The Irvine Police Department has arrested two suspects in the theft of guitars valued at $50,000. Derek Allen Dodds, 34, and Brittney Christine Patterson, 27, both of Yucaipa, were arrested Tuesday at the Ontario Mills shopping mall.
On October 3, Irvine Police received a report of a theft from a storage unit at Extra Space Storage on Laguna Canyon Road in Irvine. The victim reported that 21 high-end guitars were taken from the unit. Irvine PD detectives began following leads and located a guitar for sale online. They set a meeting with the seller for Tuesday, October 16 at Ontario Mills. There, they found three of the stolen guitars in the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects were taken into custody at 4:30 p.m. Surveillance video shows the suspects taking the items from the storage facility.
Detectives learned that 11 of the remaining guitars were seized at the suspects’ residence in an earlier, unrelated operation. To date, 18 of the 21 guitars have been recovered.
The suspects have since been linked to two other incidents at Irvine storage facilities in July. In one case, a safe containing collectible items were taken from the Extra Space Storage at 20 Post in Irvine. In the other, a storage unit at Extra Space Storage on Laguna Canyon Road was rummaged through, but nothing was taken.
The investigation in this case is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Irvine Police Department Detective Edward Martinez at 949-724-7177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.