Carlsbad Police Nab Empty Panga At Ponto

by The Editors on May 4, 2011

Boat 5FhiresOn Friday morning, April 26, 2011 Carlsbad Police found an empty “abandonded panga-style boat” near Ponto Landing. You know, the almost weekly drop off point for Mexicans entering the country illegally.

Investigators say the Ensenada-based vessel which came ashore in Carlsbad was originally supposed to make landfall farther north. However, the smugglers had to abort the plan after the boat developed engine trouble.

Carlsbad officers reportedly alerted agents from the Los Angeles Border Enforcement Security Task Force (LA BEST) and U.S. Border Patrol and those agents used the information to clamp down on the illegal alien smuggling ring that has been running illegals into the country for month. In all four arrests were made. For the rest of the story, follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Sunday Morning Village Faire Stabbing

by The Editors on April 12, 2011

A 37-year-old man was reportedly stabbed multiple times during an attack in the courtyard of the Village Faire near The Coyote Bar before 1 AM on Sunday, April 9, 2011, according to a story in the San Diego Union Tribune. Police were notified by Tri-City Hospital after the man came in for treatment.

Once officers arrived, he told them two men had stabbed him in the courtyard of The Coyote, a bar on Carlsbad Village Road near Carlsbad Boulevard. The man did not tell police what prompted the attack, the spokesman said. . . Police later found blood about 500 feet away outside the Daily News Cafe on Carlsbad Boulevard. It was unclear if those bloodstains were connected to the stabbing, the spokesman said.

The unnamed victim described the assailants as two large white men. More blood on the streets of Carlsbad.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Carlsbad Police Investigate Valley St. Homicide

by The Editors on March 31, 2011

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Valley Street in the heart of Carlsbad school zone is closed from Magnolia north to Chestnut this morning (April 1, 2011) after Carlsbad Police responded to reports of a disturbance and found a man’s body in a detached garage at a home on the east side of Valley just north of Brady Circle at around 1 AM, according to NBC San Diego.

San Diego 6 has reported that the man died as a result of a stabbing.

A possible suspect vehicle is described as a silver single-cab pickup truck with palm trees in the bed and as many as three people inside. . . Police have been called to the same address on Valley Street before. In August, a police report was filed on domestic abuse battery charges.

This morning at 7 AM the Carlsbad Police Crime Scene Unit was on location as were live satellite trucks from five San Diego news stations. Follow the jump for more photos. [click to continue…]


The Story Behind A Madison Street Shooting

by The Editors on March 23, 2011

CbkOn the evening of April 4, 2009, Juan Carlos Balderas, 21, of Encinitas was found shot dead in an empty lot on Madison Street in Carlsbad. It appeared that an Encinitas gang member had been shot in Carlsbad. But when police arrested three other suspected Encinitas gang members for the crime the question arose: why would Encinitas gang members come to Carlsbad to shoot one of their own.

A story in today’s San Diego Reader, Revenge — Served Cold in Carlsbad, tells of the downside of gang retaliation. Read it and you’ll understand.

[Link: San Diego Reader]


Body Found In Oak Ave. Apartment

by The Editors on February 15, 2011

Screen Shot 2011-02-15 At 5.39.27 PmA police investigation is in progress in the 900 block of Carlsbad’s Oak Avenue (behind Albertson’s) after the body of an elderly man was discovered in an apartment building this afternoon (February 15, 2011) according to a story on

Police were notified by a member of the apartment’s management. . . Police are conducting an investigation and said the death is considered suspicious.

[Update February 16, 2011: Police now say there were “no signs of foul play” in the death of the elderly man found yesterday afternoon, according to]

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Westfield’s Plaza Crimeo Real Mall

by The Editors on December 21, 2010

PcrThe Westfield Plaza Camino Real seems to be one big pile of problems for nearly everyone lately. If it isn’t empty spaces, or huge department stores that sit empty like hulking relics to a lost form of commerce, it’s the incessant crime that seems to occur around the mall.

Last month, on Black Friday, a Zumiez store employee was robbed at gun point in the parking lot, then on Saturday night (December 18, 2010) a woman had her car stolen at gun point according to a story in the North County Times.

Police said the 20-year-old victim had just left the mall shortly before 9 p.m. when the suspect, described as a black man about 30 years old, asked her for her car keys. He told her he would shoot and brandished a handgun. . . The woman got out of her car, gave the suspect her keys and the man drove away in an unknown direction in her red 2004 Nissan 350Z. . . .her car has a Michigan license plate BXN8034.

