Crime Log Compiled by Charles M. Kelly
Editor’s note: Information in the Crime Log is based on information provided by the Seal Beach Police Department. Logs provided by the SBPD average approximatley 30 pages per each day. Space may not permit the listing of every incident provided in the log.
SBPD Response times
Asked for the Priority 1 call response time for the first half of the year, Sgt. Michael Henderson reported that the the SBPD’s average response tme for Priority 1 calls was 3 minutes 28 seconds during the first half of the year.
Thursday, July 19
Suspicious Circumstances (Priority 2)—11:45 a.m.—Tenth Street—The caller reported two men who got out of their car and looked at a car belonging to someone the caller knew.
She said when she approached them they told her a story that she did not believe (the log did not elaborate on the story) and they left. Police unit 940 was unable to loate them. Incident response time: 4 minutes 11 seconds.
Friday, July 20
Suspicious People (Priortiy 2)—12:21 p.m.—Ocean Avenue and Sixth Street—The caller reported two men who the caller believed might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol (the log did not specify which). Police units 107 and 940 both responded.
Police unit 940 contacted one man who apparently matched the description of one of the men the caller had been talking about. Police unit 107 was unable to locate the other man. Police unit 940 interviewed the two men in the field. Incident response time: 7 minutes 26 seconds.
Saturday, July 21
Suspicious People (Priority 2)—6:14 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said a man and a woman inside the store were acting suspiciously.
Police units 206 and 241 responded; unit S22 was listed as en route at 6:21 p.m., but apparently not required as the unit was clear to take other calls at 6:35 p.m. and apparently did not participate. Incident response time: 8 minutes 46 seconds.
Sunday, July 22
Welfare Check (Priority 2)—7:19 a.m.—College Park Drive—The caller said a man who appeared to be in his 60s had been in the caller’s driveway for more than an hour. He was carrying a satchel and a newspaper. He appeared to be confused.
The caller had never seen him before. The caller tried to talk to him, but the man did not speak English. Police confirmed he was a missing adult. Police units 106 and M7 responded. Police unit 106 transported the man home. Police unit M7 provided back up. Incident response time: 8 minutes 8 seconds.
Disturbance (Priority 2)—8:18 a.m.—Westminster Avenue and Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said he was inside a motorhome. He told police a man and a woman were trying to get him to give them more money for a car purchase. He said they were outside the motorhome, trying to get in. Police units 106, 107, M7 and S20 were en route to the call, but M7 did not arrive as apparently it wasn’t required.
Police advised the caller and the couple that the car payment was a civil matter rather than a police matter.
The caller was counseled about private and public parking and camping. Incident response time: 4 minutes 22 seconds.
Disturbance, Music (Priority 3)—3:13 p.m.—Crestview Avenue—The caller complained about a continuing problem with music. The caller didn’t want contact with the police.
Police unit 107 spoke with the individual or individuals responsible for the music and advised/warned counseled them against disturbing the peace. Incident response time: 39 minutes 12 seconds.
Drunks (Priority 2)—4:05 p.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—Police unit observed an apparently drunk individual at the location and requested fire/medics. Dispatch notified the Orange County Fire Authority. Police unit 107 found an additional drunk woman inside the location.
The intoxicated individuals were transported to another location that was blacked out in the log. Police unit 106 also responded. Incident response time: 1 second.
Petty Theft Report (Priority 3)—4:15 p.m.—Ocean Avenue—The caller reported that cash was stolen from her back pack.
Police unit 940 took a report. Incident response time: 12 minutes 39 seconds.
Indecent Exposure (Priority 2)—5:12 p.m.—Ocean Avenue—Police received a report of indecent exposure. Police unit 940 contacted a transient individual regarding the offense.
However, the victim did not desire to prosecute. No response time or time on-scene was provided in the log.
