LA SELVA BEACH
Crystal stolen from farm
A 300-pound quartz crystal worth several thousand dollars was stolen from a farm in La Selva Beach.
Workers at Crystal Bay Farm, 40 Zils Road, last saw the crystal Saturday and noticed it missing Monday, said Santa Cruz County sheriff's Lt. Bob Payne. It was next to an unattended fruit and vegetable stand where customers leave money to pay for items. It was about 2 feet tall and 11 inches wide.
The crystal was not visible from the road, said Crystal Bay Farm co-owner Lori Fiorovick. It was given to the farm about five years ago and was the farm's mascot, Fiorovick said.
It would have taken more than one person to move, she said.
The Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information to call the investigations division at 831-454-2311 or the anonymous tipline at 831-454-5995.
Duo plead to O'Neill break-in
Two men accused of shattering the window of O'Neill Surf Shop on Pacific Avenue and swiping five skateboards entered no contest pleas Monday to felony theft and vandalism charges.
Sheriff's deputies were patrolling the city Feb. 28 when they found two people had smashed the front window of the business, grabbed the skateboards and fled, deputies said earlier. Witnesses called 911 and provided descriptions of the suspects.
Harley Wolfgang Dean, 19, and Daniel Christopher Hark, 25, were found hiding behind cars in the parking lot of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Their images were caught on surveillance video. The skateboards were found in a flower bed near the store.
Monday, Hark pleaded no contest to felony theft and vandalism. Judge Timothy Volkmann set sentencing for April 23.
Volkmann noted Hark appeared to have "a lack of impulse control," and does have a 2008 conviction in Wyoming for having sex with a 15-year-old girl then five years his junior.
Dean admitted to the two felonies and was sentenced to 180 days in County Jail and three years' probation. Volkmann noted Dean was arrested on suspicion of robbery last year in Berkeley and convicted of grand theft from a person.
Man robbed in Seabright
A 35-year-old Santa Cruz man broke his shoulder during a robbery and scuffle with four men on Friday.
About 11:30 p.m., four men demanded the victim's money near the train tracks at Seabright Avenue and Murray Street, said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark. The victim only had $6, so the men pushed him on to the train tracks where he injured his shoulder.
The first robber was described as a 45-year-old white man about 5 feet 8 inches tall who wore a beanie and camouflage pants, Clark said. The second appeared to be black, 30-35 years old and 6 feet 5 inches tall with a thin build. The third and fourth suspects were only described as white.
Good Samaritan robbed
A man who tried to give a panhandler money was robbed near Front Street on Friday evening.
Matthew Devecchis, 53, asked for money from a 19-year-old Ben Lomond man about 5:30 p.m. on Front Street, said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark. When the 19-year-old pulled out his wallet and started to count off a few bills, Devecchis took the wallet and ran, Clark said.
The 19-year-old and others tackled him before police arrived. Devecchis, a transient, was arrested on suspicion of robbery.
Man arrested with stolen SUV
Police arrested a man accused of stealing a 2007 Chevy Tahoe early Monday morning.
Someone reported a suspicious man near Cayuga Street and Hiawatha Avenue about 1 a.m., said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.
Police arrived and found Jaime Hernandez, 28, with a methamphetamine pipe and a floor jack behind the Tahoe, police said. He appeared to be taking its wheels, Clark said.
About the same time, police received a report that a Tahoe that matched its description was stolen from downtown Santa Cruz. Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
He was held in Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, according to jail records.