Abalone thieves (and 16-year-old wife of one) busted for narcotics (marijuana).
Children Cause Arrest of Pair; Find Narcotic Two men who were arrested here Nov. 29 after they had been accused of stealing $1500 worth ol abalone from Newport Beach hava been booked on suspicion of possessing possessing narcotics, police report. The basis for the charge was furnished by two children who, police said, saw one of the defendants, defendants, Harrison Hall, 27, discard a package which contained three marijuana cigarettes. Police said they subsequently found the debris of marijuana in Hall's clothing. Hall, an abalone diver, of Santa Santa Monica, and his companion, Ray Miller, 26, a male nurse, of Los Angeles, were trapped and arrested by Motorcycle Officer. Sgt. Frank Claridge, who was on his way to report for duty when heard an all-points broadcast on his radio calling for the arrest of the pair and then observed their car. Surrender tj Officer He chased them to the dead end of Colbath Ave., where they surrendered. surrendered. An alarm for the arrest of the two men was broadcast when they reportedly attempted to remove 750 pounds of abalone, which they had stored with the San Fernando Fernando cold storage locker company. Police had asked the manager to notify them when anyone attempted attempted to remove the delicacy, reported as stolen by Newport Beach officials. The marijuana angle was not uncovered until after police had taken the pair to Van Nuys police headquarters to be questioned about the abalone theft. Find Cigarettes While the questioning was in progress, police received a call from Mrs. Ann Harrington, of 6309 Colbath Ave., North Hollywood. Mrs. Harrington said that her daughter, Caroline, 7, and a playmate, playmate, Robert Maseling Jr., 6, of 6350 Colbath Ave., had seen the driver of the car "throw something out the window" just before he his companion were arrested. The children gave the cigarette pack to her. Investigation uncovered t h e marijuana debris in Hall's clothing. clothing. After the arrests of Hall and Miller, narcotics officers went to Miller's home and reportedly discovered discovered more marijuana. Miller's wife, Joan, 16, was arrested at the Miller home and turned over to juvenile authorities for disposition disposition of her case. detectives P. C. Grutsch and . O. Sheets said that they found a half a glass of marijuana and some marijuana seeds in the house and in addition 12 benzedrine tablets tablets in the young wife's possession.