Police Log: Feb. 5 - Feb. 11, 2013

Compiled by Jeanne Hoffa  --

This is a selection of the 1,448 incidences generated through the Fullerton Police Dept. Feb. 5th-Feb. 11th

Anamika Recovery CenterAnamika Recovery CenterCouple in Fullerton Cameras heist caught on tape
A man and a woman broke into Fullerton Cameras, filled sacks with merchandise and left within 2 minutes on Feb. 5th, and left with a total of $57,000 in cash and merchandise.  Someone heard the sound of glass breaking and called the police, who arrived within minutes.  A video of the scene can be seen on the Fullerton Cameras Facebook page. 

Surveillance cameras captured the pair as they smashed the side window, pushed merchandise out of the way and filled their backpacks. Employee Chris Tennyson said the thieves also stole a case full of vintage cameras that had little or no value. 

An employee believes the couple had cased the store before, since they appear to know which cameras to grab. An attempt to burgle the store had been made last week, when a door to the building had been pried open. They did not get in and the thieves left empty handed. Fullerton Cameras has been in business for 15 years. 

Smash and grab thief hits The Clock Man
A man used a rock to break into The Clock Man on 205 W. Commonwealth Avenue at 2:30 a.m. Feb. 6th. An off-duty officer discovered the crime when he drove by and saw the broken glass at the scene near the police department at 6:11 a.m. The crime was recorded on video by a neighboring business. Manager Mike Toole said that in the tape, the suspect walks in front of the window several times for half an hour. He then grabs a rock, sprints towards the business and hurls the rock through the window. The suspect then went inside, smashed the store’s display cases, scooped up a load of vintage watches and ran from the scene. Toole said the store has never been broken into in the 17 years it has been in business. 

Diabetic gives up on meds, dies
A Fullerton woman who had been living with a severe case of diabetes died at her home on the 100 block of Citrus Avenue Feb. 5th. Terry Turner stopped taking her medicine 10 days before, her caretaker said. She began vomiting several days before her death, and by the morning of Feb. 5th, was struggling to breathe. Turner was 63 years old.

Anamika Recovery CenterAnamika Recovery CenterHome on Loma Alta ransacked, another targeted
A 49-year-old woman returned to her home on the 2200 block of Loma Alta Drive and found her front door open and her home ransacked at 7:09 p.m. Feb. 5th. Officers arrived at the scene, near Gilbert Street and N. Pioneer Avenue, and discovered thieves had stolen her laptop and several cameras. It appears the suspects entered through the dining room window. An 83-year-old neighbor several doors down discovered suspects had entered her home through the dining room window the same day at 2:02 p.m. Nothing has been discovered missing from the home. 

Florida woman dies at ex-husband’s home
A woman who had come to California to visit her ex-husband died at his home on the 2100 block of Highcrest Court Feb. 5th. The ex-husband told police she didn’t feel well the night before, had uncontrolled bowel movements and began to spit up blood. The woman took several prescription drugs, but had not taken any of  them since the night before she died. She was 63 years old. 

PCS Store robbed
A thief stormed into the Metro PCS store on 2435 W. Orangethorpe Avenue and loudly demanded cash from the 23-year-old clerk inside Feb. 10th. When the clerk didn’t respond right away, the suspect, a 45-year-old slightly built black man, raised his voice and told her he had a gun. The clerk then handed him everything she had, and the suspect left on foot at 2:49 p.m. 

Man’s party guests steal Mac Book
A 20-year-old man who had a party at his home on the 2100 block of Teri Place, woke up the next day and discovered his Mac Book Pro was missing Feb. 10th. He told police that guests were still there when he went to sleep. 

Midnight photographer’s equipment stolen
A photographer’s equipment was stolen from the sidewalk on the 200 block of N. Chapman Ave. Feb. 10th. The man walked a few feet from his camera bag around midnight. When he returned, an unseen thief had stolen all his equipment, including two cameras and all his accessories. He looked, but couldn’t find the suspect in the area. 

Thieves swipe generator from truck
A yard supervisor for Markel Contractors told police the company’s generator was stolen from the bed of the company truck on E. Rolling Hills Drive on Feb. 7th. He discovered the theft that morning. No one witnessed the crime. 

Portly Asian man swipes bike from garage
A man on the 2000 block of Cherry Avenue saw a heavy-set Asian man open his neighbor’s garage, get on the neighbor’s bike and ride away from the scene off Orangethorpe Avenue and Brookhurst Road Feb. 9th. The neighbor thinks the suspect may live in the area.  

