Police Files

‘Flocking,’ a new burglary scheme, hits Laguna

On Wednesday, April 3, at 8:27 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a residence, at the 200 block of Cajon Street, in reference to a suspicious female. According to the caller, the subject knocked on the front door, and when the door was opened, attempted to barge through into their home. The female was dressed up and stated, “I’m here, you called me.”

“The residents believe she may be casing the area,” LBPD PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.   

The incident could be what is being called “flocking,” a new burglary tactic targeting affluent neighborhoods that seems to be on the rise.

According to the website, “Flockers knock on front doors with the intent to find a residence with nobody home. Mostly, they have no idea whose home they are actually preying upon, ensuring they sometimes hit houses of the nation’s biggest entertainment and sports figures, police say.” 

Over the last couple of years, celebrities, singers, and athletes in Los Angeles have experienced being flocked such as actor Emmy Rossum, singer Alanis Morissette, and former LA Dodger Yasiel Puig, who now plays for the Cincinnati Reds. Victims have reported losses ranging from $150,000 to $2 million. 

Now it seems that some flockers have migrated south to Laguna Beach. 

Flocking “is a trending crime wave perpetrated by gang members who flock like birds to areas where residential heists provide the biggest payoff,” according to the website. “The groups rotate so the same people are not seen in same neighborhoods and become recognizable.”

Remember to just say “no” to strangers. Always put safety first and call LBPD at (949) 497-0701 if you believe you have been flocked or have seen suspicious flockers in your neighborhood.

Multiple reports of ‘Ding Dong Ditch’

On Saturday, March 30, at 11:39 p.m., LBPD received a report in reference to kids ringing a man’s doorbell and knocking on his window.

According to police reports, the caller stated that kids ran up ringing his doorbell three times and banged on the window. Approximately six kids, all boys between ages 11 and 14 years old, were reported. The incident occurred about 35 minutes prior to the report.

Then, on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:59 p.m., another occurrence of kids playing ding dong ditch was reported in town.

 “This was a patrol check call of a group of teenagers ‘Ding Dong Ditching’ the residence,” said Sgt Cota. “This occurred within a 10-minute period and were seen by the reporting party.”


Man submerged underneath boardwalk taken to the hospital, according to LBPD

On Friday, April 5, at 10:05 p.m., at the 300 block of S Coast Highway, LBPD responded to a call in reference to someone yelling underneath the boardwalk. According to witness reports, a male was underneath the boardwalk yelling obscenities, repeatedly “dunking” in and out of the water and refusing to come out.

According to Sgt Cota, "Officers made contact with the subject, who required paramedics for possible hypothermia. The subject was ultimately transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach for medical treatment."

-By Suzie Harrison