Incident Reports

Wednesday, April 4

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Petty Theft

8:16 a.m. A cell phone was reported to have either been lost or stolen at the library. Details of the cell phone were not made available by the RP.

Ledroit Street | Sexual Battery

11:45 p.m. An incident of sexual battery was said to have taken place. An investigation into the incident is currently underway.

Wave Street | 200 Block | Fraud

2:59 p.m. A report was taken regarding an instance of fraud.

S. Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

4:22 p.m. A 64-year-old man from Laguna Beach was arrested for being drunk in public.

Tuesday, April 3

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

4:01 p.m. Police on foot patrol arrested Jonah Boehmer Castaneda, 24, Laguna Beach, for misdemeanor trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Avenue | 200 Block | Traffic Control

3:59 p.m. It was necessary for the LBPD to conduct traffic control at the location.

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Disturbance, Disorderly Person

3:43 p.m. A report was placed about an individual disturbing the peace.

Catalina Street | 200 Block | Stolen Vehicle

2:33 p.m. There was a report made of a stolen vehicle last being seen at the location.

Oak Street | 500 Block | Fraud

2:23 p.m. The RP stated that they had received an email from Apple.com confirming a purchase of an Apple iMac for $1,190.17. The iMac was purchased using an American Express associated to the RP’s Apple ID account.

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Health and Safety

1:33 p.m. A report of a possible health and safety code violation was placed.

Paseo De Valencia, Laguna Hills | 24500 Block | Detective Activity

11:31 a.m. LBPD’s detective unit was conducting work at the location.

Coast Hwy | Sexual Battery

10:41 p.m. An incident of sexual battery was said to have taken place. An investigation into the incident is currently underway.

Canyon View Drive | 600 Block | Battery

9:41 a.m. An officer responded to the 500 block of Thalia Street in order to meet with the RP, a US postal worker, who stated that a construction truck driver yelled obscenities at her and pushed her, after she advised the man to not park in front of mailboxes in the future. The incident was documented, but no further investigation was desired.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

9:04 a.m. Officers were looking into a violation of the city’s no smoking policy, when Perry Edward, 30, of Bloomingdale, Illinois, was arrested on a felony bench warrant.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Person, Disturbance

8:36 a.m. A report was placed about an individual disturbing the peace.

Monday, April 2

Cortez & La Mirada | Battery

8:18 p.m. An incident of battery was reported to have taken place.

Broadway Street | 400 Block | Warrant

5:47 p.m. After officers pulled over a vehicle for a seatbelt violation, Rashed Kaasem, 21, Corona, was arrested on outstanding San Bernardino warrant for reckless driving. Bail was set at $50,000).

Coast Hwy & 3rd Avenue | Warrant

4:12 p.m. After being pulled over for a traffic stop due to having expired registration tags from February displayed, a further search was conducted which led to the subject’s arrest. Robert Lee Scott, 31, Corona, was arrested on an outstanding Orange County warrant for possession of marijuana. Bail was set at $2,500.

Park Avenue | 2500 Block | Grand Theft

3:33 p.m. An incident of grand theft was reported by the RP.

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Vandalism

2:12 p.m. The RP stated that an incident of vandalism had occurred.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

10:18 a.m. An incident of petty theft was reported to have taken place.


Police Files

Intoxicated teen airlifted by helicopter at Thousand Steps Beach on Tuesday

On Tuesday, April 3 at 5:23 p.m., an alert message came in from City of Laguna Beach, LBGOV, via text: “Don’t be alarmed, a helicopter will be landing at Thousand Steps Beach for a medical aid.”

According to LBPD, the medical helicopter landing at Thousand Steps Beach was to help an intoxicated juvenile.

“It involved an underage juvenile who was heavily intoxicated,” said LBPD Spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota.

Photo from LBFD Instagram

Tuesday’s rescue at Thousand Steps Beach

On LBFD’s Instagram page, it said, “Our firefighters along with @ocfirefighters @ocfairdrops (Orange County Firefighters and Orange County Fire Air Drops) working together today to extract a patient from the beach. Patient was transported to nearest hospital for further evaluation.”