2/5 Burglary - A home on 2217 Loma Alta Drive was discovered broken into and reported to police at 2:02 p.m. 

2/5 Transient Problem – A caller says a man with a beard continues to beg people for money while he stands in the middle of traffic on S. Brookhurst Road and Orangethorpe Avenue at 2:44 p.m. 

2/5 Suspicious Circumstances – A caller heard someone say that a person was stabbed in a rear house on the 200 block of W. Truslow Avenue at 9:02 p.m. 

2/5 Suspicious Occupied Vehicle – A citizen called police after two men passed out in a blue Ford SUV and didn’t budge for 30 minutes near the Shell Station gas pumps on 1800 W. Orangethorpe Avenue at 3:43 p.m. Officers arrived and arrested a 23-year-old Placentia man and a 22-year-old Fullerton man for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

2/5 Burglary – An apartment in the University Crossings was found broken into on 2404 E. Nutwood Avenue at 12:09 p.m. 

2/5 Hit and Run – A driver in an older silver sedan with the license plate 6WAH133 hit a gold Ford Focus and left the scene on E. Orangethorpe Avenue and S. Acacia Avenue at 8:16 a.m. 

2/5 Vandalism – Vandals defaced the windows on the east side of the Fullerton Community Center on 340 E. Commonwealth Avenue sometime during the night.

2/5 Forgery – A white man in his 30s paid with a fake $50 on 1202 E. Orangethorpe Avenue and left in a white Lexus at 11:256 a.m. 

2/5 Found Property – A man found luggage and a woman’s purse behind his building on 601 S. State College Blvd. at 8:19 a.m. 

2/5 Burglary – 2304 E. Nutwood Avenue in the University Crossings Apartments on 1823 Orangethorpe Way. 

2/5 Petty Theft – Keyboards were stolen from the 2500 block of W. Florence Avenue. 

2/6 Battery – An injured man is being treated in a local hospital emergency room after he was attacked by three unknown suspects on S. Highland Avenue and W. Orangethrorpe Avenue at about 8:30 p.m.  

Anamika Recovery CenterAnamika Recovery Center2/6 Dead Body – A 65-year-old Fullerton man was found dead at his home on the 200 block of Arnold Way at 1:51 p.m. James Mendez’s son and ex-wife said he was an alcoholic, but that he had no medical conditions they knew about. An autopsy will be performed by authorities. 

2/6 Battery – A victim who was assaulted by three suspects he didn’t know on S. Highland Avenue and Orangethorpe Avenue ended up in the emergency room at a local hospital at 8:30 p.m. 

2/6 Suicide Attempts – A distraught woman who took 30 to 40 Seroquel tablets called police after she began to feel disoriented at 7:42 p.m. She said she had been feeling suicidal. Officers found her on the 2100 block of E. Chapman Avenue, and the woman agreed to be taken to St. Jude for psychiatric help. 

2/6 Transient Problem – A caller heard a man and woman having sex in a tent at a homeless camp set up on the 400 block of W. Wilshire Avenue at 4 p.m. The caller was concerned because children were playing baseball nearby. Police arrived and had a talk with the couple. 

2/6 Transient Problem – A caller told police a man got angry when he was asked to leave while his friend set up camp on the 100 block of W. Wilshire Avenue at 3:15 p.m. 

2/6 Dept. Assist – The medics are treating a subject who is sick from huffing in the bathroom on 3240 Yorba Linda Blvd. at 12:09 p.m. 

 2/6 Transient Problem – A caller wants an Asian woman moved from the alley on the 500 block of W. Commonwealth Avenue who doesn’t have permission to be there at 11:59 a.m. 

2/6 Petty Theft – A thief stole a victim’s keyboards on the 2500 block of W. Florence Avenue. 

2/6 Grand Theft – Highland Pinetree Apartments. 11:34 a.m. 

2/6 Transient Problem – A caller asked that police move along transients who set up camp with a tarp on the horse trails off 2525 Brea Blvd. Police arrived and found the tarp, but no people, so told the caller to report it again later if they wanted them to check again. 

2/6 Battery – A woman says she was assaulted and kicked in the head by five subjects inside the The Continental Room on 115 W. Santa Fe Avenue at about 1:20 a.m. She says someone handed her the ID of one of the suspects. 

2/7 Transient Problem – A man says four transients asked him for money when he walked into the hunt Branch Library. He asked an officer to talk to them.

