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CRIME REPORTS: Boozing, Pier Jumping, Dalmatian Punching

These are selected reports from the San Clemente Police Services dispatch log throughout the past few days.

At 4:24 a.m. Tuesday, a caller reported a disturbance near the Avenida Talega and Calle Saluda intersection. According to the report, several minors were seen running around Liberty Park, and one was passed out on a park bench. Deputies detained two minors and released them to their parents. 

At 11:01 p.m. Monday, a caller reported a disturbance in the 200 block of Avenida Vista Montana. The informant and his seven year old child was reportedly disturbed by his neighbors who were smoking marijuana in the apartment below him. The report was made from the Seacrest Apartments. 

At 7:39 p.m. Monday, a caller reported a burglary in progress in the first block of Avenida Junipero. According to the report, a unknown woman came into the informant’s house through a sliding glass. There was no report of any stolen items and the woman was last seen running towards El Camino Real on Junipero. 

At 4:45 p.m. Monday, a caller reported a drunk in public in the 2400 block of El Camino Real. The report stated that a man in his '50s with a military hat appeared to be intoxicated as he staggered around Dad’s Liquor store. 

At 4:00 p.m. Monday, a caller reported a petty theft in the 2100 block of El Camino Real. According to the report, a drunk man wandered into Stewart Surfboards and attempted to take a body board and fins. The man proceeded to take off towards Jack in the Box on a bicycle and was eventually detained by a store employee.

At 9:26 a.m. Monday, a caller made a cruelty to animals report in the 500 block of Calle Luego. The informant reportedly witnessed a man in his 60s punching, beating, and strangling a white Dalmatian by the collar. Animal control was also advised of the situation. 

At 11:21 p.m. Sunday, deputies were called to conduct a patrol check in the 700 block of Avenida Salvador. The report stated that several minors were seeing drinking a bottle of Grey Goose vodka next to a big silver truck parked on Salvador. 

At 10:05 p.m. Sunday, a caller made a vandalism report in the 400 block of Ola Vista. The informant reported that a subject had punched a hole a in his front car door during a heated physical fight that occurred near the vehicle. 

At 9:17 p.m. Sunday, a caller reported that illegal fireworks were being fired off near the Avenida Santa Barbara and Avenida Victoria intersection. 

At 7:35 p.m. Sunday, deputies assisted San Clemente City Lifeguards in the 600 block of Avenida Victoria. The two agencies were handling a situation regarding a group of subjects who had illegally jumped off the pier. 

Marc Schroeder August 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM
As per usual alcohol dominates the Crime Report. I would like to know WHY that SOB who was punching,beating and strangling that dog was not arrested? Oh yeah, this is San Clemente, you know, the Spanish Village by the Sea where you can poison your neighbors Dog, killing it, admit to it, and still not be arrested. They probably gave the dog beater some tips on how to do it with a baton. Pier jumping will get you arrested, but not Dog poisoning and lying to investigators.
Lindsey Hanson August 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Shoot my neighbor keeps kidnapping my cat. She takes off her collar and takes her to the pound. I'm at a loss. There is nothing I can do. I have to pay the pound each time. She's nuts. She said she is housing and feeding 8 cats she thinks are strays. I wonder how many other people's pets she is feeding? People are crazy period.
Marc Schroeder August 14, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I wonder if there is any laws against kidnapping pets? I guess it does not matter, there are laws against poisoning animals, wildlife and domestic, yet San Clemente Animal Control told me from the beginning that those who do it are almost never arrested. They also told me there is a man here in San Clemente who is sodomizing his dogs and they "don't have the resources to arrest him". I was reading about a month ago where a Woman in New Mexico poisoned her Ex-Boyfriends dog and even though the Dog survived, she was in jail with her photo all over the internet within 2 days. It has been 5 months since my Dog was poisoned and killed, and the SOB who did it is still not been punished in any way other than being interviewed by Animal Control and the news media. This inaction by Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Malone only encourages other other would be poisoners to go ahead and do it.
Lindsey Hanson August 15, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that. I can only imagine your pain. I live in fear my neighbor will harm my pet as well. As her obsession is quite strange to me. I have explained to her on countless occasion my understanding of the perils of an out door cat. However being my cat's Mamma I understand that she would far rather romp in the neighborhood than be locked in doors and the darn thing is so mischievous finds any way to escape everytime. None the less the lady has the gall to curse me as if I was a killer myself. I pray for my cats safety. I too would live a long life in a bell jar, but what kind of life would I live? Who the heck sees a cat roaming around, snatches it up and takes it to the pound when it is obviously in perfect health? Shame on the Animal Shelter for making me pay to get her out. I wish you had more proof of the poisoning so they could inflict some kind of punishment on the culprit. To me it is no different than stalking, another crime near impossible to prove until lethal. An unnatural concern with another. In your case and mine, an animal.
Marc Schroeder August 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Hi Lindsey, I have a indoor-outdoor cat as well. I agree that keeping her indoors would ruin her quality of life. Me and Diablito found her on the steps up to our house about 3 years ago. She was a feral kitten, covered with fleas and starving. We brought her in, gave her a bath and fattened her up. She is now so beautiful with blue eyes you would never know. The only reason she is still alive and not poisoned as well is, she does not like canned food, she will only eat dry. I DO have PLENTY of proof in the case of Diablito's poisoning. I found, photographed and showed Animal Control the poison, the empty dog food can, mixing bowl, spoon, the poison dog food mixture on the ground 8 feet from our property line which was confiscated and tested along with Diablito's body. After initially lying to me and Animal control, the Poisoner has confessed to putting it out, but claims it was for possums which is also a crime. I just got an Email this morning from the DAs investigator telling me our case is next, so I expect a decision from them soon. If you have time ? Please contact them and let them know you are watching the case. thanks, Marc
Patricia Gatacre August 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Marc, I believe my husband and I saw your sign about your dog's poisoning on a wall at the Aragon area stairway to the beach. We were horrified and told everyone we knew who had dogs to be watchful of suspicious activity and investigate everything that attracts their dog's attention in case it is poisoned food. We have a young King Charles spaniel and keep a sharp eye on her when we are walking her in the neighborhood. This type of event is made all the worse because our animals trust us for their safety and when pets are injured or killed we feel like we've somehow betrayed them even though we know there could be no way to have intervened on an unimaginably vicious occurrence. Over the years we have rescued many cats that were abandoned...even abused...and invited them into our family where they received nothing but love and security from further trauma. A number of years ago we had a sweet, fat cat who was an indoors/outdoors dweller. He came home one night with a gaping hole in his side where a neighbor (who is STILL a neighbor) stabbed the cat because he crawled through the open, unscreened window of his house. The worst, however, was an old lady who lived next door and one-by-one took our cats to a local vet, paid the $25.00, and had them killed, claiming they were her pets. She did this to 8 of our kitties.
ms.sc. August 18, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Marc, please keep us informed as to the progress of your case. I pray for a successful outcome for you. I am sorry for your heartbreaking loss. My pomerainian is my baby! She never leaves my sight when I leave her outside. I would not want Diabilito's killer's karma.

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