Crime Log: Man’s leg reported broken in Long Beach robbery


A man suffered a broken leg during a robbery that apparently took place in Long Beach, but near the Seal Beach border.

A caller phoned police around 1:07 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, to report being robbed around midnight. The crime might have occurred near First Street and Marina Drive. The two suspects used an unknown weapon.

According to the log, they  took $40 cash.

It turned out the crime took place in Long Beach, not Seal Beach. Still, Seal Beach Police Department unit 207 checked the bridge and Marina Park, but was unable to locate any suspects.

The first suspect was described as a white man in his 30s, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. No facial hair. The suspect reportedly had a skinny build and wore green pants with a white shirt and black jacket.

The second suspect was described as a white man in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with blond hair and blue eyes, wearing a red flannel jacket.

A Seal Beach officer stood by with the victim  until Long Beach police arrived.

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Human punches dog

The caller, apparently a Seal Beach resident, said an individual punched the caller’s dog on Christmas Day 2011.

The caller reported that crime and another incident that was blacked out in the log at 10:07 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7.

Don’t laugh. Cruelty to animals is a crime.

The caller said the dog was punched while the caller was out of town. The caller requested counseling from the police and suggested that police also counsel the suspect.

The caller did not know the address of the  other party. The caller said the man had two smaller black dogs. The caller quoted the man as saying, “If I see your dog off leash, I will kill it.“

Seal Beach Police unit 107 issued an incident number to the caller. The caller was advised to contact Long Beach Animal Care Services about dealing with aggressive animals and possible assault on animals.

Hearing rescheduled in Seal Beach Jail bribe case

The preliminary hearing in the case of a Seal Beach jailer accused of taking a bribe has been rescheduled.

The hearing was set to take place Wednesday, Jan. 11, but was canceled. The hearing has now been scheduled for Feb. 24.

A bail hearing in the case of Jose Alday, 32, of Santa Ana, has been scheduled for Feb. 10. Alday, who is not a sworn officer, worked at the city jail for four years.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has accused Alday of accepting an iPad and cash in exchange for allowing an inmate to have contraband, including alcohol, and unauthorized contact with visitors who were not searched.

The DA’s Office said Alday was alone at the time.

Los Al Road Rage case


A preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10, in a Los Alamitos case of assault with a deadly weapon was canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 18. Details were not available when the Sun went to press on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Robert Allen Barnhart, 52, of Bellflower, has been charged with nine counts of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm (in this case, a car) and two counts of making criminal threats.

According to the Los Alamitos Police Department, after another driver rear-ended Barnhart’s vehicle on Nov. 5, 2011, the defendant deliberately followed the other driver in his vehicle and slammed his car into the other car multiple times.

Crime Log Compiled
by Charles M. Kelly


Monday, January 2

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—1:40 p.m.—First Street and Marina Drive—The caller said seven men on bikes were loitering at the handball courts. The caller described them as gang-types. Police unit 107 found some individuals playing handball and determined no further police services were necessary.

Tuesday, January 3

Disturbance—12:42 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said an individual in front of the location was trying to get people to sign a petition, but the caller said the individual became aggressive whenever someone turned him down.

Wednesday, January 4

Residential Burglary—8:22 a.m.—Taper Drive—Someone entered the caller’s garage during the night. Once inside, the burglar rummaged through drawers. Loss: cash in a tin can. The log did not specify the amount of money. Point of entry: side garage door. Report taken.

Possible Fraud—5:46 p.m.—Birchwood Avenue—A woman found out that the stone on her engagement ring was swapped out.

Residential Burglary—6:07 p.m.—Crestview Avenue—Someone entered the caller’s home through a sliding glass door. Loss: unknown. The crime apparently occurred between 9:30 a.m. and the time of the call to police.

Petty Theft Report—8:27 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said that a woman had been shoplifting and dropped her purse with all the merchandise inside. She fled on foot. The caller found her driver’s license in the purse. According to the log, the picture on the identification matched the woman. Report taken.

Thursday, January 5

Transient Reported—12:36 p.m.—Main Street—A man described as a transient in the police log was sleeping along the wall at the location. The caller said there was an on-going problem with transients in general drinking and hanging around in that area. The caller said patrons had to step over this particular individual to put money in the meters. Police unit 107 apparently advised the man to leave and he said he would comply.