It is important to report these types of incidences to the police. Call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency or LBPD for non-emergency help at (949) 497-0701.

 

Party time? Local woman gets quite the surprise when her Rolex goes missing at birthday bash

A surprise birthday party became quite the surprise for a local woman who found out her $21,600 Rolex Daytona watch was missing après the festivities. The grab and go guest was at the fete held at the 0 Block of Lagunita Drive.

“It was an adult party. This was a surprise birthday party that grew to approximately 30 people, which included three to four uninvited guests,” said Sgt Cota.

Pictured here is a Daytona Rolex, this is not the actual watch stolen

The crime is considered to be grand theft. 

“Detectives will be looking into the incident. A female is suspected,” said Sgt Cota. “There was no surveillance.”

 

Vegetation fire near Castle Rock gets quickly extinguished

LBPD officers were dispatched with LBFD for a vegetation fire in the canyon near Castle Rock on Thursday, April 5 at 2:33 p.m.

“A Laguna Beach animal control officer was the first to arrive on scene and with the help of two citizens, the three of them were able to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers,” said Sgt Cota.

The inbound lane of LCR was blocked but the center lane was used as a traffic lane. Traffic was moderately impacted with spectator traffic for about 20 minutes.

Safety precautions from LBFD’s website include great tips in case of a fire and how to prepare before it’s too late. 

“Protect your home from wildfire. We call it «Ready, Set, Go!» as a way to remember what you should do to be READY for the time a wildfire approaches your home, SET knowing which personal items you need when you evacuate, so you can GO quickly to stay safe.”

Visit LBFD’s website for more information on fire prevention at www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire/fire_prevention/default.htm.


Incident Reports

Sunday, April 1

Laguna Canyon Road | 600 Block | DUI

9:27 p.m. A 53-year-old man from Los Angeles was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Canyon Acres Drive & Laguna Canyon Road | DUI

12:32 a.m. A 36-year-old man from Anaheim was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Gaviota Drive | 1200 Block | Warrant

12:53 a.m. David Charles Edgar, 22, of Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested on a Harbor court warrant for DUI, as well as for driving without a license.

S. Coast Hwy| 400 Block | Battery, Drunk in Public

1:02 a.m. Amy Cristine Salgan, Illinois, 34, was arrested for committing battery on a person, reportedly punching a bouncer in the face. She was also arrested for being drunk in public.

Brooks Street | 100 Block | Drunk in Public

1:53 a.m. A 31-year old from Santa Fe Springs was arrested for being drunk in public.

Brooks Street | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

2:17 a.m. A 31-year old man from Santee and a 37-year-old man from Laguna Beach were both arrested for being drunk in public.

Saturday, March 31

El Moro Canyon Road & Coast Hwy |Drugs

9:19 p.m. Thomas Edward Stewart, 59, of Anaheim, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Indecent Exposure

2:32 p.m. An incident of indecent exposure was reported.

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Shoplifting

12:37 p.m. Juarin Dean Renner, 27, Tennessee, was arrested for shoplifting. The subject reportedly attempted to steal a bottle of champagne from Whole Foods.

Locust Street | 300 Block | Vehicle Burglary

9:23 a.m. A vehicle burglary was reported.

Wave Street & N. Coast Hwy | Probation Violation

3:12: a.m. Katie Lynn Ahlen, 29, Los Angeles, was arrested on a Los Angeles probation violation warrant. No bail was issued.

Wave Street & N. Coast Hwy | Drugs

3:12 a.m. Valerie Susan Franz, 30, Long Beach, was arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as for being in possession of a controlled substance.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | DUI

2:35 a.m. A 34-year-old man from Laguna Beach was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Park Avenue & Glenneyre Street | Warrant, DUI 

1:53 a.m. Anthony Sanchez, 24, Anaheim, was arrested on a bench warrant. A 24-year-old woman from Anaheim was arrested for DUI.

