Crime Log Compiled
by Charles M. Kelly
Editor’s note: The Crime Log is based on the most recent and detailed information provided by local law enforcement. This week’s Seal Beach log is based on a detailed version of the log. Last week the Seal Beach Police Department provided the Sun with more than 100 pages of crime log information. Space does not permit all incidents to be listed.
Saturday, March 2
Disturbance (Priority 2)—10:25 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said a woman sitting in front of the location was “cussing” at customers. As of 10:39 a.m., another caller, a customer, called and said the woman came into the restroom while she (the caller) and her daughter were there and started yelling at them. Police units 106 and M7 arrived at 10:36. Unit 106 interviewed her in the field. As of 10:46 a.m., the woman was en route to the bus stop on foot. Incident response time: 4 minutes 27 seconds.
Traffic Collision, No Detail (Priority 1)—1:59 p.m.—Lampson Avenue and Old Ranch —The caller told 911 that a car hit a wall on Lampson Avenue, east of Seal Beach. As of 2:01 p.m., police unit 106 was in front of a location at or near the scene of the accident. Police determined the damage was minor. As of 2:11 p.m., driver information had been exchanged. Police unit M7 assisted. Unit 447 was apparently available to provide back-up but did not arrive at the scene. Incident response time: 2 minutes 24 seconds.
Medical Aid (Priority 1)—7:59 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said an individual in a restaurant was not breathing. The man was apparently given CPR. As of 8:01 p.m., police received another call about the man. Police units 207 and 241 arrived at about 8:02 p.m. As of 8:03 p.m., he was conscious and breathing. Incident response time: 2 minutes 13 seconds.
Reckless Driver (Priority 2)—8:51 p.m.—College Park Drive—The caller said two trucks were driving recklessly in the park. As of 9 p.m., police unit 241 reported two trucks were on the field in the park. Unit 241 contacted a group of five individuals. As of 9:58 p.m., the drivers were apparently cited on suspicion of violating the mutual code. Incident response time: 6 minutes 5 seconds.
Sunday, March 3
Suspicious Occupied Car (Priority 2)—6:17 a.m.—Dory Way and Schooner Way (Bridgeport)—The caller said someone was sleeping inside a minivan. As of 6:44 a.m., police unit 107 found one person inside who wouldn’t acknowledge the officer or come out. Police unit S19 also responded. Unit 141 was available to provide back-up but apparently did not participate. The person in the car was apparently advised/warned/counseled against sleeping in a car. Incident response time: 22 minutes 42 seconds.
Counseling (Priority 3)—8:26 a.m.—Fir Avenue—The caller complained about a car that parked in front of her house. The caller told police she didn’t feel safe. According to the log, she had contacted the car owner the previous week and the car owner moved the car. As of 8:50 a.m., the log said that she was upset on that day because the car was parked back in the same place. Police unit S19 told her that the car was legally parked, that street parking is public parking. According to the log, she was upset that the police would not contact the owner of the car. Incident response time: 2 minutes 59 seconds.
Suspicious Person (Priority 2)—6:19 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller reported a man near the rear area of the strip mall flying a drone over the mall. As of 6:33 p.m., police unit 241 could not find anyone flying a drone. Police unit 206 was available for back up but apparently did not participate in responding to the call. Incident response time: 12 minutes 27 seconds.
Pedestrian Check (Priority 3)—6:34 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—Police unit 241 stopped and checked a pedestrian. Police arrested Christopher Mann on suspicion of possession of illegal drug paraphernalia. Based on warrants he was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance formerly classified as a restricted dangerous drug. He was cited and released on both matters. The call was officer-initiated so there was no response time.
Monday, March 4
Suspicious Person (Priority 2)—11:23 a.m.—Surfside Avenue (Surfside Colony)—The caller, relaying information second-hand from a Surfside resident, said a man was going door-to-door, trying door handles. Police units 107 and S19 searched but were unable to locate him. Incident response time: 15 minutes 26 seconds.
Counseling (Priority 3)—9:21 p.m.—Island View Drive (The Hill)—The caller reported a road rage situation that occurred approximately five minutes prior to the call to police. When police unit 241 contacted the caller, the caller said the driver of another car cut him off after he made a lane change. The caller wasn’t sure if he cut off the other driver. The other driver followed the caller into the Hill area and the caller confronted him. The other driver said something to the caller about knowing where the caller lived. The caller wasn’t sure if any threats were made. The caller apparently only wanted the incident documented since they both live in the area. Police unit 207 was apparently available for back up but did not participate in the call. Incident response time: 16 minutes 10 seconds.
