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Two Men Arrested in Resort-Area Car Burglary Cases

Two men suspected of being tied to a burglary ring responsible for more than 200 vehicle break-ins are behind bars, police said.

Cesar R. Vasquez, 31, and Jose Michael, Torres, 35, both of Anaheim, have been charged with three counts of burglary and possession of stolen property.

Sgt Rick Martinez said investigators believe they are tied to a ring that has hit 10-12 hotel parking lots in the Anaheim resort area. Thieves are targeting GPS devices, laptops and luggage left in plain view.

Martinez suggests that motorists hide anything that might tempt a would-be thief.

To read an Orange County Register story about the arrests, click here.

Sany Commended – Again

Officer Sany

First, he played a key role in solving a double homicide. Then, his
work with the crime analysis team led to him catching serial dental
office burglars in the act.

And now, officer Randy Sany is earning accolades for his ability to
catch car thieves.

Sany was among 26 Orange County officers recognized last week at the
20th Auto Theft Advisory Committee awards.

More than 6,400 vehicles were reported stolen in 2009; about 82
percent were recovered by law enforcement.

To read an Orange County Register story about the awards, click here.

Officer Shane Says: Don’t Use Headphones While Driving

Motor officer Shane Spielman has seen it all during his 10 years patrolling the streets of Anaheim. Laws change. But bad drivers remain.

Officer Shane

He wants to make our streets safer. Got a question? He’s got an answer.

Danny asked, “Is it illegal to use headphones with an iPod while driving?”

Officer Shane says, “Yes, it actually is illegal to have earphones/ earbuds in your ears while driving…”

Steve asked, “Do officers usually show up at traffic court? If they don’t does the case really get dismissed?”

Officer Shane says, “I can only speak for my department…We have to go to traffic court when we are issued a subpoena…If the officer is not present, the case is dismissed.”

Desiree asked, “If you have a class B license and get a speeding ticket are you eligible for traffic school?”

Officer Shane says, “Only if it’s a non-commercial class B.

Reach Officer Shane on Facebook or at sspielman@anaheim.net.

* Behind the Badge publishes highlight’s from Officer Shane Says’ Facebook page on Fridays.

From Survivors to Entrepreneurs: Women Thrive in Innovative Program

The Anaheim Family Justice Center congratulated 26 domestic violence
survivors Thursday for completing an eight-week course designed to
give them confidence and job skills.

The academy helps violence survivors restore self-confidence

In return, the women thanked police and city officials with speeches
and even a original play about a broken doll that served as a metaphor
for healing.

One survivor shared a journal entry that detailed her battle to leave
an abusive relationship.

“Dear Lonely,” it began, “It’s time that you know that I’ve abandoned
you because I met my new friend ‘Joy.’ Joy introduced me to ‘Hope,’
and my life began to change. I am no longer the same person and have
another friend in ‘Peace.’ In this place we share a common friend –
‘Happiness.'”

Deputy Chief Craig Hunter congratulates a graduate

The 26 women comprise the third graduating class of the innovative
program. More than 50 women have completed it – and many are thriving.
Some have come back as mentors. A few even started successful
businesses. A florist, a health foods products saleswoman and a
cosmetics merchant shared their wares at Thursday’s event.

“These women have been through so much and are so courageous,” said
Kerith Dilley, executive director of the AFJC Foundation. “The stories
of what they endured are heart breaking. But their incredible courage
to push forward for their families and themselves inspires us all.”

To view a report by KNBC-TV’s Vikki Vargas, click here.

To read about the prior graduating class, click here.

Anaheim Brass Pose Behind Bars for Charity

Police and community leaders posed in orange jumpsuits and prisoner stripes Wednesday to raise several thousands dollars for the Anaheim Police Department’s Cops 4 Kids program.

Sgt. Alex Orozco posted $1,500 \’bail\’ for charity

Held at the Anaheim White House restaurant, the “Jail & Bail” event culminated a fund-raising effort led by several Anaheim business, school, community and police leaders.

Reading comments from those who posted her bail, Police Chief John Welter said this about Cops 4 Kids board member Cathy Dutton: “She looks good behind bars.”

Cops 4 Kids aims to create positive relationships between children police and the community. It was named the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit of the Year. To read more, click here.

Tracey Clavell shows her support for Cops 4 Kids by posing in prisoner stripes

Capts. Mike Aquino, Chuck O\’Conner and Raul Quezada mug for the cameras at \’Jail & Bail\’ event

Report: More People at Risk for Elder Abuse

Orange County’s aging population is at higher risk for abuse, experts
say.

The topic was addressed last week at an event marking World Elder
Abuse Awareness Day at the Anaheim Family Justice Center.

Hosted by Human Options, the event featured videos from survivors and
a conversation about prevention.

To view Garden Grove TV3’s news report, click here.

What Would You Do if You Found $5000 in Cash?

A Good Samaritan who found $5,000 cash at a Food 4 Less grocery store
on Beach Boulevard tracked down the owner and returned the
money without fanfare, police said.

The man apparently found a deposit slip with the cash, which was left
behind in a shopping cart the evening of June 17.

He drove to the home of address listed on the deposit slip and later
returned the cash to the rightful owner, a used car salesman from
Buena Park. The man didn’t ask for a reward. Or publicity. He didn’t
even leave behind his name.

“We at the police department want to say ‘thank you’ to the man
who returned the cash – and to let the public know that there are
citizens and neighbors among us who quietly do the right thing,” said
Sgt. Rick Martinez.

To read an Orange County Register story about it, click here.