Disturbance—3:33 p.m.—Main Street and Central Avenue—A man with a bandana over his face was looking into vehicles and yelling at people. A second caller said he was wearing a ski mask and bandana over his face. A third caller said he was being verbally abusive with everyone. Police unit 107 contacted the man at 15th Street and Pacific Coast Highway. According to the log, he was arrested. His name was blacked out in the log.

Disturbance, Noise—11:15 a.m.—Fifth Street—The caller said an unspecified number of people were in the alley, being loud. The caller also reported smelling marijuana. Police unit 207 determined that the noisy people in the alley had gone to another location. The officer could not detect any smell of marijuana.

Friday, January 6

Juveniles Loitering—11:43 a.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—The caller, relaying second hand information from a customer, said juveniles were loitering next to the business and near a vehicle. The juveniles had not done anything. The caller was just concerned because they were juveniles. Beat unit advised.

Welfare Check—4:33 p.m.—Westminster and Midway—The caller said a 13-year-old  girl was walking alone. The child told police unit 241 that she missed the bus and was walking to meet her grandmother to go home. Matter solved.

Saturday, January 7

Patrol Check Requested—12:12 a.m.—Main Street—The caller said a man and woman were chasing each other on Coastline. The caller thought they might be drunk. Police unit 207 determined that it was a verbal fight only. The man and woman were interviewed in the field and allowed to leave. The woman was picked up by her mother.

Found Property—4:59 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—Someone turned in a check that they found at the bus stop in front of the main gates of a location on Seal Beach Boulevard. Report taken.

Sunday, January 8

Disturbance—7:52 a.m.—Main Street—A man was yelling at the employees of a business and refusing to leave. Police unit 107 advised him to leave and he said he would comply.

Municipal Code Violation—11:06 a.m.—B Row, Surfside Colony—The caller said there were four to five dogs unleashed on the beach. A woman was walking them. The caller said this was an on-going problem.

IN Leisure World

Wednesday, January 4

Welfare Check—10:15 a.m.—Sunningdale Road, Mutual 14—Apparently a resident activated Life Alert and he wasn’t responding. However, it turned out that no one was home.

Saturday, January 7

Traffic Collision—10:13 p.m.—Del Monte and Sunningdale—One person involved complained about pain only. Leisure World Security stood by for AAA. Report taken.


Tuesday, January 10

Illegal Peddling—6:14 p.m.—Wembley Road—A woman was reportedly going door to door, trying to sell food out of a pick up truck. A deputy performed a patrol check.

Burglary Report—7:11 p.m.—Rossmoor Way.

Wednesday, January 11

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—5:03 a.m.—Los Alamitos Boulevard—The caller reported a transient sleeping on one of the benches in the rear parking lot of the business.

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—3:38 p.m.—Ruth Elaine Drive—The caller said a man was going door to door, selling security systems. The caller thought there was something suspicious about him.

Suspicious Person in Vehicle—9:50 p.m.—Tigertail Drive—The caller said a man who was not known to the area had been in a van for 15 minutes. The van drove off by the time a deputy arrived.

Thursday, January 12

Disturbance—5:40 a.m.—Quail Run Road—The caller could smell a strong marijuana smell near Donnis Road and Kensington Road.

Suspicious Person in Vehicle—12:46 p.m.—Orangewood Avenue—The caller said three men had been sitting in a white Ford pick-up for several hours. The caller asked them what they were doing and they ignored her.

Property For Destruction—1:11 p.m.—Mainway Drive—A citizen was cleaning out the garage and found a hand grenade. The citizen wanted to turn it in so the grenade could be destroyed.

Dog Killed—1:29 p.m.—Kempton Drive—Another law enforcement agency notified the Orange Count Sheriff’s Department that a dog had just been attacked and possibly killed by another dog.

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—4:23 p.m.—Foster Road and Kempton Drive—A citizen walking on Kempton saw a man jump the fence into the flood control channel between Foster and Martha Ann.

Illegal Peddling—9:02 p.m.—Orangewood Avenue and Weatherby Road—An OCSD deputy performed a patrol check for an unspecified number of salespeople going door to door. The caller who reported the peddlers thought they might be casing the neighborhood. The deputy determined that the salespeople were leaving the area. No further law enforcement services were necessary.

Friday, January 13

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—10:15 p.m.—Oak Knoll Drive.

Saturday, January 14

Disturbance, Music or Party—2:30 a.m.—Los Alamitos Boulevard.

Suspicious Person in Vehicle—5:20 a.m.—Druid Lane and Foster Road.

Crime Log: Man’s leg reported broken in Long Beach robbery