Canyon Acres & Laguna Canyon Road | DUI

1:52 a.m. A 47-year-old man from Mission Viejo was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Glenneyre Street & Brooks Street | DUI

1:52 a.m.A 40-year-old woman from Laguna Niguel was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, March 30

Sleepy Hollow Lane & S. Coast Hwy| DUI

11:51 p.m. A 63-year-old man from Newport Beach was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block| Warrant

8:17 p.m. Timothy David Yale, 55, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Forest Avenue | 400 Block | Drunk in Public, Illegal Lodging, Loitering, Refusing to Give ID

5:35 p.m. Renan Yvette Gray, 67, Long Beach, was arrested on charges related to being drunk in public, disorderly conduct, loitering, illegal lodging, and refusing to provide ID.

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block| Warrant

8:34 a.m.Christine Lidnsey Frost, 30, Mission Viejo, was arrested on a bench warrant.

Mountain Road & S. Coast Hwy | Warrant

1:15 a.m. Jose Manuel Rodriguez, 22, Pasadena, was arrested on a bench warrant.

Thursday, March 29

Broadway Street | 300 block | Restraining Order Violation

7:58 p.m. David Mark Crossno, 61, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a restraining order violation.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Brandishing a Weapon

1:53 p.m. Claude Merchant, 59, Laguna Beach, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury likely, a felony. The suspect reportedly brandished a knife. Bail was set at $25,000.

Ledroit | 300 Block| Warrant

12:30 p.m. Angel Popoca Bara, 30, Santa Ana, was arrested on a Central Court warrant for three different driving law violations.

Calliope Street | 200 Block | Resisting Arrest, Drugs

10:41 a.m. Nancy Sandoval, 30, San Bernardino, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance, as well as for resisting an officer.

Cleo Street | 200 Block | Probation Violation, Possession of Burglary Tools

9:39 a.m. Honore Gordon Hess, 34, Huntington Beach, was arrested for violating probation, as well as for possession of burglary tools.

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block |  Drunk in Public

8:45 a.m. A 70-year-old man from Laguna Beach was arrested for being drunk in public.

Wednesday, March 28

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Petty Theft

4:40 p.m. An incident of petty theft was reported.

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Brandishing a Weapon

4:24 p.m. The RP stated that an individual was brandishing a weapon at the location.

Pinecrest Drive| 300 Block | Petty Theft

2:12 p.m. An incident of petty theft was reported.

Goff Street | 500 Block | Petty Theft

1:33 p.m. An incident of petty theft was reported.

High Drive | 100 Block | Vandalism

1:05 p.m. Vandalism was spotted at the location.

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | | Petty Theft

11:25 a.m. An incident of petty theft was reported.

Lookout Drive | 300 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

10:55 a.m. An incident of vehicle burglary was reported. It was unknown whether or not the vehicle was locked at the time of the incident.

S. Coast Hwy | 500 Block |  Burglary, Vehicle

10:33 a.m. A car burglary was reported. It was unknown whether or not the vehicle was locked at the time of the incident.

Algarrobo | 5300 Block | Animal Call/ Bite

09:29 a.m. The RP reported an animal bite.

Coast Hwy & Aliso Circle | Stolen Vehicle

7:20 a.m. A stolen vehicle was last seen at the location.


Police Files

Unlucky 17 for Hobie vandal caught on video breaking bad

On Friday, March 30 at 9:36 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shattered front window at Hobie Surf Shop on Forest Avenue. 

Initial witness reports indicated that four male subjects may have been associated with the crime. When LBPD located the subjects a few blocks away, they fled from the officers, but two were caught and detained. It turned out that they were juveniles in possession of alcohol. At the time, there was nothing linking them to the vandalism. They were transported to the police station where parents were notified to pick them up. 

So the minors were in the clear, when officers cleared the business and found no one inside, and no evidence that any suspects made entry.

On the scene shortly after the incident was Hobie owner Mark Christy. “Police responded and called me even before we got the alarm call. We have high-definition cameras all over all of our stores, so they had a clear image of the guy within five minutes of the incident,” said Christy. 

