Police Files

LBPD nabbed three burglary suspects from Riverside on Friday morning, with help of K-9 bite

As we reported on Friday, LBPD was able to apprehend three suspects involved with a burglary reported on Zell Drive that morning. A resident had reported a suspicious truck in his neighbor’s driveway, and another caller reported three suspects had attempted to force entry through a side bedroom window. 

Within minutes of the call, officers on scene saw three suspects inside the truck driving away. 

The three suspects abandoned the truck in a nearby residential area and fled on foot. With air support from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as well as their K-9 units, the suspects were located. 

LBPD Booking Photos

Gwendulyn Ceballos Jimenez, Allen Ykwang Lin, and Michael Murilloh

Gwendulyn Ceballos Jimenez, 21, Allen Ykwang Lin, 29, and Michael Murilloh, 31, all from Riverside, were taken into custody after an extensive search of the area. Ykwang Lin had to be persuaded to come out of the canyon where he was hiding – OCSD’s K-9 unit was more than happy to assist. The minor bite injuries Ykwang Lin sustained were treated. 

“Our residents acted quickly and did a fantastic job reporting the suspicious activity that led to these arrests,” said Captain Jeff Calvert in a statement. “We are fortunate to have such engaged residents who understand that it is a team effort to keep our community safe.”

The suspects were booked into Orange County Jail for residential burglary and possession of stolen property. LBPD detectives are in the process of identifying additional victims through the stolen property recovered in the truck…which was also stolen. The investigation is ongoing.

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Officer McGuire and Detective Gensemer are looking for the owner of the other stolen truck, which they think belongs to a 2- to 4-year-old. If you know who this truck belongs to, please call the LBPD at 949-497-0701.

 

Well-dressed Edward Torrison pleads guilty

This week, Edward Torrison pled guilty to the thefts that occurred this summer in Laguna Beach at the Shops at the Cliffs, where the losses exceeded $200,000. 

He pled guilty to four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of grand theft, and one count of receiving stolen property. 

LBPD detectives arrested Torrison on Sept. 26 in Oceanside. A second suspect shown on the surveillance footage is still at large. 

Torrison is suspected to be involved in several other burglaries that occurred throughout Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties.


DUI Arrests

Rudy Amavizca, 30, San Bernardino - Sunday, October 8 With a Prior

Dylan Olson, 21, Laguna Beach - Sunday

Mathew McKeon, 33, Irvine - Saturday, October 7 With a Prior

Dennis Walsh, 60, Newport Beach - Saturday

Keith Smith, 47, Nevada - Friday, October 6 With a Prior

Nancy Aurang, 45, Laguna Niguel - Friday

 

Incident Reports

Sunday, October 8

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Michael Balce, 25, Rancho Santa Margarita

Saturday, October 7

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Brian Szafran, 47, no fixed address

Jennifer Reginaan Cogar, 35, Escondido

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Petty Theft

11:56 p.m. A phone charger was reported stolen.

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Drugs

11:00 p.m. Devin Forbes, 29, Laguna Hills, Jason Chrisman, 30, Mission Viejo, and Danielle Fuhrmann, 30, Laguna Niguel, were arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500 for all three parties.

Rockledge Terrace & S. Coast Hwy | Warrant, Unlicensed Driver

10:00 p.m. Eucacia (Eulalia) Cuevas, 48, El Monte, was arrested on a $1,500 West Court warrant. The suspect was also charged with driving without a driver’s license.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Drugs

5:48 p.m. Brandon Daniel Alderete, 35, no fixed address, and Joshua Tyrone Webster, 40, no fixed address, were each arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. An additional charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was brought against Webster, as well as possession of a controlled substance.

Santa Ana Street | 1000 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

4:47 p.m. A drone and an iPhone were reported stolen. The estimated loss was $2,000.

South Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Vandalism

11:04 a.m. The RP found a broken glass pane at the back of the store.

Alta Vista Way | 400 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

10:33 a.m. Three RPs reported multiple cars being broken into yesterday. Nothing was reported to have been stolen.

Center Street | 200 Block | Warrants, Drugs

3:25 a.m. Ashley Cajal, 33, Thousand Oaks, was arrested for a $5,000 Ventura County Warrant for DUI and probation violation. She was also arrested for an additional $25,000 Ventura County warrant for dissuading a witness, and for violating probation. Additional charges were added for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Battery

1:56 a.m. A group of men were reported to be in a physical fight. Tanner Lancona, 23, Trabuco Canyon, was charged with battery. 

