Crime Time: Rapers! Robbers! Wife Killer! Bad Cops! And a Real Bozo!

It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--a day late and many dollars short of paying off the creditors who won't stop calling!

Top photos courtesy of Huntington Beach Police Department
A BOZO NO-NO: Here's the original suspect description Crime Time received for the Oct. 5 robbery of the US Bank inside the Ralphs supermarket at Adams and Brookhurst streets in Huntington Beach: white, in his 30s, weighing 200 pounds with a stocky build and wearing a blue shirt and jeans. As the surveillance photos at the top show, a key part of that ID was missing. Why it's as clear as the flaming red mop atop the robber's head! Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jim Allard at (714) 536-5962. Might we suggest that Det. Allard check to make sure Bozo the Clown has a solid alibi?


Courtesy of Orange Police Department and Orange County District Attorney
David Julian Stieglitz (bottom) is allegedly shown in the gas station surveillance photos.

Quick Publication of Photos, Quicker Arrest Police released the two images at the top from a gas station's surveillance video of a man who they say later sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman who'd been waiting for a bus at Hewes Street and Chapman Avenue in Orange around 11 a.m. That led to the arrest of David Julian Stieglitz, 32, of Anaheim, who is charged with forcibly raping two women. If convicted, he could get life in prison. He is accused of pulling up to the bus stop in his Saturn sedan and offering the 18-year-old a ride before taking her to a nearby restaurant parking lot where he allegedly digitally penetrated and forcibly raped her before dropping her off at Santiago Canyon College and driving away. News reports caused a second woman to come forward. The 22-year-old reported a similar crime involving the suspect occurred on March 19. Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin is seeking other possible victims. Got info? Call him at (714) 347-8794.

Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney
UN-GOOD COP, BAD COP: Shannon Roberts, the ex-wife of Huntington Beach police officer James Roberts III (shown above), has filed a claim against the city alleging that police officers tried to cover up the 33-year-old's abuse of her, which she claims was allowed to continue. Roberts has been charged with 17 felony counts of false imprisonment, threats, domestic battery, aggravated assault, dissuading a witness by force or threat and vandalism in the alleged abuse of both his former wife and a girlfriend. In a seprate case involving an Orange County cop allegedly battering his wife and a girlfriend, Westminster police Sgt. William Arganda, 39, on Orange, has been arraigned on three felony counts of domestic battery causing corporal injury to a spouse or former spouse, four misdemeanor counts of battery upon a girlfriend, one misdemeanor count of inducing false statements to law enforcement, and one misdemeanor count of disclosing Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) information without authorization. Arganda's estranged wife and new girlfriend are the alleged victims, and if convicted he faces a maximum sentence of four years and four months in state prison. He is an 18-year veteran of the Westminster Police Department.

Stop and Rob A man pretended to be a customer as he walked up to the counter at Stanton Liquor Jr. Market in the 9000 block of Katella Avenue in unincorporated Anaheim just before 7 a.m. But instead of producing Cool Ranch Doritos, a can of Mountain Dew or turkey jerky, he whipped out a handgun and demanded the clerk open the register. After getting some cash, the gunman ordered the clerk to the ground, frisked him and split. He was described as 20-21, 5 feet 11, clean shaven with black hair and wearing a light brown jacket and blue jeans.

Covering His Ow-ies? A man with Band-Aids covering his earlobes walked into the Wachovia bank at 13962 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, just before noon and handed a teller a note stating he had a gun. He left with some cash and was further described as 30-35, 5 feet 6, 160 pounds, unshaven, with short brown hair and wearing a tan baseball cap, a long-sleeve, blue plaid shirt over a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Stolen Goods R Us A grand theft and identity theft investigation launched by Costa Mesa police after being contacted by representatives from the Loss Prevention and Fraud sections of Sephora, an international retail chain specializing in products including fragrance and skin care, resulted in the 9 a.m. arrest of Jason Le Tran, 23, of Fountain Valley. Local detectives worked with the Secret Service to determine credit information belonging to unknowing victims across the United States was used for purchases shipped via UPS to three particular apartment complexes in Costa Mesa. It was discovered vacant apartments in the 1000 block of South Coast Drive were scheduled to receive UPS deliveries today, so a detective posing as a driver completed the scheduled deliveries, leaving the packages outside the door. Police say Tran was then seen picking up a package at one of the apartments within 15 minutes. He was followed and stopped by detectives and Secret Service agents who arrested him and confiscated shipping receipts and maps of apartments related to other similar fraudulent purchases in his vehicle. Police say additional evidence linking Tran to the crimes, including opened and unopened Sephora products, were found in his home. So far, he has been linked to fraudulent transactions totaling more than $11,000 in merchandise loss. He is suspected of using his job as a Domino's Pizza delivery driver to locate the vacant apartments used as drop-off spots, and police say many stolen items were shipped by Tran to a crime partner in Vietnam for resale. Tran allegedly posted items for sale on eBay under the user name "AndyHo2008."

She's Lucky Those Guys Didn't See Saw A 29-year-old woman walking in the 2200 block of West First Street in Santa Ana was approached by three to five men around 10 p.m. when someone placed a rag over her face and spirited her away. She later awoke in a bed at an Anaheim home, and she was lying next to a man she didn't know. She believes she was raped before the men dropped her off at Chapman Avenue and the 5 freeway. After contacting police, she was taken to Anaheim Memorial Medical Center. She could provide no descriptions of her abductors nor the vehicle used to cart her around. Anyone with information is asked to call Santa Ana police at (714) 245-8351.


Courtesy of U.S. Border Patrol
EASY PICKINGS: U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted a 2002 Toyota Sequoia handling oddly as it headed north on the 5 freeway near San Clemente around 2 p.m. They followed the SUV for about 20 minutes before pulling it over. Walking up to the vehicle, agents could see 30 bundles of marijuana in plain sight. It's small wonder the SUV handled weirdly: it was later determined the pot inside weighed 839 pounds and had a street value of just over half a million dollars. The driver, a 25-year-old Mexican national, was handed over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Shell Game With Envelopes and Purses A woman walking home from a bank in the area of Third Street and Broadway in Santa Ana was approached by another woman who asked for directions around 7 p.m. The second woman then took the first woman's purse, which had an envelope with $2,000 inside, and climbed into an SUV with a man inside. The victim says she saw the female thief put the envelope in her own purse and hand the victim's purse to the man, who put a different envelope inside, got out of the SUV and threw the victim's purse on the ground. They both then drove off. The victim retrieved her purse, opened the new envelope and found strips of newspaper inside.


Neighborhood Tranquility Shattered A resident in the 21400 block of Calle de Oro in Lake Forest called 9-1-1 around 3:30 a.m. to report her car's back window had been broken. Sheriff's deputies arrived to discover four other vehicles in the neighborhood suffered similar fates. A wider search found at least 15 cars with window damage along Via del Rio and Calle de Oro. One neighbor provided a description of the glass breaker that led to the arrest of Lake Forest 19-year-old Michael Scaminaci, who was found on Trabuco Road allegedly carrying three portable GPS units, a camera, a cordless drill, cash and a BB gun believed to have been used for smash and grabs.

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