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Sheriff’s Department Seeking Information About Another Ladera Ranch Robbery

There has been another armed robbery in Ladera Ranch. This one occurred on Monday, July 21 at around 11:20 PM at the AM/PM gas station and convenient store at the corner of Antonio Parkway and Crown Valley. Below is the press release from , also available here.

source: Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Below is [...]

State of South County: Transportation, Public Safety and Economic Development

Sponsored jointly by the Chambers of Commerce of Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, the 2014 State of South County networking luncheon will feature a speech from Fifth District Supervisor Patricia Bates. In addition to Supervisor Bates’ keynote speech, the lunch event will also feature three panelists discussing the ”Three Pillars [...]

Do You Recognize This Alleged Ladera Ranch Thief?

Below is home surveillance footage of an alleged thief attempting to break into a car at approximately 4 AM on April 11th in Ladera Ranch’s Covenant Hills neighborhood. Do you recognize this person? If so, contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. He is also alleged to have tried to break into the house by accessing [...]

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Citizens Academy Seeking Applications for Class 3

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department offers an amazing opportunity for members of the general public to get an inside, in-depth view at the operations of the OCSD. The Citizens Academy is a nine week information class that meets once per week for three hours, generally at the Sheriff’s Orange County Regional Training Academy in Tustin, [...]

Another Ladera Ranch Bank Robbery

There has been another bank robbery in Ladera Ranch, the second in a matter of days. Today, the Union Bank on Crown Valley was hit. The Sheriff’s Department has provided some information:

At approximately 5:50 p.m. today, the Union Bank on the 25600 block of Crown Valley Parkway in Ladera Ranch was robbed. The suspect [...]

Have You Seen This Man? Sheriff Seek Suspect for Robbing a Ladera Ranch Bank

The US Bank in Ladera’s Corporate Terrance was robbed yesterday morning. The Sheriff’s Department is seeking help from the public in apprehending the suspect. From the Orange County Sheriff’s Department:

At approximately 9:20 a.m. [Tuesday] morning, a male Hispanic, 35-40 years old, 5’ 4” tall, robbed the US Bank at 111 Corporate Drive in Ladera [...]

Peppertree Bend Party Gets Out of Control

So apparently, every teenager in South Orange County was partying on Peppertree Bend this weekend. SJC Patch has the original story about the party and OCSD response here, and the arrested homeowner’s rebuttal here. You have to imagine that there are photos and video of this party all over Facebook right now. It will be [...]

Rancho Santa Margarita is the Second Safest City in California

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has issued a press release, highlighting the fact that eight OCSD contract cities have made the SafeWise “50 Safest Cities in California” list. According to the release, “SafeWise [is] a safety and home security company has completed extensive research while comparing their data to the FBI’s Crime in the US [...]