Friday, October 6

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert Caltabiano, 45, Utah

McKnight Drive | 100 Block | Burglary

9:19 p.m. A woman reported the back door of a residence was open, with things thrown around. The loss was unknown at the time.

Smithcliffs Road | Burglary 

8:56 p.m. The RP reported that there was a break-in at their parent’s home. The RP found that there was a small broken window to the rear of the location, where perhaps someone very small could fit through. A K-9 was used to clear the location. Nothing was reported stolen at the time.

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Petty Theft

6:18 p.m. A woman stole a jacket, baby clothes and food, then left in a Mazda. The loss was estimated at $500-$600.

Barranca Way | Fraud

10:30 a.m. The victim’s social security number was used to open Dish Network accounts.

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Trespassing

12:37 a.m. Eli Lopiccola, 45, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing.

Thursday, October 5

Vista Del Sol & Coast Hwy | Drugs

8:54 p.m. James Malloy, 29, Louisiana, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

San Nicholas Court | 400 Block | Theft

6:22 p.m. An officer’s off duty 9mm Glock was lost or stolen. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

3:55 p.m. Medication was taken from a vehicle. 

Beach Street | 100 Block | Warrant

3:16 p.m. Bradley Armes, 48, no fixed address, was arrested on a Central Court warrant for probation violation. 

Poplar Street | 400 Block | Trespassing

11:29 a.m. Evan Cseresznyak, 29, Corona Del Mar, was arrested for trespassing.

Wednesday, October 4

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Drugs

11:43 p.m. Shane Sutton, 38, no fixed address, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

11:05 p.m. Paul Leo Ryan, 63, no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding Harbor Court warrant. 

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Petty Theft

10:47 p.m. A man ran out of the store with a bag of alcohol and left in a Mercedes. 

Wesley Drive | 21500 Block | Petty Theft

8:13 p.m. Earlier in the week, a walker was stolen. A possible suspect was named. 

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

4:32 p.m. Michael Riley, 50, no fixed address, was arrested on a West Court warrant for being drunk in public. 

Glenneyre Street | 600 Block | Trespassing

3:34 p.m. The RP reported cigarette burns in the floor, and the toilet and towels had been used. The RP did not know when someone accessed the area.

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Grand Theft

12:59 p.m. A woman’s purse with $1,720 in cash and an iPhone was taken. 

Thalia Street | 700 Block | Grand Theft

9:09 a.m. On Sunday, a watch valued at $7,000 was taken.


DUI Arrests

Christopher Paul Zmuda, 54, Laguna Niguel – Monday, October 2

Timothy Cerone, 36, no fixed address – Monday

Robert Earl, 51, Boston, Mass. – Monday 

 

Incident Reports

Tuesday, October 3

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jonah Castaneda, 23, Laguna Beach

Russell McKinney, 54, Laguna Beach

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

2:53 p.m. Amber Castillo, 39, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

12:24 p.m. A check was made out fraudulently for $2,000. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Petty Theft, Drugs

10:24 a.m. After taking a purple bicycle, Arash Rahimi, 39, Lake Forest, was arrested for petty theft and possession of drug paraphernalia with $500 bail. 

Ocean Front | 700 Block | Warrant

8:12 a.m. Ashley Mayer, 30, Venice, was arrested for a Harbor Court warrant for assault. 

Monday, October 2

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Gordon Weider, 69, no fixed address

Jennifer Brodersen, 33, Arkansas

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Warrant

9:29 p.m. Shane Hardin, 42, no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding Harbor Court warrant. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

4:56 p.m. Someone used the victim’s debit card for $937. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20300 Block | Drugs

10:40 a.m. Luis Yerba, 55, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was $1,000. 

Sunday, October 1

Heather Place | 300 Block | Petty Theft

8:48 p.m. The front license plate was stolen from a Volkswagen. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

7:29 p.m. Donald Kramer, 46, no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding Central Court bench warrant. 

Forest Avenue & Glenneyre Street | Vandalism

6:55 p.m. Large letters were spray painted in the area. 

Aliso Circle & Coast Hwy | Traffic Collision

12 p.m. A three-vehicle collision required cut and rescue, as one uninjured person was trapped inside their car. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Petty Theft

11:40 a.m. The RP’s wallet was stolen.


Police Files

Three burglary suspects in custody after chase through backyards in the Temple Hills area

Lagunans woke this Friday morning to the sound of circling helicopters and sirens. 

