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November 21, 2008
A 22-year-old man was held up at knifepoint early Friday, police said. According to police, the man was sitting on a bench outside of Kmart, 2200 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa, at about 12:25 a.m. Friday when two men, whom police describe as in their late teens, clean-shaven with slight builds, approached him. One of the men pulled a knife on him and demanded his wallet. The man turned it over and the men ran off, said Sgt. Bryan Glass. The 22-year-old was not injured.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | October 14, 2009
A private school is reviewing all drivers who take students to and from its Newport Beach campus after one allegedly rifled through a student’s wallet last week, school officials said Wednesday. Newport Beach police arrested Kelly Christine Alaniz, 44, on suspicion of commercial burglary at Sage Hill School, 20402 Newport Coast Drive, on Oct. 8. According to the head of the school, Gordon McNeill, while the students were at track practice, a physical education teacher saw Alaniz going through a student’s backpack in the locker room.
NEWS
February 4, 2000
COSTA MESA Baker Street: Several items of clothing worth $100 were stolen from a car in the 600 block the evening of Jan. 16. Bristol Street: A compact disc player worth $100 was stolen from a car in the 3300 block the evening of Jan. 27. Newport Boulevard: A wallet and its contents worth $90 were stolen from a business in the 2600 block between 1 and 4 p.m. Jan. 21. NEWPORT BEACH Castaways North: A...
NEWS
August 15, 2004
COSTA MESA Fair-weather friend for former resident It was a day at the fair that could've easily been ruined for Daniel Aicklen. After a full afternoon of enjoying the rides, foods and sights with his wife and grandchildren, the Surfside resident, who moved from the Newport-Mesa area three years ago, found out he lost his wallet. In it: his driver's license, $300 in cash and credit cards. But thanks to Kevin Prendergast, who found it sitting on a bench on his way to work at a Sugar Shack, Aicklen saw his wallet again.
NEWS
August 11, 2004
Deepa Bharath A day at the fair could have been Daniel Aicklen's worst. Aicklen, his wife and grandchildren walked through the gate at the Orange County Fairgrounds at 11 a.m. on Aug. 1, the fair's final day. They enjoyed the rides, food and sights -- until Aicklen got a call on his cellphone at 4:16 p.m. from a woman who said she had his wallet. "I was shocked," said Aicklen, a former Newport-Mesa resident who enjoys coming back to the fair.
NEWS
January 30, 2009
Newport Beach police said they’ve arrested four people, one man and three juveniles, whom they suspect have mugged two people in the last two weeks. About 1:35 a.m. Friday, Jorge Leal, 18, Anaheim, and three boys, between 16 and 17 years old, all from Anaheim, were stopped after they ran to a car at 34th Street and West Balboa Boulevard and drove off. Sgt. Evan Sailor said a patrolling officer saw them run and found a reason to stop them soon after they started driving. While talking with the group, police figured out they had just robbed a man blocks away and had the victim’s wallet, Sailor said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | July 11, 2011
Three people were robbed at gunpoint separately in the Newport-Mesa area Sunday night and Monday morning, police said. About midnight Sunday, a 30-year-old Costa Mesa man was walking in the 1700 block of Orange Avenue when two men approached him, said they had a gun and then demanded his wallet, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Phil Myers. When the man replied that he was not carrying his wallet, the robbers patted him man down, and stole his cell phone and a pack of cigarettes, Myers said.
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By B.W. Cook | March 7, 2013
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By B.W. Cook | October 17, 2012
Organizers called the event "A Red Carpet Moment. " The evening of gourmet food and wine benefiting Serving People in Need (SPIN) unfolded Saturday at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach. The spectacular benefit, produced by the board of directors of SPIN chaired by Al DeGrassi , executive vice president of Plaza Bank, in association with Jean Wegener , executive director of the SPIN staff, attracted a sold-out crowd of nearly 300 guests in black tie raising an impressive $190,000 net. The money will fund SPIN programs aiding Orange County homeless and working poor citizens.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 3, 2011
Irvine police have arrested a man suspected in 13 workplace burglaries that netted credit cards, wallets and purses, officials said Wednesday. John Steven Gachupin, 47, whose last known residence was in Chula Vista, was arrested Tuesday in Tustin , said Irvine Lt. Julia Engen. Gachupin is believed to have entered workplaces during business hours, stealing credit cards and immediately using them in nearby retail stores , according to Irvine police. He is believed to be involved in thefts dating to 2009.
