Street Beat


Error Escalates into Tense Moment

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy

Laguna Beach police detained at gunpoint two male juveniles, who were later released without charge, on Sunday about 10:15 p.m. in the 300 block of Crescent Bay due to an  erroneous report.

Officers were responding to a report by a Newport Beach resident that tailed a car into Laguna driven by an armed man that had entered a residence and then fled. Police concluded the resident followed the wrong vehicle, Sgt. Louise Callus said.

No weapon was found in the car driven by juveniles, she said.

Heart Sick Over Craft Theft

An 11-foot-tall paper mache mailbox giraffe and distinctive neighborhood landmark on Temple Terrace Drive was discovered missing early Monday, May 30, by its owner.

“We’re heartbroken,” said longtime resident Bonnie Stormont, whose husband, Paul Maddux, made the chicken wire creature sometime around 2002. “It’s been part of the family a long time,” she said.

The vandals apparently did not treat the creature kindly, pulling out some of her mane. Even so, “I’d like it to be returned, no questions asked,” said Stormont, pointing out that tampering with a mailbox could be prosecuted as a federal offense.

Teens Cited for Curfew

At least 35 teens fled a home under construction in the 300 block of Crescent Bay Drive when police arrived about 10:15 p.m. Sunday, May 29, in answer to a disturbance complaint.

About 25 teens were issued curfew violation citations, Sgt. Callus said.

A contractor reported at least $1,000 worth of unspecified damage to the home.


Monday, May 23

Grand theft. 5:55 p.m. 600 block of Glenneyre St. The cable to a $5,000 mountain bike, locked in a carport, was severed and the bike stolen.

Tuesday, May 24

Grand theft. 9:58 a.m. Montage. A guest reported the disappearance of $5,000 worth of jewelry from a suitcase handled by a bellman.

Car burglary. 10 a.m. 31800 block of Hedge Lane. Coins, an iPod and radar, gear valued at $800, was swiped from a car overnight.

Suspicious. 2:30 p.m. 300 block of Ocean Ave. A business received a package shipped from India that was never ordered which contained dozens of pills labeled as the narcotic  hydrocodone. In fact, the pills were fake.

Bank robbery. 2:42 p.m. Grandbriar. Aliso Viejo. Bill Wright Wills, 22, of Laguna Beach, as well as Miliano John Trujillo, 19, of Aliso Viejo, and Daniel Nathan Hansen, 20, of Laguna Niguel, were all arrested for suspicion of robbing U.S. Bank the previous day. Bail was set at $100,000 each.

Traffic stop. 11:39 p.m. 1100 block of N. Coast Hwy. A 50-year-old Newport Beach man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Wednesday, May 25

Grand theft. 8 a.m. 100 block of S. Balboa Ave. Thieves stole a laptop worth $800 through an open sunroof of a vehicle.

Fraud. 10 a.m. 600 block of Ramona Ave. A victim reported receiving a collection letter on an unauthorized credit card account.

Thursday, May 26

Traffic stop. 7 a.m. N. Coast Hwy. The passenger and driver in a vehicle pulled over for having two different license plates were arrested for outstanding warrants.

Sexual battery. 1:46 p.m. PD. A woman who reported waking up in an unfamiliar car has prompted an investigation for possible sexual battery.

Friday, May 27

Vehicle burglary. 6:17 a.m. 400 block of Graceland Dr. Items were taken from two vehicles, at least one of them unlocked.

Search warrant. 12:21 P.M. San Clemente. About seven pounds of marijuana were seized and two men arrested for suspicion of possessing pot for sale. Both were held for $25,000 bail.

Theft. 2:39 p.m. 500 block of Through St. Golf clubs left in a backyard were stolen.

Traffic stop. 3:25 p.m. Canyon Acres. Anthony Lane, 54, of Los Angeles, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Theft. 7:45 p.m. 600 block of Lombardy Lane. A GPS unit was taken from an unlocked vehicle.

Traffic stop. 11:41 p.m. 300 block of Third St. Karl Steinberg, 38, of Mission Viejo, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior conviction.

Saturday, May 28

Traffic stop. 12:01 a.m. Vista del Sol. A 34-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 12:09 a.m. 600 block of S. Coast Hwy. An 18-year-old Orange man was arrested for drunk driving and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 12:12 a.m. Montage Resort Drive. Scott Pappas, 52, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior offense within 10 years.

Occupied vehicle. 12:50 a.m. 200 block of Ocean Ave. Blake William Stoudt, 27, of Anaheim, was arrested for suspicion of possessing 11.9 grams of marijuana and 2.4 grams of hash and was held for $20,000 bail.

Traffic stop. 1:36 a.m. Pearl St. A 22-year-old Washington man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 2:36 a.m. 100 block of S. Coast Hwy. Mark Edwin Hogan, 28, of Coto de Caza was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $15,000 bail due to two prior offenses.

Property found. 5:25 p.m. 500 Goff St. The grateful owner of a lost wallet containing $867 in cash left the finder a $40 reward.

Sunday, May 29

Traffic stop. 1:40 a.m. El Morro Rd. Corneliu Barbee, of Santa Barbara, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior offense.

Traffic stop. 7:40 p.m. 200 block of Legion St. A Laguna Beach man, 28, was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Monday, May 20

Burglary. 12:48 a.m. Glenneyre. Brian Robert Schaar, 25, of Lake
Forest, was arrested for suspicion of burglary after being observed swiping a beer. He was held for $20,000 bail.

Fraud. 4:43 p.m. 800 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. Unknown suspects accessed accounts and siphoned off $25,000.

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