On Tuesday, Aug. 1, the City of Seal Beach will join the efforts of thousands of other communities across the country to promote safety, strengthen police-community partnership and rejuvenate community spirit by participating in the 34th Annual National Night Out. This year’s National Night Out provides an opportunity for the Seal Beach Police Department, in conjunction with the Los Alamitos Police Department, the Cypress Police Department, and our community partners, to enhance our crime prevention efforts by promoting cooperative relationships and reinforcing the need for community involvement.
The corporate partner for National Night Out is Target, and this year’s event will take place at the Old Ranch Town Center, at 12300 Seal Beach Blvd., in the northern parking lot. The event begins at 5 p.m., and will end at 9 p.m.
National Night Out is a designated evening when communities across America come together to take a stand against crime, drugs and disorder in their neighborhoods. The Seal Beach Police Department will be partnering with members of the community to affirm our conviction against crime and promote health, safety and personal preparedness.
Crime Log Compiled by Charles M. Kelly
Thursday, July 6
Found Property—6:15 a.m.—Ocean Avenue—The caller reported that five cell phones were turned in to the location, which was blacked out in the log. Report taken.
Welfare Check—6:33 a.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—The caller reported a woman lying on the sidewalk. The caller specualted that she might be sleeping. A few details were blacked out in the log. Police were unable to locate the woman.
Suspicious Person or Circumstances—10:07 a.m.—Hazelnut Avenue—The caller reported that the garage door at the location was open, a gate was open and the resident’s dog was out. Many details were blacked out in the log. The caller reported seeing a man at the location. Police unit 106 contacted both the caller and the man in question. It turned out he had permission to be there. He was washing his clothes and would be leaving. Police determined no further law enforcement services were required.
Car Burglary—10:14 a.m.—Loyola Plaza—The caller said someone stole spare change from the caller’s car sometime during the 20 minutes prior to the call to police. Point of entry: possibly through an open window. Whoever did it apparently left the caller’s tools on the ground. A few details were blacked out in the log. The caller did not desire a report, so police issued a log item for the incident.
Peddler Complaint—5:29 p.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—The caller said two women were asking for money. The caller said they caused a disturbance whenever people did not give them money. Some details were blacked out in the log. Police unit 107 contacted two women at the location. The officer interviewed them in the field. It turned out they were asking for church donations.
Suspicious Occupied Car—8:16 p.m.—15th Street—The caller said two individuals had been sleeping in a car for the past four hours. The caller made noise but was unable to wake them. The caller said they were breathing. Some details were blacked out in the log. Police unit 207 interviewed the car’s occupants in the field. They were sent on their way.
Friday, July 7
Fireworks—3:53 a.m.—12th Street and Ocean Avenue—The caller reported fireworks were being set off in the alley behind the location. However, police were unable to locate any evidence of fireworks.
Car Ransacked—8:07 a.m.—Opal Cove Way—the caller said that between 1 and 5 a.m., someone ransacked the caller’s unlocked car. There was no property loss. The caller just wanted a log number for documentation.
Car Burglary—9:26 a.m.—Dolphin Avenue—The caller said between 5 p.m., Thursday, July 6, and 9 a.m., Friday, July 7, someone broke into the caller’s car. Point of entry: unknown. Loss: none. Police determined there was no forced entry. Police further determined that only an attempted forced entry took place.
Car Burglary—3:02 p.m.—Opal Cove Way—Many details were blacked out in the log. The caller first reported one car burglary, then phoned back to report two more car burglaries on the same street. Report taken.
Suspicious Persons or Circumstances—3:50 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said a man and a woman had taken and concealed merchandise. Some details were blacked out in the log. According to the caller, they had concealed sandals, cosmetics, jewelry and possibly small bags similar to make-up bags. At 3:59 p.m., the woman was on the phone, about 5 feet from the door, while the man was apparently in a dressing room trying on a pair of pants. Then the woman walked out the door.
She walked back inside when she saw police officers outside. The caller confirmed that the police had the right woman. At 4:04, the man had the woman paged. At 4:05, he walked out. Police unit 107 contacted the man. Police arrested Carol Joy Sawyer Asuega on suspicion of shoplifting, possession of a controlled substance, possession of illegal drug paraphernalia, and based on two warrants out of Long Beach, also arrested her on suspicion of knowingly bringing a controlled substance into a jail or prison. Police also arrested Joshua Gosser on suspicion of shoplifting.
Criminal Threats—6:53 p.m.—Apollo Court—A few details were blacked out in the log. The caller said an individual was upset with him over family issues. The individual threatened to assault him and would not let him into the location. The individual in question kept standing in front of the caller and poking him when he tried to enter the location.
The caller said no weapons were present. He said he was there to watch his children’s game, as was the other individual. Report taken.
Saturday, July 8
Animal Noise—4:38 a.m.—Beachcomber Drive—The caller reported that a dog had been barking for the past hour. Some details were blacked out in the log. Police unit 207 checked the area. No noise heard at the location. No contact made. No further law enforcement services were required.
Traffic Stop—1:28 p.m.—Ironwood Avenue—Police unit 941 stopped and arrested Gustavo Ibarra on suspicion of avoiding compliance with vehicle registration requirements and driving without a valid license.
Sunday, July 9
Arrest—12:59 a.m.—Pacific Coat Highway—The caller said a truck almost struck a building. The truck was now leaving the parking lot after hitting a palm tree. The car was last seen leaving the parking lot on Marina. A few details were blacked out in the log. Police contacted the driver of a car that appeared to match the caller’s description. Police contacted the driver at a residence. Police determined that the car struck a trashcan only, not a palm tree. Police arrested Bryant Taylor on suspicion of drunken driving.
