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Thieves Hit Cars in Closed Garages

A rash of burglaries has been noted in the neighborhoods south of San Juan Creek Road.

Neighborhoods south of San Juan Creek Road have seen a rash of burglaries this week, taking items from cars parked inside closed garages.

According to Lt. John Meyer, chief of police for San Juan Capistrano, six thefts have been reported between Jan. 5-8. The targeted streets have been:

  • Paseo Adante
  • Via Fernando
  • Via Buena Vista
  • Via Cervantes
  • Silver Creek

“In these cases, items were taken from vehicles parked inside closed garages and one case from inside the unlocked home,” Meyer said.

Deputies accompanied by Crime Prevention staff canvassed several neighborhoods, including gated Hidden Mountain Estates and Hidden Mountain, he said. Police Services staff left crime prevention notices at more than 110 homes, and arrangements are being made with the Hidden Mountain HOA to facilitate a neighborhood watch/crime prevention meeting. 

Meyer said he wanted to remind everybody to keep their doors locked at all times, especially during the overnight hours. 

“Do not leave any valuables unsecured, or in plain sight,” he said.

Additionally, it is important to get in the habit of always locking your car doors, even when parked in the garage, Meyer said. Exterior lighting or motion lights are important during the hours of darkness as well. 

“If you hear or see anything even remotely suspicious, please contact the Sheriff’s Department immediately to report it,” he added. “Something as simple as a vehicle unknown to the area at 2 a.m. or individuals loitering on the sidewalk could be a vital piece of information that could help the Sheriff’s Department apprehend the suspects responsible.” 

For crimes in progress, call 911. For any other situations, call 949-770-6011. For information to set up a Neighborhood Watch group or any other information on Crime Prevention, the San Juan Capistrano Crime Prevention Unit can be reached at 949-443-6370.

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