The Coast News Group
Rancho Santa Fe

Patrol delivers six-month report, Osuna renovations

RANCHO SANTA FE — The meeting of the Association on July 19 included updates on the Osuna Ranch Adobe and the six-month activity report from the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol. 

Matt Wellhouser, chief of the patrol, reported that burglaries were up to 27.

“This reflects an increase of 13 burglaries from last year,” he said. “Twenty-two were residential, three commercial and two vehicles.”

He said in 37 percent of the burglaries, force was used to gain entry. The rest they entered through an unlocked doors.

Wellhouser said at least part of the increase in burglaries is from a ring of thieves that have been active in the area. There is an ongoing investigation.

“We have some clues, but I don’t want to talk about them in public,” he said.

In another incident, “we assisted in arresting four subjects,” he said.

Wellhouser said that traffic collisions decreased by four incidents. Major injury increased by two and minor injuries remained unchanged. Non-injury incidents dropped by six.

“The primary collision reason appears to be excessive speed,” he said.

There was one fatality, which happened in early July on Via de la Valle when a bicyclist from Escondido died in a hit-and-run collision.

“An arrest has been made in that (incident),” Wellhouser said.

On July 6, Angel Bojorquez, 18, was killed when he was hit from behind.

Jim Hyuk Byun, 19, of Del Mar Heights was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.

Overall, during the first six months of 2012, the patrol responded to 1,153 calls for assistance, which reflects a 4 percent decrease from the same period in 2011.

Officers’ field observations accounted for 17 percent of calls and officers completed 15,485 security and vacation checks for members, he said.

There were 284 alarm calls, an increase of 47 calls compared to the first six months of 2011.

“Out of the calls, three were actual burglaries,” he said. “The remainder being false.”

In other Association business, Kurt Kaiser, associate planner, reported that the removal of the stucco from the Osuna Adobe is almost complete.

“That is a big step forward,” he said. “The adobe itself is in relatively good condition, but the renovation has uncovered some issues.”

Those issues included termites in the wood above some of the windows and doors.

Pete Smith, Association manager, reminded residents that in August the Association will meet only one time on Aug. 2. It will not meet on Aug. 16.

The Association usually meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at the office of the Association at 17022 Avenida Acacias.

To learn more, call (858) 756-1174.