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Man wearing surgical mask robs Monterey antique shop

A man wearing a white surgical mask over his face and armed with a handgun robbed the All American Antiques Shop on Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey Wednesday morning.

Monterey Police said at 10:27 am the suspect entered the shop and ordered everyone in the store to lie on the floor. He then stole approximately $1,200 from the business. Police said the man took off on foot through the old Kentucky Fried Chicken parking lot.

The suspect was described as possibly a Hispanic male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the white surgical mask covering his face. Witnesses followed the suspect and saw him get into a black Jaguar with chrome wheels being driven by a second suspect. They fled south on Laine at a high rate of speed and are still outstanding.

Car burglary suspects arrested in Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove police said they arrested three men early Friday morning for committing multiple car thefts. Police said just before 3 a.m. calls came in reporting the men breaking into vehicles on the 800 block of Sinex Avenue. Police said they saw a car leaving that area and after a traffic stop found the suspects inside. They were arrested and officers said they noticed the stolen property in the car with them. Police said they found purses, wallets, credit cards, designer sunglasses, radios, binoculars and other items. The men ranged in age from 18 to 19 years old from Monterey, Seaside and Citrus Heights. They were booked on theft and possession of stolen property.

Monterey police open recruitment for new officers

For the first time since 2007, the Monterey Police Department is opening recruitment for police trainees.

Applicants selected for this position will be sent to the Police Academy. Upon successful completion of the six month academy, the trainees will be promoted to officer and will begin a rigorous four month field training program.

The trainee position is a non-sworn, entry-level position that will be paid an hourly wage and receive only the mandatory benefits as required by law.

Registration for the Academy and all uniforms, equipment and supplies will be supplied by the Department.

The closing date for the trainee position is September 19.

The Department has also opened recruitment for Lateral Police Officers, Academy Graduates and Academy Attendees.

MBARI money manager sentenced to prison time

An employee at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing was sentenced to 19 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution for wire fraud, according to the United States attorney's office and FBI.

Lisa McMahon pleaded guilty in March to one count of defrauding the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), a non-profit center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology and supported in part by federal funding.

McMahon was a payroll specialist with responsibilities concerning the payment of wages, 401(k) contributions and loans for MBARI employees.

Pacific Grove police recover gun stolen from Salinas in 1999

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. - A traffic stop in Pacific Grove early Thursday morning led to the arrest of a suspected Seaside gang member and the recovery of a gun reported stolen 15 years ago.

Officers conducted a vehicle check at the Asilomar turnout for an illegally parked vehicle and found that the occupants were involved in drug activity.

Officers also found a loaded handgun inside the vehicle and discovered it had been reported stolen out of Salinas in 1999.

Police arrested the driver, Gustavo Lobato, 20, of Seaside, on multiple weapons-related charges and then transported him to Monterey County Jail.

Pacific Grove Police: Woman forced by threat to drive to Salinas

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. - Pacific Grove police are investigating a kidnapping incident that occurred Wednesday morning.

Police say the victim was in the Safeway parking lot when she was approached by another woman, who asked about a job. The victim offered to give the other woman a ride.

Once inside the car, the suspect took out a handgun and threatened the victim and the victim's children if she didn't drive her to a specified location in Salinas.

The victim drove the woman to the address and the suspect got out of the car, leaving the victim and her children unharmed. After driving back to Pacific Grove, the victim called police.

The suspect is described as a middle-aged Hispanic woman with a medium build and dark hair pulled back into a ponytail. She was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans and had a black purse.

Traffic alert: Drivers warned to heed road work or else

Beginning today, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are warning motorists statewide that the CHP is conducting maximum enforcement of traffic laws in active construction zones as part of a public safety campaign focused on work zone safety.


As part of this campaign, Caltrans will activate its electronic highway message signs in active construction and maintenance work zones around the state to display the following warning: