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February 11, 2014
Thieves may have tried using a car to rip an ATM out of a Newport Beach Rite Aid over the weekend. Shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, Newport Beach police responded to a burglary call in the 1600 block of San Miguel Drive. Someone had broken through the front of the store, destroying the sliding glass doors, merchandise and security equipment, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Police believe the target of the break-in was a stand-alone ATM. "There were marks at the base of the ATM (that)
NEWS
July 5, 2013
A small group stole about $850 in fireworks from a stand on Sunflower Avenue in Costa Mesa, volunteers said Friday. The stand, managed by the Costa Mesa Middle School DELTA program, was raising money for enrichment programs, such as subsidizing costs for student field trips. About three people broke into the booth about 5 a.m. Wednesday and made off with six bundles of fireworks, stand volunteer Roy Center said. The theft happened when a night watchman stepped away for a few minutes, he said.
NEWS
December 14, 2011
Authorities are looking for suspects who pried open mailboxes and stole mail from Costa Mesa residents, police said Wednesday. The crime occurred in the 3400 block of Avenue of the Arts between noon and 4 p.m. Monday, Costa Mesa Police Department Sgt. Phil Myers said. The estimated loss was about $300, but that may have been from the damage to the mailboxes, Myers said. Newport Beach police recently urged residents to hide packages from plain sight to discourage potential thieves from stealing holiday packages.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 11, 2014
The Orange County Model Engineers are seeking the public's help after $7,000 to $9,000 worth of aluminum tracks and other items were stolen from the nonprofit organization's storage facility. Thieves cut their way through a gate into the area housing the rideable trains in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park sometime between noon March 1 and 8 a.m. March 2, according to Costa Mesa police. More than 2,000 feet of aluminum tracks and other materials were taken. The thieves will probably try to sell the items as scrap metal, said Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott, though he was unable to offer a resale value.
NEWS
February 27, 2013
Five catalytic converters have been stolen from older-model Honda Accords parked at UC Irvine, police said Wednesday. The thefts started a little more than a week ago, mostly in the afternoon and evening, said UCI Police Lt. Joe Reiss. It only takes a few seconds to get the converters off the car. The parts reduce the toxicity of emissions from a vehicle's engine, according to a UCI police news release. Catalytic converters are targeted by thieves because they contain small amounts of platinum, palladium and rhodium, which the New York Times in 2008 termed "metals more precious than gold.
LOCAL
By Lauren Vane | June 24, 2006
Police on Friday warned that a group of thieves posing as neighbors may be targeting elderly people in several Newport Beach neighborhoods. In the past two weeks, there have been two attempted robberies in Corona del Mar and the Dover Shores neighborhood. The suspects and method of operation match four reported incidents in Long Beach at the end of May and early June, said Newport Beach Sgt. Bill Hartford. During each of the incidents, two people knock at the door of an elderly person's home, identify themselves as a neighbor and ask to use the phone or the restroom.
NEWS
June 24, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- In the early 1970s, when sculptor Frederick Hart lived in a garage with nothing to keep him warm but two German shepherds, it may have been hard to imagine that his work would become a prime target for art thieves three decades later. The Lahaina Gallery in Fashion Island has already had eight pieces stolen, losing on average about one a year. And according to local gallery owners, since Hart's death last year, the temptation for thieves has increased because the work can garner anywhere from $3,000 to $500,000 each.
NEWS
October 10, 2003
Deepa Bharath How does one guard a tip jar? That's a question Steve Metro, owner of Oh Those Donuts, has been trying to answer for the last eight months or so after a sudden outbreak of thefts from the tip jar on the counter. The thieves step into his shop, stick their hands into the tip jar and run off with the money. One of them ran with the jar. So, how do you guard a tip jar? Do you set a mouse trap at the bottom of the jar? Do you put something really heavy at the bottom so it drops down and startles the thief?
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | October 28, 2008
Newport Beach police are still looking for an unknown number of thieves who reportedly stole more than $1.2 million in jewelry, money and rare coins from a home late this weekend. Thieves broke into the home in the Belcourt gated community on Chadbourne Court near Ford Drive between 6:30 a.m. Saturday and 3:20 p.m. Sunday, police Sgt. Evan Sailor said The burglars broke in through a skylight, then pulled out a personal safe from a wall cabinet, police said. According to Sailor, ripping out the wall safe caused $17,000 in damage to the surrounding drywall.
NEWS
July 21, 2000
Andrew Glazer NEWPORT BEACH -- Four thieves snatched jewels valued at a quarter-million dollars from a parked car Wednesday and sped away before police could catch them. Florida-based jewelry dealers Samuel Keeble and Deborah Brown were making a sales call in Newport Beach at about 5 p.m. when the four suspects broke a window in their rented black 2000 Honda Accord, opened the trunk and took several cases containing pearls and diamond rings and necklaces, police said.
