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Legion Gets on Base Despite Steal by Thieves

Pin stripe jerseys for 12 players on the American Legion Little League team, including socks, belts and hats, disappeared from a Skyline driveway last month, days before the season opened last month though the theft was only reported last week, according to police and Little League officials.

The $1,165 theft is a costly loss for the league, which pays for the uniforms from player fees, said league president Jennifer Sweet. The loss was a bummer for the kids, too, who had to start the season in t-shirts rather than uniforms. The uniforms were set out overnight for pick up by the coach, police Sgt. Louise Callus said.

“I don’t know what kind of person(s) would steal youth baseball uniforms, but it has caused us to rethink how safe it is to leave something on a doorstep for someone to pick up,” said Sweet, explaining that the delay in reporting the theft was due to preoccupation with outfitting players for opening day.

Monday, April 4

Traffic collision. 9 a.m. Laguna Avenue. A pedestrian sustained a quarter-sized scrape to the knee after being hit by a car in a crosswalk.

Vandalism. 11:23 a.m. Laguna Terrace Park. For the second time in three weeks, someone has driven a survey stake into a driveway.

Theft. 2:30 p.m. 800 block of Coast Highway. Conduit worth $400 was stolen from a job site.

Burglary. 4:10 p.m. 1200 block of Coast Highway. Golf clubs valued at $2,000 were stolen from a storage garage over the past weekend.

Pedestrian stop. 7:07 p.m. 300 block of Glenneyre. A 30-year-old Newport Beach man was arrested for warrants and providing false information after an argument with a girlfriend drew the attention of police.

Tuesday, April 5

Traffic stop. 1:44 a.m. Mermaid Street. A 52-year-old local resident was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Stake out. 7:44 a.m. Dana Point. Tasha Nicole Lewis, 28, was arrested for suspicion of felony forgery and burglary and held for $20,000 bail. The former employee of a Laguna Beach doctor allegedly forged several prescriptions, Sgt. Louise Callus said.

Defrauding innkeeper. 1 p.m. 800 block of Coast Highway. Guests at a hotel skipped out on a $295 bill.

Wednesday, April 6

Burglary. 8:14 a.m. 800 Wendt Terrace. A briefcase and computer cumulatively valued at $3,000 was taken from an unlocked car inside a partially open garage.

Detective activity. 10:55 a.m. LBHS. A ninth-grade male juvenile was taken into custody as a result of a marijuana sales investigation. No further details were available.

Petty theft. 11:36 a.m. 500 block of Through Street. Thieves took a $150 baseball uniform, hidden in a tree for use later.

Stolen vehicle. 12:18 p.m. 3000 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. A jeep left for maintenance with the keys inside was stolen but recovered in Irvine.

Fraud. 12:59 p.m. N. La Senda. Someone used a resident’s address and social security number to buy a Ford vehicle with a $13,000 loan. The victim discovered the theft from a a collection letter.

Traffic stop. 11: 59 p.m. Montage Drive. A 50-year-old Laguna Niguel man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Thursday, April 7

Petty theft. 7:16 a.m. 500 block of Park Avenue. A large cactus was dug up and stolen overnight.

Traffic collision. 8:31 a.m. 600 block of S. Coast Highway. Southbound lanes were blocked for 20 minutes as a result of a two-car collision that resulted in injuries to a female driver.

Welfare check. 9:11 a.m. 1400 block of N. Coast Highway. A 36-year-old old local woman was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and outstanding warrants.

Traffic stop. 11 p.m. Moss Street. A 30-year-old Newport Coast man spent the rest of his birthday in jail, arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 11:55 p.m. 200 block of Brooks Street. A 20-year-old Villa Park man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Friday, April 8

Traffic stop. 2:11 a.m. Bluebird Canyon Drive. Shira Nizan, 24, of Dana Point, was arrested for suspicion of selling marijuana. Scales, baggies, and 7.5 grams of marijuana was found in her vehicle, police said.

Traffic stop. 7:31 a.m. 300 block of Glenneyre St. A 16-year-old LBHS student was detained after police found a gram of pot in his car. He was released to parents.

Vehicle burglary. 10 a.m. San Tropez Ct. Thieves stole a GPS unit and vandalized the interior of a car.

Suspicious. 9 a.m. 20000 Laguna Canyon Rd. Convicted felon Richard Hibbard, 27, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for failing to register his residency within five days. He moved in last month.

Traffic stop. 8:29 p.m. 800 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. A 62-year-old resident was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Saturday, April 9

Traffic stop. 12:12 a.m. 300 Ocean Ave. A 37-year-old Trabuco Canyon man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 2:03 a.m. 300 block of Cress St. A 31-year-old local man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 10:37 P.M. Mountain Rd. Cindy Beck, 40, of Irvine, was arrested for DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a second offense in 10 years. Friends picked up her dogs.

Sunday, April 10

Traffic stop. 3:09 a.m. 200 block of Thalia St. A 21-year-old Rancho Palos Verdes man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic collision. 7:20 a.m. 20500 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. A driver with a suspended license driving southbound crossed into the northbound land and hit two unoccupied parked cars. A passenger complained of shoulder pain but denied medical attention.

Traffic stop. 10:44 p.m. A 21-year-old Redondo Beach woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Monday, April 11

Traffic stop. 1:42 a.m. 700 block of Bluebird Canyon Dr. A 23-year-old local woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.



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