Welfare Check (Priority 2)—10:21 p.m.—Main Street (Old Town)—The caller, relaying second hand information, reported that someone might be lying naked in the alley between the caller’s building and another location. The caller did not see the person in question. As of 10:23 p.m., there were no units available. Police unit S44 arrived at 10:39 p.m. Police were unable to locate the alleged naked person. Incident response time: 18 minutes 9 seconds.
Thursday, March 7
Petty Theft Report (Priority 3)—6:37 a.m.—17 Street (Old Town)—The caller said someone took two tires off the caller’s girlfriend’s car sometime during the night. Police unit 106 took a report. Unit 107 was apparently available for back up but did not participate. Incident response time: 1 hour 7 minutes 9 seconds.
Petty Theft Report (Priority 3)—7 a.m.—13th Street (Old Town)—Sometime during the night, someone took the registration from the caller’s car. According to the log, the car might possibly have been left unlocked. Police unit 141 took a report. Incident response time: 44 minutes 51 seconds.
Suspicious Person (Priority 2)—9 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said a man had been staring at the caller for the past 10 minutes. The man was standing near a car parked near the caller’s own car. As of 9:03 a.m., the caller said the man kept acting like he was getting something out of the trunk of the car he was apparently using while staring at the caller. The caller agreed to standby until police arrived. Police unit 106, backed up by unit 141, responded. As of 9:27 a.m., police determined that both individuals checked out OK and had left the area. No further law enforcement services were required. Incident response time: 13 minutes 16 seconds.
Suspicious Circumstances (Priority 2)—3:47 p.m.—Dolphin Avenue and Ocean Avenue (Old Town)—The caller reported three men dragging a fourth man, who was described as unresponsive, toward or into a car. The caller described the car and said it had a loud exhaust. The plate number was apparently unknown to the caller. As of 3:57 p.m., police were unable to locate the car in question, though police units searched from Pacific Coast Highway to Admiralty and from Adolfo Lopez to Electric Avenue. Police units 107 and 141 both responded. Incident response time: 5 minutes 7 seconds.
Friday, March 8
Suspicious Occupied Car (Priority 2)—2:24 a.m.—Seal Way and 14th Street (Old Town)—The caller said four men got out of a car. The caller said they were acting suspiciously and possibly drinking. As of 2:31 a.m., the caller confirmed that the officer from unit 241 had contacted the correct car. As of 2:59 a.m., police had cited two of five individuals and all five of them were getting in the car and leaving the area. Police units 206 and 207 also responded to the call. Incident response time: 2 minutes 23 seconds.
Transient (Priority 3)—8:08 a.m.—College Park Drive and Yale Lane (College Park West)—The caller said a man was holding something and waving it around. The caller expressed the opinion that he might possibly be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police unit 106 checked out the man in question and determined he was OK. Police unit M7 was apparently available for back up but did not participate. Incident response time: 16 minutes 54 seconds.
Monday, March 4
Welfare Check—7:39 a.m.—Katella Avenue—Police were called to an intersection where a car had apparently just struck a child riding her bicycle. According to the police report, the driver heard a “crunch” then got out of the vehicle to discover what happened. The child was not injured and the driver gave the child’s mother money to fix the bike. The mother then took the child to school.
Transient Located—8:03 a.m.—Cerritos Avenue—A resident asked police to contact a man on a blue mountain bike who appeared to be a transient sleeping behind an awning behind several pieces of wood. According to the report, the man had apparently left on the bike when they arrived.
Petty Theft Report—5:21 p.m.—Katella Avenue—Police were called to a local medical center, apparently by a patient who suspected his watch had been stolen during surgery. Police said the man wanted a police report in the event the watch was not found, while also suggesting the watch was “misplaced” and not stolen.
Tuesday, March 5
Arrest—4:04 p.m.—Rossmoor Way and Paseo Bonita—Police arrested Nelson Brendan, 21, on suspicion of possession of a firearm stolen from Duplin County South Carolina. According to the police report, the man may have been living out of his car somewhere between Paseo Bonita and Pine.
Wednesday, March 6
Admission—6:38 a.m.—Cerritos Avenue—Los Al Boulevard—An honest driver called police to admit she had run into the back of another car, even though the other vehicle “departed” the location.
Police said she simply wanted to report and “admitted being at fault.”
David N. Young of the Event News-Enterprise contributed to this article.