Mary Hurlbut, of Cerritos Drive says she was sitting in her living room when she heard footsteps. “I looked outside and there was a police officer on our back deck with guns drawn,” she said. “He told us to make sure all our doors and windows were locked as they were pursuing two suspects.”

Three suspects in all were taken into custody, Sgt Jim Cota tells Stu News. “The incident began as a response to a burglary occurring in the 2900 block of Zell Drive,” he said.

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This was Mary Hurlbut’s view this Friday morning first thing—immediately after finding a cop with gun drawn on her deck

“Officers responded to the area, near Temple Hills Drive and Bluebird Canyon. They saw a suspect fleeing on foot. With the assistance of a helicopter and the K-9 unit he was apprehended without further incident,” Cota added.

This was no easy task for police officers, given, as Mary Hurlbut describes, the lush backyards of homes in this area.

Once again, LBPD nabbed their suspects.

We’ll update details on our Facebook page.

Burglar will face felony animal cruelty charges after gecko is injured

When the LBPD takes on a case, they want justice for all the victims of a crime.

And last week, a much-loved gecko became one of those victims. She WILL see justice done.

Residents will recall that on July 26, five Laguna Beach jewelry businesses at the Shops at the Cliffs shopping center were burglarized, and more than $200,000 in merchandise was stolen by "well-dressed" thieves. 

Last week, exactly two months after the burglaries, LBPD detectives arrested one of the two suspects caught on surveillance video during the thefts.

Detectives went to Oceanside and located Edward Torrison, 30, at a home where he resides with his girlfriend.

“Torrison was very surprised,” said Sgt Cota, LBPD spokesperson. “So surprised that he took off running from Laguna Beach PD officers through downtown Oceanside. I think he was shocked that he was finally caught.”

Torrison fled down an alley, over a fence, and into a business, where he attempted to jump through a window and shattered the gecko’s cozy aquarium, the only home the little lizard knew.

“The gecko (a girl, named Aloha) is fine,” Sgt Cota assures us. “She is resting and back with her owner. Although tail-less, I am told she will be alright, and her tail is not supposed to grow back.”

Still, little Aloha could have died. And also, a tail is not something you want to lose if you’re a gecko.

So it is that the LBPD is adding a charge of felony animal cruelty to the list of charges against Torrison, which include multiple theft and burglary related charges as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Aloha’s owner Cory Whitlock, seen here with Detectives Dave Gensemer and Joy Butterfield, is just happy she’s alive

Stu News learned some additional interesting information about the arrest, one of the most significant for the LBPD in recent years, its successful conclusion a reflection of the smarts of its hard-working investigative team.

Sgt Cota tells us that the thief had an enormous amount of jewelry inside the garage of the residence. 

“Two loaded handguns were also located inside the house and garage. There was so much jewelry in the large tool chest with multiple pull drawers that we did not have the room in our detective vehicles to transport it all back to Laguna Beach,” he tells us. 

Sgt Cota had to pay a Oceanside tow truck company to haul the very large chest and jewelry back on a flatbed the night of the arrest. 

(By the way, we hear that Sgt Cota drew the short straw and got stuck following the tow truck at slow speeds all the way back to Laguna Beach from Oceanside, which even included a stop at the San Clemente border check area.) 

“Border patrol agents inquired what we were hauling back into Orange County because not every day does a flatbed tow truck haul a very large tool chest with hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen jewelry at 2 a.m. in the morning,” Cota accurately observes.  

He says that it is going to take a long time to investigate this particular case given the magnitude of the crimes and the number of stolen items. 

Police departments around Southern California laud the arrest

Other police departments from Orange County and San Diego and Riverside are celebrating the arrest and working with the LBPD on the case, because Torrison had been involved with many burglaries prior to his arrest by LBPD.

Sgt Cota told Stu News, however, that right now there is no link between the recent residential burglaries in Laguna Beach and the commercial burglaries committed by Torrison. 

“It appears he targets businesses more, but we will not rule out any involvement in residential burglaries,” Sgt Cota added. “If it is not Torrison, then that means there are other people coming into our city and committing the crimes. We’ll get those guys too. We always do. 

“Our investigative team is the best around as their track report speaks for itself in terms of the high volume of arrests they make. They do not know how proud of them I really am. They work countless hours and take the crimes they investigate very seriously. I am just fortunate enough to supervise a great group of detectives. They deserve all the credit!”