The surveillance video showed a male suspect kick the window, breaking it. He was described as a white male, wearing a black shirt with the number 17 on it, black pants, and black shoes.

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Submitted Photo

The window at Hobie Surf Shop boarded up the morning after

Less than an hour later, at 10:26 p.m., officers responded to a report of a man disturbing the peace at Laguna Beach Brewery & Grille located in the 200 Block of Ocean Avenue. The man matched the exact description from the surveillance video down to a T, a black tee jersey with the number 17.

Officers detained and arrested Los Angeles resident Jeremiah Johnson, 32, for felony vandalism.

 “Johnson seemed as though he had been drinking. He did not mention any other motivating factors for the vandalism,” said LBPD’s Jordan Villwock. “Johnson was uncooperative with officers.”

Bail was set at $20,000.

“It was an incredible response by the police department and I suspect a moment the perpetrator will regret,” said Christy.

 

Plans go up in smoke, lead to felony charges for Laguna Beach man

Not only is smoking unhealthy, it can also lead to an arrest as LBPD can attest from an incident that occurred in the 200 Block of Ocean Avenue, outside of Hennessey’s Tavern, on Sunday, April 1 at 10:36 p.m. 

Brian Patrick Taylor, 44, of Laguna Beach, was smoking in public when officers made contact with him for the LBMC violation he had in hand – Smoking in Public. 

While detained, the officers discovered Taylor was on probation out of San Luis Obispo. During a search, a fixed blade knife was located, which was a violation of his probation for carrying a weapon.

Taylor was then placed under arrest and transported to the Laguna Beach Jail. During a more thorough search, methamphetamine was discovered in his sock. As a result, he was charged not only with the violation of probation misdemeanor, but also with a possession of a controlled substance misdemeanor and last, but hardly least, a felony charge for bringing a controlled substance into jail.

No bail was set. “Probation violations are 99.9 percent no bail,” explained Villwock. 

 

Hippity hop, LBPD plays Easter Bunny at the 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Boys & Girls Club

Easter came early for the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club when Laguna’s finest, LBPD, hosted its second annual Easter Egg Hunt last Thursday after school. 

The Easter Bunny brought a bounty of candy in his basket with hundreds of eggs hidden with candy and other goodies inside.

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Courtesy of LBPD

Not only that, four “golden eggs,” two eggs for each age group, were hunted down with a big cash prize of $10 in each egg, surprise! 

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Courtesy of LBPD

However, the generosity didn’t end there. When one Club member didn’t collect any eggs in time, LBPD decided to put together a fifth “golden egg” with $5 inside. This brought the total cash pot to $45 between all five lucky recipients, and LBPD’s Station Number is 45…how fitting. The kids surely gave the LBPD high-fives, 45 times over at least.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, March 27

Ceanothus Drive | 31300 Block | Petty Theft

9:18 p.m. The RP stated that he left his wallet in the staff office of a sober living home, and when he went to retrieve it the next morning, it was gone.

Northbound State Hwy 73 & Laguna Canyon Road | DUI & Drugs

6:33 p.m. According to a cell caller, the subject almost hit another vehicle during an attempted lane change. The RP also reported that the subject’s eyes seemed to be closed as they were attempting to drive. At the 650 Block of Laguna Canyon Road, officers pulled the car over and initiated a DUI inspection. John Trent Suveges, 29, Huntington Beach, was arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs with one prior, which raised the bail to $10,000. Suveges was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance (heroin and hydrocodone).

Cypress Drive | 200 Block | Harassment

5:15 p.m. A woman came to the police department to report that an ex-boyfriend whom she had broken up with in February was sending annoying text messages.

Monday, March 26

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Grand Theft

6:19 p.m. After having placed a box of clothes at the rear door of the business’s location earlier the same day, the RP noticed during closing operations that the box had been stolen. There were no security cameras outside where the incident was said to have occurred.

Shadow Lane | Shadow Lane | Animal Calls

5:51 p.m. The RP reported that an 80-pound dog bit him, leaving his leg brown and black.

