BB Gun vandalism
The San Diego Police Department is asking the community to be on alert following a series of BB gun vandalism incidents. It is believed the suspect(s) fired BB gun pellets and caused damaged to vehicle windows or store windows. There is currently no indication the incidents are connected, but SDPD asks for the public to be on the lookout and report any vandalism. The incidents occurred from June 24 to July 8 in various parts of the city during the late evening and early morning hours.
Cases being investigated are: July 24, numerous vehicle windows were vandalized in the Point Loma, OB and Mission Hills neighborhoods; July 1 and 2, three businesses in the Hillcrest neighborhood were vandalized; July 2, two businesses in the Park West neighborhood were vandalized; July 2 and 3, numerous vehicle windows were vandalized in the Clairemont neighborhood; July 6, three businesses and one vehicle were vandalized in the Midway area, a dark colored SUB is suspected in those cases; July 7, five businesses in the College area were vandalized; July 8, one home in the Lake Murray neighborhood was vandalized. San Diego Police investigators are actively working the cases, conducting follow-ups and looking for additional evidence including surveillance video. If you have suspect information or surveillance footage related to these crimes, call Sergeant William Pettus at (619) 692-4803 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
12 arrested in suspected human smuggling attempt
Twelve people were arrested on suspicion of trying to enter the United States illegally after the U.S. Coast Guard found the group’s boat off the coast of Point Loma early Monday, July 1. The crew of a Coast Guard cutter located the pleasure craft dead in the water 28 nautical miles from the coast about 2:30 p.m., federal officials said.
Crew members spotted one person on the boat, but found 11 more people hiding inside a cabin after they boarded. The group was taken to shore where they were arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol agents.
The group was composed of eight Mexican nationals — seven men and one woman — between the ages of 21 and 58 years old, two Guatemalan men, ages 23 and 37, and two Colombian women, ages 30 and 42. Two of the suspects face federal human smuggling charges, officials said. The vessel was seized.
Two hit by car on OB Pier
At 1:25 a.m. June 18, a 21-year-old male and 24-year-old female were fishing on the OB Pier. A male was driving his car recklessly on the pier and struck both the male and female. They suffered minor bruises. Both victims were treated by medics and released at the scene.
An officer in the area of the pier attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, but the vehicle sped away and officers were unable to locate it. When the suspect fled the scene, he sideswiped an unoccupied marked SDPD police vehicle. The officer was not injured.
The suspect driver was described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s. He had a beard, a heavy build and was wearing a white T-shirt. The vehicle was described as a black, 2005 Acura hatchback, with a lowered suspension. It has a cracked windshield and custom wheels. A partial license plate number was obtained, and a further follow-up will be conducted in the investigation in order to confirm the plate. Anyone with information related to the incident may call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
Fatality in Midway neighborhood
At 10:48 p.m. June 29, a 79-year-old male pedestrian was standing on the south sidewalk of 2700 Kurtz St. A 59-year-old female was driving her 2006 Toyota Prius eastbound 2700 Kurtz St. The pedestrian darted out in front of the Prius and the driver struck him. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Traffic Division is investigating, no DUI was involved.
Drugs/Alcohol Violations: 30 citations
DUI’s Drugs/Alcohol: 3 arrests
Fraud: 5 reports
Rape: 2 — 3200 block Mission, 1 a.m. June 17; 900 block West Mission Bay, midnight June 9.
Other sex crimes: 1 — 1400 block Quivira, 5:24 p.m. June 18.
Residential Burglary: 8 — 3800 block Midway, 8 p.m. June 8; 2900 block Hornet, 3:34 p.m. June 11; 4000 block Hancock, 2:30 a.m. June 12; 4000 block Hancock, 2 a.m. June 12; 3300 block Bayside, 1 a.m. June 12; 2700 block Worden, 3 a.m. June 14; 1900 block Froude, 4:40 p.m. June 18; 4000 block Hancock, 2 a.m. June 18.
Commercial Burglary: 3 — 3600 block Midway, 5:50 a.m. June 16; 500 block SeaWorld Drive, 1 p.m. June 8; 3600 block Midway, 5:11 p.m. June 6.
Commercial Robbery: 1 — 3200 block Rosecrans Place, 7:24 p.m. June 10.
Robberies: 2 —5100 block Cape May, 1 a.m. June 13; 1100 block West Mission Bay, 1 a.m. June 13.
Grand Theft (over $950): 3 reports
Petty Theft/Shoplifting: 8 reports
Vandalism: 12 incidents
Vehicle Break-ins: 12
Vehicle Theft: 9 reports
—Compiled by Savanah Duffy from San Diego police reports