DUI Arrests

Juvenile, Laguna Niguel – Sunday, October 1

Justin Clark, 32, Tustin – Sunday

Abdul Eshaqzai, 44, Irvine – Saturday, September 30 Traffic Collision

Eden Ohara, 49, Ladera Ranch – Saturday

Joshua Young, 21, San Clemente – Saturday

Bryce Dahlin, 33, Rancho Santa Margarita – Saturday

Raymond Auslander, 32, Laguna Beach – Saturday With a Prior

Katlin Lindsey, 20, Chino – Saturday

Karun Kapur, 50, Nebraska – Thursday, September 28

 

Incident Reports

Saturday, September 30

10th Avenue | 31900 Block | Grand Theft 

1:48 p.m. Jewelry was stolen and a possible suspect was named. 

Laguna Avenue | 200 Block | Vandalism

1:47 p.m. The RP reported tagging at the location. 

Victoria Place | 200 Block | Stolen Vehicle, Stolen Property, Drug Paraphernalia 

12:56 p.m. Officers stopped a Honda Civic reported stolen from Garden Grove on Sept. 27. The driver, Michael Posada, 25, Garden Grove, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Locust Street | 400 Block | Fallen Tree

7:31 a.m. Half of a tree fell on the RP’s car, but there were no injuries. 

Friday, September 29

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert Charles Hitchcock, 63, no fixed address

Thalia Street & S. Coast Hwy | Traffic Collision 

11:11 p.m. One person complained of chest pain following a two-vehicle collision. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Grand Theft

6 p.m. A camera valued at $2,500 was stolen on Sept. 25. 

S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Petty Theft

4:45 p.m. $500 cash was taken from the victim’s wallet. 

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Defraud Innkeeper

4:26 p.m. The suspects trashed a room and did not pay for a restaurant bill before leaving. 

Oro Street | 1000 Block | Found Property

12:08 p.m. The RP found large trash bags containing keys, credit and debit cards, shoes and clothes. Officers determined the property was related to a burglary that occurred on Baja Street

S. Coast Hwy | 900 Block | Petty Theft

10:49 a.m. Two license plates were taken from different vehicles.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | Traffic Collision

7:17 a.m. A two-vehicle collision brought about minor injuries for one party. 

Tyrol Drive | 3100 Block | Threatening Note

6:24 a.m. A profanity-laced note was left on the RP’s door regarding recent mail thefts in the area.

Thursday, September 28

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

6:43 p.m. Unspecified items were taken from the victim while she was sleeping. 

Victoria Drive | 2600 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

5:45 p.m. Registration and insurance were taken from an unlocked vehicle overnight. 

3rd Street | 300 Block | Extortion

4:33 p.m. The victim reported ransomware on their computer, causing it to be locked up until a certain amount of money was paid. 

Calliope Street | 500 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

8:04 a.m. Miscellaneous items including keys were taken from an unlocked vehicle. 

Oak Street | 500 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

6:29 a.m. A car was rummaged through overnight. The victim found a credit card and mail in the car. 

Cliff Drive | 100 Block | Drugs

4:03 a.m. Joel Hinkley, 28, Dana Point, was arrested for possession of narcotics with $500 bail. 

Holly Street | 400 Block | Drugs, False ID, Warrants

2:17 a.m. Texas resident Matthew Stanley Christie, 33, Texas, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and providing a false identification to officers. He was also taken into custody for four outstanding warrants with charges including DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, identity theft, possession of stolen property, and more. Two of the warrants were no bail. 

Wednesday, September 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Eli Lopiccola, 45, no fixed address

Crescent Bay Drive | 200 Block | Drugs

8:47 p.m. James Chapman, 22, Mission Viejo, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. 

Wendt Terrace | 700 Block | Vandalism

2:48 p.m. An unknown person accessed the RP’s home, which is currently under construction, and changed the lock to his front door.


Police Files

LBPD offers advice and empathy in response to Las Vegas shooting

The Laguna Beach Police Department is closely monitoring the tragic events from Sunday’s “Route 91 Country Concert” in Las Vegas, during which at least 59 people were killed and 527 injured. 

Preliminary news reports indicated that among the innocent victims of the active shooter incident were a number of off-duty police and firefighter personnel from jurisdictions throughout the country, including Orange County. 

“Our thoughts are with everyone involved in the incident, including the family and loved ones affected by this tragedy, and law enforcement, other first responders and medical staff who responded to the scene and worked tirelessly to preserve life,” said Sgt. Jim Cota in an interview on Monday.

