Irvine police have arrested a man suspected in 13 workplace burglaries that netted credit cards, wallets and purses, officials said Wednesday.
John Steven Gachupin, 47, whose last known residence was in Chula Vista, was arrested Tuesday in Tustin, said Irvine Lt. Julia Engen.
Gachupin is believed to have entered workplaces during business hours, stealing credit cards and immediately using them in nearby retail stores, according to Irvine police.
He is believed to be involved in thefts dating to 2009. Police suspect that Gachupin was involved in about 20 thefts countywide.
Police were able to identify Gachupin after they tracked transactions in Oceanside to stolen credit cards from victims in six different cities, according to a news release from Irvine police.