LAGUNA BEACH — A 19-year-old Tustin man was arrested Thursday, Nov. 9 on suspicion of felony vandalism on a restaurant across from the Laguna Beach Police Department, after police identified him from a city traffic camera.
The incident was reported to Laguna Beach police Nov. 3, when the owners of the Lumberyard in the 300 block of Forest Avenue noticed that lights facing the street on the perimeter of their restaurant had been broken. They also found lights on their patio, which faces City Hall and the Laguna Beach police and fire departments, were smashed.
A Laguna Beach police officer assigned to the case reviewed the city camera and found that it had captured the incident at 3:24 a.m. Nov. 3, said Sgt. Jim Cota.
“It showed a male and female walking along,” he said. “The male jumped up and ripped down the lights.”
The officer then reviewed footage from another camera and found the two people recorded outside Lumberyard had also been sitting in front of the police department around 2 a.m., about 50 feet from the restaurant, Cota said. The officer determined they likely were outside the police department because they were waiting for someone inside.
That hunch turned out to be correct, Cota said. The officer found they were waiting for someone who had been taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.
As part of the investigation into the DUI case, the identities of the male and female were included in the report because they had been passengers in the car. The officer was able to match their drivers license photos with the images captured on video, Cota said. The police officer was also able to confirm their identities by their cellphones — both of which were called by the man who was in custody.
Armed with the information, Laguna Beach police detectives identified a Tustin home address for the woman and visited her Thursday. She admitted to being with the man who was seen on video pulling down the lights and provided police with his information,…