October 24, 2012
A Los Angeles man convicted in June for his involvement in an international identity theft scheme was sentenced to 76 months in federal prison, authorities said Wednesday. The man was arrested in 2011 by Costa Mesa police at South Coast Plaza. Doren Harold Ward, 37, used credit cards primarily of elderly victims and with the help of British co-conspirators had new credit cards sent to mail drops around Southern California, according to the U.S. attorney's office. After the credit cards were obtained, Ward and others bought luxury goods from stores, including Louis Vuitton, Ben Bridge Jeweler and Geary's in Beverly Hills.
July 17, 2012
A man jumped into a Mercedes while its owner was helping friends unload luggage late Monday night - then drove away while witnesses watched in disbelief, a witness said. “He was walking toward us on the sidewalk, coming up from ocean, and began going into street, which I thought was just crossing street,” a witness said in a message. “And then all of the sudden he jumped into our friend's car and drove off.” The incident occurred at 11:55 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of Marguerite Avenue, according to online police logs.
June 26, 2012
Costa Mesa City Council candidate Sue Lester helped foil a burglary over the weekend when she watched a man allegedly try to steal a pair of bicycles, police said. Lester said she was walking her dog in the 1500 block of East Mesa Verde Drive on Saturday afternoon when she saw a man surveying an apartment complex as he aimlessly walked through. Then he stopped under a stairwell and started tugging on two bicycles chained there, she said. "I was literally watching him from across the street doing this," she said.
June 5, 2012
Newport Beach police have arrested a Fullerton man they believe was spraying graffiti on a school playground before fleeing on a stolen bicycle, authorities said Tuesday. Erik Bahena, 20, was taken into custody Sunday after allegedly spray painting a wall at Newport Elementary School. Bahena allegedly stole a bike in his attempt to flee from police, who were aided by Huntington Beach's police helicopter. He was arrested at Ninth Street and West Bay Avenue, about half a mile from the Balboa Peninsula school, police said.
December 24, 2010
A Newport Beach resident accused of stealing residents' Christmas presents off their doorsteps spent Thursday night in the Orange County Sheriff's Department jail, according to booking records with the agency. Melanie Kathleen Astin, 42, was arrested by Newport Beach on Thursday after officers conducted surveillance in the neighborhood of Fullerton and El Modena avenues, according to police reports. Officers said Astin allegedly followed a United Parcel Service driver around the neighborhood, then would steal the packages after they were dropped off on different doorsteps.
March 19, 2010
This isn’t the first time that someone rode “Trigger” the horse off into the sunset. For what store owners are saying is probably the fourth or fifth time, the iconic fiberglass horse in front of the Feed Barn in Costa Mesa — nicknamed “Trigger” by customers — has been stolen. The 6-foot-tall, 8-foot-long Palomino-colored steed was secured in concrete with rebar in his hooves, fastening him to the parking lot foundation in front of the pet food store at 2300 Newport Blvd.
February 18, 2010
Chris Columbus has directed two Harry Potter films. He now brings to the screen another character from a popular set of magical books for younger readers. “The Lightning Thief” is the first book in the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series. Centered in Greek mythology, the story covers Percy coming of age as he discovers his true identity as a demigod and son of Poseidon. Logan Lerman does a fine job playing the juvenile super hero in the manner of Tobey Maguire’s “Spiderman.
January 13, 2010
Newport Beach police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who has been stealing women’s purses when they visit a local cemetery. Police said the thief, described as a Latino between 40 and 50 years old, 5-foot-10, 230 pounds with a heavy build, mustache and dark hair, has committed at least eight thefts at the Pacific View Cemetery in Newport Beach between January 2008 and November 2009. Authorities said he targets women who leave their purses inside their cars and leave their car doors unlocked.
November 2, 2009
Police are investigating more than a dozen burglaries at three Newport Beach office complexes over the weekend. By Monday morning, the calls came pouring in to the Newport Beach Police Department about burglaries at 180 Newport Center Drive, 1600 Dove St. and 3919 Westerly Place. At least seven businesses at the Newport Center Drive location were burglarized. The building houses several health and plastic surgery businesses. It was not clear late Monday what had been stolen or how the burglar, or burglars, got into the offices there, said Lt. Craig Fox. So far, five businesses at 1600 Dove St. have reported stolen property.
October 8, 2009
Scott Miller seemed resigned to his fate when he heard footsteps behind him, as he walked down a dark alley with Costa Mesa white supremacist Billy Joe Johnson late on the night of March 8, 2002, a former gang member told jurors Thursday. Two members of the Public Enemy Number One gang, also known as PEN1, were waiting there to shoot Miller in the back of the head with a 9-millimeter handgun, former white supremacist gang member Donald McLaughlan testified on the second day of Johnson’s trial in Orange County Superior Court.