Crime Log: Preliminary hearing set in Seal Beach hit and run

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the case of a woman accused of hitting three bicycle riders in Seal Beach and then fleeing the scene.

Juli Ann Brown, 46, is still in custody with bail set at $325,000, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website.

Brown has been charged with Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, causing injury; hit and run, with injury; possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended driver’s license and causing injury.  The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has also added a sentencing enhancement of inflicting great bodily harm.

The Huntington Police Department arrested Brown after stopping a van that matched the description of the one that reportedly struck three bicyclists in Seal Beach on Sunday, Feb. 4.

Counterfeit bills hit Belmont Shore

A woman has been passing counterfeit bills in Long Beach’s Belmont Shore area, according to Dede Rossi, executive director of the Belmont Shore Business Association.

The suspect has passed at least one fake $100 bill.

Rossi called it the “usual scam” in a Friday, Feb. 10 e-mail to Second Street merchants.

“She comes in just before closing and buys a small ticket  item. Usual scam,” Rossi wrote.

The suspect is described as a white woman, with fair skin and light brown hair.

The fake bills have Serial  Number: HB  93136030K B2, according to Rossi. She said the same number appears on all the fake bills and advised merchants to post the number at their cash registers.

“Image  of Lincoln shows on right of bill when held to light. Other distinguishing marks are absent,” Rossi wrote. Her e-mail advised that counterfeit detection pens don’t work with these bills. Rossi also warned that Portfolio has seen fake $50 and $20 bills and advised business owners to be alert.


Monday, January 30

Theft—9:20 p.m.—North Gate Road—The crime was initially reported as a car burglary, but the vehicle was unlocked.

The log did not specify what was taken.

If a car is left unlocked and the property stolen is worth less than $950, the crime is considered petty theft. If the car is locked and property is stolen, the law considers the crime vehicle burglary. The crime apparently occurred between 7:30 and 9 p.m. Petty theft report taken.

Tuesday, January 31

Defraud Innkeeper—11:44 a.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—The caller  reported a customer who left without paying for a haircut at 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 26. The caller provided police with a description of the suspect. The caller wanted the police to have the information. No report desired. Log entry.

Counseling—8:15 p.m.—Harbor Way—The caller wanted to donate clothes to a charity—the log did not specify the charity—but she was afraid that the box would be taken if left unattended on her front porch. She demanded that an officer respond to her call. Police unit 207 provided counseling.

Wednesday, February 1

Counseling—12:15 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said her rear window shattered while she was driving. She didn’t know if someone broke the window or not. Report taken.

Water Problem—10:18 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller came to check on his property and found a major water leak, but couldn’t find the water main valve to shut it off. Referred to the Seal Beach Department of Public Works.

Thursday, February 2

Citizen Assist—6:23 a.m.—Central Avenue—A car was parked in front of the caller’s driveway and the caller couldn’t leave for work. According to the log, the offending car was parked tightly between two other vehicles. The vehicle, which had no plates, was towed by Mr. C. Matter solved.

Foot Patrol—9:41 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—Crime report taken for a business burglary that occurred at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 28. Loss: miscellaneous merchandise. Report taken.

Police Information—1:28 p.m.—Birchwood Avenue—The caller requested a log number. The caller apparently lost his wedding ring in July 2011 while moving to Seal Beach. The lost ring was valued at $5,269.

911 Hang-Up—1:30 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The dispatcher heard the sound of buttons being pressed before the line disconnected. Dispatch called back. A man answered and said that his baby was playing with the phone.

Friday, January 3

Suspicious Person—5:12 a.m.—College Park Drive—The caller said a man on a bicycle was loitering near the park. The caller said he might be a transient.

Disturbance, Juveniles—12:05 a.m.—Avalon Drive—Two male juveniles on bikes were wearing white gardening gloves, a fact the caller thought was suspicious. Police unit 107 found juveniles playing with sticks.

Please note: the word “juvenile” does not mean the boys were delinquent, criminal or irresponsible—the word “juvenile” simply means they were not adults.

