Recent Grad Suspected in String of Burglaries
An 18-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for suspicion of breaking into two unlocked homes and two cars in Laguna Niguel last week after he was seen walking shoeless near a condo complex in the early hours, sheriff’s deputies said.
Deputies who detained Cameron Bilbrey around 5:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, found him in possession of a driver’s license of a woman, whose purse and other items stolen in the home break-ins were found in his car parked nearby on Cameray Heights, said investigator Aubrey Carroll, of the Aliso Viejo substation.
Carroll said Bilbrey, who graduated from Laguna Beach High School in June, is suspected in at least two other attempted break-ins that morning, including on in the 21200 block of Rue De Gauguin. A banging sound awoke a 16-year resident of the street at 4 a.m. “I could see someone trying to get in,” said the woman, who asked not to be further identified.
From her son’s room she released a dog, which barked at the intruder. “The rescue dog rescued me,” she said, describing an agonizing 18-minute wait for deputies to arrive. Another break-in report from her immediate neighbor came in while deputies were investigating. His front-door alarm had been triggered by the departure of the thief, who made entry from a second story balcony, said the woman.
Teens Suspected of Partying in Empty Home
More than one teen made themselves at home in an unoccupied Mar Vista Way house and took the owner’s Maserati for a spin while he was out of the country on vacation, police said.
The owner arrived home to disarray, finding broken items, dirty dishes, empty alcohol bottles and stolen items valued at $11,000, Capt. Jason Kravetz said.
A neighbor left voicemails describing the goings on for the owner, who did not receive them until his return, Kravetz said. The owner called police en route from the airport, the log notes.
Investigators have not yet detained or interviewed the juvenile suspects, Kravetz said.
Monday, Oct. 15
Fraud. 9:19 a.m. PD. A resident who markets skin care products made purchases totaling $11,000 to fulfill an order from the Ukraine whose credit cards turned out to be fraudulent.
Stolen vehicle. Recovery. 5:34 p.m. Santa Cruz. A rental car missing since August was found in Santa Cruz.
Fire. 2900 Rounsevel Terrace. 10:41 p.m. House fire in an unoccupied structure. The house was secured by 2 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16
Traffic stop. West St. 1 a.m. A 22-year-old San Francisco woman was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Traffic stop. 20600 Laguna Canyon Rd. 1:10 a.m. A 50-year-old Laguna Woods man was cited for DUI and driving with a suspended license.
Traffic collision. Beach St. 7:46 a.m. A woman suffered a medical emergency seizure and hit a building. Neither she nor her passenger were injured.
Grand theft. 2900 Zell Dr. 11 a.m. A briefcase with a zip drive, ipad and digital camera valued at $890 was taken from an unlocked vehicle.
Grand theft. 700 bock of S. Coast Hwy. 12:32 p.m. A hotel staff member who was entrusted with a wedding couple’s cash and gift cards never deposited them into the hotel safe. Investigators will follow up.
Traffic stop. 200 block of Oak St. 11:38 p.m. Morgan Dylan Ston, 42, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for DUI and held for $10,000 due to a prior conviction in 2011.
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Traffic stop. Table Rock. 1:42 a.m. A 23-year-old Carlsbad man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic stop. 200 block Jasmine St. 11:34 p.m. Scott M. Bakkum, 47, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of DUI. His bail was set at $10,000 because of a previous conviction in March.
Thursday, Oct. 18
Citizen contact. 9:16 p.m. Wilson St. A woman found a partially used syringe in a gutter near the high school and made a similar find two weeks earlier. Police found it tested positive for heroin.
Friday, Oct. 19
Battery. 1100 block of S. Coast Hwy. 1:21 a.m. Two men with visible injuries claimed that they had been struck by a bar bouncer.
Grand theft. 9:22 a.m. 700 block of Balboa Ave. Two Chinese ivory sculptures valued at $5,800 were discovered missing after an art seller received a visit from a buyer, who arrived to purchase $685 worth of items.
Property. 31100 block Coast Hwy. 9:29 a.m. A ranger found a locked 2×2 safe in parking lot bushes.
Vandalism. 2100 block of Park Ave. Thurston. 10:11 a.m. Graffiti was reported in five locations by a teacher. Removal was estimated at $1000.
Detective activity. 11 a.m. Stern St. Antonino Libero Decarlo, 45, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested for suspicion of using a false identity, stemming from his possession of IDs of other people during a drunk driving arrest in August. He was also placed on immigration hold, as he is in the country illegally from Canada, said Capt. Jason Kravetz.
Fraud. N. Stonington Rd. 11:40 a.m. A woman attempted to file a tax return which was rejected, apparently because someone else had already filed a return using her number.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Traffic stop. Bluebird Canyon. 2:11 a.m. A 40-year-old Los Angeles woman was cited for drunk driving and held for $2500 in bail.
Grand theft. Lagunita Dr. 4:51 p.m. Tenants who were evicted allegedly stole furnishings valued at $3,900.
DUI. 12-04013. N. Coast Hwy. 11:33 p.m. Nicole Fluent, 10/84, Dana Point, DUI $10,000.