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Police log: Diaper bag thief on the loose

Published: January 7, 2011

HERE’S A look at some of the significant calls logged by the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department, the Carmel Fire Department and the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office last week. This week’s log was compiled by Mary Brownfield.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Miscellaneous unclaimed key fobs and glasses sent to auction.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: CFD responded to a fall outside a restaurant on Mission Street. It was determined the female subject fell while going down the restaurant steps and suffered an abrasion to the chin and a laceration to the lower lip. Subject refused medical aid and left the scene before officers’ arrival.

Pacific Grove: Victim reported receiving harassing text messages from a 15-year-old suspect over a disagreement. Victim and suspect are friends. Victim and suspect have since resolved the issue. Victim did not want to prosecute the suspect.

Pacific Grove: Officers were dispatched to an unknown injury accident on 19th Street. The 22-year-old female suspect admitted hitting a parked vehicle. She submitted to FSTs and failed to perform them in a satisfactory manner. She was placed under arrest and transported to the station for booking. During the booking process, a smoking pipe and a small amount of marijuana were found in her purse. She was released with a citation to appear.

Pacific Grove: A 19-year-old male suspect known for illegal activity was contacted on Alder Street . He was found in the company of several minors who admitted the suspect provided them marijuana to smoke. He admitted to being in possession of marijuana. He was booked for contributing to the delinquency of minors and was transported to PGPD for booking.

Pacific Grove: Man on Mermaid Avenue reported he packed his vehicle the day before for a family Christmas trip and then left the vehicle unlocked in front of the residence overnight. In the morning, numerous items, including camera equipment, Christmas presents, clothing and wine were discovered taken. No suspects.

Pacific Grove: Person reported observing a note reading, “Good f**k’n riddance — Death to Central Coast kids and families,” posted on the door of a vacant business next to his. This is the second note he has seen posted on the door in the past two weeks. The first note had similar verbiage, and both were posted with blue painter’s tape. He has only been open a short time and has had no problems. He felt he should report the incident, since it was the second occurrence.

Pacific Grove: Inn employee reported sometime over the weekend, someone forced entry into a storage shed on the Lighthouse Avenue property and stole two toilets, electric jackhammer, sander, plumbing tools and supplies. Investigation continues.

Pacific Grove: Victim reported that his unlocked vehicle parked on Ocean View was entered during the night, and a Blackberry and a pair of binoculars were stolen. No suspects.

Carmel area: Victim reported that the suspect sold a car for him but did not pay him the money after he sold it.

Carmel area: Cal Fire requested a welfare check on a disabled male.

Carmel Valley: A male committed suicide by hanging and was discovered by a hiker.

Carmel area: Sometime between Dec. 18 at 1830 hours and Dec. 19 at 1115 hours, unknown person(s) smashed the rear windshield of a parked vehicle off of Hatton Road in Carmel. A brand new Craftsman leaf blower was stolen.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: A 44-year-old female driver was stopped on Junipero for a CVC violation and found to be intoxicated. She was arrested for DUI, provided a blood test and was lodged at MPD until sober. Her vehicle was towed.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Subjects contacted on RLS Lower School grounds. One subject was found to have a cite-and-release warrant out of county and was cited and released. School officials requested the subjects be given a trespass warning. They were advised and released. Information also provided to MCSO deputies, who came into Carmel to assist after one of the subjects fled and was caught.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Camera lost possibly in the City of Carmel.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Driver was stopped on Highway 1 for a CVC violation and found to have a suspended license. He was cited and released, and the vehicle was released to his wife.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine dispatched to Dolores and Eighth for an alarm system activation. No fire — unintentional activation from construction dust while cutting sheet rock. Alarm reset by responsible on scene.

Pacific Grove: Female called police after being involved in a dispute with her roommate. She was upset because the roommate allowed one of her relatives to sleep in the caller’s bed while she was away. The roommate was advised she has to abide by the caller’s tenant rights and said she would not do it again. Both parties agreed to leave each other alone. One is moving out on Jan. 3.

Pacific Grove: Resident reported a dispute with her live-in boyfriend. Male, age 43, was taken into custody on the third call for public intoxication. Victim advised past history of physical abuse and was granted an emergency protective order.