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By Bradley Zint | March 18, 2014
For the Orange County Model Engineers, the good news keeps rolling in. Reports about recent theft and vandalism totaling $7,000 to $9,000 at the nonprofit group's Fairview Park facility have been followed by a dramatic uptick in donations. The Costa Mesa police and firefighter associations each donated $500 during a ceremony Sunday, said club spokesman Hank Castignetti on Monday. The Goat Hill Tavern donated $1,000, he said, and the donation boxes at the railroad were filled with checks and money over the weekend.
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NEWS
March 12, 2014
Donations are pouring in to the Orange County Model Engineers after news broke earlier this week that their facility was vandalized. The Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club has donated $1,000 to help the nonprofit group, as have other individuals and organizations. All told, the train enthusiasts expect as much as $4,000 to come in by the end of this week, said member Hank Castignetti. Police said thieves broke into the facility housing the ridable trains in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park on March 1 or 2 and stole between $7,000 and $9,000 worth of aluminum.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 11, 2014
The Orange County Model Engineers are seeking the public's help after $7,000 to $9,000 worth of aluminum tracks and other items were stolen from the nonprofit organization's storage facility. Thieves cut their way through a gate into the area housing the rideable trains in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park sometime between noon March 1 and 8 a.m. March 2, according to Costa Mesa police. More than 2,000 feet of aluminum tracks and other materials were taken. The thieves will probably try to sell the items as scrap metal, said Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott, though he was unable to offer a resale value.
NEWS
February 25, 2014
Two men were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of attempting to steal copper piping and wire from a Costa Mesa car dealership, police said. A security guard called police at 4:30 a.m. Sunday to report suspicious noises coming from Orange Coast Buick GMC Cadillac, 2600 Harbor Blvd., which is currently undergoing remodeling , according to a news release. Police said they found Manuel Ceballos, 40, of Santa Ana and Louis Montalvo, 46, of Costa Mesa holding flashlights and allegedly trying to steal copper piping and wire from what had been known as Nabers Cadillac for many years.
NEWS
February 11, 2014
Thieves may have tried using a car to rip an ATM out of a Newport Beach Rite Aid over the weekend. Shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, Newport Beach police responded to a burglary call in the 1600 block of San Miguel Drive. Someone had broken through the front of the store, destroying the sliding glass doors, merchandise and security equipment, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Police believe the target of the break-in was a stand-alone ATM. "There were marks at the base of the ATM (that)
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 24, 2014
Burglars who broke into a Costa Mesa home this week made off with an ebony-inlaid box with far more sentimental than cash value. The container held the ashes of the homeowner's late husband. "It's pretty sick," said the widow, who the Daily Pilot is not identifying because she's a crime victim. When the woman returned home from work Wednesday evening, she noticed that a silver tea set was missing and cupboards throughout her house were ajar. After running upstairs, she saw her dresser drawers upturned and clothes dumped on the floor.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | December 4, 2013
Male models wearing black V-neck T-shirts clutched electric-colored designer handbags as they strutted down the catwalk at the Newport Beach Marriott on Wednesday morning. What may appear to be the latest runway show for a high-end designer is actually the Newport Beach Police Department's way of encouraging residents to lock their doors and secure their valuables in an effort to reduce crime. The event at the Marriott was the department's way of introducing its new campaign, The Stolen Collection, which features black-and-white ads showing polished male models posing as thieves with stolen cell phones and handbags, in the style of a designer fashion advertisement.
NEWS
September 11, 2013
An ATM containing thousands of dollars was removed from a Newport Beach restaurant Saturday, police said. Police received a call about 10:30 a.m. reporting the crime at DivBar Bayfront Kitchen, 2601 W. Coast Hwy. The thieves shut off the restaurant's power and forced open a window, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Once inside, they removed a free-standing ATM that held about $4,500 in cash, according to Manzella. - Jeremiah Dobruck Twitter: @jeremiahdobruck
NEWS
July 5, 2013
A small group stole about $850 in fireworks from a stand on Sunflower Avenue in Costa Mesa, volunteers said Friday. The stand, managed by the Costa Mesa Middle School DELTA program, was raising money for enrichment programs, such as subsidizing costs for student field trips. About three people broke into the booth about 5 a.m. Wednesday and made off with six bundles of fireworks, stand volunteer Roy Center said. The theft happened when a night watchman stepped away for a few minutes, he said.
NEWS
Jeremiah Dobruck | April 18, 2013
When Costa Mesa National Little League's vice president started mowing an outfield lawn Wednesday, he didn't notice the aluminum skeleton sitting just outside the right field fence. A maintenance worker from nearby TeWinkle Middle School had to ask what the league had done with the 12-foot-wide bleachers before Trent Christ realized what was wrong with the picture. Someone managed to unbolt five rows of aluminum benches, floorboards, backrests, side railings and cross beams and make off with them without anyone noticing.
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