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Thieves Steal Sculpture


Santa Fe artist Mark White’s stainless steel and copper sculpture, “Flame II,” valued at $1,950, disappeared from outside 44 North Gallery, 484 N. Coast Highway, last Sunday, April 24, the gallery owner said.

The artist creates kinetic pole sculptures. “Flame II” was installed in December.

Several of a dozen other pieces outside the gallery were also found loose, said Robert Kronquist, who is adding additional braces to the remaining sculptures and considering adding a video surveillance camera. “I was suspicious they might come back the next night,” he said, adding that other works by White were stolen from outside a La Jolla gallery recently, too.

“The officer told me it more than likely will turn up on Craig’s List,” said Kronquist, whose father rented gallery space for 23 years to artist Bob Schaar, who recently retired.


Spring Break Crime Spree

Two 17-year-old Laguna Beach boys, including one who is a resident of Three Arch Bay, were arrested on the first day of spring break for suspicion of burglary and theft late last Monday, April 18.

Owners of at least 15 unlocked vehicles along S. La Senda, N. Portola Road, and S. Bay Drive near the private community’s clubhouse the next morning reported finding pilfering, ranging from iPods to sunglasses and skateboards, police Sgt. Louis Callus said. The burglary charge was for entering a garage where the vehicles were parked, she said.

Neither of the boys attend Laguna Beach High School, she said. The boys were charged but picked up by parents, the log said.


Mother Arrested for Child Endangerment

A 41-year-old resident was arrested for suspicion of child endangerment and held for $100,000 bail on Tuesday, April 19, after her 13-year-old son slid from the hood of a moving car while trying to halt his mother’s progress, according to police. The boy suffered minor abrasions to a forearm, Callus said.

A dispute between Kerry Michelle Regan and her son escalated when she threatened to kill herself and drove off, which ended with her arrest in the 500 block of Anita Street about 10:14 p.m. for DUI as well as the other charge, Callus said. Regan has a previous DUI conviction in the past 10 years, she said.



Monday, April 18

Grand theft. 3:52 p.m. 500 block of Ramona Ave. A $1,000 laptop was swiped from an unlocked vehicle.

Tuesday, April 19

Fraud. 11:32 a.m. 100 block of San Tropez Court. An unauthorized $800 purchase was made at a Laguna Hills Rite Aid with a credit card still in the owner’s possession.

Fraud. 2:18 p.m. 1300 block of Ensenada Ave. More than $300 in unauthorized charges were made to a credit card that had not been misplaced.

Vehicle burglary. 3:48 p.m. 2800 block of Chateau Way. A laptop computer worth $1,400 was taken from a locked vehicle.

Disturbance. 11:29 p.m. 400 block of Cypress Dr. A 16-year-old Laguna boy and a 15-year-old Aliso Viejo boy were cited for pot possession after neighbors complaine about a loud party. Police confiscated three grams of marijuana as well as several bongs and pipes.

Wednesday, April 20

Burglary. 200 block of Ocean Ave. Vandals attempted to break into an office.

Traffic stop. 12:21 p.m. Legion St. Two of four juveniles, neither local residents, were cited for pot possession and released after a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. Police seized 5.5 ounces.

Suspicious. 1:23 p.m. 1300 block of Cliff Drive. A man who brought a newly purchased car in for service discovered the online service in Kentucky sold him a vehicle with a stolen plate, thought the vehicle itself was not stolen.

Vandalism. 5:36 p.m. 2500 block of Bonita Way. Someone tried to steal rims from a car.

Grand theft. 8:27 p.m. Alta Laguna Park. A purse with $30 was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

Thursday, April 21

Traffic stop. 2:17 a.m. 31000 block of Coast Hwy. A 21-year-old Mission Viejo man was arrested for DUI and his 20-year-old passenger Bryan Douglas Jackson arrested for suspicion of giving a false identity to police. Bail was set at $20,000.

Grand theft. 12:44 p.m. 2700 block of Victoria Dr. A baseball bag with $1,500 worth of gear was stolen from a front porch.

Traffic collision. 9:53 p.m. At Sawdust Festival. Two meters were mowed down by a hit and run suspect.

Friday, April 22

Traffic stop. 2:10 a.m. 200 block of Anita St. An Oceanside woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 3:30 a.m. S. Coast Hwy. A 22-year-old from New Jersey was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Saturday, April 23

Vehicle burglary. 11:55 a.m. 2500 block of Park Ave. The window of a vehicle was smashed and unspecified items taken.

Traffic stop. 7:41 p.m. West St. A 21-year-old Laguna Niguel man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Sunday, April 24

Traffic stop. 1:18 a.m. 30600 block of Coast Hwy. A 28-year-old Irvine man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 1:57 a.m. Wesley Drive. A 39-year-old Laguna Niguel man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Petty theft. 2:40 p.m. 200 block of Dolphin Way. Small electronics items and sunglasses together valued at $800 disappeared from an unlocked car.

Burglary. 2500 block of Kilo Way. Someone entered a garage and took items worth $850 from a vehicle.

Traffic stop. 11:18 p.m. 600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. A 20-year-old Huntington Beach man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.


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