What a tool

A grand theft was reported at the Art Center workshop sometime around 3 p.m. on Jan. 19 and was discovered at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20.

An officer met with a staff member of the Art Center who said that he noticed tool boxes were missing from the workshop storage cabinet including a portable saw, a portable drill and batteries.

According to the instructor, the value of the tools is over $1,000 and there are no suspects, John Farmer, chief of Campus Safety said.


Three individual burglaries were reported on Jan. 24 at 3:45 p.m. by the Fitness Center parking lot near the handball courts, Farmer said.

One of the victims, a male student, said he locked his door when he left for class. The victim remembers leaving his backpack on his front passenger seat. Although there was no damage to his vehicle, the student’s backpack was missing along with his volleyball shoes and kneepads inside, Farmer said.

The second victim, an OCC track student athlete, left her purse on the passenger floorboard of the car and went to class, according to Farmer. When she came back to her car, her window was entirely smashed with broken glass on the ground. Items reported stolen include victims purse, wallet, driver’s license and credit cards, Farmer said.  

The third victim whose vehicle was in the same area had a broken right rear passenger window, with glass that didn’t shatter due to a possible tint keeping the window together.

The suspect is on video but unrecognizable, Farmer said.

Window warrior

An arrest for burglary at the Children’s Center occurred on Jan. 29 at 8:30 p.m. The suspect was a male non-student.

Two Costa Mesa Police Department officers came out after receiving a phone call informing them of an alarm ringing on the north side of the building.

The suspect was seen coming out of a window.

When CMPD arrested the subject he refused to identify himself and said he was looking for anything to steal.

A bicycle was next to the golf cart that the subject attempted to start but was unable to, Farmer said.

Sit where?

A male non-student’s Chevrolet Tahoe was broken into while attending the OCC Swap Meet over the weekend. When he returned to his vehicle he noticed the entire back seat was missing out of his car.

Camera footage shows when he arrived in his vehicle.

The victim was advised to get in touch with his insurance company and the police, Farmer said.

— The Crime Blotter was compiled by Maggie St. Thomas from Campus Safety reports.

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