Receive alerts from your local agencies
...or text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts

Full Notification

Costa Mesa Police Department
Tuesday February 25th, 2014 :: 07:17 a.m. PST


Late Saturday, into early Sunday, numerous parked cars in the north end of Costa Mesa were spray painted by unknown vandals

Late Saturday evening and into the following morning, numerous parked cars in the north end of Costa Mesa were spray painted by unknown suspects. During this same time period, one parked car was set on fire in the vehicle owner’s residence driveway along the 3400 block of Begonia Ave.

On Sunday, 02-23-14, at approximately 4 am, Costa Mesa Fire and police personnel responded to a residence along the 3400 block of Venetian Drive regarding a vehicle fire. The car’s owner was inside his residence when he heard his car alarm going off. He looked out his window to see his car fully engulfed in flames. Costa Mesa Fire personnel extinguished the car which was completely destroyed from the fire. The suspects also spray painted the outside of the resident’s garage using black spray paint. No arson suspects were seen.

Five cars parked along the nearby 1000 block of Begonia Avenue were also spray painted by suspects who used black spray paint. Black lines were spray painted on these vehicles by suspects, beginning about 8 pm Saturday evening, 02-22-14, through 9 am Sunday the next morning. On Sunday morning, 02-23-14, between 1 am and 9 am, 26 cars parked outside at the Cape Apartments complex at 1000 South Coast Drive were spray painted in the same manner as the vehicles along Begonia Ave. No graffiti suspects were seen by residents at either of the two locations.

The arson and nearby vehicle vandalisms occurred within the same residential area near Fairview Road and South Coast Drive. The spray painting is not considered gang graffiti; the arson and graffiti-vandalism is not being investigated as a hate crime at this time. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Costa Mesa Police Department Detective Bureau.

The Costa Mesa City Council recently voted to include graffiti-vandalism as one of numerous crimes eligible for up to $1,000 in reward money; provided information must help lead to the arrest and conviction of involved suspects.

Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

Detective Sergeant Stephanie Selinske

Navigate & Discover