Crime Log: Parking rules to change at beach and Sunset Aquatic Park


The Seal Beach City Council approved on first reading a change to  the city code that would allow the police to enforce parking restrictions in Sunset Aquatic Marina Park on Monday, Jan. 11.

Sunset Aquatic Park is located within the Seal Beach city limits.

In related news, the city approved on first reading another change to the municipal code to require drivers with beach permits to place the permits on the dashboards of their vehicles.

The first parking issue before the council was the fact that there is no provision in the city code for enforcing parking rules in Sunset Aquatic Park.

“Overnight parking is restricted and vehicles must obtain a permit from the marina operator to park between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” wrote Seal Beach Chief Jeff Kirkpatrick in his report to the council.

“There are currently signs stating this, but there is no municipal code allowing for enforcement,” Kirkpatrick said.

“The park is open to any person and vehicle except for those areas where access is controlled by electronic gate arms (boat ramp, dry boat storage). These parking lots are located adjacent to the marina docks and are intended for the use of the boat owners who rent boat slips from the private operator of the park,” Kirkpatrick said.

While the council unanimously approved the new parking ordinance, the ordinance will not become law until after it is approved on a second reading at a future council meeting.

“At this time, the Seal Beach Municipal Code does not contain language specifically requiring parking permits to be properly displayed,” Kirkpatrick wrote.

“This omission from the current code affects the ability of officers to enforce parking regulations when permits are displayed improperly,” he said.

Crime Log Assembled by Charles M. Kelly

The crimes listed in the Sun Newspapers were reported to Seal Beach Police Department, Los Alamitos Police Department and Orange County Sheriff Department between Jan.  4 and  Jan. 16, 2010. Only street names are used; times given are reported times, not incident times. Crime Log entries are based on preliminary information. Space limitations make it impossible to publish every incident. Until proven guilty in a court of law, all suspects are considered innocent.


Monday, January 4

Counseling—11 a.m.—Crestview Avenue—An elderly woman said she received a call from a man claiming to be with the FBI. The alleged fed said he wanted to talk to her about money that is owed her. She asked to speak with a Seal Beach Police Department officer.

Auto Theft Report—5:14 p.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—The caller said his father’s truck was missing. The caller said his father was in Utah. The caller said he would contact his father to get the license plate number. Later, the caller notified the SBPD that his father had the truck all along.

Tuesday, January 5

Vehicle Burglary—5:12 a.m.—Marina Drive—The caller said at least two vehicles in an underground parking area had been burglarized. The registered owner of one of the vehicles called police later to say he did not desire a report.

Vehicle Burglary—5:21 a.m.—Ocean Avenue—The crime apparently occurred between 10:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4 and the time of the call to police. Point of entry: a smashed right passenger window. Loss: a cell phone, an iPod and a GPS device.

Vehicle Burglary—6:52 a.m.—Ocean Avenue—The crime apparently occurred between 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4 and the time of the call to police. Point of entry: a smashed rear passenger window. Loss: unknown.

Wednesday, January 6

Vehicle Burglary—7:10 a.m.—1st Street—The crime apparently occurred between 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5 and the time of the call to police. Point of entry: unknown. Loss: a backpack, an iPod, lottery tickets and miscellaneous other items.

Vehicle Burglary—9:30 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The crime apparently occurred during the 30 minutes prior to the call. Point of entry: a damaged right front door lock. The log did not say whether the lock was damaged by the burglar or was damaged before the crime occurred.

Grand Theft Report—5:40 p.m.—Heron Circle—According to the caller, someone stole a ring valued at $50,000 on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2009, between 8 a.m. and noon. Report taken.

Thursday, January 7

Theft Report—9:17 a.m.—Old Ranch Parkway—The caller said someone was making unauthorized charges on the company’s gasoline credit card. Loss: approximately $510.

Jail Booking—10:42 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—A pay-to-stay inmate was booked into the Seal Beach City Jail.

Friday, January 8

Suspicious People—6:05 p.m.—Ocean Avenue—The caller said two white people, a man and a woman, dressed entirely in dark were in the alley. The caller said the woman might have been serving as a look out while the man was doing something to one of the parked cars to the rear of the location.

Saturday, January 9

Public Works Information—6:50 a.m.—Ocean Avenue—The bathrooms at the Seal Beach Pier were closed. A large group of people were present for the Kaitin Surfing Contest.

Sunday, January 10

Municipal Code Violation—10:42 a.m.—B Row, Surfside Colony—An individual was driving a golf cart on the beach. Police unit 1M3 contacted the driver and advised the driver about the city code. The driver promised to comply.


Monday, January 11

Illegal Peddler—1:50 p.m.—Howard Avenue—Two people were attempting to sell magazines door to door. Officers found the pair and arrested one of them for an outstanding warrant.

Tuesday, January 12

Vandalism—2:22 p.m.—Oak Street—People were jumping on a staff member’s car, causing damage. The family agreed to pay restitution.

Wednesday, January 13

Hail By Citizen—8:44 p.m.—Farquhar and Noel—A father and daughter had a fight. Officers counseled the pair.

Thursday, January 14

Suspicious Subject—1:25 p.m.—Los Alamitos Boulevard—The caller said someone was panhandling outside a business.

Friday, January 15

Loud Music—2:09 p.m.—Kaylor—A car was reportedly driving through the area playing loud music. The motorist was found. He said he was testing some speakers he installed. He agreed to turn the music down.

Saturday, January 16

Welfare Check—11:24 p.m.—Noel Street—The caller said her husband walked to the store 45 minutes earlier and hadn’t returned yet.

She called back a few minutes later to report that her husband had returned.

Sunday, January 17

Loud Party—2:19 a.m.—Farquhar Avenue—The caller heard loud voices in the area. A party had been going on at the neighbor’s residence for a few hours. Officers were unable to find anything.


Wednesday, January 6

Counseling—10:52 a.m.—Tam O’Shanter Road, mutual unknown—The caller said her friends and family had been receiving calls from people asking personal questions about her. The caller thought the calls might be related to a scam. Counseled.

Thursday, January 7

Counseling—11:55 p.m.—El Dorado Drive, mutual unknown—A citizen’s parents reportedly singed over property to a contractor under false pretenses.


Monday, January 11

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—12:03 a.m.—Christy Lane and Blume Drive.

Suspicious Person in Vehicle—5:15 p.m.—Kempton Drive.

Prowler—7:22 p.m.— Montecito Road.

Tuesday, January 12

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—6:19 p.m.—Gertrude Drive and Kensington Road.

Wednesday, January 13

Petty Theft Report—2:30 p.m.—Martha Ann Drive.

Annoying Phone Call—2:52 p.m.—Martha Ann Drive.

Shots Heard—3:23 p.m.—Martha Ann Drive and Mainway Drive—No suspect information.

Thursday, January 14

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—8:16 p.m.—Road.

Suspicious Person in Vehicle—10:30 p.m.—Baskerville Road.

Friday, January 15

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—9:08 p.m.— Foster Road.


Wednesday, January 13

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—6:46 p.m.—Pacific Avenue.

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—9:52 p.m.—19th Street.

Friday, January 15

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—12:21 a.m.—7th Street.

Saturday, January 16

Disturbance—1:05 a.m.—24th Street.

Brian Smith of the News-Enterprise contributed to this article.