Pacific Grove: Multiple items taken from a hotel room on Lighthouse Avenue. TV, furniture and artwork. Possible suspect lead. No fingerprints found.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Cell phone found on Lincoln and returned to owner.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Accident on public property on Fifth Avenue. Property damage only.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: CPD located a lost juvenile and reunited him with his mother.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: An 18-year-old female was stopped on Junipero for speeding and found to be DUI. She was also found in possession of marijuana. She provided a blood sample and was booked. She was released to a sober family member.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine dispatched to a Franciscan Avenue residence for a smoke detector activation. Arrived on scene to find the hard-wired smoke detectors had activated for no apparent reason. Advised resident to contact alarm company to inspect and service the detectors.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine dispatched to a housing complex at Dolores and Fifth for a water problem. Arrived on scene at Unit 14 to find the hot water running in the bathroom sink, with the occupant unable to shut it off. Shut off hot water valve to the bathroom sink. Maintenance person called.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: CPD located a lost juvenile and reunited him with his mother.

Pacific Grove: Stop sign was removed from the dirt on Laurel Avenue and left on the side of the road. Vomit was found next to the stop sign. No suspect leads. Nothing further.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine dispatched to Torres between Third and Fourth for an unknown type beeping sound in an adjacent room reported from the AA meeting. Alarms and rooms checked clear; contacted and left messages with city responsible.
Pacific Grove: Officers were dispatched to a verbal dispute at Country Club Gate Center. Contacted a female who was standing next to her vehicle. She advised that her father and fiancé had gotten into an argument about their differing religious beliefs. Both men left the area to diffuse the situation. The father returned to the area. While driving away, the officer heard the father apologizing to the fiancé on the phone. Matter resolved.

Carmel area: Female at a residence on Flanders Drive was arrested for physically assaulting her husband.

Carmel Valley: Resident reported being threatened with bodily harm by spouse. Case under investigation.

Carmel Valley: Resident reported a home was burglarized, and several items were taken.

Carmel area: Sometime between Dec. 16 at 2200 hours and Dec. 17 at 0500 hours, unknown person(s) smashed a window out of a parked truck along Santa Rita Street in Carmel. Once entry was forced, a brown leather diaper bag was stolen.

Carmel Valley: Resident reported someone tampered with an image that was hanging on a wall.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Traffic stop was conducted on Ocean Avenue and a 21-year-old driver was taken into custody for DUI. The 21-year-old passenger was also taken into custody for public intoxication. The driver was also found to be in possession of concentrated cannabis. Both subjects were taken to county jail.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Subject, a 44-year-old male, stole several items of clothing from two retail stores in Carmel. Subject attempted to hit sales associate with his vehicle then fled from police. Suspect captured after short pursuit and arrested.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Subject reported the loss of an earring at a restaurant in the commercial district.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Vehicle towed from Camino del Monte.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance and fire engine dispatched to a hotel on San Carlos Street for a female having a stroke. Patient transported Code 3 to CHOMP.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance and fire engine dispatched to Lincoln and Seventh for a male feeling weak. Patient transported Code 2 to CHOMP.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine dispatched to a residence on Seventh east of Forest for a water or steam leak. Arrived on scene and were told by property owners they were able to shut off the main, which stopped the leak. Checked for water damage; none found.

Pacific Grove: A 39-year-old male Arkwright Court resident was arrested for felony infliction of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant based on a report of a past-tense offense and was released on $20,000 bail.

Pacific Grove: Report of a verbal argument at a Second Street residence. Contacted boyfriend and girlfriend, who became engaged in a verbal argument when the boyfriend brought home a female friend. All parties alleged pushing, shoving and throwing items by the other parties. All parties denied the allegations of the others. Boyfriend and girlfriend advised of domestic violence laws and advised to remain separated for the remainder of the evening. The female friend departed via taxi.

Pacific Grove: PGPD officers responded to a call from a Second Street residence for a verbal argument that had possibly become physical. The caller showed officers an approximately 2-inch scratch on the right side of his neck above the collar bone. The 39-year-old female suspect was arrested for felony domestic violence and transported to PGPD, where she was booked. She posted $7,500 bail and was given a conditional bail order to stay away from the apartment.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Unattended wallet located and dropped off at CPD for safekeeping. Owner arrived at CPD 15 minutes later to retrieve found property. Wallet returned to owner.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Cellular phone found buried in sand on the beach. Owner contacted. Phone RTO.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine dispatched to Casanova south of Eighth for arcing, shorted electrical equipment. Arrived on scene and pointed out the area where arcing wires took place. Secured the area. No further problem; no power outages.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine dispatched to a residence on 10th Avenue. Arrived on scene to find a female in her 70s needing help into her bed.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine dispatched to San Antonio north of 13th for a hazardous condition. Arrived on scene to find a tree limb down which took out phone lines. There was also another limb hanging over the street and a vehicle. Established safe area; moved vehicle for owner, brought hanging limb down. Cut up tree limb and removed it from driveway. Notified forestry department.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance and fire engine dispatched to Lincoln Street for a male with shakiness due to medication. Patient transported Code 2 to CHOMP.

