September 21, 2006
Police are searching for a man who unsuccessfully tried to rob a Corona del Mar bank and then moved on to a South Orange County bank where he made off with a large amount of cash Wednesday. The man — called the "cue card bandit" — held up a note, written in a spiral notebook, to a teller in a Wells Fargo branch in the 2100 block of East Coast Highway at 11:15 a.m., Newport Beach Police Sgt. Bill Hartford said. The teller told him the bank didn't carry cash, and he walked out the door, Hartford said.
September 27, 2006
Authorities are looking for a robber known as the "Goofy Hat Bandit," who held up the Citibank on Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa this week and is wanted for up to 25 similar stick-ups over the past year. The robber walked into the bank at about 1:45 p.m. Monday and handed a teller a note demanding cash, police said. Authorities declined to say how much money the robber took. Witnesses to Monday's hold-up told police the robber is in his mid-40s, about 5-feet-9 and weighs 180 pounds, according to the FBI. Costa Mesa Police said he was wearing a fisherman-type hat. It is unknown if the man had a weapon.
August 31, 2009
A 57-year-old man who tried to rob a bank in Newport Beach Monday morning was caught as he tried to get away, authorities said. James Alexander Beverley, a transient in Newport Beach, was captured by a Wells Fargo security guard in the parking lot as he tried to make off with cash he’d just stolen from inside the bank, said Lt. Craig Fox. Police said about 9:28 a.m., Beverley handed a note to a teller at the Wells Fargo bank, 2750...
August 12, 2009
The Wells Fargo bank at Baker Street and Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa has been robbed for the second time in less than a month, authorities said Wednesday. About 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, a man approached a teller and passed them a note ordering them to hand over money, said Sgt. Bryan Glass. The man did not threaten the teller with a gun and no one saw a weapon, he added. The teller handed over crash from their drawer and the robber escaped, police said. No one was injured.
October 25, 2011
COSTA MESA — An attorney for the Orange County Fairgrounds' weekend swap meet operator urged in a letter that the Fair Board reconsider its decision to terminate his client's lease. The letter, sent this week to the board by attorney Ruben Smith, argued that the decision made to seek firms other than Tel Phil Enterprises to run the Orange County Market Place was based on false premises about Tel Phil's financial performance and the politicized situation surrounding the failed effort to sell the fairgrounds.
May 22, 2009
Police are looking for a man who robbed a Newport Beach bank Friday afternoon and apparently made no effort to disguise his appearance. About 12:50 p.m. Friday, officials said a man walked into Wachovia Bank, 3600 E. Coast Hwy., and gave a note to a bank teller demanding money and claiming he had a gun. No one saw the man carrying a weapon, Sgt. Evan Sailor said. The teller complied and gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash and walked out, Sailor said. He is described as a white man, 50 to 60 years old, 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-5 wearing dark blue slacks and dark shoes.
May 30, 2007
After about 30 years without a drive-in, Costa Mesa now has one, and it's already a hit. The Star-Vu Drive-In played "Shrek the Third" to sold-out audiences during its opening weekend May 18 through 20. Although the weekend shows have been popular, Orange County Marketplace President Jeff Teller said the company is thinking about having only one showing during weeknights. "Especially with a kid's movie, there just isn't the demand…. To see 'Shrek' at 10:30 at night on a school night isn't as popular," Teller said.
May 29, 2009
Police have identified the man who they say walked into a Newport Beach bank last week without any disguise and told a teller to empty the drawer. Authorities said David Paul Colussi, 51, of Los Alamitos, is the man in images caught by Wachovia Bank security cameras seen approaching a bank teller and handing them a note threatening them with a gun and ordering them to empty the drawer. Police said Colussi has served time in prison for a previous bank robbery and is possibly facing a third strike.
January 11, 2007
A man who robbed a Union Bank at the Westcliff Plaza shopping center in Newport Beach remained at large Wednesday. At about 5 p.m. Tuesday, the man handed a teller a note threatening that he had a handgun, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Evan Sailor said. The teller gave the man money in a yellow manila folder, and the robber left on foot. Police did not release the amount of money stolen. Police say the man also robbed a First Bank at 3001 Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa on Dec. 27. The robber is described as white or Latino with short, light-brown hair; 5-feet, 9-inches tall; chubby or heavyset; wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt; and a dark brown hat with a beige emblem.
September 23, 2000
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Two men arrested by police Thursday afternoon on suspicion of robbing a bank and leading officers on a 25-minute chase will be arraigned in the Harbor Justice Center on Monday, officials said. Police arrested Sean Linehan, 41, of Fountain Valley and Christopher John Oakes, 30, of Santa Ana after a pursuit that began in Costa Mesa and ended in Huntington Beach with police ramming the suspects' car and forcing driver Oakes to stop.