Disturbance, Noise (Priority 3)—6:36 p.m.—Seventh Street—The caller said a neighbor had his motorcycle running and idling in the back alley, causing noise. Police unit 207 was unable to locate the reportedly noisy motorcycle. Incident response time: 15 minutes 23 seconds.
Peddlers (Priority 3)—6:39 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller, relaying second-hand information, said four men and a woman were approaching customers, offering to work on their cars. As the caller spoke with police, they were reportedly spraying something on one car when the driver of another car got upset because the spray got on their car.
The five individuals were gone when police units 206 and 241 arrived. Incident response time: 18 minutes 55 seconds.
Disturbance (Priority 2)—7:28 p.m.—Ocean Avenue—The caller said a man was sitting on the benches inside the location The caller asked him to leave. He left on foot, walking toward Main Street. The caller wanted to speak to an officer and request prosecution. Police unit S22 advised the man was not present at the location.
Police unit 207 observed an individual who might have been the person in question passing Central Avenue. Police unit 940 provided a description of the man’s clothing. Police unit 207 contacted the man in question and advised him against trespassing. In all, five police units were available to respond and four actually participated in the search for the individual in question. Incident response time: 2 minutes 53 seconds.
Transient (Priority 3)—7:29 p.m.—Lampson Avenue—The caller told 911 that a transient man walking around the parking lot appeared to be drunk. He was gone when police units 206 and 241 arrived. Incident response time: 24 minutes 6 seconds.
Welfare Check (Priority 2)—8:29 p.m.—Central Avenue—The caller said a man sitting in front of the location appeared to be extremely drunk. He was gone when police unit 940 arrived. Police unit 940 checked the area, but was unable to locate him. Incident response time: 7 minutes 14 seconds.
Suspicious (Priority 2)—8:40 p.m.—Harvard Lane—The caller, relaying second-hand information from a voicemail, said two men had been seen using a slim jim on a car. By 8:47 p.m., police had reached the person who originally witnessed the suspicious activity. According to the witness, when the two men saw the witness around the corner, the one using the slim jim stopped and appeared to cough.
The witness speculated that he was pretending to cough. Police unit 241 contacted three individuals in front of a location on Harvard Lane. Police units 206, 207 and 241 were en route to the scene, but only units 207 and 241 actually handled the call. It turned out that the registered owner of the car in question had locked his keys in the car. He and the others with him were trying to open the car. Incident response time: 10 minutes 7 seconds.
Monday, July 23
Transient (Priority 3)—11:24 a.m.—Main Street—The caller said a transient woman was in front of the store, yelling at employees. Police unit M7 contacted and apparently counseled her against her disruptive behavior.
As of 11:36 a.m., police unit M7 informed dispatch that she was being somewhat disruptive but no additional units were needed. Incident response time: 3 minutes 29 seconds. On-scene: 29 minutes 43 seconds.
Grand Theft Report (Priority 3)—2:04 p.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—The caller reported the theft of three diamond rings from the caller’s car. It was unknown if the car was locked at the time of the theft. The value of the stolen rings was blacked out in the log. However, California defines grand theft as the taking of cash or property worth more than $950. Police unit M7 responded. Unit 107 was available for back up. Incident response time: 14 minutes 57 seconds.
Tree (Priority 3)—2:36 p.m.—10th Street—An individual flagged down police unit 445 to report that a tree fell on the caller’s car and smashed the windshield. Police unit 107 asked for someone to assess the tree. Property damage report taken. Although unit 445 was flagged down, the log listed only unit 107 as responding to the call. Incident response time: 24 minutes 1 second.
Disturbance (Priority 2)—2:38 p.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—The caller said a woman, possibly a transient, was throwing chairs around and yelling at customers.
Police units 107, M7 and S20 were en route at about 2:43 p.m., but M7 was apparently not required.
Neither 107 nor S20 were able to locate the woman. Incident response time: 7 minutes 42 seconds.
