P.G. Beaches Attracting Salinas Gangs

Whether to avoid the cops who know they’re violating probation or to hang out without fear of attack by rivals, gang members from other Monterey County cities are being spotted more and more in Pacific Grove and Carmel.

“This is not an area where they need to constantly watch their backs. They’ll drink alcohol and go to the beach with their girlfriends,” said PGPD Lt. Tom Uretsky. “They come to P.G. because in many cases it’s considered neutral territory by the Salinas gangs.”

And police say locals should beware: A volatile situation can easily ignite if warring gang members find themselves on the same stretch of sand.

I do not shop at stores that support gangs. If there is gang graffiti on the walls, I stay away. If the workers look anything like a gang member or even imitate the look and behavior I stay away. Hear that Northridge Mall? Safeway? ATC?

P.G. Beaches Attracting Salinas Gangs