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Arrest Made in Ladera Ranch Car Burglaries

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has made an arrest in the string of vehicle break-ins that occurred last Wednesday¬† The Orange County Register has the story.

Authorities had been searching the area since about 5:30 a.m. after receiving a call about a burglary in progress. In all there were nine calls from Ladera Ranch residents reporting their vehicles had been burglarized. The thefts took place on Winfield Drive, Calm Creek Circle, Skywood Street, Winslow Street and Hempstead Street, police said.

Residents reported computers, electronic tablets, purses, wallets and gift cards had been stolen from their cars. There was no sign of forced entry into the vehicles, which had been left unlocked, Pixomapis said.

Deputies are seeking two accomplices, a man and woman, who were seen with the accused in a burgundy Nissan Maxima.

One of the benefits of living in Ladera Ranch is the feeling of safety that comes from residing in a family-friendly community.¬† That being said, residents should still take reasonable precautions, like locking their cars at night and not leaving valuable objects such as “computers, electronic tablets, purses, wallets and gift cards” in their unlocked vehicles.¬† Whether the perpetrators are local kids up to no good or teams of professional thieves, don’t make yourself and your property an easy target.

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