Unemployed Irvine resident Amir Hossein Hajisheikhi felt desperation on Nov. 30, 2013, entered a Bank of the West branch, saw two male tellers and--not exactly an impressive physical specimen--chickened out of a plan to commit bank robbery. But Hajisheikhi later saw a female teller inside a nearb ... More >>
When two Santa Ana police officers rolled up to a mini mart on North Grand Avenue late one night recently, they thought they'd stumbled upon a minor crime pulled by underage drinkers everywhere: a beer grab and run. But by the time the smoke cleared, a trio of alleged armed robbers of businesses in ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department has released video they hope will lead to the arrest of two men involved in the armed robbery of an Arco AM/PM gas station in Ladera Ranch late Monday night.
See the update at the end of this post identifying the two men in the pick-up truck after a police chase that started in Santa Ana and ended with an officer-involved shooting in Garden Grove. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 13, 12:33 P.M.: The Garden Grove Police Department asked the local media this afternoo ... More >>
A 35-year-old Mission Viejo man has been convicted of stealing a woman's SUV from her garage with her 2 1/2-year-old son and dog in the backseat and running over the frantic and pregnant mom's foot as he drove off. Jurors, who deliberated for about 2 1/2 days, split 6-6 on a child stealing charge, b ... More >>
At the age of 16, Orange County's Robert John Goliath experienced the glorious benefits of methamphetamine: For the rest of his life, he may received free housing, free food, free medical care, free--albeit less than fashionable, state-issued--clothing, and an entertaining bunch of neighbors. In t ... More >>
A homeless man, who robbed a Fullerton bank in March 2012 and literally got caught red handed, is scheduled to be punished today in Orange County's federal courthouse. Fullerton police officers caught Jason Eugene Archuleta just feet away from the front door of Opus Bank, but not just because the e ... More >>
Mother and son tag-teamers Leticia and Noel Carrasco received life sentences today for robbing and murdering a man in a Buena Park motel room after momma picked the fellow up in a Stanton bar with promises of sex.Leticia Carrasco, the stunner at right, can apply for parole from prison in 25 years wh ... More >>
In California criminal cases, judges have three basic sentencing options: midterm, lowterm and upper term.Judges most commonly hand guilty defendants the midterm unless there are valid factors in mitigation or aggravation that deserve the raising or lowering of the punishment.Robert Cande Rodriguez, ... More >>
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.
Poor, dumb Kenneth Lyle Spangle.Spangle dreamed of being a successful bank robber.But he's terrible at the crime and should have found another line of work to screw up.Nabbed within minutes of his August 12, BB-gun robbery by on-the-ball Placentia cop Jason Reger, Spangle planned the Bank of America ... More >>
UPDATED, FEB. 13, 6:35 A.M.: It appears 20 police officers from at least four agencies, with two canines and a helicopter didn't get their man Friday night. That's according to the Orange County Register. At 10 p.m., officers from La Habra, Placentia, Brea and Fullerton had surrounded a neig ... More >>
A South Dakota man who allegedly posed as a DEA agent, robbed a Tustin man and then stole from the victim's family earlier this month was traced by police to an Anaheim Motel 6, where he was busted.James Robert Anderson, 35, was held on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping and burglary, according to ... 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 >>
James Christopher Corr is bypassing the Weekly's piddly Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week "honors" and rocketing straight to the Weekly's Ugly Police Mugshot Hall of Fame. First ballot. Case closed. It's not the empty eyes, hard-living face and piss-off smirk that propels the Mission Viejo 34-year- ... More >>
Courtesy of OCDACurstis James HillCurtis James Hill was convicted today for the beating-murder of a World War II veteran on Veterans Day 2003.The 81-year-old victim did not actually die until three years later.And Hill had been scheduled to be released from prison in August for the robbery and as ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 11, 12:32 P.M.: Someone leaving a comment on the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) Facebook page, which broke the news about three elderly folks being rushed to the emergency room after unknowingly eating brownies laced with marijuana at a funeral, claims a woman was arrested ... More >>
Before James "Whitey" Bulger was captured in Santa Monica Wednesday night, the 81-year-old South Boston mobster may have spent some of his 16 years on the run in Orange County.Before last night, the only FBI-acknowledged, California sightings of Bulger and his companion Catherine Greig, 60, were ... 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 >>
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 >>
Hilbert Pineil Thomas, a 39-year-old Garden Grove resident accused of killing a mobile home salesman and his secretary in Stanton in 2009, will face the death penalty, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced today.Thomas, who is being held without bail on two felony counts of ... More >>
A Huntington Beach woman is due in court this morning for a pre-trial hearing tied to charges leveled against her in alleged sex-trick scam gone bad.Very, very bad.Megan Miko Wachi, 22, allegedly planned to rob a man who'd hired her for sex the night of Dec. 8 via text messaging. She left her enc ... 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.
