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Burglars hit 12 churches in Anaheim

Burglars are prying and smashing their way into churches across the city and county, stealing donation boxes, guitars, computers and other valuables, police said.

There have been 12 such burglaries in Anaheim since January – and nine since April, said Sgt. Jim Cossin.

The burglars aren’t just hitting Anaheim churches. Santa Ana, Irvine and other cities have reported similar crimes. Santa Ana Police recently made an arrest, and Cossin said police have video that shows that one of the suspects in the Santa Ana caper is involved in at least one of the Anaheim burglaries.

Church burglaries weren’t the only issue on the agenda at the police department’s monthly crime analysis meeting.  There’s been a series of auto burglaries, commercial burglaries are up and there have been more reported rapes this year than last, though detectives in most of the cases say the victims knew the perpetrator.

But the overall crime picture is relatively good, when all things are considered. Violent crime is down, and property crime is up but just slightly.

But officers are busy. There have been 43,690 calls for service in 2013, up 2 percent from the same time period last year.

Also on the agenda: the sharing of crime information.

Interim Police Chief Raul Quezada said the crime analysis department will be soon adding more crime data to the police department’s website. He asked for suggestions on what type of information to add.

Among the ideas: traffic citations, DUI arrests, collisions, response times and Anaheim’s most wanted.

Statement From The City Of Anaheim In Response To Boston Marathon Explosions

ANAHEIM, CA – (April 15, 2013) Anaheim Police Chief John Welter and Anaheim Fire & Rescue Chief Randy Bruegman issued the following statement today:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in Boston as well as their loved ones.

In Anaheim, the Anaheim Police Department and Anaheim Fire & Rescue remain diligent in monitoring activity in Boston and any nexus to our community.  We are in contact with Federal agencies as well as monitoring local intelligence activity.

Our level of daily preparedness allows us to respond to unplanned incidents. In the event of any local emergency, police and fire agencies are ready to respond quickly and activate established response protocols.  We are in contact with our Resort, Sports and Entertainment venues to ensure preparedness for all of Anaheim’s residents, businesses and guests.

We ask the public to remain calm and vigilant.  If you see something, say something.

Anyone encountering suspicious activity should immediately call the Anaheim Police Department at 714-765-1900 or 911 with life-threatening information.

ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities.  Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 343,000 residents and more than 2,950 City employees.  The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.5 billion.  Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort.

Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, and the Professional Arena Soccer League Anaheim Bolts.  Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim.  In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet.  Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.


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Is predicting crime the next frontier in policing?

It’s a question Anaheim police officials constantly ask. How can they do a better job of preventing and solving crime?

Once a month, about 50 police leaders gather to discuss crime data and brainstorm the ways to address that question, which is the core of their mission.

This month, Police Chief John Welter focused for a few minutes on the next frontier – predicting crime.

New software soon to hit the market analyzes five years of crime data to predict hotspots. It looks at location, weather, time of day, time of year and more. The idea: know when and where to deploy officers so they can be there when criminals arrive.

“We have an outstanding Crime Analysis Unit,” Welter said. “But it never hurts to look at new ideas.”

Violent and gang crime is down slightly in early 2013, but robberies, stolen cars and pedestrian accidents are rising.

The number of people hit by cars rose 28 percent, to 182 in 2012. Ten people have been killed since January 2011 – nine between Anaheim Boulevard and Knott Avenue. Fifty seven percent of the collisions resulted in minor or no injuries.

Lt. Mark Cyprien said more people are likely walking or riding bicycles due to the economic downturn. “These people are interacting more with vehicles, which increases the likelihood of pedestrian-related accidents,” he said.

The Police Department is writing more tickets in areas where incidents happened. Officials are also looking at traffic patterns and engineering to find other ways to protect pedestrians.

During a burglary discussion, Crime Analyst Danielle Martell said there have been 194 residential burglaries so far this year. While digging into the data, she discovered residents on the same street where a burglary occurred are twice as likely to be a victim within a week.

In response, volunteers are distributing fliers in neighborhoods like Cerritos Boulevard, between Katella Avenue and Euclid Street, where burglars recently hit 13 homes. Although police have made arrests, they are also increasing surveillance.

One idea broached at the meeting: Can police volunteers go talk to neighbors? Many were in homes where windows were left ajar, though a few burglars smashed windows.

Knowledge is power, and in Anaheim, it’s used to thwart crime and protect residents.

Anaheim PD Asks Public to Continue to Help Find Kidnapped Boys

Abraham Fernandez - if you know his whereabouts, please call 911 immediately

Anaheim police continue their search today for four-year-old Jacob and two-year-old Justin Quinones, who were abducted from their Anaheim home on Thursday night. Their Texas-resident father and grandfather are accused of coming to California to kidnap them. An Amber Alert remains in effect as law enforcement officers throughout the nation continue to search for all four people.

On Friday, Anaheim Police publicly warned their family, friends and associates against harboring or assisting them in any manner. Since the incident occurred on Thursday night, Anaheim Police investigators have been working around-the-clock to gather leads, locate the individuals and try to bring resolution to this case. Police say that both men may have altered their appearance in an effort to elude capture.

Louis Fernadez

Detectives believe that after abducting the children, Abraham and Louis Fernandez remained in Southern California, hiding from authorities. Early Sunday morning, Investigators arrested DAVID NICHOLAS at his Monrovia home for his role in aiding the suspects. The 26 year-old NICHOLAS was booked at the Anaheim Detention Facility for conspiracy in the kidnapping case. His bail has been set at one million dollars. (At this stage of the investigation, police say they will not be releasing any additional information about Mr. Nicholas’ role in this case).

Anaheim Police urge Abraham and Louis to safely turn the boys over to law enforcement officers, and to contact Anaheim Detectives to bring this case to resolution.

Jacob and Justin Quinones were kidnapped on Thursday, police say.

OVERVIEW OF CASE: On October 7, 2010 at approximately 7:50 PM, Jacob & Justin Quinones were in the driveway of their apartment complex as their mother walked to a trash bin nearby to throw away trash. A grey van drove up to the residence in the 3300 block of west Orange Avenue in Anaheim. Two men got out of the car, grabbed the boys and drove away. Originally believed the abductors to be strangers, detectives later discovered that the men in the van were the father and grandfather of the boys. An Amber Alert was activated seeking to locate the boys, suspects and vehicle. On 10-8-10, the van was located at a car rental company when the vehicle was returned. The suspects and boys remain outstanding.

Anybody who sees the suspects is urged to call 911 immediately. Anybody with other information about the case can contact Det. Daron Wyatt at (714) 765-1900.

Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Robber Caught on Video

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and catching a suspect caught on video robbing a Radio Shack store in Anaheim.

The robbery occurred Monday at 7 p.m. at the store in the 100 block of South Euclid Street, officials said.

To view a KABC-TV news report, which includes the surveillance video, click here or on the image above.

Anybody with information is urged to call detectives at (714) 765-1959.

1990 Killing of 9-year-old Anaheim Hills Girl Makes OC Register’s Notorious Case List

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She was a drug addict at 13, a prostitute at 14, a single mom at 15 and a murderer at 18.

So begins a front-page Orange County Register story highlighting the case of Maria del Rosio “Rosie” Alfaro, an Anaheim woman convicted of stabbing Autumn Wallace, 9, to death in 1990 during a burglary to raise money for drugs.

The case was profiled among the newspaper’s most notorious cases of all time.

To read it, click here.

APD’s Arrest of Mass Killer Makes OC Register’s Top Cases

Did you know that Orange County’s most notorious mass murderer was arrested by Anaheim PD shortly after the killing spree?

Edward Charles Allaway calmly walked through the student library at Cal State Fullerton on July 12, 1976 before shooting nine people. APD officers arrested him a short time later at a local restaurant.

Orange County Register’s legendary courthouse reporter, Larry Welborn, is featuring the “50 most notorious crimes in Orange County history” on the newspaper’s Web site. The Allaway case was featured Sunday.

To read his series, click here.

Larry Welborn