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 Wednesday, July 25, 2012



Thank you to the Beach Cities Christian Fellowship for keeping the residents of HBNW in the loop.  HBNW contacted HBPD and was sent the following response:


Yes, we had a complaint from St. Cross Church and one in Redondo. We have a picture and info we are putting out to patrol. I will forward it to you for NW.


Tom Thompson, Lt.

Hermosa Beach PD



This email was being forwarded to local churches:


On this past Friday, July 20, 2012, I was paid a visit by a gentleman named John P. Vergados. He said he was from San Diego and shared a detailed story of how he was going through a painful and ugly divorce after 26 years of marriage. He said he had relocated in Redondo and was in training for a new job in the restaurant business. After over an hour and a half of listening to his story and feeling sympathetic for his plight, I said that he might find some peace and community at Christ Church. He had said that his car's brakes had failed and that he had to return to San Diego for an important court date and needed help with the cost of a ticket for the train to and from.


I wrote him a check for $50 which seemed to cause him some agitation saying that his wallet was in his car and that his car had been towed so he did not have I.D. He did give me his name and he had mentioned that his birthday was July 23, 1956 (Monday). As I handed the check to him, he said that he would not be able to get it cashed without I.D. I gave him my card and said that if there was a problem cashing the check to have the bank contact me. My astute parish administrator was busy putting his name into a Google search as I was escorting him to the front of the property. When I returned she showed me the following two links: http://florida.arrests.org/Arrests/John_Vergados_2978909/




We had obviously been in the presence of a rather experienced scam artist. I contacted the Redondo Police and they took an Incident Report. After calling some of you in the South Bay, I discovered that John had also hit another parish in our deanery with the same story and had been given $100.


I am passing this note along to all of the churches in the deanery in hopes that it will allow you to avoid the loss of limited discretionary money to those who are out to scam.  







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7-15-2012 thru 7-23-2012


24 misdemeanor arrests

1 felony arrest

54 moving violations issued


7-16 @ 2:33a.m.               


 Lot A (Pier Plaza - South)                                             

Large fight involving 30+ subjects, possibly with knifes, officers dispersed no injuries/no arrests.


7-16 @ 6:52a.m.               

Stolen Car                          

 700 blk of Longfellow    

2000 Honda Civic stolen during the night (Always lock your car! Leave no valuable inside). No suspect info


7-16 @ 10:26a.m.            


2400 blk of Myrtle           

Elderly woman suffering from dementia. She becomes lost and enters a house unknown to her. Resident calls in a possible burglary. Elderly woman returned home.


7-16 @ 2:04p.m.              

Choking baby                    

1700 blk of Ardmore                      

Baby choking on food, aid rendered, baby is ok. (Consider learning CPR, which includes infant choking training)


7-17 @ 1:16p.m.              

Stolen Mail Packages     

300 blk of Palm  Drive    

Two male Hispanics steal mail packages from front porch of house. They were driving a blue Dodge Intrepid Convertible. (Tell USPS, UPS, etc., not to leave packages in unsecured areas)


7-17 @ 7:43p.m.              

Theft from Vehicle         

500 blk of Pier Ave.                        

Stolen personal items from unlocked car.


7-17 @ 8:04p.m.              

Theft from Garage         

00 blk of 10th Street      

Stolen items from open garage. See next entry.


7-17 @ 10:15p.m.            

Residential Burglary       

00BLK of 10th Street      

Suspect entered residence through an open window and stole personal items. HBPD officers made a subject stop of the suspect in the area a short time later. Items recovered, suspect arrested and booked for felony burglary.


7-18 @ 11:30a.m.            

possible child abuse       

700 blk of PCH                  

Delayed report of a child crying and asking for help. Reporting party did not report until the next day. (Don't wait to report these kinds of incidents)


7-19 @ 3:00a.m.               

Theft from Vehicle         

1st and PCH                       

Stolen items from unlocked car.


7-20 @ 1:08a.m.               

