By DOUGLAS W. MOTLEY
Coffee with a Cop on Tuesday, Sept. 27 was hosted, for the first time ever, by Amber Crubaugh, owner of The Crestline Café. About a dozen CHP officers and high-ranking sheriff’s officials from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station, along with local residents, attended the two-and-a-half-hour event, which began at 8:30 a.m.
With coffee, mixed fruits, donuts and other baked goods provided by The Crestline Café, several locals interested in learning about the crime rate in their neighborhood, as well as crime prevention, were seen conversing with various law enforcement officials.
When asked what inspired him to attend the event, Lake Arrowhead mortgage broker Derek Bobadilla said he decided to attend after hearing about it on Instagram. “I’m here to support the heroes of our community.”
Capt. Don Lupear, the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station commander, shared that his detectives are investigating the theft of expensive cosmetics from the recently opened CVS Pharmacy in Lake Arrowhead Village. “The pharmacy has added a security gate in the cosmetics department in an attempt to prevent a reoccurrence.”
Sheriff’s Lt. Craig Harris told The Alpine Mountaineer that reports of catalytic converter theft have been greatly reduced, with only one incident occurring in recent months. Then he reported that investigators have some leads on a series of motorcycle thefts. “We’ve had a few burglaries recently, but not a series of burglaries like we had in the past,” Harris said, adding, “We encourage our patrol deputies to be seen in neighborhoods; it gives citizens peace of mind, and it can deter crime.”
CHP Public Affairs Officer Jacob Griede said there had been a motorcycle accident on Highway 18 about a week ago and that that it resulted in major injuries to the rider who was airlifted to a hospital emergency center.
When ask what encouraged her to attend the Coffee with a Cop event, longtime Crestline resident Lisa Clu said, “I love Crestline and respect the CHP and sheriff’s deputies that protect our town.”
While attending the event, which was held on The Crestline Café’s covered, outdoor patio, several persons ordered breakfast to complement their coffee.
Several persons decided to have breakfast at last week’s Coffee with a Cop event, (Photos by Douglas W. Motley)
Local historian and and Alpine Mountaineer staff writer Rhea-Frances Tetley had a chat with Capt. Lupear.
Crestline Café Owner Amber Crubaugh, who hosted Coffee with a Cop, posed for a photo with CHP Officer Ubaldo Gonzalez and Sheriff’s Captain Don Lupear.