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Anaheim PD to buy back guns August 24

In an effort to keep guns out of the wrong hands, Anaheim Police Department is hosting a gun buy-back day August 24.

“You always hear the statistic of people killed by their own weapon.  We’re trying to eliminate that.” says Lieutenant Tim Schmidt; who will be spearheading that day’s events.

Schmidt, a 24 year veteran of APD, heads the Department’s gang unit and has seen his share of those cases.  “A lot of times, people will have had guns in their home for so long, they kind of forget they’re there,” he starts “but burglars tend to know the hiding spots and the longer the guns been there, the easier they can be accessed by the wrong person.”

Those interested in selling their weapon will not be traced in any manner.  The program is strictly voluntary – sellers will show up, hand in the weapon, and collect their reward.

Handguns turned in will receive a $100 gift card to several local stores – rifles turned in will earn a $200 gift card.  Ammo will be taken, but will not earn any such reward.

After the transaction, those guns handed in will be promptly destroyed.

The event will take place at La Palma Park (North Side) from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Anaheim PD Continues to Makes News

Every other week, the Orange County Register publishes highlights from “Behind the Badge” on its website – and in the Anaheim Bulletin community newspaper.

Some recent headlines that have made the paper:

Talking about “unimaginable crimes” helps officers heal
Police say gangs, terrorism still a threat
A visit from the family of the police chief for whom the police station is named

Also, the newspaper reported on last week’s arrest of two burglars who attempted to flee into the dense brush near the Peralta Hills neighborhood.

To read that story, click here.

New APD Leaders Featured in Today’s Anaheim Bulletin

“Anaheim PD’s new leaders hope to make their mark.”

That was the headline in today’s Anaheim Bulletin newspaper feature story about the department’s new captain (Raul Quezada), lieutenants (Jaret Young, Steven Davis and Brian McElhaney) and sergeant (Rich LaRochelle, Jr.).

The story was also published on the Orange County Register’s website.

Read it here.

To read more about Quezada, click here.

For Young, click here.

For Davis, click here.

For McElhaney, here.

And LaRochelle, here.

Woodworking Burglars Caught in The Act, Police Say

Like a scene out of Hollywood thriller, the undercover detectives watched from an unmarked car in the middle of the night as burglars walked out of a woodworking business through a smashed glass door.

The recovered goods

The officers continued to watch – undetected – as the suspects loaded saws, drills and dozens of other expensive power tools into a truck. 

As the suspects prepared to make their getaway about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, the officers moved in and arrested two men believed to be behind a two-month crime spree that hit at least 10 woodworking businesses in Anaheim and beyond.

“The arrests were no accident,” said Anaheim Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter. “Our Crime Analysis Unit recently identified that we had an issue in the area – and they worked quickly with detectives to develop a strategy to solve it.”

Hunter said detectives deployed undercover patrol officers to key locations with a highly probability of being burglarized, including the 2700 block of Miraloma – the site of the arrests.

The result: “We made arrests before other businesses were hit. These arrests illustrate the importance of our strategic approach to solving crime and crime prevention,” Hunter said.

Arrested on suspicion of burglary were Carlos Tapia Cruz, 26, of Garden Grove and Leonardo Catalan, 22, residence unknown.

A substantial amount of stolen tools have been recovered, and police are working with victims to identify and return them to their rightful owners.

Anaheim PD Works to Provide Safe Environment for Angels Fans

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Enjoy the Angels-Yankees playoff games. But do so safely.

That’s the message being broadcast across Southern California as the Angels prepare for tonight’s Game 4 of the American League Championship series.

KTLA was among the television stations at the stadium yesterday; click on the image above to view reporter Manny Medrano’s report.

The Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times also published articles encouraging responsible enjoyment of the playoff games.