Gabriel Omar Martinez grew up with horrible parents, dropped out of high school, lived on the streets as a teenager and turned to drugs and alcohol.In 2009, a tireless Martinez robbed seven Orange County banks in a three-month period while he was on parole from a tanning salon robbery conviction.Mar ... More >>
So you know how all the hip kids now say "YOLO"? Turns out there's a Yolo Bypass in Arkansas--and that was the place where a group of idiots were caught after carjacking a car from Taco Bell.
Two idiot, gun-toting Anaheim hoodlums with the Jeffrey Street criminal street gang carjacked a poor, working class family in February 2009 and then kidnapped them back to their home where they stole laundry quarters, computers, jewelry and $100 in cash from a wallet.Proving his brilliance, Humberto ... More >>
Authorities say first Cesar Valle tried to tax the gents working in a transgender brothel, then the 22-year-old robbed the illegal business operating out of a Santa Ana apartment unit and finally, on Monday, he was a no show as his jury trial was getting going.Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes, ... More >>
You're used to reading (and we're used to writing) about crimes on the mean streets of Santa Ana. Who knew baddies prey on unsuspecting cyclists plying the Santa Ana River Trail? Cyclists know, as does the Santa Ana Police Department, which posted some good news on various bicycling forums recent ... More >>
In announcing that the 287 Southern California bank robberies in 2011 maintained a downward trend in such crimes--there were 2,600 reported in the same region in 1992--the FBI also listed its 10 most wanted serial robbers of SoCal banks.Three of the 10 who have struck multiple times included Oran ... More >>
A dead ringer for 24's President David Palmer in a dark suit and tie with a white collared shirt walked into a Lake Forest Payday Loan store around 9 a.m. on June 10, 2009, pulled out a loaded semi-automatic handgun and held it at the head of a 61-year-old customer. He ordered the teller to empty ... More >>
Three more members of a San Diego street gang have been convicted for their roles in two Orange County jewelry store robberies, with two learning their fate from a jury today and the third having entered a guilty plea mid-trial. Aida Arroyo, 29, faces up to 15 years in state prison after pleading ... More >>
ArroyoThe beginning of the end of an Orange County crime ring came with the late August 2009 arrest of a man, who was hiding near a shed in Oceanside, for being involved in a Laguna Beach jewelry store robbery. What authorities did not know at the time was he would be tied to another robbery earl ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 7, 11:50 A.M.: The FBI has arrested the man they believe to be the "No Band Bandit" shown at right.He is Joseph William Kipp, 52, of Anaheim.Kipp is accused of robbing US Bank branches in Hacienda Heights and Santa Ana, showing a teller a gun in the latter job, according to FBI spoke ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 30, 2:24 P.M.: Man, Danny Bonaduce has really sunken to . . . er, check that. This is Steven Christopher Rineberg, the 53-year-old Mira Loma resident accused of robbing Saigon National Bank in Westminster, boasting about it to a cabbie who ratted him out and then getting arrested in ... More >>
Monaco JewelersUPDATE, SEPT. 9, 3:09 P.M.: Well, we still haven't received our invite to Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens' presumably rescheduled press conference on the murder arrests of four suspects in the June attempted robbery of a San Juan Capistrano jeweler that resulted in would-be ... More >>
A medical marijuana deliveryman was robbed of $20,000 worth of his meds Tuesday afternoon, Fullerton police say.The unidentified driver, who'd traveled all the way from Oakland, suffered a head cut during the crime but no serious injuries.
UPDATE, JULY 12, 4:30 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) announced the charges brought against alleged "Drifter Bandit" and Perry Farrell stand-in Michael David Marano at today's scheduled arraignment in Santa Ana: four felony counts each of second degree robbery and secon ... More >>
Courtesy of Santa Ana Police DepartmentRicardo ValdovinosUPDATE, FEB. 16, 11:57 A.M.: A second teen has been arrested in the murder and robbery of a 41-year-old man who was beaten to death with a stick in a Santa Ana alley in the spring of 2010.Ricardo Valdovinos was charged Monday with murder an ... More >>
Recognize the guy on the right? The FBI and several Southern California law-enforcement agencies would love ever so much to know who he is, as he has been linked to seven bank robberies in the region since August 2009.His last hit was the Jan. 15 robbery of a U.S. Bank branch in Long Beach. He's ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 4, 4:30 P.M.: Do you spell that name "Lior" or "Liar"?Lior Bitton, who owns a Westminster jewelry store, accepted a plea deal today that had him declaring his guilt to falsely reporting a 4.21 carat diamond had been stolen and fraudulently collecting more than $99,000 from his insura ... More >>
Headline: Pedestrian Robbed at Knifepoint in Santa Ana Comment by SUPPERROOSTER: CultureComment by VASQUEZ1: What the headline should read is: Pedestrian robbed at knifepoint in Santa Ana and wasn't stabbed. Robbers failed to ask victim where he was from.News at 11!
Update, December 2, 9:20 a.m.: Earlier this year, Westminster police arrested 36-year-old Los Angeles jewelry store owner Lior Bitton, who was accused of fraudulently collecting more than $99,000 from his insurance company after falsely reporting a 4.21 carat diamond stolen. Now, the Orange Cou ... More >>
"Man Bites Dog" is the classic, guaranteed news story. "Fake Taco Bell Robbery" should join it in the halls of journalism school as a tale that rises from the churn of dozens of weekly Taco Bell robberies and becomes something rather bizarre.
