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Residential burglaries continue to hit Newport Beach

A number of residential burglaries continue to be reported in Newport Beach.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10, a burglary occurred in the 1500 block of Baypointe Drive. A suspect took the screen off the kitchen window and slid the unlocked kitchen window open, while the victim was in another part of the residence.

The victim heard a noise coming from the kitchen area and went to check. When the suspect realized the victim was home, the suspect fled the scene, having never made entry into the residence.

No items were taken. 

A description of the suspect was reported to Newport Beach Police as a male Hispanic, 30-35 years of age, thin build, short black hair, brown eyes with a beard, wearing a blue shirt.

Next were two residential burglaries that occurred in the Pelican Crest and Crystal Cove communities. 

The first report occurred on Sailcrest at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, while the victims were away, two unknown suspects approached the front door and knocked on it. 

Once it was confirmed that no one was home, the suspects accessed the interior of the house through an unknown means. Once inside, they rummaged through two bedrooms before fleeing the scene. 

The loss is still unknown. 

Descriptions were reported as two suspects wearing dark-colored hoodies, face masks, dark backpacks, latex gloves and carrying flashlights.

Next was a burglary on Sidra Cove, that occurred between 4:10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Again, with the victims away, an unknown suspect accessed the house by tampering with the locks on the exterior back doors. Inside, the suspect rummaged through drawers, boxes and cabinets in the living room, bedrooms, bathrooms and closets.

The loss is still unknown and no suspect information was available.   

Finally, an attempted burglary occurred in the Back Bay Bayview Heights community in the 2100 block of Mesa Drive. At approximately 6:25 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, while one of the victims was home, unknown suspects accessed the backyard of the residence. The victim heard activity on the second story (possibly the balcony area) and looked outside to observe multiple suspects in the backyard. 

Upon realizing the home was occupied, the suspects fled in the direction of the Back Bay trail. The victim called the NBPD shortly thereafter.   

It did not appear that the suspects ever made entry into the residence.

There was no reported loss.

The suspect information obtained by the NBPD was three to six individuals wearing dark clothing and carrying backpacks

Newport Beach Police remind residents that if you see suspicious activity within your neighborhood (especially at a home where you know your neighbors are on vacation, have gone out for the evening, or their home is for sale), please call the NBPD immediately at 949.644.3717.

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Who let the dogs out? Woof, woof!

The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) introduced the community to their K9 units on social media to start off the new year.

First up is Officer Rosenberg and K9 Ryder.

Officer Rosenberg started at the NBPD as a community services officer in 2007 and returned to the Department as a police officer in 2015 after serving with the City of Santa Barbara. In July 2020 he joined the Canine Unit.

K9 Ryder is a male Belgian Malinois, born in Germany.

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Courtesy of NBPD

Officer Rosenberg with K9 Ryder

Next up, meet Officer De Julio and K9 Goose.

Officer De Julio started at the NBPD as a cadet in 2007 and graduated from the Police Academy in 2011. He joined the Canine Unit in August 2021.

K9 Goose is a Slovak Malinois and the first female K9 at the NBPD.

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Courtesy of NBPD

Officer De Julio with K9 Goose