Orange County News
Yorba Linda burglaries spur increased patrols as OC Sheriff's Dept. takes over law enforcement
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Orange County Sheriff's Department has taken over law-enforcement duties in Yorba Linda, leading to an immediate increase in patrols. Deputies are trying to stop a plague of burglaries.
There have been dozens of burglary victims in Yorba Linda. Thieves broke into 35 homes last month alone, stealing mainly jewelry and electronics.
"It's forced entry into residences," said OC Sheriff's Lt. Bob Wren. "It's a real problem. I've lived here for a long time and it's the worst that I know of, so we want to make sure we take care of it right away."
The Orange County Sheriff's Department just took over policing for Yorba Linda after more than 40 years under the Brea Police Dept. Sheriff's deputies are increasing patrols.
Authorities say most of the burglaries happened during the day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
In a few cases, the break-ins happened in the early evening. Authorities say that's dangerous because there's a greater chance residents could arrive home while burglars are still in the house.
After having about $30,000 worth of valuables, mostly jewelry, stolen, one local family improved their alarm system and plan to install security cameras. Other residents are also being cautious and watching out for strangers.
"If they aren't a regular in the neighborhood, just to be aware and also to contact the sheriff's department if something looks suspicious," said Yorba Linda resident Allison Clewett. "It can't hurt to be a little more safe than sorry."
If you have any information about the burglaries, call the Orange County Sheriff's Department at (714) 647-7000.
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