NEWS
July 18, 2011
In separate incidents, two men were approached by a man with a gun in Newport Beach who demanded their wallets, police said Monday. The first incident occurred on the Balboa Peninsula near 9th Street and West Ocean Front about 12:30 a.m. Sunday when a man walking down the street was approached from behind by a man with a handgun. The suspect fled on foot after stealing the man's wallet. The suspect was described as a Latino in his 20s or 30s, 5 foot 7 inches and about 210 pounds.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | July 11, 2011
Three people were robbed at gunpoint separately in the Newport-Mesa area Sunday night and Monday morning, police said. About midnight Sunday, a 30-year-old Costa Mesa man was walking in the 1700 block of Orange Avenue when two men approached him, said they had a gun and then demanded his wallet, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Phil Myers. When the man replied that he was not carrying his wallet, the robbers patted him man down, and stole his cell phone and a pack of cigarettes, Myers said.
LOCAL
November 5, 2009
Police have released photos of two people they want to question in connection with a series of thefts in Newport Beach. One of the people is described as a male Latino older than 50, 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds with a scar on the ride side of his neck. The other person is described as a female Latino older than 30, 5-foot-1, pregnant and more than 150 pounds. She has a tattoo on the side of her neck, authorities said. Police said they are not sure if the pair are the people responsible for picking pockets at local open houses and retail stores.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | November 4, 2009
A San Bernardino man who robbed a man in Newport Beach in August will spend the next year in jail. If he stays out of trouble after that, he can avoid prison time, authorities said Wednesday. Anthony Elijio Ventura, 22, pleaded guilty last week to second-degree robbery for his part in attacking a 37-year-old man on the Balboa Peninsula in the middle of the night Aug. 18 and stealing his wallet. Police said at 4:45 a.m. Ventura and another man, Marco Zamudio, 19, of San Bernardino, attacked the victim as he waited for the bus at 32nd Street and Balboa Boulevard.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | October 14, 2009
A private school is reviewing all drivers who take students to and from its Newport Beach campus after one allegedly rifled through a student’s wallet last week, school officials said Wednesday. Newport Beach police arrested Kelly Christine Alaniz, 44, on suspicion of commercial burglary at Sage Hill School, 20402 Newport Coast Drive, on Oct. 8. According to the head of the school, Gordon McNeill, while the students were at track practice, a physical education teacher saw Alaniz going through a student’s backpack in the locker room.
NEWS
January 30, 2009
Newport Beach police said they’ve arrested four people, one man and three juveniles, whom they suspect have mugged two people in the last two weeks. About 1:35 a.m. Friday, Jorge Leal, 18, Anaheim, and three boys, between 16 and 17 years old, all from Anaheim, were stopped after they ran to a car at 34th Street and West Balboa Boulevard and drove off. Sgt. Evan Sailor said a patrolling officer saw them run and found a reason to stop them soon after they started driving. While talking with the group, police figured out they had just robbed a man blocks away and had the victim’s wallet, Sailor said.
NEWS
November 21, 2008
A 22-year-old man was held up at knifepoint early Friday, police said. According to police, the man was sitting on a bench outside of Kmart, 2200 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa, at about 12:25 a.m. Friday when two men, whom police describe as in their late teens, clean-shaven with slight builds, approached him. One of the men pulled a knife on him and demanded his wallet. The man turned it over and the men ran off, said Sgt. Bryan Glass. The 22-year-old was not injured.
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