Joy ride

Two maintenance carts were stolen from the maintenance yard on Saturday around 7 p.m., John Farmer, chief of Campus Safety said.

The next morning Costa Mesa police found one of the carts parked illegally in front of a fire hydrant and contacted Campus Safety to remove it. The cart was undamaged, says Farmer.

Security camera footage shows two unidentified subjects jumping over the maintenance yard gate, starting the carts, forcing the gate open and driving away.

Used to abuse

An individual under the influence of a controlled substance was found unconscious in the men’s restroom in the science building on March 29.

When asked by a Campus Safety officer to exit the handicap stall, the male nonstudent rapidly flushed the toilet several times. The subject was lethargic and a tourniquet commonly used for intravenous drugs was found nearby on the floor, Farmer said.

Costa Mesa police took him into custody upon learning of an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.

Stolen devices

According to Farmer, a male individual reported that over $950 worth of electronics was stolen from his vehicle during the OCC swap meet on March 25. When he returned to his car the victim noticed his rear door was open and two boxes full of dozens of cellphones, tablets and device screens were missing.

Surveillance cameras captured two unidentified subjects opening the victim’s trunk then entering a parked tan Toyota Corolla and leaving. Though he claimed he locked his car, it did not seem to be tampered with.


A male student reported his cellphone was stolen from his vehicle in the Adams Avenue Parking Lot on March 20 between 9:35 and 11 a.m. The student left the phone in his car and hurried to class, forgetting whether or not he locked the doors. There are no suspects and no cameras in that area of the parking lot, Farmer said.

— The Crime Blotter was compiled by Winston Payne from Campus Safety reports.

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