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January 27, 2008
After the authorities managed to piece together what happened and let us know, it sounded like a Michael Mann movie. Three men burst into a Costa Mesa bank, order customers to the floor and march employees into the vault. They grab the cash and dash to a getaway car dumped just a few blocks away so they can make a sneaky switch to another getaway car. The bad guys ducked down in the back seat so they could make the proverbial clean getaway, but a brave witness tips police in pursuit about the maneuver so authorities can keep up the chase.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | February 5, 2010
In the moments after a shotgun blast wounded a 15-year-old girl in the chest in a Costa Mesa neighborhood in 2008, it was chaos, police said in court Friday. As the assailant ran back to an awaiting getaway car, witnesses said that a crowd, which had gathered outside during the attack, scattered. One Costa Mesa officer testified that he arrived on scene and found one of the victim’s friends kneeling by the teenage girl’s side. The officer said that he covered her wounds with a towel to soak up the blood.
NEWS
June 10, 2000
-- Sue Doyle Costa Mesa police are still looking for two men they believe robbed a Bristol Street bank at gunpoint Thursday and then fled on foot with a cash-stuffed duffel bag. Authorities said the two men entered Downey Savings and Loan at 3200 Bristol St. around 3:30 p.m. Each pulled out semiautomatic guns and ordered everyone, including three customers, into a break room. There were no reported injuries in the holdup. One of the robbers handed the bank manager a duffel bag for the money, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Don Holford.
NEWS
May 21, 2002
Costa Mesa police are looking for an armed robber who reportedly got away with an undisclosed amount of money from the Vons supermarket in the 100 block of East 17th Street on Monday afternoon, officials said. Police said the man approached a checker with a small handgun and demanded money. He took the cash and ran over a fence into a getaway car and drove away, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dale Birney. Birney said several customers at the supermarket ran after the alleged robber.
NEWS
November 7, 2008
Investigators suspect that two Newport Beach gas station convenience store hold-ups in October were the work of the same robber, they announced Friday. In an Oct. 3 stick-up, two men strong-armed the clerk at a Chevron gas station convenience store, 2546 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, about 9:45 p.m. One man restrained the clerk while the other took about $300 in cash from the drawer, police said. A Shell Gas Station at 1600 Jamboree Road was held up at gun point about 7:25 p.m. Oct. 24 and the robber took about $150, police said.
NEWS
December 14, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- Police arrested a 32-year-old man Wednesday who they say is the "Yellow Jacket Bandit" suspected in a string of robberies in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. Police made the arrest after tracking down Michael Dunkovich's car and waiting for him to return to it. Dunkovich is suspected of robbing three Costa Mesa gas stations and one Huntington Beach liquor store since Saturday. "He always had a yellow denim jacket, which he either wore or draped over his arm while he carried a gun," said Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick.
LOCAL
December 29, 2006
Two suspected of Costa Mesa purse-snatchings When Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of kidnapping in Mission Viejo, the original charge didn't pan out. But when they stopped the car described in the tip, it led them to two men accused of a Costa Mesa mugging that same night. David Montes, 22, of San Juan Capistrano and Karl English, 21, of Laguna Nigel were arrested on suspicion of robbery, possession of stolen property, and narcotics possession, Costa Mesa police said.
NEWS
September 7, 2002
Last Tuesday, very early in the morning, some locals spent considerable time and effort to toilet paper (TP) more than 60 trees on the median of Mesa Verde Drive West. Farther down the street after it turns into Placentia Avenue, words were TP'd on the hillside at Fairview Park. There are conflicting reports about what was written. I have heard that what appeared was a combination of "freshman die," "'03," "sailors" or "Dad -- please buy more TP." It's all part of a back-to-school tradition.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller and Kelly Strodl | January 24, 2008
Authorities recovered money that was stolen Tuesday morning from a Costa Mesa bank, a spokeswoman for the FBI confirmed Wednesday. Police recovered a number of large and small bills from two suspects who were arrested Tuesday and found additional money in their car, said spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Bystanders returned bills thrown out of the fleeing car. Eimiller said police did not know yet how much money had been reclaimed. “They got away with large and small bills, so we haven’t totally evaluated the sum that was taken,” she said.
NEWS
August 11, 2002
If you can't do the time, don't do the crime. Always good advice. Some interesting items in the Costa Mesa crime file this week, to say nothing of some very pretty cars. Let's get the moral of the story out of the way right up front: If you are a bad person who does bad things, don't pick a Lamborghini for your getaway car. In the early evening of Wednesday last, I found myself in front of a television -- a place where I can often be found. I was paying scant attention, until the "Breaking News" graphic caught my eye. Actually, what really brought me to full point were the two words beneath the graphic -- "Costa" and "Mesa."
