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Rossmoor Traffic Stop Causes Neighborhood Stir

Officers from the Los Alamitos Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Department interviewed three men along Silver Fox Road.

Police action in Rossmoor caused a bit of a stir in the neighborhood Wednesday after three men were detained and questioned following a traffic stop.

Several patrol cars from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Los Alamitos Police Department detained a car near the intersection of Silver Fox Road and Yellowtail Drive with a trio inside of it. The show of force captured attention in a Rossmoor neighborhood on high alert because of recent burglaries. However, the incident turned out to be minor, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Steve Gil.

Gil said the owner of the vehicle was given a ticket for a vehicle code violation, though Gil said he didn't have the name of the alleged code violation.

All three men were released following a field investigation, and the vehicle was towed. Los Alamitos Police Department officers also assisted in the incident.

According to Rebecca Lara, a co-founder of the Rossmoor Predator Management Team -- who alerted Patch to the incident -- a witness allegedly saw the three men walking through the neighborhood taking notes or writing things down.

The witness said he thought it was suspicious and called the sheriff’s department.

Gil said he had no information on “the circumstances that lead up to the traffic stop.”

In an email, Lara and her husband David -- who co-founded the team -- thanked the Rossmoor resident who alerted them to the incident. 

"Due to the number of burglaries on Yellowtail, the residents are extremely vigil and are on alert for all suspicious activity," the email read. 

According to Lara, all three men were detained in separate police vehicles during questioning. 

Bob Hale January 24, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Thank you OC Sherriffs for your continued vigilance in trying to maintain a safe environment in Rossmoor.
David & Rebecca Lara January 24, 2013 at 04:25 PM
According to residents, law enforcement arrived, drew guns on suspects, told one resident to stay insider her home. One suspect began yelling at Sheriff Deputy. Their car was impounded and towed away. It was a very scary "Traffic Stop" for all who were present. Residents are extremely vigilant. A motorist and her son called Sheriffs in witnessing these suspects.
Carmelcat January 24, 2013 at 05:16 PM
There appears to be two civilian cars in the photos... a white & a black , which one was the suspicious one? The photo info is confusing, and the story doesn't inform. My daughter says she saw a similar white car a few months ago on Druid near Silver Fox, and the driver had his arm out the window holding a bicycle as he drove.
John Crandall January 24, 2013 at 06:34 PM
According to the Laras, the gray one in front of the light pole was the car that was towed. It's the second photo in the slideshow.
CDC January 24, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Just another reason to stay in the County. With Sunset Beach going to Huntington Beach, Rossmoor will have even less competition for service from the Sheriff's Department.

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