Pacific Grove: Mother, stepson and two daughters had been drinking alcohol. Mother was upset her stepson came into the hotel room. Mother made a statement about her stepson’s deceased mother. An argument ensued. Mother advanced toward stepson. Stepson moved out of the way, and the mother fell onto the couch. During her second advancement, mother was pushed to the couch by stepson in defense. During her third advancement, mother was pushed to the ground by stepson in defense. Stepson’s and two daughters’ statements corroborated each other. Stepson and mother agreed to stay in separate rooms for the night.

Pacific Grove: Person reported a tree fell on his car in his apartment complex parking lot on Grand Avenue. Advised report taken for insurance purposes and for the victim to contact his apartment management to report the incident.

Carmel area: Verbal argument between boyfriend and girlfriend. Girlfriend agreed to leave for the day.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Non-injury accident on San Antonio Avenue.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Female subject fell on Sixth Avenue while walking downtown.

Pacific Grove: Subject, a 33-year-old female Lincoln Avenue resident, was contacted during a traffic stop on Buena Vista Avenue and was found to have a suspended license. A probation search was conducted, and suspected meth and other items were recovered. Subject transported to county jail.

Pacific Grove: Report of a subject stumbling in the roadway. The 41-year-old male was contacted and found to be intoxicated. He was taken into custody and lodged pending a sober release without charges.

Pacific Grove: Grand theft on 14th Street.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Christmas cards containing money meant for workers were taken from outside a home on Santa Fe.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Report of window smash to a parked vehicle on Ocean Avenue and a purse taken from the passenger-side floor board.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Report of a woman unresponsive in her vehicle on Dolores Street. Upon arrival, the woman was found to be responsive and not in need of medical attention. She was evaluated for DUI and public intoxication but did not meet the criteria. It was suggested the she take a taxi ride home.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance dispatched to 17 Mile Drive for a male with abdominal pain. Patient transported Code 2 to CHOMP.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance dispatched to Mission Fields Road for a female feeling Ill. Patient transported Code 2 to CHOMP.

Pacific Grove: A 27-year-old male suspect was seen by a witness entering a vehicle and removing a plastic bag. Suspect was stopped on David Avenue and property was confirmed taken from the vehicle by the victim. He was arrested for theft, public intoxication because he was unable to care for himself, and possession of marijuana that was found in his pockets.

Pacific Grove: A 63-year-old male suspect was contacted while involved in an injury vehicle collision on Ocean View Boulevard. His license was found to be suspended out of Massachusetts. He was arrested and booked for driving on a suspended license during a collision.

Pacific Grove: Victim reported his vehicle’s right front tire was flat due to a puncture in the side. He believed the puncture was caused by a knife from an unidentified subject. No suspect information.

Pacific Grove: CPS received an anonymous call regarding a 2-year-old male possibly left home unattended while his mother slept 18 to 20 hours, possibly on drugs. Officers contacted the mother, child and a 10-year-old relative. The residence was well maintained, and the mother did not appear to be under the influence of any substance. She admitted to having increased stress, due to problems with her ex. Mother believed the ex had been calling CPS continually with no merit. There was no cause for concern at the residence.

Pacific Grove: Wallet found at the post office. The phone numbers found reach people who only speak Spanish. Property letter mailed to owner.

Carmel area: Unknown person threw beverage bottles into a backyard.

Carmel area: Sheriff’s search and rescue and Carmel Highlands Fire rescued three people that fell off of a cliff.

Carmel area: Sometime between 0330 hours and 0345 hours on Dec. 6, unknown person(s) smashed the right front passenger window of a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. The owner’s dog began barking, which woke up the victim, who turned their outdoor lights on. They saw nothing and didn’t discover the crime until later on in the morning. The car was not entered, and the turning on of the lights must have scared off the suspect(s).