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By Joseph Serna | February 5, 2010
In the moments after a shotgun blast wounded a 15-year-old girl in the chest in a Costa Mesa neighborhood in 2008, it was chaos, police said in court Friday. As the assailant ran back to an awaiting getaway car, witnesses said that a crowd, which had gathered outside during the attack, scattered. One Costa Mesa officer testified that he arrived on scene and found one of the victim’s friends kneeling by the teenage girl’s side. The officer said that he covered her wounds with a towel to soak up the blood.
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NEWS
November 7, 2008
Investigators suspect that two Newport Beach gas station convenience store hold-ups in October were the work of the same robber, they announced Friday. In an Oct. 3 stick-up, two men strong-armed the clerk at a Chevron gas station convenience store, 2546 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, about 9:45 p.m. One man restrained the clerk while the other took about $300 in cash from the drawer, police said. A Shell Gas Station at 1600 Jamboree Road was held up at gun point about 7:25 p.m. Oct. 24 and the robber took about $150, police said.
NEWS
January 27, 2008
After the authorities managed to piece together what happened and let us know, it sounded like a Michael Mann movie. Three men burst into a Costa Mesa bank, order customers to the floor and march employees into the vault. They grab the cash and dash to a getaway car dumped just a few blocks away so they can make a sneaky switch to another getaway car. The bad guys ducked down in the back seat so they could make the proverbial clean getaway, but a brave witness tips police in pursuit about the maneuver so authorities can keep up the chase.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller and Kelly Strodl | January 24, 2008
Authorities recovered money that was stolen Tuesday morning from a Costa Mesa bank, a spokeswoman for the FBI confirmed Wednesday. Police recovered a number of large and small bills from two suspects who were arrested Tuesday and found additional money in their car, said spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Bystanders returned bills thrown out of the fleeing car. Eimiller said police did not know yet how much money had been reclaimed. “They got away with large and small bills, so we haven’t totally evaluated the sum that was taken,” she said.
LOCAL
December 29, 2006
Two suspected of Costa Mesa purse-snatchings When Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of kidnapping in Mission Viejo, the original charge didn't pan out. But when they stopped the car described in the tip, it led them to two men accused of a Costa Mesa mugging that same night. David Montes, 22, of San Juan Capistrano and Karl English, 21, of Laguna Nigel were arrested on suspicion of robbery, possession of stolen property, and narcotics possession, Costa Mesa police said.
NEWS
September 7, 2002
Last Tuesday, very early in the morning, some locals spent considerable time and effort to toilet paper (TP) more than 60 trees on the median of Mesa Verde Drive West. Farther down the street after it turns into Placentia Avenue, words were TP'd on the hillside at Fairview Park. There are conflicting reports about what was written. I have heard that what appeared was a combination of "freshman die," "'03," "sailors" or "Dad -- please buy more TP." It's all part of a back-to-school tradition.
NEWS
August 11, 2002
If you can't do the time, don't do the crime. Always good advice. Some interesting items in the Costa Mesa crime file this week, to say nothing of some very pretty cars. Let's get the moral of the story out of the way right up front: If you are a bad person who does bad things, don't pick a Lamborghini for your getaway car. In the early evening of Wednesday last, I found myself in front of a television -- a place where I can often be found. I was paying scant attention, until the "Breaking News" graphic caught my eye. Actually, what really brought me to full point were the two words beneath the graphic -- "Costa" and "Mesa."
NEWS
May 21, 2002
Costa Mesa police are looking for an armed robber who reportedly got away with an undisclosed amount of money from the Vons supermarket in the 100 block of East 17th Street on Monday afternoon, officials said. Police said the man approached a checker with a small handgun and demanded money. He took the cash and ran over a fence into a getaway car and drove away, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dale Birney. Birney said several customers at the supermarket ran after the alleged robber.
NEWS
December 14, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- Police arrested a 32-year-old man Wednesday who they say is the "Yellow Jacket Bandit" suspected in a string of robberies in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. Police made the arrest after tracking down Michael Dunkovich's car and waiting for him to return to it. Dunkovich is suspected of robbing three Costa Mesa gas stations and one Huntington Beach liquor store since Saturday. "He always had a yellow denim jacket, which he either wore or draped over his arm while he carried a gun," said Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick.
NEWS
June 10, 2000
-- Sue Doyle Costa Mesa police are still looking for two men they believe robbed a Bristol Street bank at gunpoint Thursday and then fled on foot with a cash-stuffed duffel bag. Authorities said the two men entered Downey Savings and Loan at 3200 Bristol St. around 3:30 p.m. Each pulled out semiautomatic guns and ordered everyone, including three customers, into a break room. There were no reported injuries in the holdup. One of the robbers handed the bank manager a duffel bag for the money, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Don Holford.
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