Florence Avenue | 31600 | Animal Calls

5:20 p.m. The RP stated that a feral cat bit them.

Sunday, March 25

Coast Hwy | Coast Hwy | Drunk in Public

8:01 p.m. A 55-year-old man from Laguna Beach was arrested for being drunk in public. Earlier in the day, the individual was cited for urinating in public. 

Coast Hwy | 31000 Block | Drunk in Public

12:50 p.m. A 70-year-old man from Laguna Beach was arrested for being drunk in public.

Saint Ann’s Drive | 200 Block | Probation Violation

11 a.m. Joseph Craig Hogsten, 31, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating parole. The subject had been convicted of an assault with a deadly weapon charge, and was ordered by the court to stay 100 yards away from the victim.

Legion & South Coast Hwy | DUI

1:04 a.m. A 61 year-old woman from Irvine was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Broadway & Coast Hwy | Driving on a Suspended License, Drugs, Parole Violation

1:22 a.m. Joseph Leon Malabicky II was arrested for driving on a suspended license, for being in possession of narcotics, and for a parole violation. No bail was set. His passenger was also arrested for being drunk in public.


Police Files

LBPD says aloha to gun-toting man in Hawaiian shirt

It’s bad enough that the suspect was smoking in public, which is illegal in Laguna Beach, but the real smoking gun turned out to be the one he had concealed.

That’s what was discovered on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:39 p.m., when officers contacted two subjects smoking cigarettes while sitting on the roof of a car in the Circle K parking lot, located at the 800 Block of Glenneyre Street. 

LBPD spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota explained, “Las Vegas resident Dakoda Scott Mah, 20, was found to have a loaded Glock 19 handgun concealed in his waistband. He was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a loaded firearm.”

Obviously, the smokers were not patrons since Circle K is closed for renovations, so parking there wasn’t the right thing to do either, which sparked another reason for Mah, a truck grill installer, to be grilled.  

Mah was booked at the Laguna Beach Police Department and later released. Bail was set at $1,000. The Vegas man must have had Lady Luck on his side: no smoking violation tickets were issued. First offense for smoking in public in Laguna Beach can carry a $100 fine and up to $500 for a third violation.

“If any of our citizens see an individual with a gun or any weapon that can be used in a violent action, please call 9-1-1,” advised Sgt Cota. “If you see anyone smoking in public in Laguna Beach, please call our non-emergency line at (949) 497-0701.”

 

Battery suspect’s phone leads to his arrest: he gets slapped with assault and a DUI

Early morning Wednesday,March 28 at 1:27 a.m., LBPD responded to a call reporting an assault in the 1400 Block of South Coast Highway. 

“Officers responded to the rear of Main Street Bar & Cabaret (aka Bounce). Officers went there in response to the report of an assault and battery that had just occurred,” said Sgt Cota. “The victim suffered minor injuries after confronting the suspect, whom he said was using homophobic slurs towards him and a friend.”

The suspect, Ryan Ross Harris, 22, of Huntington Beach, reportedly punched the victim in the face and then fled the scene, accidentally leaving his cell phone behind. Officers were able to locate him in the 2700 Block of Victoria Drive, as he attempted to flee in a vehicle, said Sgt Cota.

After the victim positively identified Harris as the assailant, Harris was not only arrested for threat of force and battery, but also for a DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

“This is a very unfortunate situation that has taken place in town that will not be tolerated. Laguna Beach Police Department acted swiftly in getting the suspect into custody for several charges, while making sure the victim was cared for in an appropriate manner,” said Sgt Cota.

 

School bus was hit but luckily no one was injured

On Monday, March 26 at 3:09 p.m., a non-injury accident involving a school bus with over 20 kids on board occurred at Aster Street. Luckily, no one was injured.

Deborah Paswaters, who teaches art masters at El Morro Elementary, said, “My daughter was in the bus along with several of my students when the accident occurred.”

