Realtor Turns Squatter
The out-of-town owner of a vacant Loretta Drive home listed for sale reported discovering Sunday that her listing agent had set up an unauthorized office in the dwelling, according to police.
The agent, who allegedly had been fired by a local real estate broker, had activated utilities using the homeowner’s personal identification and possibly moved into the home, said Sgt. Robert Rahaeuser.
Defunct Gallery Stiffs Consignee
The owner of a painting consigned to a now defunct Laguna Beach gallery reported to police last Monday that the owner allegedly was refusing to return his property. The painting owner suggested there were other victims as well.
Monday, Sept. 19
Vandalism. 20500 Laguna Canyon Rd. Three subjects locked in a storage facility after closing time disengaged the motor on a gate to exit.
Fraud. 11:15 a.m. 700 block of Bolsana Dr. A woman discovered that someone had used her credit card to make multiple unauthorized purchases totaling $3,000.
Suspicious activitiy. 11:32 a.m. 1100 block of Coast Hwy. An employee of a store reported two men had entered the shop and appeared to be casing the business.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Fraud. 8:37 a.m. A tourist reported $600 in unauthorized charges to a credit card lost in San Francisco.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Traffic stop. West St. A 56-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Traffic stop. West St. A 23-year-old Las Vegas woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Attempted extortion. 11:16 a.m. PD. A woman reported being contacted by an Iranian magazine editor that allegedly demanded money for withholding publication of a picture of her husband, who has been arrested for sex crimes.
Lost property. Ocean Ave. Someone reported losing $145 in $5 bills in the street.
Thursday, Sept. 22
Traffic stop. 12:47 a.m. West St. John Elmer Garrett, 20, of Huntington Beach, was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana and less than two grams of hashish. Bail was set at $20,000.
Illegal lodging. 12:48 a.m. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. Five citations were issued for illegal lodging.
DUI. 1:34 a.m. 1200 block of Coast Hwy. A citizen reported seeing Jason Oaxaca Shaeffer stumble into a car. The 50-year-old Arizona man was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 due to a prior offense in 2003.
Traffic stop. 2:14 a.m. West St. A 45-year-old Laguna Niguel man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Traffic stop. 11:43 p.m. Brian Daniels Alberts, 33, of Apple Valley, was arrested for alleged DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior offense in 2004.
Illegal lodging. 11:54 p.m. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. Three citations for illegal lodging.
Friday, Sept. 23
Traffic stop. 12:36 a.m. Jasmine St. A San Diego woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Traffic stop. 2L34 a.m. 1400 block of N. Coast Hwy. A Los Angeles man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Fire. 9:14 p.m. 1400 Terrace Way. Neighbors knocked down a hedge fire apparently ignited by a blow out by an electric light.
Fire. 9:49 p.m. Laguna Canyon Rd. A sig alert was declared on southbound lanes of 133 due to a Winnebago fire near the Nix Center.
Traffic stop. 11:20 p.m. Gaviota Dr. A 60-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Saturday, Sept. 24
DUI. 12:29 a.m. Beverly St. A 59-year-old Massachusetts resident reported straddling lanes was arrested and held for DUI.
Traffic stop. 2:38 a.m. Broadway St. A 40-year-old Mission Viejo woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Traffic stop. 9:25 p.m. 2200 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. Lygia Robbins Dubin, 56, of Irvine, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $15,000 bail due to two prior offenses.