Newport police arrested a Nevada man on Wednesday who used his own cell phone to video himself swiping a stuffed bee from the Don’t Worry Be Happy Foundation store in Laguna Beach.
The man and his three companions were detained at gunpoint in the parking lot of Newport Beach’s Baja Fresh, where their vehicle was spotted, said Laguna Beach police Lt. Jason Kravetz.
The initial caller described a struggle over the stuffed animal, which is why it was classified as a robbery, Kravetz said. Newport police were notified the suspect vehicle headed north from 1042 N. Coast Highway. “After interviewing everyone involved, it boiled down to a petty theft only,” he said.
The occupants were detained until the victim, operator of the store that donates part of its proceeds to cancer groups, identified the suspect., Kravetz said. The stuffed bee was recovered in the back seat of the visitors’ vehicle.
Sebastian Montes, 21, of Henderson, Nev., was cited for petty theft, Kravetz said.
Monday, May 28
Assault. 5:12 p.m. S. Coast Hwy. A man reported that he had been assaulted earlier in the day on Main Beach by a man he knows. the victim did not suffer any injuries.
Traffic stop. 6:33 p.m. Ninth Ave. A 54-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic stop. 8 p.m. Thalia St. A 26-year-old from Moreno Valley was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Tuesday, May 29
Traffic stop. 1 a.m. Carmelita St. A 19-year-old boy from Laguna Beach was arrested for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Domestic violence. 1:35 p.m. 200 block St. Ann’s Drive. Benjamin Schachtschneider, 29, was arrested for felony domestic violence and held for $50,000 bail as his girlfriend had visible injuries as a result of a fight.
Traffic stop. 11:16 p.m. A 26-year-old Corona resident was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Wednesday, May 30
Traffic stop. 1:52 a.m. West St. A 25-year-old Tustin man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Medical aid. 2:34 p.m. 300 block Cozumel. A 39-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery and held for $10,000 bail.
Traffic collision. 4:21 p.m. 1700 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. Traffic was backed up for an hour as a result of rear-end collisions involving three vehicles in stop-and-go traffic. One motorist complained of neck pain.
Thursday, May 31
Fraud. 10:20 a.m. 900 block of Skyline Drive. Someone opened a wireless phone account and purchased a $79 cellphone using the victim’s identity.
Traffic stop. 10:28 a.m. 600 block Anita St. A 23-year-old man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Traffic stop. 3 p.m. Coast Hwy. A Newport Beach man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Fraud. 3:24 p.m. 500 block of Coast Hwy. Someone is trying to file tax return using a resident’s name.
Traffic collision. 6:43 p.m. Cleo St. Traffic was blocked temporarily as a result of collision where a 63-year-old Laguna Niguel man was arrested and held for $2,500 bail.
Traffic stop. 11:27 p.m. 1300 block of N. Coast Hwy. A 26-year-old Long Beach man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Friday, June 1
Traffic stop. 12:44 a.m.. Mountain St. Jeffrey David Mabbutt, 46, of Tujunga was arrested for a second drunk driving arrest and an outstanding $50,000 warrant for drunk driving out of Los Angeles County.
Traffic stop. 1:54 a.m. Broadway Pl. A 23-year-old Costa Mesa woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Saturday, June 2
Traffic stop. 1:53 a.m. 1300 block of Gaviota St. A 23-year-old Laguna Niguel man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Traffic stop. 2:31 a.m. 400 block of Ocean Ave. A 21-year-old Laguna Niguel man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic stop. 3:01 Pearl St. A 49-year-old San Clemente woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Fraud. 9:13 a.m. 1400 block of Bounty Way. A resident reported that someone transferred $80,000 out of a stock account into three different banks. The transactions were caught and the money returned.
Grand theft. 1:37 p.m. 1200 block of S. Coast Hwy. A five-foot talk copper and stone fountain worth $3,000 was stolen off the wall of a business.
Grand theft. 1:48 p.m. Smithcliffs Rd. A hostess who fell asleep at a party awoke to find her purse and its contents, together valued at $2,300, missing.
Traffic collision. 9:39 p.m. Coast Hwy. Three vehicles were involved and a 34-year-old Dana Point man arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2500.
Sunday, June 3
Traffic stop. Legion St. 12:24 a.m. Thomas Lee Granger, 30, of La Verne, was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $10,000 due to a prior offense.
Traffic stop. 1 a.m. Glenneyre St. A 54-year-old Alta Loma man was cited for DUI and held for $2500.
Traffic stop. 2:44 a.m. A 33-year-old Dana Point man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500.
Hit & run. 9 p.m. 700 block of Bluebird Canyon Dr. A 67-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.