Maybe Westfield should just throw in the towel and tear the place down. Just a thought.

[Link: North County Times]


Wrestling Mask Robbers Strike Plaza Camino Real

by The Editors on November 28, 2010

A Zumiez employee at Carlsbadistan’s Westfield Plaza Camino Real was robbed at gun point on Friday night (November 26, 2010) at approximately 11:30 PM, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The employee told authorities that the suspects were wearing “wrestling-type” masks over their faces and were carrying large semi-automatic handguns. They ran northbound through the parking lot of the shopping center, located at 2525 El Camino Real.

The robbers got away with the employee’s personal property and a Zumiez bank deposit but there were no injuries.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Stabbing In Front Of Motel 6

by The Editors on November 21, 2010

A 28-year-old man was found stabbed in front of the Motel 6 at 1006 Carlsbad Village Drive on Saturday night, according to a story in the North County Times.

When police arrived, the victim was on the sidewalk, suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was taken by helicopter to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Eppel said. . . The assailants were reportedly two men and a woman, Eppel said. A witness said that at least one person fled in a dark-colored SUV, he said.

The man is apparently expected to survive. Those dark SUVs seems pretty busy lately.

[Link: North County Times]


FBI Says Geezer Bandit Still On The Run

by The Editors on November 2, 2010

Geezer04202010 3 T352When robbery suspect Edward Power, 58, of Carlsbad (click here for 2005 photo) robbed an Oceanside Wells Fargo Bank yesterday (Monday, November 2, 2010) he claimed to be the Geezer bandit. Now, the FBI is reportedly saying he is not man they’re looking for in all the previous bank robberies according to a story in the San Diego Union Tribune.

The FBI said the real Geezer Bandit, named for his elderly appearance, is still wanted. The last robbery attributed to him was June 24 at a bank in Temecula. Authorities say the Geezer has robbed 11 banks since August 2009.

As Carlsbad Lt. Kelly Cain told us last night, “Why someone would claim to be a guy wanted by the FBI during a robbery, I do not know.”

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune and North County Times]


Geezer Bandit Apprehended In Carlsbad?

by The Editors on November 1, 2010

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(November 1, 4:45 PM) The Village Apartments in the 3600 block of Roosevelt St. are currently closed by Carlsbad Police as a SWAT operation is conducted.

According to Carlsbad Police, a car matching the description of one used in several armed robberies today (including two banks) was followed to the tiki-themed apartment complex. Two people are currently in custody (one a white male in his late 50s with long gray hair and a woman) and a SWAT team is preparing to sweep the complex.

Village Apartment residents are being told that they could be barred from returning to their homes for up to an hour, maybe two. Carlsbad Police are on the scene as well as an field evidence technician from the Oceanside Police Department. Earlier seven Carlsbad Police Cars, two Oceanside Police Units, one City truck, and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Helicopter were on the scene.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is now reporting that the man arrested identified himself as “the Geezer Bandit”.

The arrest followed a short standoff with the Carlsbad police SWAT team on Village Drive near Roosevelt Street, said Carlsbad police Lt. Bruce May. Another person also was arrested. . . May said the SWAT incident followed the robbery in Oceanside and two robberies in Carlsbad — one at a medical facility and one at a bank. He said witnesses wrote down a license plate number and a vehicle description.

One resident of the Village Apartments confirmed that one suspect (the man with long gray hair) “is one of my neighbors. Yeah, he lives in the complex.”

According to Carlsbad Police Lt. Kelly Cain, the suspect attempted to rob a medical facility on El Camino Real in Carlsbad, but was told they had no cash. Minutes later a “unsuccessful robbery” was attempted at the Carlsbad Bank of America on El Camino Real, and finally the Wells Fargo Bank on Vista Way in Oceanside was robbed.

“The license plate from the Oceanside robbery comes back to this address,” Cain said at the scene. “Officers set up and saw a male adult pull up, exit the vehicle, enter the house. Officers surrounded the house. He came out the back door about 30 minutes later. A woman also exited the house and both were detained for investigation. We believe we have reasonable cause to hold both of them.”

Cain said it did not appear that the woman being held was involved with the robberies themselves.

By 6:15 PM residents were still being kept from their homes while the Carlsbad Police department waited for a search warrant. Cain said depending on how the search goes The Village Apartments residents could be back in their homes within by 7 or 8 PM.

Follow the jump for more photos from this afternoon’s scene.

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