April 11, 2014
Irvine police confiscated five shotguns and a rifle from a man they suspect broke into homes this month to steal the firearms and other items. Detectives arrested Kamal Valadez, 29, on suspicion of burglarizing a home on Las Palmas in Irvine where the shotguns had been taken Monday. Police believe Valadez is also linked to an April 5 burglary on Monte Vista. Police found purses and jewelry taken from that house in Valadez's car, according to a news release. Detectives identified Valadez as a suspect when they saw him take a duffel bag from a shrub near the home that was broken into Monday.
February 26, 2013
Irvine police arrested a man Tuesday suspected of burglarizing homes in Newport Beach and south Irvine, authorities said. Brent Brodie, 18, of Irvine, was arrested after police discovered him sleeping in a stolen vehicle, according to a Irvine Police Department news release. Brodie is suspected of five home burglaries and two vehicle thefts over the past four weeks, police said. Police said Brodie checked homes to see if someone was there before entering through unlocked ground-floor windows.
July 17, 2012
Nice Lane in Newport Beach was less than pleasant early Monday, when residents spotted a suspicious-looking car that police said contained two vehicle burglary suspects. Residents watched the black BMW enter a private garage in the 200 block about 6:30 a.m. and called police. Police arrived and arrested Anna Jean Giss of Mission Viejo and Justin Davis Markin of Huntington Beach, both 31 years old. The pair is allegedly responsible for several vehicle burglaries in the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa areas and had loot from area burglaries in their car at the time of the arrest, police said.
May 30, 2012
Costa Mesa police are asking for information about a suspected residential burglar who pepper sprayed a homeowner. The Police Department reported that an unknown suspect pried open the front door to a home in the 2400 block of Elden Avenue about 2:41 a.m. Monday. The homeowner awoke to find the suspect in his home. The suspect then pepper sprayed him, according to a Police Department release. In response, the homeowner grabbed his handgun and fired several times at the suspect, but missed.
September 24, 2011
Three men suspected in multiple burglaries countywide were arrested by Irvine police while breaking into a home in Anaheim, authorities said Friday. John Uy, 22, of Garden Grove, Vienai Lin, 29, of La Puente, and Tony Kingkeo, 27, of Long Beach were arrested Wednesday. The suspects were seen by police driving around residential Irvine, Lt. Julia Engen of the Irvine Police Department said in a statement. Officers followed the men to Anaheim, where they saw them break into the rear of the home, police said.
January 24, 2012
A Newport Beach woman and a Huntington Beach man were arrested on suspicion of burglary after one of them was caught trying to break into a Rossmoor home using a chisel, authorities said. Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested Brittany Early, 25, and David Sutera, 34, in connection to the incident that happened about 12:45 p.m. Monday in the 3100 block of Blume Drive. A resident at the home heard a knock on his front door, but ignored it, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.
June 1, 2012
The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking the public's help in apprehending a man suspected of a May 18 burglary. Video surveillance from where the robbery occurred at the Versailles condominiums' management office, in the 900 block of Cagney Lane, shows a white male, 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 160 pounds with a thin build, mustache and dark hair, according to a police news release. Several tools were stolen from the closed community's maintenance room, according to the release.
May 2, 2012
Two Santa Ana teenagers were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of burglary in Costa Mesa after a woman came home and found them leaving her house, police said. Alfredo Pacheco, 19, and Kevin Mejia, 18, were arrested in connection with the burglary that occurred at 10:39 a.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of Londonderry Street, said Police Department Sgt. Matt Grimmond. The men allegedly took about $3,600 in electronics, cash and jewelry before the victim came home. She said she saw the two throw their backpacks and bicycles over the wall of her backyard into nearby Gisler Park, Grimmond said.
September 11, 2013
Costa Mesa police Wednesday arrested a man who allegedly tried to break into a truck using a welding torch so he could steal expensive equipment inside. At about 5 a.m., an officer saw a Dodge minivan in the 1500 block of Wintergreen Place with its license plates covered, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department. When the officer pulled up in his squad car, the minivan sped away down an alley before the driver and another man ditched the vehicle and fled on foot, police said.