 “I’d called Durham when she hadn’t arrived home, then finally got through to someone,” she said. “I was informed the bus was hit. We had to wait over an hour before we could take our children off the bus.”

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Courtesy of Deborah Paswaters

Paswaters’ children Dani and Bear Ward, pointing to “the big scrape”

While everyone seemed physically ok, Paswaters continued, some of the children were obviously shaken and emotional.

“It got swiped turning right onto Aster Street on the lower right side of the middle of the bus,” Paswaters said. “The kids were being good spirits and good sports.”

 

LBPD is not only outstanding in service but also at getting a laugh on social media

While humor is not a requirement to be an LBPD officer, it might just win the department an award. 

“The LBPD Media Team is honored to be named as a finalist for a 2018 Golden Post Award in Best Use of Humor on Social Media” from Government Social Media,” said LBPD in a recent Facebook post.

Laguna’s entry was “Crime Reports with a Literary Twist.”

The GSMO recognized the LBPD for “how we effectively communicate our crime log with some light humor,” said Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator.

The Government Social Media Organization (GSMO) is an advisory institute and networking group for government social media managers nationwide. 

The GSMO award committee reviewed 175 entries to select finalists in five categories. The winners in each category will be revealed during a ceremony at the 2018 Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON) in Denver, Colorado on April 25. #Lagunaforgold!


Police Files

Downtown clown needs to clean up his act

On Friday, March 23, some clown, yes, in a clown suit, was seen running around downtown causing quite the scene, thrashing trashcans and pulling out trash. The incidents happened in the 200 Block of Park Avenue with myriad trashcans being indiscriminately attacked and rid of their rubbish.

Laguna Beach Police Department received the call at 1:46 a.m., describing the scene of a man in his 40s, dressed in clown regalia, causing the untidy mayhem.

Courtesy of the Internet

Clowning around downtown on Friday (not the real clown, just a representation for illustrative purposes)

LBPD Spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota said, “Officers searched for this clown and they couldn’t find him anywhere. We have never known of a clown doing damage in the city like this.”

“I’ve seen the greeters, I’ve seen mimes, I’ve seen people in front of businesses dressed up in animal suits to generate business…but I’ve never seen a clown digging through trash,” said Sgt Cota.

Obviously, this clown needs to clean up his act.

 

Laguna residents heard booms when reportedly a balloon collided with power lines, knocking out power

Laguna Beach residents and businesses were without power yesterday, primarily in north, downtown, and central Laguna. In total, the power outages were experienced by approximately 5,200 Edison customers.

According to Sgt Jim Cota, “A balloon appears to have been the cause, seen on the power line above 164 Acacia Drive. A total of three explosions were heard from three power poles. Acacia Drive between Broadway Street to Cypress Drive was closed immediately following the explosions.” 

LBPD and LBFD were on the scene until Edison arrived.

Edison’s website reported that there were two separate power outages in Laguna Beach. One outage affected 2,483 customers; the other outage affected 2,790 customers. The outages were first reported at 4:31 p.m., with power trickling back on for different people at different times, until 5:55 p.m., when power was restored to all of Laguna Beach and Acacia Drive was re-opened. 

Rich Garrett, a resident on Poplar Street, was in his backyard reading when the explosions occurred.

“I heard it and I was like, whoa, what was that? It didn’t sound like anything familiar. It almost sounded like a big tractor with a shovel on the front of it, just hit the ground to asphalt, because it had sort of a hollow sound to it,” Garrett said. “It happened a total of three times.”

Garrett had no problem putting down his book. 

“I was craving an In-N-Out burger anyway, so I decided to leave my house and go get my burger,” he explained.

Edison advises what to do in an outage situation.

 “When power outages occur, we ask you to make safety your top concern until our crews can locate and repair damage. Remember: Never go near a downed power line. Restoration times vary depending on the level of damage. Our teams are trained to restore power through a three-phase process to get your lights back on as quickly and safely as possible.”

 

Cyber criminals stash $48,000 in cash from a local business’s bank account

A local business and business owner had their Wells Fargo business account compromised of $48,700. The fraud incident was reported on Friday, March 23 at 8:01 p.m., in the 900 Block of Hillcrest Drive.

