Irvine Police Department Arrests Suspects after Homeowner Interrupts Burglary

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Irvine, Calif. – The Irvine Police Department (IPD) on Tuesday arrested three suspects in a string of residential burglaries in the City over the past several weeks. The most recent case happened Tuesday morning when a resident walked into a crime in progress at his home.

On Tuesday, September 25, IPD responded to a report of a residential burglary on the 40 block of Plymouth in Irvine. Detectives learned that the male resident had returned home around 8:15 a.m. after learning of an alarm at the house. When the resident arrived, one of three suspects physically assaulted him, restrained him, and barricaded him inside of a storage closet. The suspects later fled the residence with iPads, cameras and a wallet.

The victim provided a description of a suspect that police were familiar with due to his suspected involvement with at least two other residential burglaries in the area. In one case, the suspects were seen on video fleeing the residence. Police had been actively searching for the suspects that day.

Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, IPD detectives arrested Jaime Alejandro Armenta, 20, of Moreno Valley and Dave Flores, 21, of San Bernardino at Flores’ residence. The third suspect was also arrested, but his identity is being withheld because he is a juvenile.

Flores is accused of multiple charges including robbery, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping. Armenta is accused of the same with an additional charge for being a felon in possession of a gun.

The other two cases the suspects are accused in are as follows:

  • August 27, 10 block of Hunter. A safe with $160,000 in jewelry including a Rolex watch was stolen.
  • September 19, 14000 block of Greenbrae. The suspects are seen on video exiting the home. Loss included jewelry. The video can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/292016874/9bbe571ee5.

Items from all three cases were found in Flores’ residence and in the car the suspects were in just before their arrest.

Detectives believe the suspects may be tied to other recent cases. Anyone with information is asked to contact Irvine Police Department Detective Jonathan Sampson at 949-724-7270 or jsampson@cityofirvine.org.