Arrests Made In Safeway Oxycontin Robbery

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Informants led Pacific Grove police to the 19-year-old Seaside man they suspect of robbing the pharmacy at Safeway and fleeing with 800 Oxycontin pills two weeks ago, and to another male they believe was involved in the crime. Cmdr. John Nyunt reported officers took Johnny Rodriguez into custody after serving a search warrant on his home last Thursday morning, and they had 20-year-old Seaside resident Cameron Ferguson arrested on the tarmac at San Jose Airport later that day.

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Pharmacy Robbery At Safeway

Next time slip them sleeping pills or strong laxatives.

After being given the Oxycontin, the man left the store. He might have left the area in a late 1980s or early 1990s dark gray or black Ford Explorer, police said. The SUV was dirty, police said.

The robber was described as Latino, in his mid-20s, 5 foot 7 inches to 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing a black baseball cap with a DC shoe logo, a blue hooded sweatshirt with white writing on the back, gray sweatpants and white shoes, police said.

Pharmacy Robbery At Safeway

Safeway Pharmacy Robber Gets Prison

Prison time for the gun toting robber. Though family & council thought he could get probation. Nah.

A tearful Niccole Tiffany said her husband’s arrest and incarceration were a blessing in disguise.

“Brennan is finally sober,” she said. “Jail has liberated our family from the prison of addiction.”

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Pharmacy Robber Gets Prison

A Starbucks In Safeway Is Fast Food?

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The Safeway up on Forest Hill did remodel a few years back. I could not tell the difference, the place is still cramped and hard to shop in.

Anyway, they do have a deli where prepared take-out food is sold, so what’s the big deal? At least they are not trying to sell tacos.

Safeway wants to remodel its store to include a Starbucks, but the city has had a law on the books limiting “fast-food” businesses since 1980.

On Wednesday, the Pacific Grove City Council will consider whether a coffee bar within the store constitutes a “fast-food” business or is an integral part of the store itself.

A Starbucks In Safeway Is Fast Food?

Safeway Pharmacy Robber Accused & Captured

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no, won’t be passing out acid but maybe something else . . .

Suspect lived on Cypress street in New Monterey and stupid enough to be driving his getaway car into P.G. Why do you think they call it ‘dope’.


The suspect, 32-year-old Brennan Tiffany, was arrested at gunpoint in the Safeway parking lot on Forest Hill Wednesday morning, when officers in an unmarked car spotted him.

Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, a Pacific Grove detective and a detective from Marina following leads in an unmarked car fortuitously saw Tiffany’s Toyota SUV entering P.G. via Highway 68. They summoned other officers and initiated a felony stop, pulling the car over in the Safeway parking lot and drawing their guns before approaching to arrest the driver..

Pharmacy Robber Accused & Captured

Sustainable Pacific Grove To Take Over Safeway?

Mayor thinks that adding ‘green features’ to a business is somehow beneficial. Maybe more morons will shop there. Disagree and maybe they will impose eminent domain to take over the property and ruin Forest Hill too.

Cort says the city-owned Bathhouse, golf clubhouse and golf links should be tapped to make more money. The city should encourage the Safeway on Forest Avenue to expand and add green features, he says, and look for more opportunities to use philanthropy for public services.

Sustainable Pacific Grove To Take Over Safeway?

Counterfeit Money Passed At Safeway

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Police arrested three Seaside residents suspected of passing fake $100 bills, Pacific Grove P.D. detective AdamSepagan said this week, while U.S. Secret Service agents areworking to determine who manufactured the fraudulent notes.

According to police, 21-year-old Marquise Legaux received the counterfeit cash from 31-year-old Laura Long and then exchanged it for real money in the register at his job at the Pacific Grove Safeway. Jimmy Alexander, a 32-year-old Seaside resident who is on probation, is also accused of passing a fake $100 bill at Safeway through Legaux.

In this case, thieves used chemicals to wash the ink off of $5 bills and then overlaid them with the design from a $100 bill using high-quality printers and copiers.

Because the paper is genuine, the fake bills feel real to the touch, and the special pens used by retailers to verify the paper’s quality indicate they are real.

Counterfeit Money Passed At Safeway

Two Arrested For Counterfeit Money At Safeway

Safeway is becoming our own little crime center on the hill.

Marquise Legaux, 21, and Laura Long, 31, of Seaside were taken into custody Dec. 23 with the help of the Secret Service, and officers of the Monterey County Probation Department, Seaside, Monterey and Carmel police.

Pacific Grove police detective Adam Sepagan said Legaux passed the fake bills by exchanging them for real money from the cash register at a retail store where he worked.

Two Arrested For Counterfeit Money At Safeway

Safeway Parking Lot Robber Convicted

How he will fare with the gangs in prison for his prior experience?

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A man who once walked away from the Nuestra Familia gang was convicted Tuesday of the 2005 armed robbery of a Pacific Grove shopper.

Pablo Castaneda, who has been the target of repeated slaying attempts since he dropped out of the gang in 1997, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 12.

In addition to the robbery charge, the jury convicted Castaeda of being a felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property and commercial burglary, the latter two charges in relation to his use of a cell phone and gift cards that were inside the victim’s purse.

After a separate hearing, the panel also found that Castaneda was previously convicted of possession of cocaine for sale and voluntary manslaughter, and that in each case less than five years elapsed between his release from prison and his next felony conviction.

Safeway Parking Lot Robber Convicted