2/7 Found Property – An employee found a man’s wallet in the parking lot on 1801 W. Orangethorpe Avenue at 7:27 p.m. A police officer recognized the owner as a local transient, and wrote that he would locate the owner, or book the wallet into evidence. 

2/7 Disturbance Family – A man said his son is bleeding after he punched their computer, television and numerous items in the house in the Las Palmas Apartments at 6:11 p.m. 

2/7 Transient Problem – A man says a 6’ bearded white man wrapped in a blanket exposed himself to him and his 6-year-old daughter on 200 N. Harbor Blvd., then urinated on a wall at 1:20 p.m. 

2/7 Grand Theft – An employee at McCoy Mills Ford reported a former employee who used company purchase orders for his own use. 

2/7 Hit and Run – A driver in a black Jeep hit a gray Honda Civic on 414 E. Wilshire Avenue then fled the scene between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

2/7 Grand Theft – Thieves removed the catalytic converter from a car on the 2700 block of Associated Rd. The incident occurred between Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 PM and Thursday at 8 AM. Cost to replace is approximately $350.

2/7 Robbery – W. Valencia Drive/S. Gilbert Street. 

2/7 Traffic Stop/D.U.I. – A 22-year-old woman was arrested for driving under the influence on the 100 block of W. Truslow Avenue at 12:04 a.m. 

2/7 Grand Theft – E. Rolling Hills Drive/57 Freeway. 9:56 a.m.

2/7 Transient Problem – A caller says a man in a wheel chair continues to cause problems at the Armory on 400 S. Brookhurst Road, and would like a Delta officer to talk to him. 

Anamika Recovery CenterAnamika Recovery Center2/7 Man Down – A caller is trying to help a man who is passed out in the planters near the Bank of America on 401 N. Harbor Blvd. at 1 p.m. 

2/8 Weapon Brandished – A man says a worker driving in a Time Warner Cable truck got mad after the caller cut him off, ran him down, exited his car and pulled out a knife, slashed his tires and came running after him on S. Brookhurst Road and W. Orangethorpe Avenue at 6:53 p.m. The suspect was described as Asian and in his 30s. 

2/8 Transient – A caller says a man was screaming before he passed out on 255 W. Orangethorpe Avenue at 6:27 p.m. The caller doesn’t want police to move him along, but would like an officer to see if he is okay. 

2/8 Suspicious Person – A man matching Chris Dorner’s description was spotted on the 1100 block of W. Commonwealth Avenue at 5:04 p.m. The caller told police to look for a black man wearing a beret, a gold earring, a trench coat and combat boots driving a silver Isuzu Trooper bathed in mud headed northbound on Euclid Street at 5:04 p.m. 

2/8 Transient Problem – A woman with two kids is asking for money on 1107 S. Harbor Blvd. at 4:16 p.m. 

2/8 Forgery – 141 W. Valencia Drive. 3:19 p.m. 

2/8 Department Assist – A 51-year-old heroin and methadone user overdosed in the Streams Apartments on 1251 Deerpark Drive. Officers arrived and the woman was given medical aid. 

2/8 Welfare Check – A transient man was found lying next to his wheel chair at the Department of Motor Vehicles on 1824 W. Valencia Drive at 3:19 p.m. A caller believed he was sick. Officers and fire crews turned him over to members of the Orange County P.E.T Team, who took custody of the man. 

2/8 Auto Theft – A 2012 Bobtail Commercial truck was found stolen from Corovan Moving and Storage Company on 1000 E. Valencia Drive at  

2/8 Man Down/D.U.I. – The driver of a blue and white Ford F150 was found lying in the middle of the intersection on E. Walnut and S. Lemon Street at 4:04 a.m. Police arrived and arrested the 55-year-old Fullerton man for driving under the influence. 

2/9 Found Property – A security guard found an ankle monitor in the laundry room of the Marquis Apartments on 1375 W. Valencia Drive at 10:29 p.m. 

2/9 Area Check – Officers were asked to look for a 14-year-old male who cut off his ankle bracelet in the Marquis Apartments and left the scene dressed in a hoodie and plaid shorts at 10:39 p.m. 

2/9 Dead Body – A citizen has passed away at the Senior Care Facility on 1510 E. Commonwealth Avenue at 9:44 p.m. 

2/9 Fraud – 1625 S. Harbor Blvd. 10:45 a.m. 

2/9 Dead Body – An elderly Fullerton man passed away at his home in the Rancho Fullerton Mobile Estates on the 1200 block of W. Valencia Drive. Floro San Juan, 82, lived with his son. Both his daughter and son were at the home when police arrived. 

