NEWPORT BEACH — A report of a residential burglary Monday night on Balboa Island turned into a major affair with a helicopter circling overhead, police surrounding the property and officers' voices blaring through a megaphone for the suspect to emerge from the house with his "hands up."
And the Balboa Island Ferry was shut down for a few hours as police worked to apprehend the suspect.
But in the end, the incident ended up merely being a former tenant trying to get into his apartment and a neighbor thinking it was a burglary, said Newport Beach Police Lt. Rob Morton.
"The call came in really hot, but as it unfolded and unfolded and unfolded, it really turned out to being a criminal trespass," said Morton, adding that the location was roughly at the intersection of South Bay and Pearl streets on the west-end of the island.