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Woman found with stolen mail, false IDs, credit cards and more, once arrested methamphetamine shows up in jail

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 3:16 a.m., a Newport Beach Police officer was dispatched to the area of Bay View Avenue and Zenith Avenue in reference to a suspicious circumstances incident. The reporting party had just returned home and discovered that all of the mailboxes near his residence had been opened.

Further investigation by police led them to the suspect, Victoria Louise Schnitger, 34, of Santa Fe Springs, who was found in the area with mail overflowing from her open purse and in her jacket. A check showed the mail did indeed belong to the local residents. She additionally had numerous IDs from other individuals, charge cards and numerous individuals’ personal information written in notebooks.

She was arrested and provided a fake name to officers. She was taken to jail and while detained was found with methamphetamine on her person. 

She was charged with petty theft of mail/packages, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, false personation of another, receiving stolen property with a value less than $950, possession of a controlled substance and identity theft for using another’s ID for financial gain. 

Her bail was set at $20,000.

Local resident punched in business deal gone wrong

On October 25, at approximately 9:44 p.m., a Newport Beach Police officer was dispatched to the area of San Miguel Drive and Ford Road in reference to an alleged robbery that had just occurred.

The reporting party, a 19-year-old Newport Beach male resident, reported that he had been waiting in a parking lot to meet someone for a business deal. The buyer joined him in the car.

Suddenly, another man allegedly pulled into the area, approached the vehicle and opened the door. He then allegedly punched the victim with keys in between his fingers, inflicting injury.

The “buyer” allegedly took the items in the vehicle, exited the car and put them in the suspect’s truck. Both then left the area together.

Then, on Wednesday, November 6, police followed up on leads and made an arrest of the suspect, Peyton Wyatt Burtt, 19, at a residence on Via Gatillo in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Burtt was charged with strong arm robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime.

His bail was set at $50,000.

Fugitive from justice located and arrested in Newport Beach

Newport Beach Police stopped and questioned a female at 1:11 a.m. on the morning of the Friday, Nov. 8, in the 2100 block of W. Ocean Front. Upon further investigation police found that Meredith Lane Marks, 22, of Rhoadesville, VA, was wanted on a fugitive from justice arrest warrant from that jurisdiction.

Marks had been arrested on June 18 in Virginia on charges of possession of schedule I and II controlled substances (two counts), possession of controlled substances, possession of marijuana, giving false identity to law enforcement officers and possessing and/or distributing controlled paraphernalia.

After failing to appear, Stafford Circuit Court in Virginia issued a probation violation on Marks.

Following that, Marks, along with an accomplice, was arrested by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office following an alert of a possible stolen vehicle entering Arizona. Authorities there initiated a high risk traffic stop on the vehicle, with weapons drawn. Marks, who was driving, and her passenger exited the vehicle without incident and were arrested.

Marks was charged with felony theft of a means of transportation. She once again failed to appear and had another warrant issued by the Mohave County Superior Court.

Newport Beach Police were holding her locally on a bail of $100,000.

Suspect enters store and walks out undetected with 18 bottles of wine

On Friday, Nov. 8, at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Newport Beach Police officer was dispatched to the area of Newport Coast Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road. Upon arrival, the officer took a report of grand theft.

An employee at the location noticed around 5 p.m. that a wine display near the front entrance of the store was fully stocked.

Later, around 6:30 p.m., the same employee noticed that 18 wine bottles were now missing from the same display.

Upon review of surveillance footage, a Hispanic male, 30-40 years old, had entered the store, taking the bottles and exiting without paying.

Police continue to investigate with grand theft charges from a building pending.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Lifeguards: On the Waterfront

Surf expected to pick up this week, otherwise fairly quiet on the beachfront

Last week Newport Beach Ocean Lifeguards watched over an estimated 77,000. There was still a good amount of people enjoying the beaches this week and Saturday looked like a summer day with an estimated beach attendance of 27,000. 

The surf has been small but expected to pick up this week.

Police Files Lifeguard Rescue Boat

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Photo by Joshua Leith

For the last weekend, lifeguards made zero ocean rescues, 68 preventative actions, 248 public contacts and 27 medical aids.

Lifeguards Weekly Statistics are from Monday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 10.

Stay safe and we hope everyone gets out enjoying our amazing beaches and making sure, you check in with the lifeguard.

Statistics courtesy of the City of Newport Beach Fire Department/Lifeguard Operations Division.