DUI arrest                          

700 blk of PCH                  

Traffic stop for DUI investigation, during which the suspect fought with officers and kicked out window of police car.


7-20 @ 6:27a.m.

Vehicle Ransacked         

25th and Myrtle                               

Suspect ransacked unlocked vehicle. Nothing taken.


7-21 @ 2:02a.m.                               


Pier and Hermosa           

Disturbance in the area. No crime occurred during the disturbance. NOTE: One subject contacted had an outstanding warrant issued by LAPD for 187 PC Murder. LAPD picked up subject for the warrant.

7-21 @ 10:15p.m.                            

Theft from Vehicle         

1800 blk of Manhattan  

Suspect steals items from unlocked car.


7-22 @ 3:18p.m.                              

211 PC Robbery                               

Valley Drive (No Futher Info)     

Male black adult physically held the victim down and stole her cell phone and wallet. Delayed report, occurred on Sat/Sun night.




HBFD Weekly Calls for Service
Courtesy of Fire Chief David Lantzer



In regards to fire prevention, which is the HBFD's primary mission, the past week was very successful as no reported fires occurred in the city. The three (3) hazardous condition incidents involved two (2) downed power lines incidents and one (1) incident of a tree falling into and becoming hung up on power lines. Of the 21 auto/mutual aid incidents given by HBFD units, 11 were responses of our EMT ambulance into Manhattan Beach. HBFD units were cancelled on six (6) of the 21 auto/mutual aid requests. Hermosa Beach received automatic aid from Manhattan Beach on a medical emergency and from Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach on a separate medical emergency incident (no HBFD units were available to respond to this incident).


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  • Abdominal: Patients with non-traumatic abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, etc.
  • Behavioral: Patients overdoses on legal and/or illegal drugs, intoxicated, and/or suffering from psychosis.
  • Cardiac: Heart attacks, chest pain.
  • Environmental: Heat and cold-related emergencies, allergic reactions.
  • General Illness: Flu-related symptoms or non-specific illness complaints.
  • Neurological: Seizure, stroke, decrease level of consciousness.
  • Respiratory: Trouble breathing from various causes.
  • Trauma/Injury: Non-medical emergency. Physical injury to the body.
  • No Complaint: Dispatched to an incident, but subject had no medical complaints.
















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Area 2


1:00 p.m.-6:51 a.m.                    

 6th St. / N. Redondo Ave.

(Grand Theft) Sometime during the past several months, unknown suspect(s) stole 6 batteries from a Time Warner cable box. On June 1st, Time Warner reported 4 other cable boxes had their batteries stolen. On July 13th, an unknown suspect(s) stole three batteries from a Time Warner cable box.



Area 3


8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.                    

1700 Block of N. Ardmore Ave.

(Grand Theft) Unknown suspect(s) stole batteries from a Time Warner cable box.



Area 6


8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.                  

400 Block of Manhattan Beach Blvd.

(Grand Theft) Unknown suspect(s) stole the victim's engagement ring from an unlocked vehicle. The victim left the ring on the passenger side dashboard.



Area 7


8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.                    

2500 Block of N. Highland Ave.

(Residential Burglary from Garage) Unknown suspect(s) stole the victim's bicycle from a locked closet located inside a locked garage. 



Area 7


7:40 a.m.-9:20 a.m.                    

2700 Block of N. Highland Ave.

(Grand Theft) Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim's vehicle and stole several credit cards. The victim left the key in the rear wheel well of the vehicle and went surfing.


Area 8


8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.                    

300 Block of S. Peck Ave.

(Grand Theft) Unknown suspect(s) stole a laptop computer from an unlocked, open church sanctuary.


Area 9


8:00 p.m.-11:00 a.m.                  

700 Block of 27th St.

(Petty Theft from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) stole various items from the victim's unlocked vehicle.    



Area 9


 6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.                    

3600 Block of Pine Ave.

(Annoying Phone Calls) Unknown suspect(s) from Jamaica have been calling and harassing the victims in attempt to scam them out of money.

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