Welfare Check—4:25 p.m.—Main Street—The caller said six children were waiting outside the doorway of a bar. The name and address of the bar were blacked out in the log. The caller said the children were waiting for their mother to finish her drink. The children had their toys outside the door. There were apparently two women responsible for  the children, drinking beer inside. Police unit 107 apparently contacted the women and determined no further police services were necessary.

Patrol Check Requested—10:23 p.m.—Ocean Avenue—The caller said eggs were being thrown at the caller’s house. The caller could not see the suspect, but the eggs were coming from the beach side of the house.

Saturday, February 4

Disturbance—12:42 a.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—A customer was asked to leave for being obnoxious and rude. The customer threatened to get gasoline and throw it on the door. The man left on foot, headed toward Main Street. He was described as very tan, wearing a brown plaid jacket.

Municipal Code Violation—1:15 p.m.—16th Street—The caller said a man was going through the trash in the alley between 16th and 17th streets. The caller said he was taking the recyclables. Police unit 107 contacted someone matching the suspect’s description and advised him against trash picking.

Disturbance—9 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—Four individuals described as teenagers were bothering customers and following them in the parking lot. Two of them were wearing masks, two were not. The log did not describe the masks. Police unit 206 contacted the four juveniles and advised them to discontinue their behavior. They said they would comply.

Sunday, February 5

Animal Noise—11:16 p.m.—Daisy Street—The caller reported a barking dog. However, when police unit 242 arrived, no dog could be heard barking.


Saturday, January 28

Suspicious Person—12:42 p.m.—Howard Avenue—The caller said a man had been in the area for the past hour. The suspicious individual was seen standing behind trees and and was not known to the area.

The caller and other neighbors had been watching him. He was last seen headed north on Mindora, but patrols were unable to locate him. He was described as  about 40 years old, with grey hair, wearing a T-shirt and jeans.

Tuesday, January 31

Illegal Peddler—4:55 p.m.— Cherry Street—The caller said a young man in his late teens left his residence about five minutes prior, after cursing out the caller because the caller had challenged him to show a city permit for soliciting and he couldn’t. The peddler left in an unknown direction.

Thursday, February 2

Suspicious Occupied Vehicle —9:14 a.m.— San Joaquin Avenue—The caller reported a white Honda driving slowly through the neighborhood, occupied by three individuals.

The caller was concerned because of recent burglaries. A patrol unit made contact with the vehicle, which checked out OK. The occupants were part of a crew building a pool nearby.

Monday, February 6

Vehicle Alarm—1:13 a.m.—Los Alamitos Boulevard—The caller said the alarm on a white Jeep parked on Catalina had been going off and officers had responded to the same vehicle the previous day.

A second caller reported the alarm going off on the same vehicle and also noted that it was the second day in a row.

The alarm had stopped and the lights on the vehicle were on and it appeared the battery was dying. Units were unable to make contact with the owners because of a locked gate. Mail was piled up. A tow unit was dispatched to disconnect the battery of the vehicle and the matter was solved. Neighbors applauded.


Monday, February 6

Suspicious Vehicle—1:26 a.m.—Tigertail Drive.

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—1:46 p.m.—Oak Knoll Drive.

Suspicious Person in Vehicle—5:44 p.m.—Donnis Road and Hedwig Road.

Identity Theft—6:08 p.m.—Copa De Oro Drive.

Wednesday, February 8

Suspicious Person in Vehicle—8:11 a.m.—Druid Lane.

Burglary in Progress—1:24 p.m.—Mainway Drive.

Illegal Peddling—6:37 p.m.—Harrisburg Road.

Suspicious Person in Vehicle—8 p.m.—Los Alamitos Boulevard and Katella Avenue.

Thursday, February 9

Suspicious Person in Vehicle—11:09 a.m.—Coleridge Drive and Foster Road.

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—11:47 a.m.—Foster Road and Bostonian Drive.

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—12:26 p.m.—Martha Ann Drive and Gertrude Drive.

Ted Apodaca of the News-Enterprise contributed to this article.