Animal Welfare (Priority 3)—6:47 p.m.—Main Street—The caller reported two dogs in a car parked on Central for the past hour with the window barely cracked. By 7:17 p.m., the owner had returned to the car.
Police unit 241 advised/warned/counseled the owner against leaving dogs in a car. Incident response time: 10 minutes 9 seconds.
Disturbance, Noise (Priority 3)—10:52 p.m.—Crestview Avenue—The caller complained about noisy people in the jacuzzi. Police unit 207 contacted someone at the residence.
They told the officer they would be shutting down for the night. Incident response time: 20 minutes 39 seconds.
Tuesday, July 24
Pedestrian Check (Priority 3)—12:47 a.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—Police unit 207 stopped a pedestrian to check on him. Police unit 207, assisted by unit 241, arrested William Eugene Moore on suspicion of public intoxication. Police unit 207 was on-scene 4 minutes 1 second; unit 241 was on-scene 6 minutes 35 seconds.
Suspicious Person (Priority 2)—9:16 a.m.—Main Street—The caller said a man walking on Main Street was following her and trying to talk to her.
She speculated that he might be under the influence of alcohol.
Police unit 107 responded. Police unit 106 was available to provide back up but did not participate in the response. As of 9:27 a.m., the man in question had been sent on his way. Incident response time: 7 minutes 38 seconds.
Suspicious Person (Priority 2)—3:47 p.m.—13th Street— Police unit M7 stopped a pedestrian. Based on an outstand warrant, police arrested Bryan Lee Heather on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. Police unit 107 assisted and unit S20 provided back up. Unit M7 was on-scene 53 minutes 17 seconds.
Suspicious Person (Priority 2)—4:12 p.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—The caller said a man was passing back and forth in front of the business. The caller said patrons felt threatened by him. Police units 106 and 107 responded. Police unit 107 interviewed him in the field. Incident response time: 6 minutes 47 seconds.
Wednesday, July 25
Welfare Check (Priority 2)—8:31 a.m.—Main Street—The caller said a man in the business appeared “out of it” and was talking to himself. Police unit M6 responded. Unit 107 was available for back up but apparently did not participate. Unit M6 determined that the man checked out OK. He was just talking to himself. Incident response time: 4 minutes 7 seconds.
Burglary Report (Priority 3)—9:18 a.m.—Marina Drive—The caller reported that someone broke into a storage unit during the night. Loss: unknown at the time of the call. Police unit 107 found no signs of forced entry and the door was locked. Many details were blacked out in the log. It was not known if there was any loss or if a crime had occurred. Incident response time: 13 minutes 52 seconds.
Petty Theft (Priority 3)—9:11 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller stopped a petty theft suspect. The caller was taking him inside and asked that the police come and identify the suspect. However, at 9:21 p.m. the caller advised police that the suspect was cooperative and cancelled the request for a police officer.
Disturbance, Party (Priority 3)—10:49 p.m.—Aster Street—The caller complained about a loud party. The caller did not want contact with police. Unit 206 was the first to arrive, at 11:07 p.m. Unit 241 arrived at 11:11 p.m. Unit S44 was en route at 11:16 p.m., but apparently was not needed.
Units 206 and 241 entered the house. First party notice issued.
Incident response time: 17 minutes 50 seconds.
Overdose (Priority 1)—11:15 p.m.—Driftwood Avenue—The caller believed an individual at the location had experienced an overdose. The individual was having a hard time breathing. Police notified the Orange County Fire Authority. As of 11:17 p.m., the individual was conscious, unresponsive and breathing slowly. Police unit S44 responded. According to the log, there were unconfined dogs in the residence. As of 11:26 p.m., the man in question was conscious and breathing. Incident response time: 10 minutes 55 seconds.
Animal Information (Priority Three)—11:34 p.m.—Guava Avenue—The caller had opossums trapped in her bathroom. Referred to Long Beach Animal Care Services, which has a contract to provide animal control services to Seal Beach. No police units were dispatched.