Sgt Cota said, “The business owner has had the same payroll account for over 15 years. Wells Fargo has reimbursed the business owner and has now become the victim. Wells Fargo Bank wants to prosecute.”

The financial loss from cybercrime in the U.S. exceeded $1.3 billion in 2016, a rise of 24 percent, according to a report issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

According to the report, some of the most prevalent and most damaging forms of cybercrimes today include business email compromise (BEC), ransomware, tech support fraud, and extortion.

 LBPD detectives are looking into who may have committed fraud against this business. If you have any information, please contact LBPD at (949) 497-0701.

 

Stolen silver is worth its weight in gold 

On Tuesday, March, 20 at 7:29 a.m., a resident in the 1700 Block of Santa Cruz reported that 300 ounces of silver and three watches were taken from their home within the last week. The type of watches and silver items, weighing 18.75 pounds, have not been released.


Incident Reports

Sunday, March 25

Broadway Street | Drunk in Public

2:30 a.m. A 23-year-old man from Laguna Beach was arrested for being drunk in public.

Broadway Street | Driving With a Suspended License, Drugs, Parole Hold

1:22 a.m. Joseph Leon Malabicky III, 26, Huntington Beach, was arrested for driving with a suspended license, for possession of a controlled substance, and for a parole hold.

Legion Street & S. Coast Hwy | DUI

1:04 a.m. A 61-year-old woman from Irvine was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Saturday, March 24

Cress Street & S. Coast Hwy | DUI

6:35 p.m. A 23-year-old woman from Aliso Viejo was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Vehicle Burglary

6:34 p.m. Two wallets, a cell phone, and other miscellaneous items were taken from a locked white Honda Pilot.

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Warrant

3:50 p.m. A 59-year-old woman with no fixed address was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Vandalism

8 a.m. The RP, who had been working at the location, noticed that 10 glass lights were cut, and that it looked as if someone had tried taking them. The total loss was approximately $100.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20400 Block | Trespassing

3:29 a.m. The RP stated that a man had been standing in front of the property off and on all night.

Laguna Canyon Road | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

1:36 a.m. A 22-year-old man from Mission Viejo was arrested for being drunk in public.

Pearl Street & S. Coast Hwy | Drugs

12:55 a.m. Ryan David Longoria, 27, Santa Ana, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance, and for being in possession of drug paraphernalia.

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Petty Theft

12:31 a.m. The RP’s wallet with cash and cards inside was taken 20 minutes prior.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

12:16 a.m. A 23-year-old man from Mission Viejo was arrested for being drunk in public.

Friday, March 23

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

11:49 p.m. A 21-year-old man from Mission Viejo was arrested for being drunk in public.

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | False Impersonation, Vehicle Registration

7:15 p.m. Onofre Rodriguez, 52, Lynwood, was arrested for false impersonation. Bail was set at $20,000. The individual was also arrested for vehicle registration.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

1:26 p.m. The RP stated that on May 10 she was going to rent a property, and had deposited $1,850 to the alleged property owner. However, the RP had not heard back from them.

Laguna Avenue & S. Coast Hwy | Robbery

9:44 a.m. The RP stated that a man stole his skateboard deck, and had also tried to steal his backpack. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Drunk in Public

2:48 a.m. A 29-year-old man from Hesperia was arrested for being drunk in public.

Brooks & S. Coast Hwy | Drunk in Public

2:01 a.m. A 23-year-old man from Laguna Beach was arrested for being drunk in public.

Thursday, March 22

Sunset & Coast Hwy | Drugs

10:54 p.m. A 33-year-old man from Virginia was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, and for being in possession of a controlled substance.

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

10:25 p.m. A 36-year-old man from Anaheim was arrested for being drunk in public.

S. Coast Hwy | S. Coast Hwy | Indecent Exposure

5:46 p.m. The RP stated that a naked man in his 40s was running around, only wearing a baseball hat, and some shoes.