Courtesy of Laguna Beach Police Department The so-called "Ho-Hum Bandit" has had a busy weekend of ripping off Orange County banks. Friday, he robbed a CitiBank branch in Newport Beach after hitting up the same location less than a month earlier. On Saturday, he was right back to work revisiting ... More >>
Diamond.infoJeweler Lior Bitton should change his name to Liar Bitton, according to Westminster Police.The 36-year-old owner of Los Angeles-based gem wholesaler Pacific Diamonds & Gems was arrested for allegedly inflating the loss he suffered after one of his couriers was robbed in January in ... More >>
Courtesy of Buena Park Police DepartmentThe Buena Park Police Department is looking for the chaps above, caught by surveillance cameras before taking part in a brutal robbery of a Mobil mini-mart.
Cynthia Ongamsing-Jenkins, 43, of Tustin, was sentenced Wednesday to two years and eight months in state prison for falsely claiming to be the victim of armed robberies of Rite Aid stores in Costa Mesa and Dana Point she supervised.Ongamsing-Jenkins had pleaded guilty Feb. 24 to two felony coun ... More >>
Dennis ChaillandNot to be confused with the Santa Ana medical marijuana grower who was beaten and robbed before sheriff's deputies confiscated his remaining plants and cultivation equipment on Monday, a Garden Grove pot grower on Wednesday was robbed--and later arrested by responding police offic ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly crime round-up--now with more blatant Arrested Development imagery.Could Tobias Fünke be the "Blue Note Bandit" (Wednesday) or the man making "blown" offers (Thursday)?TUESDAY, DEC. 1Nice Racks! After pulling over a silver 2004 Acura TL four-door at Newport Boulevard and ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local crimes and police calls--now with waaaaaay more armed robberies, bike-riding/-taking bandits and indoor pot busts. MONDAY, NOV. 16Wee Hour Party Goes to Pot During a party in a home in the 700 block of Maplewood Avenue in Fullerton, a resident whipp ... More >>
Alonso Jose Lopez, a 31-year-old resident of Vista in San Diego County, got Navel Gazing mentions here and here, but he'd no doubt prefer those over the his latest mention: in an Orange County grand jury indictment unsealed today that identifies him as one of nine San Diego criminal street gang m ... More >>
Finally, something happening in Augusta, Georgia other than discrimination at the Masters:Richmond County authorities are investigating two armed robberies that occurred about the same time Saturday night. In the first, a man with a gun robbed Taco Bell at 3222 Wrightsboro Road about 9:20 p.m., a ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--actually the Weekly's TWO weekly round-up as an attempt is made to make up for lost vacation time.Left courtesy of E! Entertainment, right courtesy of Orange Police DepartmentRyan Seacrest (left) gets paid another visit from his No. 1 Army spe ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--with an especially heavy emphasis on San Clemente and Huntington Beach. MONDAY, OCT. 5 He died for your remote. Who's the Patron Saint of Stupidity Again? A 50-inch Viso plasma TV was stolen out of the beer tent erected for the weekend F ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more ho' attackers, hammer heads, short robbers, skateboarding nazis, bloody bandagers, bushmen packing heat, baseball bat-wielding robbers, monkeys that are not for sale and Ryan Seacrest.Center photo by Melinda Nagy/Dreamstime.comBE ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentWe call this collage "Robberies, Solved and Unsolved." Top left: a man hands a teller a note demanding cash at Chase Bank in Orange. Top right: Booking photo of Adam J. Bennett, 20, of Santa Ana, who is suspected of robbing $ ... More >>
Hey, juvies, it's our weekly Weekly round-up of Orange County police calls . . .MONDAY, JUNE 29 The pre-vandalized Scott BorasAnyone Fitting the Description of a Major League Baseball Team Owner Spotted Outside Before the Crime? The windows of super-agent Scott Boras' Land Rover were vandalized whil ... More >>
The Orange County Bank Robbery Task Force is seeking the public's help in identifying an armed bank robber authorities have dubbed the "Hazmat Bandit" due to his attire: a white painter's jumpsuit, a white hat, boots and sunglasses.The unidentified man--described as white, in his fifties, with long ... More >>
You know times are tough when Taco Bell employees fake their own holdup. From Fargo...An employee of a Fargo Taco Bell that was robbed at gunpoint last week has been charged in Cass County District Court with conspiring to rob the store.Michael Vincent Wanzek, 20, made an initial appearance on the f ... More >>
From Orlando... Police were investigating a Taco Bell robbery that happened Wednesday night and quickly realized that they were dealing with a crime spree. Investigators said three to four armed men robbed a Taco Bell on Narcoosee Road and then attacked two workers before they ran off. When offic ... More >>
From the indomitable Dave Barry: ...a man armed with a knife held up a Taco Bell and got $2,300. The robber wore a ski mask to disguise his identity. This plan would have worked flawlessly, except that, during the robbery, the robber made one teensy mistake: He pulled one of the Taco Bell workers a ... More >>
What you get to read this morning: SOBER-LIVING HOME DEBATE: LA Times - Balboa Peninsula's plethora of sober-living homes faces the wrath of the Newport Beach City Council as well as the Concerned Citizens of Newport Beach. One wonders whether these Citizens are related to the Cannery Village Conce ... More >>
Sloppy police work, callous prosecutors, indifferent judges doom dirt-poor Latino man
DAs office still hasnt interviewed man who says he pulled off robbery for which George Lopez was convicted
With Carmona and Moore free, George Lopez should be next
Now a free man, Big J-Mo reveals lessons of life inside the OC criminal-justice system
DA finally admits Big J-Mo was wrongly convicted
Cops and prosecutors ignore eyewitness testimony that puts Big J-Mo miles from the scene of the crime
Did Fullerton police help a witness identify somebody she never saw?
Is Joshua Moore serving a 12-year sentence because of his taste in music?
The only question is whether the DA will do anything to free 17-year-old Arthur Carmona
Can a Times columnist save Arthur Carmona?