Crime Time: Small Fries, Bad Tenants and the Church Lady

It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--small fry edition . . .

MONDAY, JULY 20

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Artist's rendering of Bank of America robber. He may belong to that notorious street gang, the Lollipop Kids.
Watch Those Kids at the Playground A 3-year-old boy was at the playground in Ponderosa Park in the 2100 block of South Haster Street, Anaheim, with his 11-year-old sister and 12-year-old cousin, their moms keeping an eye on them. As the littlest one slid down the slide around 10:30 a.m., a man grabbed the boy and ran north carrying him. The boy's sister caught up with the man, kicked him in the leg and thre dirt in his face, before the would-be kidnapped dropped the unharmed child and ran away, nearly getting his by a truck on Orangewood Avenue in the process. He was described as white or light-skinned Hispanic, 5 feet 8 to 6 feet tall, weighing about 160 pounds with a circle-shaped tattoo, resembling an Aztec calendar or sun, on his neck. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue denim trousers and white tennis shoes. And he was followed by another man who was white, 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 10 with a thin build and wearing a brown baseball hat.

Be on the Lookout for a Violent Little Shit A man wearing a wig on his head and handkerchief over his face walked into the Bank of America at 23711 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, just before 1:45 p.m. and pointed a handgun at several customers and employees. He had everyone line up against a wall before forcing the bank manager and a teller to take him to the vault, where he grabbed and left with an undisclosed amount of loot. The little squirt was described as 5 feet 5 and 100 pounds. He drove away in a metallic blue Dodge Ram pickup with custom rims. A sheriff's spokesman says the same bank was robbed by someone fitting the same description nearly a year ago to the day.

If You've Been Prescribed Vicodin, You Understand A man walked into a Rexall pharmacy in the 13900 block of Valley View Avenue in La Mirada at about 4:40 p.m. and then told employees he had a gun before taking a bottle of Vicodin. He then bolted out of there and jumped into a blue Ford Thunderbird, which led to a brief chase with police cars and a helicopter. Pulling over at Imperial Highway and Shoemaker Avenue, the driver left the car and ran into a 7-Eleven store. A SWAT team had the place surrounded before a man walked out, surrendered and was immediately identified as the Vicodin napper. He was identified as Christopher Lee Croslin, 21, of Buena Park, and held in lieu of $50,000 bail on robbery and felony evasion charges.

TUESDAY, JULY 21

Shots in the Dark Police stopped a car in La Palma around 4 a.m. and found, in addition to five occupants, a BB gun and what appeared to be property stolen from two parked cars in the 5000 block of Alder Lane that had had their windows shot out. La Palma and Buena Park officers later discovered four more shot-up cars in their towns. Arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, vandalism and grand theft were Alyzza Dolores Cabrera, 19, of Buena Park; Jose Luis Garcia-Albarran, 18, of Bellflower; Fidel Zamora Jr., 19, of Norwalk; and Britne Michelle Militar, 18, and Juan Avila, 20, of Paramount.

Police Believe They Have Their Stop 'N' Robbers Last week we informed you that authorities believed the same hooded crew was responsible for a recent string of robberies at knifepoint 7-Eleven stores in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Media exposure apparently led to a flurry of tipster phone calls and the arrest today of Raymond Moreno, 18, of Anaheim, and 17-year-olds from Anaheim and Chula Vista who were not identified because of their ages. 7-Elevens in Anaheim, Fullerton, Placentia, Huntington Beach, San Clemente, Yorba Linda, La Palma and Long Beach are among those the trio is alleged to have hit.

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Courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department
You might think twice about renting to Phong Huu Nguyen.
Worst of All, He Lost His Cleaning Deposit Police were called to the Coronado Apartments in the 1800 block of Sherington Place in Newport Beach, where jars containing a white, powdery substance and threatening messages painted on the walls were found in a unit whose residents had recently been evicted. Neighbors were evacuated around 2:45 p.m. while the Newport Beach Fire Department, a hazmat team and the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad investigated the contents of the jars, which later turned out to be corn starch. Nevertheless, evictee Phong Huu Nguyen, 29, was arrested late that night in Los Angeles and charged with making criminal threats.

