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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.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | 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.
By Joseph Serna | May 28, 2009
Police believe a 25-year-old Costa Mesa man arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a local apartment may be responsible for several similar crimes throughout the city, police said Thursday. Costa Mesa police arrested Arturo Vasquez, who was convicted of first-degree burglary in 2004, Wednesday evening at his home at the Camden Martinique apartments, 2855 Pinecreek Drive. Authorities said forensic evidence found at the scene of a May 5 burglary in Vasquez’s complex links him to the crime.
By Joseph Serna | November 19, 2008
Costa Mesa police have arrested a Santa Ana man they suspect of being responsible for a baker’s dozen home burglaries in the city last week, authorities said Wednesday. Police arrested Michael Rodarte, 31, on suspicion of prowling and residential burglary Tuesday evening after they received a call about a suspicious man near Carson Street and Coolidge Avenue. Police found Rodarte nearby, matching the suspect’s description, police said. While Rodarte was arrested initially on suspicion of prowling, officers in the jail realized he resembled a police sketch passed around within the department of a man who is believed to have burglarized 13 homes in the Irish and Flower residential tracts the week before, police said.
January 19, 2000
Greg Risling COSTA MESA -- Two Russian nationals suspected of targeting auto sound stores along Newport Boulevard were arrested early Monday morning. Police discovered a map inside the suspects' van that had two locations -- believed to be auto stereo shops -- circled in red ink. Samuel Mordukhovich, 20, and Eugene Trifonov, 24, both of Los Angeles, were arrested and booked on suspicion of prowling and possession of burglary tools. Mordukhovich was held on $500 bail while Trifonov reportedly was being sought by immigration officials.
November 13, 1999
Greg Risling COSTA MESA -- A veiled threat from a startled yet courageous 81-year-old woman who was rustled from her bed Friday morning by a burglar eventually led to his arrest. Hien Le, 31, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and a parole violation. Le was found by police shortly after the suspect had a confrontation with the elderly victim. The break-in occurred about 2:20 a.m. at a home on the 2000 block of Westminster Avenue. Le allegedly broke a window with a potted plant.
By Mona Shadia, | August 27, 2010
COSTA MESA — Police are looking for a Costa Mesa resident suspected of stealing $40,000 worth of property from a Lake Arrowhead home. Shilyn Fellbaum, 33, tried to return a stolen $9,000 fur coat to the Neiman Marcus store at Fashion Island, said Det. Craig Harris of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Her attempt failed when a sales associate recognized that the coat was sold to one of her customers and placed a call to the victim to verify, Harris said.
By Alicia Robinson | February 21, 2007
An observant neighbor’s tip led Newport Beach police on Tuesday to a woman they believe burglarized the same Corona del Mar house twice in a month. Michelle Lorraine Hughes, 29, of Canyon Lake, is suspected in a string of burglaries including four in Corona del Mar and others in Murrieta and Temecula, according to police. When Newport Beach police arrested her Tuesday, she was out on bail after a Feb. 7 arrest on a warrant for a 2006 burglary, Newport Beach Police Lt. Jim Kaminsky said.
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