Tesla Smashed in Laguna Home Burglary


A Laguna Beach resident who returned home to surprise thieves loading his belongings into a rental truck attempted to block their getaway with his Tesla, which was smashed in the process, police said Monday, March 28.

The homeowner who drove into the driveway of his home in the 1900 block of Park Avenue about 7:15 p.m. Thursday, March 24, reported seeing a second burglar flee on foot. Despite a search of the area from the air and on the ground, police were unable to locate either the damaged truck or the thief abandoned by his co-conspirator, Sgt. Tim Kleiser said.

The fleeing truck left a debris trail of both truck parts and the resident’s stolen possessions strewn along Park Avenue, the police log noted.

The homeowner was still tallying the stolen property, but estimated losses of at least $50,000, which included two expensive watches in addition to the damaged car, Kleiser said.

Monday, March 21

Burglary. 32400 block of coast Hwy. 8 a.m. Thieves attempted to gain entry.

Battery. 600 block of Park Ave. 10:38 a.m. A 16-year-old student elbowed a campus supervisor in the face.

Fraud report. 400 block of Loma Terrace. 2 p.m. A resident reported an authorized $650 credit card transaction.

Fraud. 1400 block of Bounty Way. 4:58 p.m. A resident’s identity was stolen and used to create cards in her name.

Foot patrol. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 5:44 p.m. Homeless Leslie Jan Shacklett allegedly violated the terms of a restraining order and was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Hate crime. 300 block of N. Coast Hwy. 6:23 p.m. Witnesses reported men throwing eggs from a car and yelling derogatory words about Arabs.

Traffic collision. Beach St. 11:39 p.m. Jennifer Marie Acosta, 34, was arrested for suspicion of DUI after she was observed driving the wrong way down a street and hitting a sign. Bail was set at $15,000 due to two prior offenses.

Tuesday, March 22

Burglary. 1500 block of S. Coast Hwy. 9:34 a.m. An employee discovered that thieves, who probably entered a restroom window, had ransacked a shop, making off with $6,000 worth of electronics, cash and clothing.

Burglary. 1400 block of Glenneyre St. 9:38 a.m. Paper gift certificates were stolen.

Petty theft. 2200 block of Crestview Place. 9:46 a.m. A packaged containing $19 worth of pesticides was taken the day before.

Vandalism. 300 block of Glenneyre St. 5:15 p.m. Minor damage was inflicted on a $300,000 sculpture.

Wednesday, March 23

Fraud. 500 block of Forest Ave. 10:21 a.m. A resident received word from the county recorder of suspected fraud involving a local property.

Detective activity. 33900 block El Encanto Ave., Dana Point. 3:16 p.m. Daniel Stephen Brinton, 29, of Dana Point, was arrested for suspicion of felony rape of an unconscious victim three nights earlier. A witness who saw the assault occurring spoke to the suspect, who fled the home where several people were staying the night. He was lated arrested at his home, Sgt. Tim Kleiser said.

Theft. 400 block of S. Coast Hwy. 10:48 p.m. A bike was taken.

Thursday, March 24

Fraud. 1500 block of S. Coast Hwy. 9:53 a.m. A would-be vacationer wired $780 for a rental listed on Craigslist.

Detective activity. 100 block of Chiquita St. 10:17 a.m. Christian Perez, 18, of Santa Ana, who was already in Orange County Jail for other reasons, was arrested for suspicion of felony burglary. Detectives received word that DNA on a jewelry box allegedly linked him to a local burglary that occurred April 27, 2015.

Fraud. 700 block of Bayview Place. Noon. The victim learned someone else had filed a phony tax return using his name.

Pedestrian stop. 16-01072. 500 block of Forest Ave. 12:59 p.m. James Kennedy Carrick, 24, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of possession and an outstanding drug warrant. Police say they seized 3.4 grams of meth.

Drunk driving. 2700 block of S. Coast Hwy. 4 p.m. A 28-year-old Lake Forest man was cited for DUI after colliding with a structure.

Friday, March 25

Traffic stop. 200 block of Brooks St. 1 a.m. A 43-year-old Aliso Viejo resident was cited for DUI.

DUI. 200 block of Forest Ave. 2 a.m. Doria Garcia, 27, of San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for suspicion of DUI after she plowed into a utility box, which left businesses without a landline. Bail was set at $10,000 due to a previous offense.

Petty theft. 200 block of Wave St. 5:53 p.m. Clothing that was outside and valued at $300 is missing.

Traffic stop100 block of Agate St. 10:33 p.m. Kortez Jamar Morris, 31, of Henderson, Nev., was arrested for a contempt of court warrant.

Saturday, March 26

Traffic stop. Viejo St. 12:08 a.m. A 41-year-old Huntington Beach man was cited for DUI and his passenger arrested for outstanding warrants.

Traffic stop. 30700 block of Coast Hwy. 1:45 a.m. A 45-year-old San Clemente woman was cited for DUI.

Traffic stop. 600 Laguna Canyon Rd. 2 p.m. A 28-year-old Aliso Viejo man was cited for DUI.

Stolen vehicle. N. Coast Hwy. 8:27 a.m. Alicia Clark, 34, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for suspicion of auto theft, behind the wheel of a car stolen two days earlier in Inglewood.

Stolen vehicle. 3100 block of Mountain View Dr. 9 a.m. A black Volvo parked overnight went missing.

Burglary. 200 block of Forest Ave. 4 p.m. A business reported the theft of jewelry.

Drunk driving. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 5:22 p.m. Allan Anthony Bulsiewicz, 68, of Stanton, was arrested for suspicion of felony hit and run following a collision where one person was injured.

Occupied vehicle. 31700 block of Coast Hwy. 9:36 p.m. Anilera Maria Rowe, 20, of Orange, and two 16-year-olds were charged with various misdemeanors. Police seized nitrous oxide, Xanax and .68 grams of meth.

Sunday, March 27

Traffic stop. Nyes Place. 2 a.m. Julio Cesar Mendoza, 29, of Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior arrest.

Occupied vehicle. 600 block of N. Coast Hwy. 2 a.m. Chad Vandenlangenberg, 49, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Traffic stop. Calliope St. 3:36 a.m. A 26-year-old San Diego man was arrested for drug paraphernalia.

Vehicle burglary. La Costa Ct. 11 a.m. A wallet was taken from an unlocked car.

Vehicle burglary. Carmel Ct. 12:59 p.m. A checkbook was rifled through.

Vehicle burglary. 1100 block of N. Coast Hwy. 1:22 p.m. Items are missing.

Vehicle burglary. La Costa Ct. 4:31 p.m. A possibly unlocked vehicle was entered.





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  1. How is it possible that both a suspect on foot and another in a damaged truck evaded local Police? my God, there’s only three streets in and out of town. A bunch of boy scouts could have caught them.


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