2/9 Transient Problem – A man is blocking access to the entrance to the train station on 120 E. Santa Fe Ave. at 6:18 a.m. 

2/9 Transient Problem – A man is sleeping inside the Fed Ex office on 444 N. Harbor Blvd. at 5:01 a.m. 

2/9 Traffic Stop/Drunk Driver – A 22-year-old Buena Park man was cited for driving under the influence after officers pulled him over on Commonwealth Avenue and N. Raymond Avenue at 1:51 a.m. 

2/9 Drunk Driver – A 32-year-old Garden Grove woman was arrested for driving under the influence at 2:20 a.m. The address of the incidence was not yet available.

2/9 Drunk Driver – A 32-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence at 2:34 a.m. The address of the incidence was not yet available.

2/9 Traffic Stop/Drunk Driver – A 22-year-old Yorba Linda woman was arrested for driving under the influence after officers pulled her over on the 100 block of W. Hill Avenue at 3:05 a.m. 

2/10 Death – A resident at the Sunnycrest Chalet died just before 9:21 a.m. Sherman Simpson, 88, was in poor health, and his death is considered to be from natural causes. 

2/10 Grand Theft – A thief stole a chained bike from a home on the 2000 block Derek Drive during the night. 

2/10 Burglary – A bandit stole a wallet left in the center console of an unlocked car parked on the 2600 block of Associated Road during the night. 

2/10 Drunk Driver – A 38-year-old Hacienda Heights woman was arrested for driving under the influence at 11:03 p.m. The address of the incidence was not available at press time. 

2/10 Theft to Defraud Innkeeper – A taxi driver called police after a fare refused to pay him after being driven to the Amtrak Station at 8:21 p.m. Officers arrived and arrested 46-year-old Michael John Parra, listed as homeless and from Fullerton for felony defrauding of an innkeeper, and taken to Orange County Jail. 

2/10 Suspicious Circumstances – A caller found an unknown man sleeping in the living room of a home on the 200 block of W. Valencia Drive at 330 a.m. The caller may have left the front door unlocked. 

Anamika Recovery CenterAnamika Recovery Center2/10 Traffic Stop/D.U.I. – A 22-year-old Fullerton man was arrested for driving under the influence on N. Gilbert Street and W. Malvern Avenue at 3:42 a.m. 

2/11 Hit and Run – A driver of an older Toyota Camry hit a tan Toyota Corolla on the 200 block of E. Valencia Drive and fled the scene headed westbound with passenger side damage at 7:02 p.m. 

2/11 Petty Theft – An unseen suspect stole a Vietnam Veteran’s Giant men’s bike from behind the gate on the 1300 block of W. Gage Avenue over the week-end. 

2/11 Other – Police were asked to clean up human waste from the front of the Promenade Market on Wilshire Avenue at 3:09 p.m. The task was handed over the city maintenance. 

2/11 Burglary – A victim just discovered theft from a 2004 silver Scion XB in the garage on the 900 block of W. Orangethorpe Avenue at 2 p.m. 

2/11 Suicide Threats – A caller’s mom wants to kill herself on the 1300 block of Citrus Avenue at 2:54 p.m. Officer’s arrived, and the mother was transported to a hospital for psychiatric help.

2/11 Suicide - A man states that his son just shot himself on the 700 block N. Acacia Avenue at 12:29 p.m. Sgt. Jeff Stuart said the son was successful, but that police were unable at this time to give the son’s name, or age.

2/11 Family Disturbance – A man says his 21-year-old son is taking items from their tent on 201 S. Basque Avenue at 11:44 a.m. 

2/11 Auto Theft – A car was stolen from 1620 S. Harbor Blvd. with the license plate 6RFU407.

2/11 Forgery – 200 block N.Lemon Steet. 10:31 a.m. 

2/11 Found Property – The apartment manager found what appears to be a garage full of stolen shoes on the 1400 block of S. Gilbert Street at 9:08 a.m. 

2/11 Arson – A woman says her ex-boyfriend set her current boyfriend’s car on fire on the 100 block of N. Berkley Avenue at 11:48 a.m. Officers arrived and arrested 28-year-old Christopher Barden for arson. 

Information in this crime report comes from press logs and arrest records at the Fullerton Police Dept., Sgt. Jeff Stuart, Officer Cristal Silvestre, Orange County Supreme Court Records and from citizens and business owners listed.

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