Blotter: Public Intoxication, Battery, DUI

The following information was supplied by the Redondo Beach and Torrance police departments. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The has been busy recently, according to the department's Part I crime recaps covering reports received Aug. 17 through last Wednesday and its Recent Law Enforcement Events news releases.

In addition, the Torrance Police Department handled a battery in the Hollywood Riviera on Aug. 17, according to its weekly crime recaps.

Public intoxication in Redondo Beach

A woman arrested late in the evening of Aug. 24 on suspicion of public intoxication was booked into the Redondo Beach Jail and placed in a sobering cell.

While in the cell, the woman took off her dress and tried to choke herself, but the jailers heard her and restrained her so she wouldn't hurt herself.

She did not sustain any injuries, and paramedics transported her to a local hospital for evaluation.

Possession of marijuana in Redondo Beach

Police arrested two people on possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia early Saturday morning after an officer conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of Beryl Street and North Catalina Avenue discovered the vehicle's driver was driving on a suspended license.

During a search of the vehicle, the officer discovered about 460 grams of marijuana and a scale in a backpack.

Officers arrested both the driver and the passenger on drug charges.

Traffic stop reveals concealed weapons in Redondo Beach

During a late-night traffic stop on Aug. 19 of a driver suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, an officer discovered a loaded five-shot .22 caliber revolver hidden in a sunglasses case in the center console.

The driver told police that the loaded and concealed firearm was needed for protection.

The driver was booked into jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, having a suspended driver's license and weapons charges.

Battery in Redondo Beach

A woman told police at 2 a.m. Aug. 17 that she was walking home near the intersection of Aviation Boulevard and Grant Avenue when a taxi driver offered her a ride home.

She declined twice; however, the driver was persistent, and she finally accepted, she told police. During the cab ride, the driver reached over to the passenger seat, touched her left leg and tried to kiss her.

The woman told the taxi driver "no" several times, and he dropped her off near the corner of Rockefeller and Slauson lanes.

She was not physically harmed during the incident.

Battery in Torrance

A man rammed himself into a victim at about 11 p.m. on Aug. 18 in the 300 block of Palos Verdes Boulevard.

Commercial burglaries in Redondo Beach

Police arrested Vitaliy D. Ochynash on suspicion of commercial burglary on the afternoon of Aug. 23. According to police, Ochynash entered an open business in the South Bay Marketplace, used wire cutters to remove sensors from the merchandise and tried to leave without paying. The items were recovered, and no loss was reported.

Sometime between the afternoon of Aug. 19 and the morning of Aug. 20, a person jumped a locked gate, walked into a closed business on the 2400 block of Nelson Avenue through an unlocked door and stole food and a blanket.

Attempted residential burglary in Redondo Beach

Police are searching for a 5-foot-11-inch Hispanic man weighing about 200 pounds who caused a distraction at the front of a residence in the 300 block of North Gertruda Avenue on the afternoon of Aug. 20. He then tried to enter through the rear door. No loss was reported.

Residential burglary in Redondo Beach

A Louis Vuitton briefcase was stolen from a business in the 1700 block of Aviation Boulevard between the morning of Aug. 20 and the evening of Aug. 22.

Someone stole about $18,000 worth of property—including a television; laptop; six watches by designers like Tag Heuer and Tiffany; and jewelry by David Yurman and Tiffany—from a residence in the 800 block of Avenue B on Aug. 16. The burglar entered the home by prying open the house's back double doors.

Vehicle burglaries in Redondo Beach

A notebook computer and Canon camera were stolen from a 2007 Nissan Altima parked in the 400 block of South Prospect Avenue between the evening of Aug. 21 and the morning of Aug. 22.

Someone stole a GPS with a dashboard mount and a power cord from a 2005 Toyota 4Runner parked in the 800 block of North Lucia Avenue at some point between last Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Police don't know how a person entered two locked vehicles—a Chevrolet pickup and another Chevrolet car—parked in the 1300 block of Amethyst Street between the evening of Aug. 20 and the morning of Aug. 21. The person stole a vacuum pump, a drill, screw drivers, wrenches and other tools.

Someone somehow entered a locked 1995 Honda Civic parked in the 2100 block of Farrell Avenue at some point between the evening of Aug. 16 and the afternoon of Aug. 18 and stole a GPS unit, a garage door opener, a car battery, shoes, jumper cables and a storage bin.

A Roland amplifier and an electronic keyboard were stolen between the evening of Aug. 17 and the morning of Aug. 18 from a locked 2000 Chevrolet Astro van parked in the 100 block of South Francisca Avenue. Police aren't sure how the thief entered the car.

At some point between Aug. 17 and 18, someone used a tool of some sort to damage the driver's side door and break into a 2009 Chevrolet Express van parked in the 200 block of South Broadway. A Dewalt hammer drill and a Dewalt battery charger were stolen.

Someone punched out a door lock of a 2000 Chevrolet 1500 van parked in the 100 block of South Francisca Avenue between the evening of Aug. 17 and noon Aug. 18. No loss was reported.

A Bosh drill, Milwaukee drill and a pair of sunglasses were stolen between the evening of Aug. 17 and the morning of Aug. 18 from a 2012 Chevrolet Express van parked in the 400 block of Paulina Avenue. The driver's side door lock was damaged.

At some point between the afternoon of Aug. 16 and the morning of Aug. 17, someone entered a locked 2003 Yukon Denali parked in the 2300 block of Vanderbilt Lane and stole a registration card and an insurance card.

Stolen vehicles in Redondo Beach

A burgundy 2002 Cadillac Escalade, license No. 5XZH423, was stolen from the 4000 block of Inglewood Avenue on Monday morning.

A brown 1998 Toyota pickup truck, license No. 6T42474, was stolen from the 300 block of Avenue D at some point last Saturday.

A 1999 Chevrolet 2500 van stolen from the 500 block of North Pacific Coast Highway between the evening of Aug. 17 and the morning of Aug. 18 was recovered Aug. 18 by the Redondo Beach Police Department.

Police are looking for a silver 1997 Honda Civic, license plate No. 3VE2419, stolen from the parking lot of the South Bay Galleria on Aug. 17.

Questions on this blotter should be addressed to editor Nicole Mooradian at nicole.mooradian@patch.com.

Diane Naletich August 31, 2012 at 02:36 PM
WOW! It appears the robbery is on a major increase. Lots of vehicle reports. Desperate times causes people to take desperate measures.
Wolfman August 31, 2012 at 02:57 PM
breakdown of soceity
Lea Martin September 05, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Most of the cars are Chevrolets too.
Tim Sole September 06, 2012 at 12:00 AM
What we missed about this. While the police are out chasing drunk drivers, the bad guys are out stealing cars. Bad guys aren't stupid, the understand better than most that the Police are now out for revenue, inherently leaving the bad guys to do what they want. Bad guys don't create revenue, they cost money to pursue, police and politicians understand that. Working people on the other hand, have fun on the weekends, supporting local businesses and then if they get stopped at a checkpoint or DUI patrol, they create revenue. Always follow the money, it never leads you astray.


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