Parking Complaint—8:30 a.m.—Electric Avenue—The caller said a car was blocking a driveway. Police determined the car was parked just 2 inches into the driveway. Citation issued.
Disturbance—8:35 a.m.—17th Street and Electric Avenue—The caller said a woman at the location was yelling. She had a suitcase and a purse with her. A few details were blacked out in the log. Police unit 107 interviewed her in the field. The transient woman was sent on her way.
Welfare Check—1:19 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said a woman with a baby was in front of the location, asking for money. The caller was concerned about the child’s well being. They were gone when police arrived.
Arrest—3:26 p.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—The caller said a car almost struck the wall at the location. At 3:28 p.m., the driver reportedly almost struck something else (the log did not specify what object the driver almost hit). Some details were blacked out in the log. Police unit 141 stopped a car. Police arrested Steven Schurr on suspicion of drunken driving.
Suspicious Person—5:43 p.m.—Almond and Carnation—The caller saw a man on a bike and didn’t think he belonged in the area. The caller said the man kept looking around, but wouldn’t look at the caller when he passed by the caller. A few details were blacked out in the log. Police were unable to locate him.
Monday, July 10
Petty Theft—1:27 p.m.—Main Street—A few details were blacked out in the log. The caller reported the theft of two or three rings from the business. The caller provided police with suspect information. Report taken.
Burglary Report—2:49 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller reported that sometime on Wednesday, July 5, someone stole an iPhone and iPad display as well as other unspecified electronic items from the location. The value of the stolen property was blacked out in the log. Report taken.
Possible DUI—6:04 p.m.—Main Street—The caller said a woman of 65 had been drinking and was getting into her car. A man tried to stall her from leaving. The caller agreed to call back if she left before police arrived. A few details were blacked out in the log. Police arrived before she left. Police contacted someone who knew the woman. That person took custody of the woman. Her car was left legally parked. Assisted.
Petty Theft Report—6:16 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said her wallet was taken from her purse while she was shopping at about 3:30 p.m.. Her ATM/credit card was used at another location shortly after that. Report taken.
Petty Theft Report—7:54 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller reported a petty theft from the store about 10 minutes earlier. The caller said employees at the store were able to recover the stolen groceries. The caller didn’t have details, but told police the manager did. A few details were blacked out in the log. The caller provided police with suspect information.
Tuesday, July 11
Grand Theft Report—11:29 a.m.—Marvista Avenue—The caller said that between 9:45 a.m. and the time of the call to police, someone had taken numerous expensive clothing items that the caller had thrown in the yard. A few details were blacked out in the log. Report taken.
Wednesday, July 12
Foot patrol—6:38 a.m.—Pacific Coast Highway and San Gabriel River—Police unit 141, while on foot patrol, arrested Michael Gregory Carrol on suspicion of lodging in any structure, or place without the permission of the owner or person entitled to the possession or in control of it. Police also arrested Christopher R. Smith on suspicion of lodging in any structure, or place without the permission of the owner or person entitled to the possession or in control of it.
Counterfeit Bill—2:16 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said a man tried to use a fake bill for a business transaction. A few details were blacked out in the log. The caller did not accept the money. The suspect left on foot. The suspect was gone when police arrived.
Counterfeit Bill—2:46 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said a man bought items with fake money and an employee at the location still had the fake money. Some details were blacked out in the log. He was last seen walking south. Report taken.
Thursday, July 13
Suspicious Person—3:30 p.m.—Daisy Street—The caller was getting her baby out of the car when a man tried to approach her. After she went into her home, she looked out the window and he flipper her off. He had a cup in his hand. The caller speculated that he had been drinking. He was gone when police arrived.
Friday, July 14
Municipal Code Issue—6:11 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller complained about loud construction activity and trucks in the area too early in the day. Police unit 106 found a loud crane at the location. The person responsible was advised about the noise complaint.
Dog Bite—10:35 a.m.—Ocean Avenue—The caller reported being bitten by a dog on the beach and requested a police officer. Both the dog and the dog’s owner were still present. Police contacted the dog and its owner. Some details were blacked out in the log. Police waited for Long Beach Animal Care Services. The dog’s owner was issued a citation.
Welfare Check—10:10 p.m.—Electric Avenue and Main Street—The caller reported a man asleep in a wheelchair in the parking lot. Police unit 207 contacted the man. He had missed the last bus. No further law enforcement services were necessary.
Saturday, July 15
Patrol Check—1:10 a.m.—Main Street and Ocean Avenue—A few details were blacked out in the log. Police arrested Jacob Andreasson on suspicion of public intoxication.
MONDAY, JUNE 26
Peacock—9:22 a.m.—Farquhar Avenue—The caller said a peacock was walking in the street toward Los Alamitos Boulevard. Animal control was unable to locate the peacock.
Traffic Collision—4:37 p.m.—Katella Avenue and Kaylor Avenue—The caller reported a car hit a female pedestrian. The caller said the woman looked elderly and was moaning. The woman was transported to a medical center in Long Beach. No further details given.
Identity Theft—7:42 p.m.—Denwood Avenue – The caller reported an unknown person opened up multiple accounts in the caller’s name. No further details given.
TUESDAY, JUNE 27
Disturbance—4:13 p.m.—Los Alamitos Boulevard and Katella Avenue—The caller told police they suspected a person was huffing drugs in their car. The caller said the man “kept sticking a white thing up his nose.” The caller said the man was driving at the time and kept swerving into lanes. Police were unable to locate the man. No further details given.
Jesus Ruiz of the News-Enterprise contributed to this article.