Monahan's Gin Mill Burglarized!
In a press release just after 9 p.m. this evening the Costa Mesa Police Department announced that former Mayor Gary Monahan's business at the corner of Newport Boulevard and 20th Street was among at least three burglaries perpetrated by one individual. The suspect, Connor Craig Schryver - a 24 year-old from Santa Ana - was arrested shortly thereafter and was transported to the Orange County Jail.
Kudos to the CMPD and the concerned citizens who facilitated the rapid apprehension of this guy. His booking photo is shown below, just above the text of the Press Release.
CMPD PRESS RELEASE
On 4/22/12, at 0648 hours, CMPD officers were dispatched to a report of a male climbing down from the second story rooftop of Skosh Monahan’s restaurant and bar, located at 2000 Newport Bd. Skosh Monahan’s is owned by City Councilmember Gary Monahan. A witnessed observed the male carrying a stick and appeared to have been bleeding from his arm.
Within minutes, CMPD officers responded to the immediate area and did not locate the suspect. Officers quickly established a perimeter around several blocks of the surrounding residential neighborhood. While conducting a thorough search of Skosh Monahan’s, it was determined a commercial burglary occurred as officers located an exterior broken window and several damaged items inside the business.
As officers maintained a prolonged, coordinated search of several residential square blocks east of Newport Bd., a witness flagged down CMPD officers reporting a suspicious male jumping over fences in the 2000 block of Marian Av. Officers quickly converged and observed a male running and jumping from residential rooftop to rooftop. The suspect was subsequently detained and arrested without incident in the 2000 block of Orange Av.
The male, identified as Connor Craig Schryver, 24 years old from Santa Ana, was found carrying an approximate 18” decorative dagger tucked through the belt in his pants. He was also carrying a large roll of rope wrapped over his shoulder, as well as several other miscellaneous small tools in his possession. The decorative dagger was later identified as stolen from Skosh Monahan’s. Schryver was found with an approximate 6” laceration on his left arm.
As a result of the preliminary investigation, Schryver is also suspected of committing a residential garage burglary in the 2000 block of Marian Av. and a vehicle burglary in the 2000 block of Orange Av. It appeared Schryver fled Skosh Monahan’s prior to CMPD’s arrival and ran through several backyard throughout the residential neighborhood east of Orange Av. and south of 21st St. prior to being apprehended by CMPD officers.
A number of witnesses and victims, including Councilmember Monahan, assisted with CMPD’s preliminary investigation. Schryver admitted to officers that he had been drinking alcohol throughout the previous evening and had also made incoherent statements indicating he had collected the stolen items to preserve his “survival.” It appeared Schryver was unfamiliar with the area and was not purposely targeting Skosh Monahan’s or any of the other victims.
Schryver has been charged with three (3) counts of felony Burglary, one (1) count of felony Possession of Stolen Property, and one (1) count of felony Vandalism. He was transported to Orange County Jail and is being held on $50,000 bail.