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Dirty Diaper Dumper Suspect Stopped, Questioned in Laguna Beach

Fecal matters: A 67-year-old man who lives in a gated Newport Coast neighborhood (and drives a Lexus) was fingered Tuesday regarding numerous incidents of ... yuck!

On Tuesday night, Laguna Beach police detectives identified and interviewed a man who is suspected in a series of soiled diaper dumps in Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.

Officers received a break in the case Monday evening, according to a release issued by Capt. Jason Kravetz of the LBPD.

For over a year, there have been numerous reported incidents of cars running over bags of dirty diapers in the area—primarily in Newport Beach—with the contents spewing disgustingly across vehicle tires and undercarriages. Two of the more recent incidents took place in early September in Newport Beach, and another just last week in Corona del Mar.

In May, the dookie-dumping spread to North Laguna, with diapers found deposited across the southbound lanes of North Coast Highway between Irvine Cove and Emerald Bay.

"Monday, while setting up for a surveillance along North Coast Highway, detectives came across freshly-dumped bags of diapers which had not been struck by vehicles," said Kravetz. "One of the officers looked through the material and found an envelope attached to a diaper. The envelope was addressed to a medical office in Fullerton. One of the employees of this office was found to live in the Newport Coast area."

Tuesday, according to Kravetz, officers conducted further surveillance work on the Newport Coast home in question, and waited for any movement of two cars—a Bentley and a Lexus—which were seen parked in the garage. At 10:45 p.m., a 67-year-old male suspect got into the Lexus and drove away.

"He was followed into Laguna Beach and watched as he made an abrupt u-turn near Irvine Cove and headed northbound," Kravetz said. "Detectives decided to initiate a traffic stop near Reef Point and Coast Highway. Upon approaching the vehicle, they immediately saw a large bag of used diapers in the passenger seat."

The man was questioned, but not arrested, however.

"We did not catch him in the act of dumping the diapers," said Kravetz. "Even though he possessed the evidence, it is a misdemeanor crime, and we must have a citizen’s arrest or see him do it."

LBPD detectives are working with Newport Beach police investigators on the case, in order to combine all of the incidents and present them to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution of Health and Safety Code 117555.

RealOC September 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM
a stake out on this guy ? really ? and we have people driving drunk like its going out of style ? Investigators need to go sit out front of the many bars in newport that have drunks spilling out of them behind the wheel not some old guy that littered a diaper ?? come on !! Wasted tax dollars !!
Rich Kane September 27, 2012 at 01:39 AM
More like a crapout! However, the person had been doing this for over a year, and lots of folks were running over these things and getting several coats over their vehicles. If this happened to you, RealOC, wouldn't you want something done about it?
RiverBoatQueen September 27, 2012 at 03:29 AM
If the cops did find the stinker who is known as the Dirty Diaper Dumper, they should have flushed him and his fresh load of doo-doo diddies into the evidence file and locked him up! WHY would anybody take a bunch of the most disgusting diapers and then just litter the highways with them? What was he trying to prove? Sounds to me this guy takes Winnie-the-Pooh much too seriously.
sandalina September 27, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Somebody in a Newport Coast gated community knows of a neighbor with a Bentley and a Lexus in their garage....
LNorm September 27, 2012 at 03:42 PM
RealOC our officers should be doing both, that's their job. And, btw, they do , do both. Protecting us from sickos that obviously have a screw loose to attack us on the road in this manner. It's dangerous running over something while trying to avoid it... Etc.....
steve September 27, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Dumb---cops should have kept following him--waited until he tossed th crap---and arrested him !!!!!!!!!!!
lmayj September 28, 2012 at 08:36 PM
make him wear those dirty diapers
OC 4 Real September 28, 2012 at 09:33 PM
You guys should have other things on your mind such as violence in the Middle East and a President that turns his back on his and our allies just to get a few bucks partying with Beyonce and Jay-Z! Doesn't that upset you more than a poor man whose got tons and tons of things to deal with? He obviously has alzheimer's! Can you idiots put one and one together? But what is our President's excuse?? Don't you guys realize that we have a 16 billion dollar debt in this country and people with like this man are paying 70 % of our income taxes??? How much taxes do YOU pay? What do you do to help the environment? Why don't you go out and clean the beaches instead of sitting at home on your computers bad mothing about a poor man you don't even know? It's pathetic!!
PatriotOC September 28, 2012 at 09:35 PM
You guys should have other things on your mind such as violence in the Middle East and a President that turns his back on his and our allies just to get a few bucks partying with Beyonce and Jay-Z! Doesn't that upset you more than a poor man whose got tons and tons of things to deal with? He obviously has alzheimer's! Can you idiots put one and one together? But what is our President's excuse?? Don't you guys realize that we have a 16 billion dollar debt in this country and people with like this man are paying 70 % of our income taxes??? How much taxes do YOU pay? What do you do to help the environment? Why don't you go out and clean the beaches instead of sitting at home on your computers bad mothing about a poor man you don't even know? It's pathetic!!
ethel franco September 29, 2012 at 06:53 AM
I was in a Denny's and the family at the booth next to me proceeded to change their infant's diaper right in the booth. TOnight, I was at a Chili's and the people at the next table put their barefoot toddler ON the dining table during the meal. Sorry, I don't want any ass with my food--or foot. What is wrong with these people? Where the hell are they from? Were they living in some wilderness/jungle/outback all their lives? I bet they cook their soup in their toilets at home. The waitstaff said nothing. These days, I am afraid to confront people since so many are packing heat or knives or are ready for fisticuffs (probably while another family member cellphone vids it for later upload to youtube). Does the management really HAVE to post signs ON the tables that patrons cannot change diapers, sanitary napkins, sit on table, or work on their car engines while dining? Are people REALLY that stupid today? ewwww
ethel franco September 29, 2012 at 06:55 AM
ps: the Walmart parking lot is always a great place to find dirty diapers--sometimes the people leave them IN the shopping carts. There are sooooo many reasons not to shop at Walmart--the clientele is yet another one . . .

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