Geez, not only do you have to worry about Taco Bell's food rampaging its way through your digestive tract, but imagine having to worry about a car crashing into a Taco Bell at the same time. It happens, you know.
Headline: Banks Robbed in Buena Park and FullertonComment by C5INLA: What you are seeing lately is a bunch of hit & run robberies being committed by our gang banging neighbors from Compton and Long Beach.Comment by GWESTLIE: Illegal Aliens and Watts gang members. nuff said.
The Pop the Lock Crew has struck again!The three masked men tied to recent bank heists in Dana Point, Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch are believed to be behind Tuesday's 5:40 p.m. robbery of the Wells Fargo at 28211 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel.
UPDATE: The third murder suspect is arrested south of Bullhead City, Arizona (see end of post) . . .Chi Ngoc Bui won big the night of Sept. 2 at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino next to the 605 freeway. Little did the 55-year-old Westminster resident know that he was being watched, later followed or t ... More >>
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 >>
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After responding to an armed robbery Friday, Irvine Police indicated the city may shut down the victimized business: a medical marijuana dispensary.After responding to a robbery in Santa Ana Monday in which the homeowner was beaten by two men, Orange County sheriff's deputies seized items from th ... More >>
I think my column comes out in Greenville, North Carolina. Can't say much about the place other that either the reporter who wrote this is lazy, the police not forthcoming with info, or something else is up. I choose the middle option. How can you take a report on a robbery and not reveal how man ... More >>
Criminologists note that criminals usually return to the scene of the crime, but what recently happened in Dayton, Ohio borders on the pathological. Also, Irvine corporate headquarters of Taco Bell? Pay for some security in your stores that get robbed THRICE in the same week!Police are looking fo ... More >>
Okay, there's no logic among people who want to rob Taco Bells. But, come on: if you were to do that, why leave with nothing? And if you do leave with nothing, why return home--especially if you live in a no-name town like Neosho. Neosho? Wasn't that a Japanese game console from the early 1990s? App ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly roundup of local police calls and assorted mayhem.MONDAY, NOV. 2". . . and I don't like you!" "I'm Talking Tina . . . and Things Are Going to Be Different Around Here" A woman called 9-1-1 around 3:45 in the morning to say she heard a baby toy go off downstairs in her hom ... More >>
What's really the bigger crime here: the robbery, the Taco Bell in West Virginia, or a man named Brenya? From West Virginia: A Charleston man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing a Taco Bell manager of more than $4,000 as he was on his way to make a bank deposit. Brenya Bever ... More >>
Jewelry heist fever spreads across Orange CountyIt's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more street fights, bullets flying, dudes getting jumped, cops losing service revolvers and jewelry heists in towns with "Laguna" in the name across the county. ... More >>
What deranged criminal would call in a fake 911 call claiming a fake shooting at a Taco Bell so their pal could rob a Wendy's? It happened in Florida: Altamonte Springs authorities say a woman called 911 early Sunday about a fictional shooting at a Taco Bell to distract officials as a male accomp ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--small fry edition . . . MONDAY, JULY 20Artist'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 ... More >>
The must-have fashion accessory of the season for robbers in Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of Orange County police calls . . . TUESDAY, JUNE 16Forest Firebug is a Pot Farm Exposer to Boot: Seven fires were ignited within a short distance of each other in Trabuco Ca ... More >>
For Navel Gazing's inaugural Crime Time collection of weekly police calls (don't miss the thrilling follow-up and more in weeks to come), we gave prominent placement to the photo you see here. It's a man robbing a Chase Bank branch in Fullerton on June 4 and, according to Johnny Law, the "Clean-cut ... 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 >>
This morning, we noted that the man known as the "Irreconcilable Differences" bandit robbed his 16th bank out in Newport Beach. Now, CBS reports that a guy who matched his description was arrested in Glendale shortly after robbing a Wells Fargo. They got him in the parking lot of the local McDonald ... More >>
Only one year after R. Scott Moxley broke the story of the railroading of an innocent man, James Ochoa, by the Orange County DA's office, eleven months after the conviction of Ochoa on the basis of evidence that didn't point to him and a confession coerced by the unprofessional behavior of an OC ju ... More >>
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