IRVINE, CA (June 11, 2013): On June 6, 2013, Irvine Police officers arrested 37-year-old, Brian Ryan of Huntington Beach for numerous felony charges. Officers were patrolling a storage facility after one of them received a tip from a community member while off-duty about suspicious activity in the area. The tipster said, “You’re a police officer right?”, and then explained there was some activity occurring the Irvine Police Department should know about. Coincidentally, the officer who received the information was assigned to a special detail assigned to combat property theft. During his next work shift, he added the location to their patrol. When they arrived, just after 9:30 p.m., they saw Ryan working on a partially stripped motorcycle inside an open storage unit. While talking to Ryan, they discovered evidence of other criminal activity.
Ryan was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, receiving known stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, being a felon in possession of a firearm, vehicle theft and identity theft.
The arrest is just one example of how important community participation is to law enforcement in Irvine. For the past two weeks, the Irvine Police Department has added special deployment teams comprised of detectives, school resource officers and patrol officers to its field staffing to combat property crime. The teams have been added in response to recent uptick in thefts from vehicles, vehicle burglaries and garage burglaries. The special enforcement teams have been deployed, to focus on areas attractive to thieves such sporting events and fitness centers. These types of locations and others where people are away from their cars for long periods of time present opportunities for thieves to “window shop” for property.
“Twice in the last couple of weeks, officers were just arriving in an area when a theft or attempted theft had just occurred”, said Lieutenant Engen. “In those cases, having officers in the right place at the right time made the difference between just taking a report and making an arrest”.
In June, these patrols, in combination with citizen reports have yielded multiple arrests for a variety of charges including; felony drug possession, possession of stolen property, “car hopping” (petty theft from vehicles or vehicle tampering), outstanding warrants and commercial burglary. In addition to the property recovered in thefts from vehicles, officers have also recovered two loaded firearms, two stolen vehicles, a bicycle and two scooters, each during separate incidents.
“We believe these additional patrols are just one part of a comprehensive approach to fighting property crime”, Chief Dave Maggard said. “Equally important is getting the word out to our community members to report suspicious activity, educating the community about prevention measures and conducting thorough investigations of crime to apprehend serial offenders”.
The Irvine Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind community members that prevention is still the single most important thing they can do to avoid becoming a victim.
Check out our Got-a-Minute videos on theft prevention:
Garage Burglaries - http://bit.ly/106PES6
“Remove It or Lose It” - http://bit.ly/11Dnn3I
To report suspicious activity call Irvine Police Communications at 949-724-7200.
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