The Laguna Beach Police Department offered the following possible courses of action in an active shooter situation:

Get out, if possible. Try to remain calm, and find cover and/or concealment. You MUST take action to protect yourself. Assist the injured, if it is safe to do so. Secure your location. Silence any cell phones and remain quiet. And, defend yourself. 

Thieves steal laptops from local business, get caught trying to sell them in town

On Wednesday, September 27 at about 6:30 p.m., Seven-Degrees reported the theft of two laptops. The suspects were described as two white men in their mid-twenties. 

About three hours later, two white men in their mid-twenties approached a man at Oak Street and Glenneyre Street, and offered to sell him some stolen laptops. The man turned them down, and called the police after they left.

Surveillance footage from the theft confirmed the suspect’s identity, and officers arrested Nicholas Huffman, 21, Colorado, for possession of stolen property.


DUI Arrests

John Watson, 45, Laguna Beach – Monday, September 25 Traffic Collision

Shea Browne, 26, Arizona – Monday Hit and Run

Antonio Kemuel, 36 – Sunday, September 24

 

Incident Reports

Wednesday, September 27

Laguna Canyon Road | Stolen Car, Stolen Property, Warrants, Drugs

1:44 a.m. Officers were alerted to a stolen Dodge in Laguna Beach. They arrested the driver, Daniel Hendrix, 29, Long Beach, for possession of a stolen car and possession of stolen property as well as two no bail warrants. The passenger, Michael Mendoza Jr., 29, Anaheim, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics.

Aliso Beach & Coast Hwy | Warrant

12:30 a.m. During a traffic stop, Ramiro Ramos Jr., 23, Huntington Beach, was arrested on a San Benito County felony bench warrant. 

Tuesday, September 26

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Kyle Albert Winton, 37, no fixed address

Brayan Orozco, 19, Guatemala

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Vandalism

10:36 p.m. Marker was used on the walls. 

Tyrol Drive | 3200 Block | Mail Theft, Theft from a Vehicle

6:51 p.m. Mail belonging to 11 different addresses was found in the 2800 block of Chillon Way and returned to the owners. Officers believe the suspect may have been looking for identity information. One reported that vehicle registration, insurance card, and the car handbook had been taken from their unlocked vehicle. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Petty Theft

2:35 p.m. Two people reported items had been stolen from them. 

Forest Avenue | 300 Block | Illegal Lodging

4:34 a.m. Terry Sanders, 39, no fixed address, was arrested for illegal lodging. 

Virginia Way | 32000 Block | Vandalism, Trespassing

12:51 a.m. Jennifer Dorenkamp, 28, Hollywood, was arrested for trespassing and vandalism after throwing rocks at the residence.

Monday, September 25

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Kyle Albert Winton, 37, no fixed address

Agate Street | 200 Block | Drugs

8:08 a.m. Charles Ray Robinson, 38, Lakewood, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Sunday, September 24

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Daniel Schneider, 52, no fixed address

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

10:30 a.m. Approximately $40 worth of beef jerky was stolen.  

Park Avenue | 200 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

10:22 a.m. A car window was smashed and a wallet was stolen.


Police Files

LBPD nabs “big fish”: suspected thief with $500k in jewelry, loaded guns

On July 26, five Laguna Beach jewelry businesses at the Shops at the Cliffs shopping center were burglarized, and over $200,000 in merchandise was stolen. 

On Tuesday, exactly two months after the burglaries, LBPD detectives arrested one of the two suspects caught on surveillance video during the thefts.

“This was the big fish,” said Sgt. Jim Cota. “We’ve been working on this investigation for two months.”

Detectives went to Oceanside and located Edward Torrison, 30, at a home where he resides with his girlfriend. When detectives attempted to detain him, Torrison fled on foot, down an alley, over a fence, and into a business, where he attempted to jump through a window and successfully shattered a gecko aquarium. (We were assured that the gecko was unharmed and given a new home.)

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Edward Torrison was detained with the help of Oceanside police following a brief chase that involved a broken gecko aquarium and an attempt at jumping through a window.

Torrison was arrested with the help of the Oceanside PD and some brave citizens.

“This arrest was the culmination of excellent police work coupled with a steadfast determination by our investigations unit to apprehend the offenders,” said Captain Jeff Calvert in a statement. “It serves as a reminder that when individuals commit a crime in Laguna Beach, we will leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators to justice.”

A search of his residence revealed an estimated $500,000 in stolen jewelry, two loaded firearms, and stolen pieces of art. The investigation is ongoing, and LBPD is working with law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties to identify additional victims.

