With the end of the school year came reports of vandalism and pranks, some leaving residents in San Diego Country Estates warning neighbors to lock their doors at night.
“We had to call the police last night. About 1 a.m. someone came on our property and shut off all power, then attempted to break in. They did the same to my neighbor,” states a “Ramona Neighbor Alert” sent online via Facebook. “This is in SDCE, but police said same thing happened last weekend in town. Just a reminder to all (to) be aware and call in suspicious activity.”
Deputy Paul Mehaffie with the sheriff’s Ramona station agrees.
“It’s pretty amazing,” he said. “A lot of people don’t lock their vehicles and don’t lock their houses. I wish everyone was that safe, and 99 percent of the time we are, but they need to lock their houses and vehicles.”
Officers investigating reports of power outages at several homes the past two weekends believe it was pranksters “popping breakers.”
“It doesn’t look like they wanted to gain entry,” said Mehaffie. “It seems like kids out playing games...random acts of goofiness.”
Among reports filed at the sheriff’s Ramona station:
Sunday, June 26
•Grand theft from vehicle, 16100 block of Oak Springs Drive. Miscellaneous items valued at $2,560 stolen.
Saturday, June 25
•Jordan Dore, 31, arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, 500 block of 11th Street.
•Residential burglary, 1200 block of Alice Street.
•Christopher Gomez, 20, arrested on suspicion of inflicting corporal punishment, 100 North 14th Street, apparent minor injury.
Friday, June 24
•Grand theft, 15700 block of Brandiron Street. Miscellaneous items and tools valued at $2,250 stolen.
•Vehicle theft, 1600 block of Main Street. Pickup valued at $2,500 stolen.
•Petty theft, 23500 block of Etcheverry Street, cell phone valued at $253 stolen.
•Vandalism, Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. Damage estimate of $250.
Thursday, June 23
•Kent Dawson, 55, arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, 1700 block of Montecito Road.
•Natalie Streeter, 22, arrested on suspicion of inflicting corporal injury, 1100 block of Keyes Road.
Wednesday, June 22
•Taylor Crabtree, 30, arrested on suspicion of possessing narcotic controlled substance, use/under influence of controlled substance and possessing controlled substance, 2300 block of Montecito Road.
•Defraud an innkeeper, Denny’s, 1946 Main St. Miscellaneous food valued at $21.
•Petty theft, license plate, 1600 block of Main Street.
Monday, June 20
•Grand theft from building, 100 block of Hillcrest Lane.
•Joylene Morytko, 47, arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, 1000 block of Main Street.
•Petty theft, Redline bicycle valued at $375, 1800 block of Main Street.
•Forgery: False checks/records/certificates, 1300 block of Olive Street.
•Two juveniles arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, 1500 block of Montecito Road.
Sunday, June 19
•Residential burglary, 17500 block of Rancho De Oro Drive. Power tools, miscellaneous items, air gun, rifle and pistol valued at $1,925 stolen.
Friday, June 17
•Commercial burglary, Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. Miscellaneous food items valued at $10 stolen.
•Charles Keyser, 41, arrested on suspicion of use/under influence of controlled substance.
Thursday, June 16
•Commercial burglary, Ramona Girls Softball, 400 block of Aqua Lane. Athletic equipment valued at $1,000 stolen.
•Vandalism, Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. Damage estimate: $200.
Wednesday, June 15
•David Jewell, 41, arrested on suspicion of obstructing/resisting peace officer, battery and obstructing use of wireless communication device, 1500 block of Arlene Way.
Tuesday, June 14
•Battery on person with apparent minor injury, 1300 13th Street.