Irvine Police Department Press Release

Farrah Emami - Public Information Officer
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606



PRESS RELEASE #6/12/2013
Subject :

Final Suspect Arrested in String of Church Burglaries
Contact :Julia Engen, Lieutenant    949-724-7112

IRVINE, CA (June 12, 2013):  Irvine Police Detectives have arrested James Dorscht (12-9-73), the final suspect in a series of burglaries throughout Orange County.  The arrest was made yesterday afternoon in Anaheim as Dorscht stepped out of a family member’s apartment on Loara Street.


On June 10, 2013, just after 11:00 p.m., the Our Lady of Peace Korean Catholic Center in Irvine was burglarized.  The suspect pried an exterior window and then pried an interior office door.  The loss was a free-standing safe, so heavy it had to be dragged out of the building.  The exact amount of cash stolen has not yet been determined. Crime Scene Investigators did locate and collect fingerprint evidence consistent with Dorscht’s at the scene and will be working to confirm the match through further analysis. Based on the similarities of this burglary to the others in the series, detectives believed Dorscht may have been responsible.  Continuing investigation yesterday, including surveillance of the residence on Loara Street, paid off.  While detectives watched the apartment building, Dorscht stepped out to the sidewalk where he was taken into custody. After the arrest, evidence was located inside the family member’s home including cash and the safe stolen last night from the church in Irvine.


Irvine detectives have continued to work with Anaheim, Santa Ana and other police departments investigating these burglaries.  Shared information between the agencies has contributed to all four of the arrests made in these cases.


Dorscht was arrested for the burglary of the Catholic Center on June 10 as well as  two previous burglaries of the Islamic Center of Irvine and the Mandir Temple. 



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