Suspected Car Thief Eludes Police Search

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By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent

Laguna Beach police are asking for the help of residents in locating a car thief who got away on foot during a chase Sunday afternoon.

It all started when police officers spotted a black 1998 Honda CRV, reported as stolen out of Santa Ana, in the downtown area just before 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

Police attempted to pull the car over and chased the suspect south until he turned toward the ocean on St. Ann’s Drive. The suspect bailed and ran from the car, and officers chased him on foot on the beach until he disappeared up private stairs and into the 700 block of Gaviota Street.

A police dog from Newport Beach PD and Anaheim’s police helicopter were both called in to assist with the search.

Residents in the 700 block of Gaviota were told to stay inside and keep their doors and windows shut for about an hour during the search.  Police did not believe the man was armed but urged precaution.

“It’s advised during a foot chase of any kind, to tell residents to keep their doors and windows shut,” said Laguna Beach police Sgt. Jim Cota.  “We want people safe.”

The suspect was described as being a balding white male wearing black pants and a gray shirt.

Residents should call police at 949 497-0701 to report anything suspicious.


Monday, April 17

Suspicious. 3200 block of Alta Laguna Blvd. 3:56 p.m. Police allege Anthony Tabarsi, 52, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for threatening to deter officers from performing their duties. Bail was set at $50,000 bail.

Tuesday, April 18

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian. Forest Ave. 10:08 a.m. A pedestrian in a crosswalk suffered head and knee pain after being struck by a turning vehicle. The driver was found at fault.

Warrant arrest. 400 block of E. Center St. Anaheim. Cherida Angelica Arias, 38, of Anaheim, was arrested for suspicion of hitting a Laguna Beach bar patron in the face with a glass on March 10. She was identified through video surveillance.

Traffic stop. 2:19 p.m. China Marisa Covarrubias, 37, of Dana Point, was arrested for two outstanding warrants.

Warrant service. 1700 block of S. Coast Hwy. Bailey Contino, 20, of Irvine, was arrested for a robbery warrant of $75,000.

Traffic stop. Wesley Drive. 5:11 p.m. Bradly Richard Monclova, 30, of Redondo Beach, was arrested for four misdemeanor warrants.

Public intoxication. Sleepy Hollow. 10:12 p.m. Two women from Orange, one 18 and the other 20, were both arrested for public drunkenness after stumbling in an alley. Wednesday, April 19

Vandalism. 1000 block of Baja St. 1:23 p.m. Lug nuts on a car were loosened intentionally.

Vandalism. 200 block of Chiquita St. 3:18 p.m. Someone did $900 worth of damage to sprinklers.

Property. 700 block of St. Ann’s Dr. 7:56 p.m. A resident returned home after a week’s absence to find a double barrel shotgun missing.

Thursday, April 20

Pedestrian stop. 300 block of Broadway. 1:39 a.m. Michelle Lynn Simms, 28, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for a warrant.

Disturbance. 800 block of S. Coast Hwy. Police arrested Amanda Leigh Jacobson, 35, of Cypress, for warrants in the wake of a report about her strange behavior.

Vehicle burglary. 1400 block of N. Coast Hwy. 11:24 a.m. Items were taken from inside vehicle.

Stolen vehicle. Ledroit St. Noon. Edgardo Navarro Vaca, 33, of Long Beach, was arrested for suspicion of auto theft and an outstanding warrant.

DUI. 31300 block of Coast Hwy. 6:38 p.m. A 72-year-old woman who hit a parked car was arrested for suspicion of DUI and released to a responsible adult.

Friday, April 20

Drunk driving. Canyon Acres. 12:24 a.m. A 20-year-old Las Vegas man was cited for DUI and his passenger, Noah Christian Loer, 20, of Claremont, for arrested for suspicion of transporting marijuana. His bail was set at $25,000.

Traffic stop. Thalia St. 1:33 a.m. A 23-year-old Tustin man was cited for DUI.

Grand theft. 100 block of N. Coast Hwy. 9:14 a.m. A city-owned emergency radio went missing.

Fraud. 300 block of High Drive. 1:36 p.m. Someone used a resident’s identity to open a credit card.

Theft. 400 block of Center Street. 1:50 p.m. A thief took two tables valued at $150 from a garage.

Reckless driving. Locust Street. 3 p.m. After a witness reported a wrong way driver, police arrested Adam Stuart Zuckerman, 46, of Irvine, for suspicion of DUI and held him for $10,000 bail due to prior offense.

Foot patrol. 31100 block of Coast Hwy. Four kids from Laguna Niguel were cited for possessing alcohol.

Traffic stop. Glenneyre St. 11 p.m. Darryl Anthony Golliday, 52, of Anaheim, was cited for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior offense.

Vandalism. 1400 block of S. Coast Hwy. 11:51 p.m. A 38-year-old San Diego man who used his prosthetic leg to smash a window was arrested for suspicion of vandalism. He was cited and released.

Saturday, April 22

Vehicle burglary. 2800 block of S. Coast Hwy. 1:29 p.m. Gift cards and a briefcase were stolen from a locked vehicle.

Medical. Eiler Larson Lane. 4:43 p.m. A skateboarder suffered a possible broken leg after colliding with several vehicles.

Vehicle vs. pedestrian. Camel Point Drive. 9:41 p.m. A 15-year-old Huntington Beach girl suffered a laceration when struck by the side mirror of a passing car as she walked around a parked car on Coast Highway. The motorist in a newer model silver four-door sedan with tinted windows did not stop.

Municipal violation. 1300 block of Circle Way. 11:17 p.m. Four juveniles were detained for curfew violations.

Traffic stop. 30600 block of Coast Hwy. 11:47 p.m. A 60-year-old Laguna Niguel woman was cited for DUI.

Sunday, April 23

Traffic stop. Thalia St. A 26-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for DUI.

Traffic stop. 17-01461. Legion St. 1:17 p.m. Brittany Lynn Rockfield, 20, of Maryland Heights, was arrested for a warrant and suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.

Traffic collision. Broadway St. 3:45 a.m. A 25-year-old motorist from Rialto who drove his vehicle into light was arrested for DUI.

Theft. 31900 block of Coast Hwy. 10:32 a.m. A man with a knitted backpack is suspected in the theft of several phones from the beach.

Domestic violence. 600 block of Ramona Ave. 3:54 p.m. Travis Charles Booth, 27, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of felony domestic violence after he allegedly choked a woman and threatened her.















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  1. The stupidity of chasing a car theft suspect through crowded city streets and crosswalks full of people is only bested by the hilarity of losing him in a foot chase on the beach.


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