Briefly In Public Safety

July 29, 2010

Bank robber suspect photographed

A bank robber dubbed the Ho Hum Bandit hit the U. S. Bank in Laguna Beach for the second time Monday.

Police arrived within two minutes of the call from bank officials, but were unable to find the suspect, who is described as a 5-foot-9 male white of middle build, in his 30s. He was said to be wearing wore blue jeans, a light-colored shirt and a dark golf-style cap.


Police have a picture of the suspect, thought to be the same man who robbed the U.S. Bank June 23, and a Corona del Mar bank twice, according to a news release issued by Laguna Beach Police Lt. Jason Kravetz.

The FBI, which was notified of the robbery and sent agents to assist, believe the suspect may be responsible for several other bank jobs, Kravetz said.

Bank employees said the suspect walked into the bank, approached a teller with a note, claiming he had a weapon and demanding money.

"He threatened that he has a gun, but no one has reported seeing it," Kravetz said.

The teller complied with the robber's demands and gave him an undisclosed amount of cash, Kravetz said.

The suspect was last seen southbound in the alley behind the bank.

No injuries were reported.

For more information or to provide information about the suspect, contact Kravetz at or (949) 497-0307.

DUI checkpoint nets three arrests

Three motorists were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Saturday night at a checkpoint conducted by Laguna Beach police on South Coast Highway at Vista Del Sol.

The checkpoint was the third held by the department this year.

Police administered 16 field sobriety tests out of the 729 drivers stopped at the checkpoint, according to the news release issued by Lt. Jeff Calvert.

Five drivers suspected of being drunk were arrested at other locations while the check point was being conducted.

Teenage burglary suspect arrested; accomplice sought

A Three Arch Bay man captured a teenage burglar in his home July 21.

The 16-year-old suspect, a resident of Laguna Niguel, was arrested on suspicion of robbery, burglary and assault, and was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, Kravetz said. A second suspect is being sought.

"The resident awoke and confronted them, while his wife called police," Kravetz said. "He was hit with a bottle of his own alcohol, but he held on. The other suspect fled."

The suspects entered the home through a garage, according to police.

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