Torrison was arrested on multiple theft and burglary related charges, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was taken to Orange County Jail where he is being held on $500,000 bail.

The second burglar is still outstanding, and encouraged to turn himself in to the Laguna Beach Police. 

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the Laguna Beach PD at 949-494-0701. For further information, please contact Sgt. Jim Cota at 949-464-6671 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Feces smeared at residence

A resident in the 31800 block of Circle Drive reported an unusually disgusting event on Tuesday. 

Somehow, an unknown suspect got through two locked gates to smear feces on the property.

“Neither of the gates had been tampered with, so we have no idea how the suspect got onto the property,” said Sgt. Jim Cota.

A few weeks ago, a similar feces-smearing incident occurred when someone reported feces on their car door. Officers are not sure if the two events are related.

“About 8 years ago we had a caretaker from Newport Beach throwing used diapers onto the streets of North Laguna,” said Cota. “But we haven’t had any occurrences of feces being spread on walls before.”


DUI Arrests

Chloe Helena Lovato, 22, Murrieta – Saturday, September 23 Traffic Collision

Anthony Klimek, 23, Oregon – Saturday

Taylor Ray Barker, 21, Utah – Saturday 

 

Incident Reports

Saturday, September 23

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Winston Riley Segner, 49, Laguna Beach

Hillcrest Drive | 600 Block | Vandalism 

3:27 p.m. A car window was smashed.  

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Battery

1:36 a.m. Following a fight, Erik Nelson, 24, Idaho, and Nathaniel Tago, 22, Laguna Niguel, were both arrested for battery. 

Friday, September 22

Ruby Street & S. Coast Hwy | Warrant

10:17 p.m. Celeste Bailey, 43, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for a Harbor Court warrant. 

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Restraining Order Violation

8:20 p.m. Leslie Jan Shacklett, 55, no fixed address, was arrested for violating a restraining order to prevent domestic violence. Bail was $15,000. 

S. Coast Hwy | 2100 Block | Fraud

3:47 p.m. The RP had their accounts frozen online.

S. Coast Hwy | 1700 Block | Battery

12:09 p.m. The victim was struck in June by a known suspect.

Thursday, September 21

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Thomas Anthony Devine, 51, Monrovia

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrants

9:40 p.m. Monique Castillo, 41, no fixed address, was arrested for four warrants, with charges including possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, giving a false identity to officers, and theft.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

7:33 p.m. Braden Bolton, 38, no fixed address, was arrested for an outstanding Harbor Court warrant.

San Nicholas Court | 400 Block | Stolen Vehicle

4:59 p.m. A 2004 Ford Explorer that had been parked in the RP’s garage was reported stolen.  The keys were left in the vehicle at the time. It was last seen leaving Laguna Beach on September 15th at 1:58 p.m.

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Theft

4:51 p.m. A wallet with $100 and a social security card was reported stolen. 

S. Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Petty Theft

12:26 p.m.  A wallet was stolen four days ago by an unknown suspect. 

Wednesday, September 20

N. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Fighting

8:13 p.m. A physical altercation ensued when a man tried to intervene in a struggle between two women, one of whom tried to hug and kiss the other. No injuries were reported. 

Forest Avenue | 400 Block | Warrant

7:34 p.m. Paul Alvarez, 42, no fixed address, was arrested for a Central Court bench warrant for fare evasion. 

S. Coast Hwy & Thalia Street | Burglary, Vehicle

2:48 p.m. Yesterday, a briefcase, wallet and a camera were stolen from the RP’s vehicle.


Police Files

What will Laguna do to prepare for future rallies?

Since the rally on Sunday didn’t happen after all – with just a scattering of protesters and counter-protesters wandering around the cobblestones – what will the police department’s strategy be for future possible rallies?

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Photo by Lynette Brasfield

All was quiet on the western front on Sunday

How does Laguna strike a balance between costs of preparing, and the need to prepare for possible violence?

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Photo by Scott Brashier

Police outnumbered protestors on Sunday

These are difficult questions, and we appreciate all that LBPD does to keep our community safe.

Stu News asked Sgt Jim Cota what the police department’s plans were at this time for the America First rally that is scheduled for Sunday, Oct 22 at Main Beach.

Sgt Cota told Stu News, “We will have the same coverage. This one appears that it will be much larger.”   

It’s an ongoing question. We’d love our readers’ feedback.

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Barbara Diamond, Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle and Suzie Harrison are columnists.

Mary Hurlbut, Scott Brashier, and Aga Stuchlik are the staff photographers.

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