The Costa Mesa Police Department is tasked with protecting life and property, while preserving the peace and practicing the philosophy of community-oriented policing. The department is comprised currently of 212 full-time positions, of which 136 are sworn and 76 are civilians, with various part-time positions to aid throughout the organizations.
Last night, Dec. 9, at about 7:34 p.m., four African-American female suspects, possibly in their late 20s, entered a storefront of a marketplace at the 600 block of Paularino Avenue and stole a number of high-end purses. As an employee tried to stop them, he was OC sprayed. It is believed the suspects fled in a white compact vehicle. It appears they were seen in the area hours before casing the store. This investigation is ongoing, anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Peters at 714-754-5198.
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At approximately 10:35 p.m. last night, a suspect entered a store at the 3200 block of Harbor Blvd and began a transaction with the clerk. The suspect produced a handgun and took money from the register. He then fled on foot and minutes later after officers arrived, they canvassed the area including the grounds of a nearby motel on Gisler Avenue. A perimeter was established but the suspect was not located. The suspect is described as an African-American adult male, possibly in his 20s or 30s, wearing a black baseball cap with white lettering, a black jacket, and olive green cargo pants. We are aware of similar incidents that occurred in other jurisdictions last night and are in contact with those agencies. This is an ongoing investigation and we ask that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Rob Dimel at 714-754-5363.