Shots in the Dark II Residents heard several shots being fired into their home and garage on Greenbrier Road in Cowan Heights near Tustin around 10 p.m.. Seemed like a good enough reason to call sheriff's deputies, who discovered at the dwelling absorbed at least four rounds. No cars or suspects were seen, and no one was hurt.  

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22

Did They Miss the Disarm the Alarm Class at Burglar School? The burglary alarm at a technology distributing center in the 18000 block of McDurmott in Irvine went off just after 2 a.m., and arriving officers discovered people inside opening boxes and putting the computer parts inside into a cloth sack. Further investigation revealed the men had climbed to the top of the unidentified business on a ladder, cut a hole in the roof with a portable power saw and lowered themselves inside on a rope. Arrested on suspicion of burglary were Cesar Garcia, 28, of Maywood; Celestino Zurita, 22, of Lynwood; and Francisco Perez, 26, of Long Beach.

THURSDAY, JULY 23

Pole Wins Battle with Scion XB After crashing a dark-colored Scion XB into a pole on Oso Parkway and Altura in Trabuco Canyon just before 2 a.m., the driver took off on foot and ran through the back yard of a nearby house, where the homeowners detained him until sheriff's deputies and CHP officers arrived to take over. If you wondering: How can you crash a dark-colored Scion XB into a pole on Oso Parkway and Altura in Trabuco Canyon just before 2 a.m. and not get hurt?--the answer apparently is you can't. He was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo for treatment of minor owies. Oh, and while he was there, a technician drew blood that authorities claim showed he was intoxicated, so the unidentified man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Could It Have Been an Old Montreal Expos Cap? A gray-haired man in his 50s or 60s walked into the Wells Fargo at 638 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, about 2:30 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding cash. He then took his loot, left the bank and hopped into a champagne-colored Toyota Corolla driven by another person. No gun was ever seen but his head gear was: a multicolored baseball cap.

Another Santa Ana Shooting Two boys, ages 14 and 17,  were standing at the corner of Shelley and Myrtle streets in Santa Ana around 6:30 p.m. when a green or teal car pulled up, words were exchanged and a car occupant pulled out a gun and started firing. Both boys were hit and later taken to a local hospital for treatment. The car sped off south of Shelley.

FRIDAY, JULY 24

Some Galleries Call This Art A woman called police after 7 p.m. to complain that someone smeared dog shit on the driver's side seat of her car parked in the 200 block of La Paloma in San Clemente.

SATURDAY, JULY 25

Is That a Knife or Are You Happy to See Me? A man heard sounds inside his home in the 300 block of Avenida Santa Barbara in San Clemente before seeing another man run out the back door. Sheriff's deputies who took the call around 12:30 a.m. heard the intruder described as black, in his 30s, 6 feet, 200 pounds and wearing a red bandanna on his head, a red shirt and baggy jeans. He may have has a knife, too.

Well Isn't That Special? Hey, forget your shootings, your bank robberies, your home burglaries. A woman in the 16900 block of Saybrook Lane in Huntington Beach called police just before 8:30 a.m. to report her red shoes were missing. But you don't understand: She needed them so she could go to church!

Douche Bags Now Come in Pairs A man in his 60s was collecting bottles and cans in the 100 block of Ninth Street in Huntington Beach around 8 p.m. when he was struck on the back of the head with a bottle. He peered up to see two men stealing his recyclables--before he was transported to a local hospital.

SUNDAY, JULY 26

That Stabbing Feeling A 23-year-old man and woman were walking in the 1100 block of South Grand Avenue, Santa Ana, around 2 a.m. when three men jumped out of a dark-colored, four-door sedan and confronted them. A member of the trio had a knife and demanded money from the 23-year-old before two of them punched him and stabbed him in the upper body and then splot with his wallet. Police did not know about this until they got a call around 5:40 a.m. from a local hospital treating the victim, whose injuries were not life threatening. The woman was unharmed.

Basebrawl Police were told teams were fighting at University High School's baseball fields in the 4700 block of Campus Drive, Irvine, about 4:30 p.m. Sure enough, after the game between teams from Riverside and Santa Ana, a brawl had erupted over a player from Santa Ana being tagged out while stealing second base. Leopoldo Lopez, 20, of Riverside, and Victor Alaniz, 19, of Anaheim, were arrested on suspicion of felony assault. Four people were taken to a local hospital to be treated for bruises, abrasions and possible concussions, possibly caused by a baseball bat to the heads.

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