Briefly In Public Safety

March 08, 2012

Police seek suspect in watch theft from Kokopelli

Laguna Beach police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection to a theft from Kokopelli Gallery last month.

According to a police bulletin, a man in his 50s entered the gallery at 332 Forest Ave. the afternoon of Feb. 18 and distracted employees, reportedly walking out with a watch valued at $806.

Employees described him as white, with balding hair and a soft, feminine voice. He told employees he lived in La Jolla, police said.


While he spoke to gallery employees, he took the watch out of a display case and put it in the right pocket of his jacket, according to the bulletin. Police said he used his body to block employees from noticing the theft.

Police do not know if the suspect is associated with the Feb. 29 burglary at the gallery, which resulted in a $11,000 loss of jewelry from the display cases.

Anyone with information can contact Det. Matt Meadows at (949)497-0758.


Police seek suspects in eight car burglaries

Laguna Beach police released information March 2 regarding a dramatic increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles.

According to police, eight incidents were reported Feb. 29.

A Porsche Cayenne parked on Via Majorca Street reportedly had its driver's-side window smashed in and an iPhone 4 was stolen.

A laptop, backpack and two sets of golf clubs were stolen from an unlocked car near Glenneyre and Alta Vista.

Windows in a vehicle parked in the Smithcliffs gated community, in north Laguna near Emerald Bay, were reportedly smashed and a wallet was stolen.

A camera valued at $2,500 was stolen from an unlocked vehicle from a car parked in a resident's garage in the Lagunita community.

A car parked in an underground parking structure in the 300 block of Cliff Drive had its window smashed and $1,000 worth of items were stolen.

A handbag was reported stolen from an unlocked car in the 200 block of Ruby Street.

Police are asking all residents to lock their vehicles and be watchful of suspicious activity, especially between midnight and 6 a.m.

Anyone who notes suspicious activity is asked to call 911.

Police believe the suspects wear dark clothing and carry flashlights. They travel around Laguna Beach in an unknown vehicle that stores the stolen items.

Anyone with information about the incidents can contact Det. Matt Meadows at (949) 497-0758 or


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