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Resisting an Officer

10:48 a.m. Ruben Cuvas III, 35, Santa Ana, was arrested for resisting an officer.

S. Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Drunk in Public

12:55 a.m. A 22-year-old woman from Laguna Beach was arrested for being drunk in public.

Wednesday, March 21

Ocean Vista Drive | 21700 Block | Grand Theft

4:39 p.m. The RP stated that an unknown party had entered into her house and stole approximately $13,800 in jewelry.

Lagunita Drive | Fraud

1:39 p.m. The RP stated that checks had been written using their name.

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Fraud

12:33 p.m. The RP stated that they had received a fraudulent check for $2,900 more than the asking price for an item that they had posted for sale on Craigslist.

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Petty Theft

12:05 p.m. The RP stated that someone had taken an ID, a credit card, and their social security card from their unlocked vehicle. The incident was said to have occurred on March 20 sometime during the night.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Warrant

11:49 a.m. Susan Elizabeth Hallock, 49, Orange, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Theft

11:36 a.m. The RP stated that an Uber driver had stolen their phone, credit card, and some IDs on Sunday at around midnight. The RP had the information on the driver, as well as on the vehicle.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

9:43 a.m. Victor Medrano, 58, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.


LBPD welcomes two new officers into its ranks

LBPD has welcomed two new officers into its ranks, Officer Wade Kraus and Officer Ryan Radel. Both men graduated from the Golden West College Police Academy on March 16.

Courtesy of LBPD

Officer Wade Kraus

Officer Wade Kraus was born in Laguna Beach and raised in Laguna Niguel. His previous employment includes working as a Guest Services Captain for Towne Park Valet Service in Dana Point, a varsity football coach at Dana Hills High School, and an electrician’s assistant for Pacific Coast Electric.  

Kraus started his college education at the University of North Dakota and will be completing his Bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University.

Courtesy of LBPD

Officer Ryan Radel

Officer Ryan Radel worked for CARE Ambulance Service as an EMT for four years while completing his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the California State University of Fullerton.  

Prior to that, he worked as an office assistant at a local church, was a line cook in a family restaurant, volunteered at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County from 2011-2014, and also earned his Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America.


Police Files

LBPD warns of phone scams, encourages residents to “call the PD” for verification of caller’s identity

One quick way to lose your hard-earned cash is to fall prey to a scam, only to find out it’s a sham! Don’t worry, LBPD’s tips can help you thwart these dangerous callers and get them collared.

According to LBPD Spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota, “The big three scams right now are fake calls from the IRS, calls claiming a family member has been kidnapped that demand an immediate ransom [usually around $1,000], and the one that tries to extort money from someone for missing jury duty.”

A Laguna Beach resident fell victim to the latter scam this week, according to police logs. The woman, a resident on Monterey Street, gave her personal and financial information to a scammer who said they were from the sheriff’s department. The caller demanded that she pay an immediate fine for missing jury duty or risk arrest and prosecution. The Laguna woman was defrauded of $560.

“If anybody receives a telephone call or email that they find suspicious in the least, please call the police department and we will verify that the information you are receiving or the person that is calling you,” said Sgt Cota. “Don’t give credit card information, don’t give your social security number, and if at any point, you don’t recognize the number, the person or the company contacting you, call us to verify they are legit. One of our staff will personally call that number to make sure they are who they say they are.”

“We are here to help,” Sgt Cota adds. “It literally breaks my heart to see people, specifically our elderly, taken advantage of in this way.”

If you believe you have been victim of a fraudulent phone or email scam, contact LBPD at (949) 497-0701.

 

Audi crashes into Berkshire Hathaway building in South Laguna

An Audi driver accidentally took a little too much pedal to the metal on Thursday morning, driving into the Berkshire Hathaway office in South Laguna at 10:18 a.m. 

 

Courtesy of LBPD

Luckily, according to Sgt Jim Cota, nobody was injured and the collision caused only minor damage to the building glass and to the vehicle. 

Both the LBPD and LBFD responded to the incident.

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