Blas was previously arrested by LBPD on October 10, 2018 for allegedly carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, and on December 29, 2018 for possession of alcohol in a public place and obstructing/resisting arrest.

Taken to the cleaners: iPhone stolen at laundromat

On Monday, Feb 4, at 5:04 p.m., an LBPD officer was dispatched in response to a petty theft report in the 1000 block of South Coast Highway. 

“The victim stated that his Apple iPhone 8 was stolen from the laundromat. He stated that he had his Apple iPhone charging in a wall charger as he went outside to put laundry in his vehicle,” Sgt Cota said.

According to the victim, he placed a magazine over the phone so it wouldn’t look obvious. He was away from the phone for less than one minute and then it was taken.

The value of loss was approximately $600. The case will be submitted to detectives to see if any surveillance cameras recorded the theft.

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