Police Blotter February 18-24: Coronado continues to be plagued by bicycle theft

Crimes Reported

Sexual Battery
Suspect took off his pants, exposing himself to victim.
6/14/2012 to 7/10/2012

Malicious Mischief/Vandalism (Felony)
Unknown suspect(s) punctured all four tires on victim's vehicle ($600 estimated damages).
400 block of D Avenue
12/1/2013 to 1/16/2014

Use Another Personal Identification
Unknown suspect(s) gained access in an unknown manner to victim's personal information and opened a Comcast account, accruing charges of over $1,400.
100 block of D Avenue
1/1 to 2/14

Non-Sufficient Funds Under $200 With Prior (Felony)
Suspect attained $161.94 worth of veterinary services for his dog on a walk-in basis. The suspect paid with a personal check in a certain name. The check was returned by the bank as NSF on a closed account.
800 block of Orange Avenue

While exiting vehicle, driver opened his driver's side door into a parked vehicle. A short time later, victim was in a verbal argument with the owner of the parked vehicle, which led to a physical altercation, where suspect pushed victim into his chest.

Burglary/Second Degree
Suspect entered Walgreens with the intent to steal alcohol. He took two bottles of Hennessy from a shelf, put them into his backpack, and left the store without attempting to pay ($90 estimated loss).
925 Orange Avenue

Petty Theft
Unknown suspect(s) forced open a locking vehicle fuel cap and took fuel from victim's vehicle ($20 estimated loss).
500 block of Port Spain Road
2/8 to 2/14

Burglary/Second Degree
Unknown suspects entered a construction site from a gap in the security fence, and removed victim's power tools from the interior of the residence being remodeled ($1,500 estimated loss).
1700 block of Monterey Avenue
2/10 to 2/11

Petty Theft
Victim parked and U-locked her bicycle near her Coronado Bay Club complex and returned to discover it missing ($290 estimated loss).
1500 block of 1st Street
2/11 to 2/12

Burglary/Second Degree
An unidentified male suspect entered secured parking garage and stole victim's cable-locked BMW mountain bicycle ($3,500 estimated loss).
100 block of Orange Avenue

Violate Court Order to Prevent Domestic Violence
Suspect sent text messages to victims' mobile phones in violation of a domestic violence restraining order.

Petty Theft
Victim left two bicycles in the area of SDG&E Park overnight. One was secured to a tree while another was left in the middle of the park unsecured. Victim returned to discover the bicycles missing ($400 estimated loss).
800 block of 1st Street
2/14 to 2/15

Malicious Mischief/Vandalism (Misdemeanor)
Unknown suspect(s) used black spray paint to vandalize a storage container behind the victim's residence.
100 block of D Avenue
2/14 to 2/15

Malicious Mischief/Vandalism (Misdemeanor)
Victim reported that an unknown subject(s) spray painted, in orange paint, obscenities on her parking space wall.
945 D Avenue
2/14 to 2/17

Malicious Mischief/Vandalism (Misdemeanor)
Unknown suspect(s) spray painted the west wall of the Coronado Cays, visible from the roadway.
6000 block of SR-75

Malicious Mischief/Vandalism (Misdemeanor)
Four unidentified male juveniles vandalized approximately 20 small solar LED garden style lights belong to business ($80 estimated damages).
1000 block of B Avenue

Petty Theft
Victim left bicycle against a bench outside of Village Theater, and returned from the movies to notice it missing ($275 estimated loss).
820 Orange Avenue

Grand Theft Property
Unknown suspect(s) used an unknown pry tool to remove and steal a bicycle rack from the top of victim's vehicle ($960 estimated loss).
1500 block of 1st Street
2/17 to 2/18

Petty Theft
Unknown suspect(s) used an unknown tool to defeat a spiral cable bicycle lock and steal victim's bicycle ($700 estimated loss).
100 block of C Avenue

Vehicle Report
Victim reported that suspect(s) stole his gray 2006 Suzuki motorcycle's license plate, or that it simply broke off.
Disorderly Conduct: Alcohol - Misdemeanor
16-year-old white male
Dana Place & Ocean Boulevard

Possess Narcotic Controlled Substance
21-year-old white male, transient
1000 block of 1st Street

Disorderly Conduct - Misdemeanor
43-year-old white female, resident of Ohio
100 block of Orange Avenue

Battery on a Spouse or Cohabitant
24-year-old white male, resident of Coronado
1500 block of 1st Street

Battery on Person - Misdemeanor
49-year-old white female, resident of Coronado
900 block of 2nd Street

Possession of Controlled Substance (Drugs) - Felony
40-year-old Hispanic male, resident of San Diego
1000 block of 9th Street

DUI Alcohol - Misdemeanor
30-year-old black male, resident of Antioch
McCain Boulevard

Disorderly Conduct: Alcohol - Misdemeanor
51-year-old white male, resident of San Diego
250 Prospect Place

Outside Warrant - Misdemeanor
37-year-old white male, resident of Coronado
1400 block of 5th Street
Traffic Collisions
1100 block of Orange Avenue
Two injuries reported, released by medics.

Broadside with Other Motor Vehicle
10th Street at Intersection with C Avenue
One injury reported, with complaints of pain.


Thank you to the Coronado Police Department for making this information available to the public. This is a partial list.

Caroline Minchella
Staff Writer, Intern
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Comment by Katie's Mom Mary Grace on March 3, 2014 at 3:50pm

For the 26 years we lived in Coronado, bike thefts have always been a problem. I would think setting up a few officers in street clothes in a car or on bike watching bike racks from a distance could catch some of these bike thiefs. There are way too many bikes stolen in this little town for someone not to notice!

We had three bikes stolen when we lived there. Two of them were locked. 

Come on Coronado! Put your heads together and figure this one out!

Comment by Dana S. Chisholm on March 4, 2014 at 1:48pm

We are regularly burglarized in our building - bikes stolen from underground parking, secured, with locks and often u-locks - for the past three years, and we suspect an inside job (management of the apartments). I am looking into placing motion sensor cameras and thought I would call the police to see what kind of programs or task force strategies they have going to be proactive about the out of control theft. I asked for the Task Force or Investigation Department or someone, and instead got a lecture from the police dispatch about the public being irresponsible and not locking up our bikes!

I was told "we don't need a task force - our whole department is the task force. We all know about all the bike thefts." I asked so who should I speak to about working together on some ideas and was told, "we don't need any ideas. When a bike is stolen, we send out an officer to take a report. That's our job."

OMGOSH!!!!! Their job is to write reports???? Our department sees this as a public relations issue (teaching us not to be stupid), not a crime issue. In fact, that is who she transferred me to to leave a message; the Public Relations Office (WHICH the voice mail message said she would return to the office February 18th...it is March 4th... not so much instilling confidence that we have ANY hope of curbing our crime in Coronado.)

Our police department is on the defense - "we'll send out an officer to take a report." instead of on the Offense - "can we set up camera's in strategic places? Can we set up neighborhood Bike Watch teams? Can we create a task force that thinks critically about the problem and elicits a response from the public for ideas that are outside the box?" 

I'm going to have to get creative all by myself (get motion sensor camera's in my car to watch our garage) and do the investigation work myself... which is tragic to me. A headline like "...continues to be plagued by bicycle theft" and our only defense against the bad guys is "we'll send someone out to write a report." Gee, thanks.

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